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Woman Sentenced to Death After Being Raped at Gunpoint

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A 19-year-old woman from Rajanpur, Pakistan has been sentenced to death by stoning for reportedly having a sexual relationship with her cousin.

She stated that she was asleep at her home in the rural district of southwest Punjab, when they attack happened.

“I could not raise an alarm as [he] was holding a gun,” she told police. “But the panchayat refused to accept my statement and declared that I willfully slept with him.”

 

The woman reported the attack to the local “panchayat.” A panchayat is a tribal court that operates outside of the official justice system, largely in remote areas of the country.

She was told that she intentionally seduced the man who attacked her. According to the Express Tribune, she was found guilty of adultery and was declared a “Kari,” or adulteress. She has reportedly been sentenced to death by stoning or will be sold.

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Women who are labeled “Kari” are often times executed by their own families. This is considered an “honor killing,” as the families are attempting to restore their reputation.

After the trial, the woman went to the police with her parents. A full investigation is now being launched. The woman will be taken to a safe place away from the village. She is said to currently be in a government safe house for women in Rajanpur.

Qaisar Hasnain of Fazilpur Police Station explained that the woman’s father said in a statement that he was forced to accept the panchayat’s extreme decision.

Local media reports that another warrant has been issued for the alleged rapist. An arrest warrant has been issued for members of the tribal council. According to the Tribune, four of the tribal elders, amongst them the alleged rapist’s father, are now being held for their participation in the unofficial court.


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People Are Now Changing Their Skin Color

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A new phenomenon seems to be hitting the social media airways. Transracial is the new topic that is sending shock waves through social media these days. What is this new term and is it really catching on? It seems the answer would be yes!

The concept of transracialism seems to be becoming more popular among Caucasians and lighter skinned individuals. Skin darkening is not a foreign concept to us – though this takes tanning to whole new level! Cosmetically changing your race seems to be catching on, even if it is on a small scale.

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German model Martina Big has become the latest to join this phenomenon. She has invested thousands of dollars to this new fad. She posted on Facebook showing off her new transformation and stating:

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I have great news. I had done the next step in my transformation to a black woman. Yesterday I was with an African hairdresser and got a hair extension with curly, African hair. To become more and more a black woman, that is such a wonderful feeling. I’m so happy. Next, I’ll have consultations for the butt enlargement and for the African facial features.

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Recently, she announced that her husband is now getting melanin injections in order to change his skin color as well.

Could this be the next big thing? What are the health risks? It has many in an uproar! Could this be as acceptable as being transgender? There are many opinions regarding race across social media outlets. It will be interesting to see how this develops. Will it fade out or is it here to stay? I am sure we will find out!

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Deshauna Barbe Is Challenging Society’s Beauty Standards

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Deshauna Barbe spent her childhood moving from army base to army base. Born into a military family, Deshauna joined the military at 17 years old.

At the time, Deshauna had no idea that she would be the first woman in the country to win the title of MissUSA while on active duty.

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Deshauna entered the pageant world at 19 years old. Over the next few years, she make a name for herself in the beauty queen scene while simultaneously serving in the U.S. Army. She also completed her MSc in Computer Information Systems at the University of Maryland. On top of all that, she was serving as an IT Analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

She wants to let the world know that beauty is meant to be celebrated in all of its diverse forms. And although we’ve come a long way, we still have a ways to go. Deshauna is proving that women can fight for their country and look good in a swimsuit at the same time. She did a lot of work with soldiers who suffered from PTSD.

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In an interview, Deshauna said, “In the past I have been very hard on myself about certain parts of my body, but I try to always remind myself that I was given this body and to remain positive.”

And her views on beauty are awesome:

“Beauty to me means more than something physical, and it’s definitely represented internally. I think beauty is about the way you treat others, being a humble and kind person that respects everyone. I think that really represents beauty.”

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She says she enjoys the fact that she can show how multifaceted women are – there is both a tough side and a feminine side within us. Hopefully society will continue to challenge its beauty ideals by showing forms of beauty that aren’t necessarily considered ‘mainstream.’

Deshauna plans to continue serving as an inspiration to women all over the world.

“I hope to continue what I am doing to help impact people around the world — particularly young girls and women,” she says. “I plan to never stop working to positively impact their lives by motivating them to always follow their dreams.”


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Model Recreates Famous Fashion Campaigns to Send a Sobering Message to the Modeling Industry

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Deddeh Howard is a 27-year-old model, fashion blogger, and medical student who lives in Los Angeles but is from Liberia.

Although Howard has an incredibly successful modeling career, she says she knows that there is a lack of diversity in many of the largest campaigns throughout the world.

In an attempt to create more diversity, Howard collaborated with her boyfriend Raffael Dickreuter, a photographer, to re-create some of the most famous modeling campaigns, such as Victoria’s Secret and Dolce & Gabbanna.

Howard has been accused by some of trying to minimize the significance of the models whose photos she recreated. She wants to make it clear that this is not her intention.

“It’s not going against [the models],” Howard told Cosmopolitan. “I’m not saying I’m more beautiful than them. I’m just saying if they can do it, I can do it.”

“I thought it was perfect because we are mirroring two images” Howard said. “When you [black women] look in the mirror you question: ‘This could be me, why is this not me?’”

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“Agencies would often tell me, ‘We like your look but there’s a black girl already,’” she said. “It shouldn’t be limited to just one black girl; there can be more than one!”

“It’s as if the agencies are ashamed to represent diversity. It’s very painful and it made me feel insecure and bad of myself.”

The series, titled Black Mirror, took about three months to create.Howard’s goal is to send a message to black models that they deserve to be at the forefront of campaigns just as much as everyone else does.

“There are many beautiful black models and they are not represented the way they should be,” she said.

Howard says she’s blown away by the amount of support she’s revived:

“I’ll be honest, I’ve just broken down crying since yesterday. It’s been so unbelievable,” she told Cosmopolitan. “Girls are sending me emails about them being rejected by agencies. Asian girls, black girls, Hispanic girls. It’s unbelievable that people have felt the exact same way […] I’m so grateful for everybody.”


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