By the time they get out on the runway, models are the picture of perfection. It's easy to forget they are doing a job, and not as glamorous a job as it would appear. A long-suffering model gets the full false eyelash and eyeliner treatment before the Venexiana Spring/Summer 2012 collection show during New York Fashion Week in New York on Sept. 10. Kena Betancur/Reuters
The only ruffles on this unflappable model are on her dress as she has a fitting before the Marchesa Spring 2012 collection on Sept. 13. Mary Altaffer/AP
It's interesting to see models in their street clothes before the wild imaginations of fashion designers have had their way with them. They look so, well, normal. Models practice before the Argentine Designers Spring/Summer 2012 collection show on Sept. 13. Eric Thayer/Reuters
A model gets a fashion-forward manicure before the Prabal Gurung Spring/Summer 2012 collection show on Sept. 10. Eric Thayer/Reuters
A model has her hair done backstage before the Marchesa Spring 2012 collection is modeled on Sept. 13. Mary Altaffer/AP
Designer Donna Karan, beloved of women who are not fashion victims and who like to dress in wearable clothes, holds her daughter Stefania after showing her DKNY Spring 2012 collection on Sept. 11. Louis Lanzano/AP
All hands are on deck to make last-minute adjustments to a gown before the Marchesa Spring 2012 collection is modeled on Sept. 13. Mary Altaffer/AP
A model curls her eyelashes before the Argentine Designers Spring/Summer 2012 collection on Sept. 13. Eric Thayer/Reuters
Style soul mates: Flamboyant rap artist and singer Nicki Minaj (l.) and designer Betsey Johnson embrace backstage before the Betsey Johnson Spring 2012 collection on Sept. 12. Jason DeCrow/AP
Makeup artists put the finishing touches on a model before the Marchesa Spring 2012 collection is modeled on Sept. 13. Mary Altaffer/AP
Models with their hair done in ballet dancer-like up-dos wait backstage before the Zang Toi Spring/Summer 2012 show on Sept. 13. Allison Joyce/Reuters
Today's announcement of restored diplomatic ties between Cuba and the US comes after five decades of antagonism, including the 54-year-old US trade embargo against the Communist island. The Christian Science Monitor covered the embargo from the start.
ByBertram B. Johansson, Latin America Writer
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Today, President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced that the United States and Cuba are restoring diplomatic ties after five decades of antagonism. The US has maintained a trade embargo against Cuba since Oct. 19, 1960. Below is The Christian Science Monitor's story from that day.