Women in Congo breaking into ‘dandy’ world
22 March 2018 | 7:40 am
They’re known for their unique style and penchant for high-end brands: in Congo, the community of so-called Sapeurs is made up predominantly of men. But increasingly, women are embracing the dandy-inspired lifestyle too.
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