Fashion

The history of jeans started in Nimes, France, where the material was first made, in around 1792. Initially known as the material “de Nimes”, this expression was later abbreviated to “denim” Material “de Nimes” was used for the clothes of the sailors from the Port of Genoa. The Genoese sailors used to call their uniforms “genes”, which, in the Italian accent, sounded like “jeans”, and thus the modern term was born and made its way around the world. Later on, denim arrived in the US, via Levi Strauss, who was trying to find a durable but comfortable to wear material.…

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Using different colours to dye your hair, like pink or blue, is a far older practice than you may realise. There are paintings, from the middle of the 18th century, which show women from the French and English royalty putting a special powder in their hair. These powders were very popular and, basically, changed the hair’s colour to pinkish pastel tones. Over time this fashion was forgotten, but it came back thanks to the Punks and the Glams. One person of note around this time was the Londoner Soo Catwoman. In the 80s and 90s popstars also started to dabble.…

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Nowadays there aren’t many people who know how to dress appropriately when their company adopts a casual dress code, or the famous ‘casual Fridays’. There are those who confuse ‘casual’ with ‘sporty’, in other words, they use clothes more appropriate for a social club than a professional environment A company’s workers represent its image and, therefore, should dress appropriately for a work environment, passing the image that they respect the place they work in and the people they work with, even when there is no strict or explicit dress code. There are professions in which there is a great deal…

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Although the Brazilian bikini is a worldwide reference, who invented it was a Frenchman, Louis Réard, who launched a collection of swimsuits in 1946. At that time the swimsuit model was not well accepted by the society. However, over time, and thanks to the use of the bikini in American films, especially the one used by Brigitte Bardot in Et Dieu… Créa la Femme, the swimwear became a huge success. In Brazil, it first appeared in 1948 and since then, the bikini was adapting to the fashion preferences of Brazilian women. Some models like “asa-delta” and “fio-dental” are the hallmark…

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In 2012, in an attempt to debunk stereotypes, a 34 year old man from São Paulo, Paulo Thiago Rezende, created “Homem na Agulha” (“Man in the Needle”) along with artist Luis Cambuzano, a Project that teaches Brazilian men to learn and develop knitting and crochet skills. They carry out group exercises, artistic events and also offer free courses to learn more about the two techniques. According to Rezende, the initial idea was not to challenge the common notion of what is considered a male or a female task, but after realising that a degree of conservatism still reinforces prejudices, he…

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Corporate etiquette can be defined as the ability to use social skills to do business with courtesy, affability and service; and it is necessary for all commercial and personal relationships Whenever an employee has a meeting with customers, business etiquette helps define the image of their company and manage business relationships. Business etiquette is not confined to rules, but rather a set of guidelines to help conduct business with ease, style and confidence. Here we will offer some skills that will help any professional appropriately handle day-to-day business situations. Introductions Introductions serve to introduce two people, or a new person…

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BBMag talks to a Brazilian crossdresser at a moment when the country is beginning to understand a little more about this gender phenomenon. Until 2015, few Brazilians knew much about what crossdressing was. Very few knew that in 2009 Laerte, the famous award-winning cartoonist with more than 30 years of recognised professional experience in cartoons and comic strips, was introduced to the media as Sônia, and since then has worn female clothes every day. Being a person of certain notoriety and fame, she decided to take on the challenge face on, knowing the importance of the issue. She wanted to…

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Bio-jewels, given their natural beauty and originality, have been grabbing the attention of women of late. Sales of this type of product are on the rise thanks to their value in terms of sustainability. The bio-jewellery market in Brazil is in rapid expansion with growing potential in terms of exportation. People often mistake bio-jewellery for a local craft, but the difference lies in the design, the concept, and the technology used to exalt raw materials, which are composed of natural elements, metals, precious and semi-precious stones. As you can see, they are created from genuinely Brazilian materials, and so in…

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