Monday, October 31, 2011
Lovely Russian blond with a great smile at the 2010 Carnevale in Venice (IMG_9809a), a photo by Alaskan Dude on Flickr.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Two bikini clad women at Starfish Beach, Boca del Drago, Panama, stand on relatively calm, still, shallow water. Two other bathers, possibly a couple, can be seen relaxing or sunbathing on the beach sand. The two young coconut palms do not seem to be planted there, but coconuts must have been washed ashore from which the palms must have grown.
A woman in black bikini flies a kite on the beach at Marrawah, Tasmania, controlling the kite with two lines, photo dated 16 March 2010.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
A woman performs a Josephine Baker dance routine in Baker’s famous banana costume during Halloween celebrations at Santa Monica Blvd on 31 October 2009. Baker (the American dancer, singer and actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France) wore her most famous costume for the ‘Danse banane’ from the Folies Bergères production Un Vent de Folie in Paris in 1927.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Henna extracts, mainly from the crushed leaves of Henna plant (Lawsonia inermis) have been used by human beings as skin and hair dye for about 6,000 years.
The typical Henna color is imparted to the skin or hair because of the molecules of hennotannic acid, commonly known as lawsone (2-hydroxy-1, 4-naphthoquinone), a red-orange dye, present in Henna extracts. Lawsone reacts with the protein named keratin which is present in hair and skin to produce a permanent pigmentation that will last till the hair is shed or the skin wears away when the pigmented dead cells exfoliate.
Immediately after application of Henna paste, a light red-orange color will be imparted to the skin or hair. For stronger (or darker) pigmentation (say, reddish brown), the Henna mix must be left on the skin or hair for several hours. After drying, the mix is simply scrapped or brushed away, after which only the color will remain on the skin or hair.
Cleopatra and Nefertiti had used it, as historical facts show, and it is known to have been used in many areas of Africa, the Middle East and India from ancient times.
Now henna is packaged in ready-to-apply mixes of several types in Australia, Canada, European countries, India, Middle East countries, the United States, and many other countries. The color variations now available from commercial Henna packs vary from colors such as orange, orange-red, auburn, chestnut brown, deep burgundy, deep blue-black, indigo, etc.
I'd Come Up with a Clever Title, But I Find Myself Making Nothing But Incomprehensible Sounds Every Time I Look at this Photo, a photo by Clinton Steeds on Flickr.
Young women at the Art of Elysium Halloween Ball at Maple Drive in Beverly Hills on October 29, 2006
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Belly dancer at the Girdwood Forest Fair (IMG_3134a), a photo by Alaskan Dude on Flickr.
Carrie, the leader of the Gypsy Horizon, performing belly dance at the Forest Fair in Girdwood, Alaska, in July 2009.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Miss India 2011 Vasuki Sunkavalli, born in Secunderabad, India, on 17 August 1984, height: 5'8.5”, Vital Stats: 30”- 25.5”-36.5”, poses in swimwear on arrival in São Paulo, Brazil, competing for the Miss Universe title in August/ September 2011 – photo by Bruce Casanova Photography©
Chloe-Beth Morgan, Miss Great Britain 2011, poses in swimwear on arrival in São Paulo, Brazil, for competing for the 2011 Miss Universe title – photo by Bruce Casanova Photography©
Eka Gurtskaia, Miss Georgia Universe 2011, poses in swimwear on arriving in São Paulo, Brazil, for competing for the Miss Universe 2011 crown – photo by Bruce Casanova Photography©
Eka Gurtskaia, born in 1986 and a resident of Tbilisi, Georgia, represented her country in the Miss Universe 2011 beauty pageant, after becoming one of 23 finalists in her national beauty pageant (Miss Georgia) held in Batumi on 20 September 2010 when she became the official representative of Georgia for the 2011 Miss Universe pageant.
Pia Pakarinen, Miss Finland 2011, poses in swimwear on arrival in São Paulo, Brazil, for appearing at events to compete for the Miss Universe 2011 crown – retouched photo by Bruce Casanova Photography©
Miss Suomi 2011, Pia Pakarinen, born in Juuka, Pakarinen, on 5 October 1990, was the official representative of Finland to compete for the Miss Universe 2011 beauty pageant.
The 20-year-old blonde Finnish beauty has been dating the professional football player Niko Väyrynen for nearly three years, and they live together in Joensuu (as on 03/06/2011, according to www.iltasanomat.fi/).
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Sara El Khouly, Miss Egypt 2011, poses in her evening gown upon arrival in São Paulo, Brazil for the Miss Universe 2011 Competition – retouched photo by Bruce Casanova Photography©.
