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This Video Packs 100 Years Of Ethiopian Beauty Trends Into Just 60 Seconds

Ten decades of popular Ethiopian hairstyles and makeup take center stage in The Cut's latest '100 Years of Beauty' video.

Feven G. in The Cut's '100 Years of Beauty: Episode 13 - Ethiopia'


History buffs and beauty aficionados alike will appreciate the latest installment in Cut Videos' viral 100 Years of Beauty video series. Ten decades of popular Ethiopian hairstyles and makeup looks take center stage, showcasing model Feven G. wearing a variety of teased Afros, bold lipstick, precise cornrows, straightened tresses and more—all in under 60 seconds.

At first glance, the video might seem to be all about beauty. But, an accompanying behind-the-scenes video reveals that each of the featured looks is actually a nod to either a trailblazing woman or a momentous event in Ethiopia’s past or present. Some of the icons commemorated include Empress Taytu Betul, the nation’s first pilot Asegedech Assefa, singer and actress Asnaketch Worku and supermodel Liya Kebede.

According to Karen Maniraho, the researcher behind the video, viewers can expect to see additional African countries featured in the series: "This isn’t the end to African beauty. This is just the first of many ways to talk about the diversity on the continent."

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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