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At Brazil’s 2019 Carnaval, sequins and golden showers stole the show

Carnaval 2019 got political—and not in the the way you'd expect

The newly appointed Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, is not a fan of Carnaval. Nevermind that it is the most noteworthy and lucrative celebration in Brazil, Bolsonaro is upset about sexual acts he can’t even name. “What is a golden shower?”, he tweeted after posting a viral video of someone peeing on another person’s head. Brazilians all over the country dressed up in fabulous outfits to give him a visual answer to his question.

These “golden shower” Carnaval costumes are both glorious and poignant, mainly because they draw attention to how seriously out of touch Bolsonaro is. As the leader of a country with the 6th most Twitter accounts and the 3rd most Instagram users, he should know to avoid public humiliation by just asking Google. But I guess that’s what we get with baby boomers on social media. The good news is these partygoers looked fierce in their satirical ensembles. And yes, that’s a literal shower head. 

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Isso é #goldenshower 💦

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In addition to these more politically inclined outfits, we saw sequins, glitter, and more glitter! We love these over-the-top, shiny looks because they are bold and celebratory. And Carnaval is a time to celebrate. Period. People celebrate sexuality, music, politics, fashion, and so much more. Regardless of orientation, race or creed, the hundred of blocos (block parties or parades) that take place during this holiday are for relaxing, dancing and enjoying the days off.

Celebration can be just as important as other types of activism. When our bodies and rights are constantly under scrutiny, joy can be read as a sign of defiance. Outfits that call attention to a ridiculous president are powerful and important—after all, fashion is political. It’s equally imperative that we claim these joyful moments as completely our own. We need to believe that we deserve to feel joy. We need unapologetic glitter and bodysuits and dancing in the rain just as much as we need protests and hashtags. The magic of Carnaval is that it blurs the lines between fun and politics. 

All that being said, here are our favorite trends from this year’s Carnaval.

Popping rainbow colors

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Modo carnaval ativado! #arcoíris

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One word: glitter.

 

Flower power

Curve-hugging bodysuits

Facial beads (and glitter)

 

These lunar-inspired looks

And, of course, the golden shower