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Miss Rizos

In the hot and humid Dominican Republic, most women straighten their naturally curly hair in an effort to conform to deeply ingrained standards of euro-centric beauty. But Carolina Contreras is slowly changing this societal norm. Not only does she proudly rock her big curls, she’s helping other women do the same at her natural hair salon. Fondly nicknamed “Miss Rizos,” which means Miss Curls in English, Carolina has come to embody self-love and acceptance on the island.