Leon the lion is our new hair idol

He’s SO worth it.

Meet Leon the lion – your new hair-spiration.

As you can see, Leon the lion is man who takes pride in his appearance.

The Congolese lion, who currently resides at Usti nad Labem Zoo (try saying that after three margaritas) in the Czech Republic, has been wowing visitors with his impressive mane of flowing golden locks since he arrived at the zoo 10 years ago.

And now, finally, his tresses are garnering the international recognition they deserve. From his on-trend dark roots, to his subtle natural highlights and soft beach-babe waves, it’s hardly surprising that his many admirers (many of whom spend hours trying to achieve a similar look) find it hard to believe that his impressive mane is 100 per cent au naturel.  And  now sources on the ground are reporting that Leon is in talks to be the new face of beauty brand L’Oréal – following in the footsteps of hair idols such as Jennifer Aniston, J-LO and Beyoncé.

And just like the latter, Leon maintains that he just ‘woke up like this’: 


Congo Love

Congo love, is the start of a series of portraits that explore Congolese subculture in Luanda, Angola. The portraits meet the viewers gaze, inviting one to question if in these portraits we can connect hairstyles, make up, beauty ideals, fabric prints as an identity that has been developed by like minded Congolese immigrants in Angola that feel neglected or disconnect from the Angolan society. 

What do we have in common?

Women reveal themselves in a posture that symbolize physical attractiveness, sentiment and change over time in the congolese culture present in Luanda. Men simply pose self-assured, while children show their innocence in their posture and facial expression. Congo Love, explores the congolese beauty and the complexity that connects them with Angolan ideologies.


DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. 2012-2013. Fighters and victims of the Kivu Conflict; often both at the same time. Produced in North and South Kivu. Film stills from The Enclave by Richard Mosse. [13/13]

The Irish photographer filmed strange footage of the country using a special surveillance film once used by the military. Picking up invisible infra-red rays given off by plant life, the film makes any greenery show up in ‘bubblegum’ pink, meaning guerilla soldiers could be spotted among the leaves.

Civil war has been happening in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for many years. Since 1998, the nation has seen 5.4 million war-related deaths.