MOST Magazine Fashion MAY-JUNE'15 ISSUE NO.9 - Page 195

razil is a country full of life and pride. It’s easy to become distracted by the portrayal of everything in film and television, but the truly beautiful aspect of Brazil lies in its harmonious relationship among the people, music, and nature. This relationship allows Brazil to thrive and it’s something I witnessed firsthand during the time I spent in the country. In the two years I was there, I found one thing to be true about Brazil, you can find a smile almost everywhere. These smiling faces were the first thing that made me forget all about Paris and the way we’re always in a rush and trying to survive something as simple as the Metro. Every Sunday, the streets of Avenida Atlantica in Copacabana and the Avenida Vieria Soutou in Impanema are for pedestrians and open to everyone. As many people know, the South part of Rio de Janeiro (Rio Sul) is a concentration of rich neighborhoods surrounded by favelas. One especially lively Sunday I was walking on these avenues when I saw two kids in the middle of the crowd. They went unnoticed, amongst all the people with fancy bicycles, fancy beach outfits — there they were playing with a single skateboard. The older brother with the younger brother amid all the crowds; there was a simple, quiet moment I wanted to capture. I witnessed the older brother doing his best to make the younger one, maybe his little brother, smile. I stopped and spent a few minutes just watching the beauty that lay before my eyes. I spent these few minutes surrounded by tourists taking pictures of the beach and the people on it — they just weren’t noticing the real beauty of this city. Indeed, on Sundays, just one day a week, there is no corruption, no discrimi