The Egyptian model Sara El-Khouly, born in Cairo, Egypt, on 15 February 1988, was crowned Miss Egypt World 2010 in July 2010 in Cairo, following which she represented her country at the Miss World 2010 beauty contest, held in Sanya, China on 20 October 2010. Following that Sara El-Khouly represented Egypt at the Miss Mediterranean beauty pageant held in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 4 June 2011, and won the crown. As there was no national beauty pageant in Egypt in 2011 because of the political changes, El-Khouly was selected as the official Egyptian entry for Miss Universe 2011 pageant held in São Paulo, Brazil.
Photo: Claudia Schiess, Miss Ecuador 2011, poses in swimwear upon arriving in São Paulo, Brazil, for the 2011 MISS UNIVERSE Competition – RETOUCHED photo by Bruce Casanova Photography©
Miss Ecuador 2011, Claudia Elena Schiess Fretz, born on 26 November 1989, was the official representative of her country to the 2011 Miss Universe pageant held in São Paulo, Brazil in August/ September 2011.
The Ecuadorian beauty, born to an Ecuadorian father and a Swiss mother, is a professional make-up artist and simultaneously is studying at Universidad Del Pacifico for a bachelor's degree in business engineering. She had studied modern dance for six years in the Galápagos, and enjoys theater and music.
Besides winning the title of Miss Ecuador 2011, Schiess also won the awards of the Best Face, the Best Figure and Best Hair in her country’s pageant.
Photo: Vanessa Ceruti, Miss Chile 2011, poses in swimwear upon arriving in São Paulo, Brazil – retouched photo.
Chilean actress, fashion model and Miss Chile 2011, Vanessa Ceruti, won the Miss Chile Pageant for Miss Universe and represented her country in Miss Universe 2011 pageant held in São Paulo, Brazil.
Miss Dominican Republic 2011, Dalia Cristina Fernández Sánchez, represented Dominican Republic in the 2011 Miss Universe pageant held in São Paulo, Brazil, in August/ September 2011 as the official representative of her country.
Miss Colombia 2010, María Catalina Robayo Vargas, represented Colombia in the Miss Universe 2011 pageant held in São Paulo, Brazil, on 12 September 2011. Born in Palmira, Valle del Cauca, Catalina Robayo won the title Miss Colombia 2010 in the Colombian national beauty pageant held in Cartagena on November 15, 2010, when the 22-year-old beauty also won the Miss Elegance Award. She represented her country in the 2011 Miss Universe pageant and became one of the 16 finalists in the event.
Photo: Scherri-Lee Biggs Miss, Australia 2011, poses in swimwear in São Paulo, Brazil for the 2011 MISS UNIVERSE Competition – RETOUCHED photo, Credit: Bruce Casanova Photography©
Scherri-Lee Biggs is a South Africa-born Australian fashion model, who won the title Miss Universe Australia on 7 July 2011, and represented Australia in the beauty pageant Miss Universe 2011held in São Paulo, Brazil on 12 September 2011. She was placed in the Top 10 in the event. Born in 1990, Biggs was trained in ballet and dance, and she has been pursuing a career in modeling since age 16.
Jurema Ferraz, Miss Angola 2010, poses in her swimsuit for the judges during the Miss Universe 2010 Presentation Show held at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, August 19, 2010.
Lesly Pereira who was Miss Angola 2008 is seen posing in her swimwear at Wonderpark, Tuesday, July 1, 2008 in Nha Trang, Vietnam, for the opening of the 2008 Miss Universe pageant.
Leila Lopes, who was crowned Miss Universe 2011 by the former titleholder, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico in São Paulo, Brazil on 12 September 2011, is the 60th titleholder and the first Angolan to win the title. She is also the second African Miss Universe title winner of African descent following Botswana’s Mpule Kwelagobe who became Miss Universe 1999. However, Lopes is the fourth African beauty to win the title so far since the beginning of the pageant, the others being from South Africa (1978), Namibia (1992) and Botswana (1999).
Leila Lopes, born in Benguela, Angola, on 26 February 1986, was crowned Miss Angola UK, Miss Angola 2010 and later Miss Universe 2011. She was pursuing a business management course in the United Kingdom where she contested for and won Miss Angola UK title on October 8, 2010 and qualified for the Miss Angola 2011 event held later in Luanda.
Photo: Aoife Hannon, Miss Ireland 2011, poses in her Catalina - Brasil swimwear on 22 August 2011 at Hilton Såo Paulo Morumbi, Brazil, competing for the next 3 weeks appearing at events and preparing to compete in the 2011 MISS UNIVERSE pageant. The 19-year-old beauty is from Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland.