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Pageant contestants do #nomakeupselfies

After an anonymous Twitter account criticized the looks of a teen N.C. contestant, her N.C. peers started a movement: Posting photos of themselves with no makeup, next to their competition headshots, "the most glammed up versions of ourselves,” as Miss Statesville 2015, Katie Knowles, puts it.

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Women Who Lead Luncheon

The 13th annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon brought out the yearly dose of “HATitude” June 27 at the Westin, as attendees donned elaborate headwear to honor the life and legacy of the late leader. Proceeds benefit the UNCF, a nonprofit that awards scholarships to black students and historically black colleges. This year’s recipient of the $5,000 Maya Angelou/Vivian Baxter scholarship, honoring Angelou and her mother, was Asheley Taylor of Durham. UNCF area development director Marilyn Richards recalls Angelou saying the hat competition (which was Richards’ idea, she admits when pressed) “is the whimsical part of such a serious event.” Margaret Phinizy was awarded the “baddest hat in the room” award; we hear tell she had the hat made in Chicago.

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Party in the Park

The Mint Museum’s oft-delayed Party in the Park finally took place June 25 on the front lawn of the Randolph Road location, benefiting the Mint Annual Fund.

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