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  • A Radical Exploration of Rituals and Beauty
  • By: Afua Hirsch
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  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Decolonising My Body

By: Afua Hirsch
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How do we determine what is beautiful? Whose standards are we trying to meet when we spend our hard-earned money on our haircare, skincare and makeup; where do they come from, and how can we learn to undo them?

Upon getting her first tattoo at 40 years old, award-winning journalist Afua Hirsch embarked on a journey to reclaim her body from the colonial ideas of purity, adornment and ageing she - and many of us - absorbed while growing up. Informed by research from around the world, Afua will look at how individual and collective notions of what is beautiful are constructed or stripped away from us. Through personal anecdotes, interviews from beauty experts, practitioners and service users, she explores the global history of skin, hair and body modification rituals. These insights and discoveries will empower listeners to reconnect with their cultures of origin, better understand the link between beauty and politics, and liberate themselves from mainstream beauty standards that aren't serving them.

©2023 Afua Hirsch (P)2023 Penguin Audio

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Captivating, educational and uplifting!

I loved EVERYTHING about this book! The way each story was interwoven from Afua’s personal life into often forgotten historical facts, was so beautifully articulated and read by Afua herself. Her voice is familiar, soothing and captivating! I would highly recommend this book, I’m really sad it’s over!

Praying her next book is released soon.

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Good work . I love the hard work behind this audio . She is great and resourceful

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It’ll stay with you for a long time

Inspiring book with so much soul and knowledge in each page. An easy listen, yet profound and eye opening

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