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Ivanka Trump Says a Trip to Africa Would Inspire President Trump

From "shithole" to "inspired"? We're certainly not buying that one.

If anyone has hopes of President Donald Trump changing his views on African countries, it's his daughter, Ivanka Trump. Although she seemed genuinely inspired following her recent visits to Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast to promote women empowerment and gender equality, we can hardly believe that her father would feel the same way should he actually visit the continent himself.


In an interview with the Associated Press, Trump said that the White House should be judged by its actions toward a continent that her father has "privately" disparaged in the past. We're not sure if the fact that he said that African countries were "shithole countries" in private was supposed to somehow dignify his remarks.

In any case, his private remarks became quite public and we doubt that his general perception of Africa will change overnight with a single visit to the continent. We're also pretty doubtful that the president is even remotely interested in making the visit in the first place.

Trump added that:

"Our commitment to Africa is clear. I've been deeply, deeply inspired by my trip here. And I think he will be as well...I'm very excited about continuing my work to specifically focus on advocating and advancing the role of women on this continent and beyond."

Whilst President Trump seemed somewhat sheepish following his disparaging remarks, again, we're not really buying any of it. His daughter's trip was met with a healthy level of skepticism since the president has reportedly been attempting to cut off foreign aid to a number of African countries since last year.

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Spotlight: Ethiopian Brand Kunjina Is On a Fashion Metamorphosis

Founder and creative director Kunjina Tesfaye speaks on her namesake brand, and how her personal evolution manifests through the unique garments.

In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists, and more who are producing vibrant, original work.

In our latest piece, we spotlight Ethiopian fashion brand, Kunjina. The Addis Ababa based label focuses on ready-to-wear fashion and empowering woman through their garments and designs. Creator Kunjina Tesfaye established the brand in 2017 in her home country Ethiopia, and has since shared her distinctive designs with the world. Each garment acts as a physical embodiment of Kunjina's life experiences, and the stages we all go through to become closer to ourselves. "When the work comes from a personal place, it portrays a true feeling therefore the output becomes Authentic", the young designer says on the website. Each garment is carefully and intentionally created, as the company prides themselves on their choice to reduce unnecessary waste -- often times what happens with brands focused on trends.

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