6/15/10

Elisabeth

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We spotted Elisabeth on her way to the library. In the middle of exams, when baggy-tracksuit-greasy-hair syndrome is rife, this Tanzanian beauty stood out immediately. Her daring asymmetrical haircut—shaved on one side and  long on the other—cuts to the chase, in line with her no-nonsense personality.

"My hair reflects my life. It's my personal space where I can do what I want. I love to experiment with different styles and am not scared to do anything with it. I believe hair can make a big impression." As Elisabeth comes from a family of diplomats (and might aspire to be one herself), our conversation soon drifted to politics. "I find it fascinating what a large role hair plays in politics. It can change what people think about you! Hillary Clinton is my role model. Her haircut means business."

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When I asked Elisabeth about her style influences, her answer was pretty standard: "A little bit of this, a little bit of that." It's what fuels these intuitive choices that fascinates me. She found these plimsoles overseas at H & M. "I chose them because of the polka dots. Sometimes I flip over the tongue so you can see the pattern." Intelligent fashionistas subconsciously know what's "in" by observing others, but rather dress to please themselves. Elisabeth chose her plimsoles because of the patterned interior, even though it would be seen by her alone; and as the old cliché goes, it's what's on the inside that counts.

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We were also drawn to Elisabeth's layering and use of colour. Instead of curling into sloppy hibernation-wear, she fights the cold with bright shades and layering.

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