What I Love About Me: Philadelphia

Celebrate Independence Day in the holiday's birthplace with Philadelphia beauties and their most standout qualities.

Celebrate Independence Day in the holiday's birthplace with Philadelphia beauties and their most standout qualities.
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What I Love About Me

Want the local scoop? Rakia Reynolds, 35, this month’s “What i love about me” guest editor, has the inside track on where to stay, where to shop, and what to do in Philadelphia.

HOTEL HOT SPOT: Walking distance from plenty of the city’s legendary historical landmarks, The Sofitel (sofitel.com) blends luxurious French style with contempo- rary design.

SHOPAHOLICS: Vagabond (vagabondboutique.com) provides a hodgepodge of vintage finds, up-and-coming designers, and fair-trade goods all under one roof.

FOODIE PARADISE: The small plates from the mediterranean-inspired menu at Barbuzzo (barbuzzo.com) are worth the wait. make sure to save room for the salted caramel budino— it’s not to be missed.

MUST-SEE: On the 4th, Philly natives The roots curate talent and perform in the country’s largest free concert, Philly’s Fourth of july jam, complete with a grand finale fireworks show (visitphilly.com).

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Danielle Audain, 30

"My subtle freckles keep me looking youthful. I think they are the reason I still get carded."

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Lindsay Pugliese, 22

"A loose topknot and nine piercings highlight my distinctive ears."

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Judibeth Contreras, 24

"My defined jawline sets me apart."

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Lauren Snyder, 19

"Thanks to great genes, I was lucky to inherit a flawless complexion."

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Chesley Tolentino, 24

"Mascara and liquid liner help me play up my almond-shaped eyes."

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Laura Simola, 23
"The beauty mark on my right cheek gives me character. Sometimes I even darken it before I go out!”
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Hakima Lake, 29

"Red lipstick emphasizes my already-full lips."

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Kia Denise, 25

"Like all of the women in my family, I've been blessed with great curves."

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Jessica Anuw, 21

"I often forget I have them, but I love my uneven dimples."

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Hilary Leiby, 20

"Growing up, it was hard to find pants that fit my 5'9" build, but now I embrace my long, lean legs."

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