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Video: Angola Represents at Miss Universe Pageant

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Miss Angola, Leila Lopes, was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in Sao Paulo, Brazil - effectively making her the most beautiful woman in the world. Women from 89 countries competed for the title but Lopes came out on top! Angola boost!

We love seeing Africa represented on the world stage, but also wonder what the implications of a "beauty" pageant are for gender equality in many parts of the continent... or many parts of the world for that matter.

For example, what does a bikini contest imply about whose notion of beauty the contestants are being judged by? The stereotypical Western male? Celebrity judge, Connie Chung wants us to keep in mind that "these women are not objects to be looked at. They're to be taken seriously," but I wonder if Chung has ever seen the interview with last year's Miss Angola, Jerema Ferraz. At the one minute mark in the video below, Ferraz begins to talk about the difficulties of the civil war in Angola when the video cuts out and she's asked to make sound effects. For real, like animals and car engines.

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Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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