Seems like ever since Ghanaian-Nigerian beauty Adeola Ariyo became the first African Brand Ambassador to Elizabeth Arden earlier this year, more stories about African models, designers, and African inspired fashion weeks have flooded the media-waves. To this, we say #AboutTime!
Speaking of models, multiple lists of “top models” from the Continent keep popping up, including Zen Magazine’s “Top 10 African Female Models in the world and the impact they’re making on Social Media,” stating:
“Something exciting is happening in the fashion world and one thing is certain, African models are part of that movement. Amid the hustle and bustle, they strive, they inspire and we love them. Please feel free to connect with them, support them, and to all aspiring models out there, these are the models you need to follow and learn from.”
If you’re not following our Facebook posts (get on it!)…then you missed L’Abidjanaise’ “Top 20 African Fashion Models (You Need to Know)” which featured the likes of the hypnotizing Ajak Deng. But we digress…to matters on our Twitter feed that is…
We were right on the pulse when we told you about the growing well of African designers, entrepreneurs and fashion platforms like Studio189. Now it’s even more frequent that we see stories about every other up-and-coming success to watch from the Continent. Check out Okayafrica’s coverage of look-books from the likes of Nigerian stylist Richard Akuson’s “My Dark Twisted Fantasy.”
One of the dopest ‘leaders of the new school’ is the stunning collaboration of Velma Ross and Papa Petit for 2ManySiblings, using their ever-fresh eyes and deep sense of personal taste to bring mainstream, vintage, and classic Kenyan garb together. Their distinct style flavor and humanist attitude is getting more attention by the day, reaching well overseas with a well-stocked Tumblr account.
Last but not least, the globally growing locations of African Fashion Week is beginning to reach every corner of the fashion world. Is this the industry catching up to culture that’s always existed, or is the current generation of professionals and young hopefuls innovating us all forward?
Speaking of timing and technology, we’ll leave you here now, hopefully you’re inspired by all this exposure because there’s so much to discover! We’re confident that pretty soon, you won’t have to go looking.
@OttooBrand – #Artivism