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The Beauty Secrets Lee Litumbe Learned Traveling Through Africa

Everybody has a story about beauty. In Rose Inc.’s The Profile, some of the world’s most intriguing people share theirs. In this intimate interview series, we get (virtually) up close and personal to explore their definitions of beauty and path to self-confidence. Featuring imagery shot through their own lens, The Profile presents these compelling personalities in a new light—one that illuminates their own journey, dreams, and desires while highlighting their unique relationship with beauty.

Africa is the world's second-largest continent, with more countries than the U.S. has states, but seeing the true scope of its natural beauty and cultural diversity is limited across Western media, says blogger and content creator Lee Litumbe. She’s here to help change that. Raised in Atlanta, the former finance analyst counts Senegal’s capital city of Dakar as her homebase today, however the majority of the time, she’s on the road. Jaunting between the East African island nation of Mauritius; white-sand beaches of Zanzibar; the lakes and mountains of Conakry, Guinea; and the markets and restaurants of Senegal where she lives, she documents her travels in stunning fashion for her blog and social platforms, Spirited Pursuit.

“I grew up being exposed to African culture in a way that was beautiful,” says Litumbe, who lived in Cameroon until she moved to the States with her family at 9 years old. “There are many different types of experiences in different parts of Africa. Often, people who have never been on the continent of Africa will go to South Africa for the first time, and be like, ‘oh my goodness, it's so modern! It’s so European!’ That's not what the typical experience would be throughout the continent of Africa. Spirited Pursuit is about sharing what I experience.”

We caught up with the content creator by phone as she road tripped through Senegal to talk about local beauty customs, the importance of travel, and the products that she never leaves home without.