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).
"My subtle freckles keep me looking youthful. I think they are the reason I still get carded."
"A loose topknot and nine piercings highlight my distinctive ears."
"My defined jawline sets me apart."
"Thanks to great genes, I was lucky to inherit a flawless complexion."
"Mascara and liquid liner help me play up my almond-shaped eyes."
"Red lipstick emphasizes my already-full lips."
"Like all of the women in my family, I've been blessed with great curves."
"I often forget I have them, but I love my uneven dimples."
"Growing up, it was hard to find pants that fit my 5'9" build, but now I embrace my long, lean legs."