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Larry Madowo: Forget toxic masculinity, makeup is not just for women

Media personality Larry Madowo has debunked the myth of makeup being a woman’s thing. And to prove his point the CNN International Correspondent has gone as far as sharing a photo of himself applying light makeup before a live coverage.

In the photo, Madowo is seen with a makeup brush while trying to spruce himself up for the cameras.

“Getting ready to go live on CNN from Casablanca. Forget toxic masculinity, even men wear makeup on TV,” he tweeted.

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While most men many to relate, on even agree with Madowo’s sentiments, makeup is not a strange concept for male TV journalists.

This is because when the camera is on focus, it gives a dizzy appearance even to the slightest sweat on the face. TV journalists use talcum and face powders regularly to make their faces appears clear.

Madowo is barely a month into his role as CNN International Correspondent. Last month, while announcing Madowo’s new role, CNN said the much travelled journalist will be the new host of the long-running series African Voices Change makers, which profiles outstanding individuals from across the continent. His first show aired on February 25, 2023.

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The show has continued to air weekly on CNN International, seeking out leading trendsetters and trailblazers across Africa looking to inspire, empower and impact the continent in a positive way.

The seasoned journalist, who started his career at KTN at the age of 20, joined CNN in May 2021 as Nairobi Correspondent before being promoted to International Correspondent. Based in Nairobi, Madowo has covered stories around the globe since joining the network in 2021.

Madowo has reported on coronavirus vaccine inequality, flooding in Nigeria, broadcast from Expo 2020 in Dubai and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, anchored news shows from Atlanta, covered the Kenyan elections and most recently he covered the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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