This Filipino American Hair Stylist Proves You Can Make A Difference With A Simple Gesture

 

Let’s be real here — Sundays usually mean lying around in bed, watching a movie on Netflix (or two or three), and being in denial about the full week of work or school that is yet to come. That is the case for many, regardless of his or her profession.

However, Mark Bustos chooses not to waste his Sundays and instead does something nice for his community. Bustos, a Filipino American hairstylist who works at the upscale hair salon Three Square Studio in New York, gives free, stylish haircuts to homeless people everyday Sunday. He provides his services to as many as six people each time.

According to the Huffington Post, the 30-year-old first became inspired by a random act of kindness on a trip to the Philippines where he was visiting family members in May of 2012. During the trip, he paid a barbershop owner to rent a chair, which he then used to offer hair cutting services to impoverished children in the area.

 

 

Bustos found it so incredibly rewarding that he began expanding his services to people in Jamaica, Costa Rica and Los Angeles as well. He told Huffington Post in an interview, “The feeling was so rewarding, I decided to bring the positive energy back to NYC.” Unsurprisingly, his clients also seem to be very pleased with the outcome. One of his clients, Jamar Banks, even asked him if he knew of anyone that was hiring when he saw the result of his haircut.

Bustos has also said that he makes sure to cut the person’s hair in an open, busy street in hopes of inspiring other passersby to do random acts of kindness as well.

Upon meeting the homeless person, Bustos approaches each of them with the same phrase: “I would like to do something nice for you today.”

Check out the pictures below:

 

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You can also follow Bustos on Instagram here.

 

Indian Acid Attack Victims Come Together For An Incredibly Inspiring Photo Shoot

 

Most of us can barely fathom what many innocent Indian women have had to suffer as victims of rape in a country where it happens so frequently that it has become the second most dangerous place to live in for women.

Another issue in India, one much less commonly addressed, is the approximately 1,000 women who are attacked with acid every year. In most cases, while the victims of the attacks do not die, they are forced to live with the memories of the attack, along with the disfiguring scars, for the rest of their lives. As cruel and inhumane as the heinous crime is, however, there are unfortunately no specific laws against acid attacks within the Indian judicial system.

Twenty-two-year-old Rupa is one of these victims. In 2008, Rupa’s stepmother and four men attacked her with acid while she was sleeping. The resulting scars were so extensive it became a hindrance when she tried to apply for jobs. Of course, she was discouraged at first, but she didn’t let her scars get to her. In fact, she joined the charity campaign group Stop Acid Attacks and has been working with other survivors of acid attack the last few years.

And she didn’t just stop there. Rupa, who has always had a lifelong dream of designing clothes, recently launched her own clothing line called Rupa Designs. With the help of Indian photographer Rahul Saharan, Rupa even modeled the clothes from the line in a gorgeous photo shoot, along with four of her friends — Rita, Sonam, Laxmi and Chanchal — all of whom are also acid attack survivors.

 

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Saharan, who shot the photos of the women for free, has stated that these photos are “a tribute to all the brave women across the globe who have gone through this gruesome torture.” He is now working on a photo exhibition, the proceeds from which will go to help survivors.

I have been associated with Chhaon (meeting house for suvivors) for the last two-and-a-half years, but this is the first time I feel like I’ve put my skills to good use to help these lovely girls,” he said in an interview. “I feel blessed to have got this exclusive opportunity.”

Photos courtesy of New York Daily News.

 

Heartwarming Video Of Chinese Soldiers Dancing With Young Yunnan Earthquake Victims

 

How does one pick up the pieces and resume his or her life after experiencing a traumatic earthquake with a 6.5 magnitude?

On August 3, this became the question for the thousands of Chinese netizens from Ludian County in Southwest China’s Yunnan province who had survived the powerful earthquake that killed more than 600 people, injured 2,400 others and destroyed thousands of buildings, as well as 80,000 homes.

 

 

In light of the major damage the earthquake caused, more than 10,000 soldiers and volunteers rushed to the scene to help. Some of the soldiers, however, upon meeting dozens of heartbroken children who had lost their homes and family members in the quake, took it upon themselves to try and lift the spirits of the children.

Together, they taught the children China’s famous “Xiao Ping Guo” dance, from a song that has gone viral since it was featured in the movie Old Boys: The Way of The Dragon.

 

 

This video, now circulating all over social media in China, has melted the hearts of netizens everywhere. One user commented, “Finding strength does not necessarily mean crying — optimism is the best weapon you can hold on to when facing difficulties. Thank you soldiers, for this little act of kindness and your warm and generous love!”

