Venezuela’s starving citizens continued their struggle to secure food and other basic necessities in recent days; with countless women “selling hair” for upwards of $100 as hyperinflation has rendered the country’s currency “nearly worthless.”
“Increasing numbers of women in poor neighborhoods are selling their hair for use in wigs and extensions as the demands of daily survival force them to abandon the kind of self-care long an obsession with a country known globally for its success in beauty pageants. Seven Miss Universe winners have been Venezuelans, as have six Miss Worlds,” reports the Associated Press.
“Some women are washing their hair with dishwashing liquid because they can’t afford to buy shampoo that costs more than the minimum monthly salary, now equivalent to just a few dollars,” adds the author.
International aid organizations believe upwards of three million residents have fled the country since the economic crisis began -roughly 10% of the entire population.
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