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While the beginning of Lent is always a time of introspection, there is a serious turn up that happens in the isles of Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad Carnival, revered as the original Carnival, is a two-day fete filled with beautiful people, costumes, and of course…melanin!

But most importantly, it’s a celebration of the freedom and emancipation of African slaves on the island.

Check out 40 of the most beautiful costumes we’ve seen so far:

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