Feature photo courtesy of xw.qq.com

 

First Chinese Woman To Successfully Climb K2, One of the World’s Deadliest Mountains

 

For those of you unfamiliar with Mount Godwin-Austen, also called K2, it is the second highest mountain in the world following Mount Everest. With a peak elevation of 8,611 meters above sea level (28,251 ft) and subject to frequent, severe storms, it is also one of the deadliest and most difficult mountains to climb in the world. In fact, it is estimated that one in every four people die from trying.

Luo Jing, 39, however, recently became the first Chinese woman to successfully climb K2, which also makes her the fourth Chinese person ever to reach the summit. But this was no new challenge by any means for the single mom. Prior to the 41-day expedition, Luo already had seven other 8,000 meter level summits conquered under her belt. She even quit her job in the IT industry in 2008 to continue her lifelong dream of conquering 14 summits, the goal she set for herself.

 

 

As you can imagine, climbing mountains is no easy task regardless of gender and it is also the reason that Luo has developed a passion for this hobby.

Different from other sports, mountain-climbing has no female or male distinctions,” she tells China Daily. “Everyone has to face the same conditions and depend on themselves as soon as they start climbing, and no one can give you particular care because you are female.” She also admitted, however, that it has been increasingly difficult to persuade fellow females to embark on this dangerous journey with her. 

 

Feature photo courtesy of Women of China 

 

Robin Williams’ Biracial Filipina Daughter Zelda Williams Tweets Moving Tribute

 

“O captain my captain.”

Yesterday, the world lost a great actor, comedian, friend and father. You probably know him as Robin Williams, the actor who made you topple over with laughter as Genie in the classic Disney hit-film Aladdin, and who challenged you to find your own voice as John Keating in Dead Poets Society. Williams will be dearly missed by all.

What you probably didn’t know was that William’s second marriage was to Filipino American Marsha Garces. The two initially met when Garces became the nanny to William’s son Zachary, from his first marriage. Garces later became a producer and worked with William in four of his movies, including Mrs. Doubtfire as well as Jakob the Liar. During their marriage of 19 years, Garces and Williams had two children, Zelda and Cody, before divorcing in 2010.

Zelda Rae Williams, now a successful actress herself, posted an emotional and heartbreaking message in her father’s honor on Twitter yesterday:

 

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Photo courtesy of GMA News

 

 

Clearly, the duo had an extremely close relationship. In fact, Williams’ last Instagram post from just two weeks ago was a throwback picture with young Zelda. His heartwarming caption reminded all of us that Zelda would always be his baby girl.

Even more moving is this video from 2011 where Williams and Zelda explain the origin of her name. It is clear that this loving father will be missed.

 

 

*Editor’s note: “Half Filipina” was corrected to read “biracial.” 

 

Watch This Video of Indian Men Apologizing to Women For Rape

 

Just recently, a rape-themed photo shoot directed by Indian photographer Raj Shetye was brought to our attention. Like many of us here at Audrey, social media users all over the world burst into fits of rage and tweeted their disgust of Shetye and his severe lack of judgment.

Shetye claimed that he meant to send a message to women that rape can happen everywhere through his photo shoot. While we appreciate bringing the issue of rape to light, we definitely believe that is not the way to do it.

 

 

A couple of Indian men from the East India Comedy Group, however, got their message right. They issued a heartfelt apology through a video entitled “I’m Not A Woman” to Indian women, acknowledging that women are being wrongfully abused, raped and belittled in their country. We realize this is not going to fix anything overnight, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.

“Why should you ever need apologize to anyone for being yourself? I am sorry,” they say in the video. We couldn’t agree more.

Watch the video below:

 

 

Indonesian Girl Reunites with Family 10 Years After Tsunami

 

In December 26, 2004, thousands of lives were lost in the Indian Ocean Tsunami. As one of the deadliest natural disasters ever recorded in history, the tsunami’s powerful magnitude of 9.0 killed an estimated total of 250,000 people and left 1.7 million residents across 14 different countries homeless.

Among those who had been affected by the earthquake was Indonesian girl Raudhatul Jannah, who was only 4 years old at the time, from Aceh province. When the tsunami hit, Jannah and her brother, who was 7, had been separated from their parents. Fortunately for Jannah, she was rescued by a fisherman who had found her on a remote island. He took her home to his mother, who raised Jannah as her own.

According to the Huffington Post, Raudhatul’s parents had launched a search for her and her brother after the earthquake, but had given up after some time and, hard as it was, came to accept that their children had died since there was no evidence that lead them to believe that they were still alive.

 

 

Ten years later, Raudhatul’s uncle spotted her walking along the street and could not ignore the girl’s resemblance to his niece. After they exchanges a few questions, it was confirmed that Raudhatul was the missing daughter believed to be dead by her family.

On Wednesday, Raudhatul was reunited with her parents and youngest brother Jumadi. Upon seeing her mother for the first time in a decade, Raudhatul was overwhelmed. “My heart beat so fast when I saw her,” she exclaimed. “I hugged her and she hugged me back and felt so comfortable in my arms.”

Though Raudhatul’s eldest brother is still missing, she believes that there is a good chance that he too may still be alive, and the family plans to continue the search for him.

 

 

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Photo courtesy of Huffington Post

 

Tao Okamoto and Boyfriend Tenzin Wild in Banana Republic’s New Campaign

 

If you don’t already know Tao Okamoto, the Japanese model and actress, now is the time. Okamato, along with her boyfriend Tenzin Wild, will be featured in “The New Look of Banana Republic” campaign, under the direction of newly appointed creative director and EVP of design, Korean American Marissa Webb.

The campaign, which has just been released, features “effortless cool, blending easy-wearing pieces and textures” according to Wall Street Journal. Webb also told WSJ in an interview, “It’s been exciting for me to work with the fall collection and push the fashion component even further through styling. I’m excited to share what we’ve been working on and the direction we are headed.”

Okamoto has walked for just about every major designer in the industry including Alexander Wang, Chanel, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and many more. She is also no stranger to fashion campaigns, once the face of Ralph Lauren and appearing in ads for Dolce & Gabbana and Kenzo. She’s also been featured in fashion spreads for international editions of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.

Together with boyfriend Tenzin Wild, the EIC and co-founder of The Last Magazine, the two make a very stunning and stylish power couple, whom we all very much envy.

Here are some of their best looks together:

 

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The couple pictured here with French model Camille Rowe-Pourcheresse

 

 

Indian Rape-Themed Fashion Photo Shoot Sparks Major Controversy

 

Let the record show that here at Audrey, we have no problem with creative editorial fashion shoots that showcase photographers and designers who think outside the box. We do however, have a major issue with offensive photo shoots that depict the scenes of a real-life gang rape incident that occurred in New Delhi, India, in 2012, where a 23-year-old woman was brutally raped, tortured and murdered on board a bus home.

This pretty much goes without saying, but it’s just an incredibly insensitive idea to have a rape-themed photo shoot in a country where 93 women are raped every single day. In fact, rape happens so frequently there that Indian women have created anti-rape clothing to protect themselves. Clearly, this is still very much an ongoing problem that has yet to be resolved.

Mumbai-based photographer Raj Shetye, the man responsible for the controversial photos series titled “The Wrong Turn,” claims that the photo shoot was not an act of glamorizing the “Nirbhaya” case  (Hindi word for “fearless,” a nickname given to the 23-year-old victim to protect her identity), but rather as a way to raise awareness for the safety of women in India.

“The message I would like to give is that it doesn’t matter who the girl is,” Shetye defended himself in an interview with Buzzfeed. “It doesn’t depend on which class she belonged in — it can happen to anyone.”

 

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I don’t know if you see what I see, but those photos seem to be an exact, literal representation of glamorizing a truly horrific event.

What do you think? Are you as outraged as we are?

Photos courtesy of Refinery29.

Getting Married at McDonalds Is the Latest Wedding Trend in Hong Kong

 

Thousands of girls everywhere dream of saying their “I do’s” with their prince charming on a beach in Hawaii, or maybe in a quiet traditional church with friends and family. Somehow, I don’t think Ronald McDonald’s face ever made it into the picture of the most romantic day of their lives. Certainly not mine at least.

But for those of you who are extreme Big Mac lovers, or if you’re up for joining in holy matrimony with your spouse whilst catching a whiff of freshly fried french fries, then you are in luck. According to Elite Daily, there are now 15 McDonald restaurants scattered all over Hong Kong which offer services for you and your loved one to become husband and wife. Make no mistake, you’ll want to get going on those reservations because there is already a high customer demand.

You can rest assured though that you’ll be in good hands with good ol’ Mickey D’s because they take their business very seriously. They offer four different types of packages for you to choose from, including the Sweetly Party, Full Love Party, Happiness Party, and Love Forever Party. Packages also come with decorations, a balloon bridal bouquet, wedding favors and more. What more could a bride possibly dream of?

 

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Photos courtesy of Elite Daily