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Ayan Elmi – Somali supermodel

Written by Shirlene Brown | August 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Ayan Elmi was born in Somalia but grew up in Canada.  She later moved to New York where she launched her modeling career.

Elmi has modeled for Jean Paul Gautier’s Spring/Summer 2007 collection. Other designers she has walked for include Gavin Rajah, Georges Hobeika, Frank Sorbier, Mark Le Bihan, Nicolas Le Cauchois, Richard René, Mataano, and Yahya.

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World Cup 2014: Fantastic original posters

Written by Shirlene Brown | June 2, 2014 | Leave a Comment

The World Cup starts in just 8 days and the excitement is building.

We are a little behind, but we wanted to share the posters that the World Cup has designed for each team.  We are highlighting our five African countries first (of course).  We also show Italy because they have Bartelli on there (yes, he is African…..African-Italian if we have to quibble about details).

ESPN, who will be broadcasting the World Cup for the last time, commissioned Brazilian artist, Cristiano Siqueira (popularly known as CrisVector), to design 32 posters for their advertising campaign.  CrisVector won a 2011 CLIO Award for his comic pages for AIDES and has done extensive graphic work for illustrations, packaging, magazines and CD covers.  You can catch all his work on his website.

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A wedding launches a modeling career for Eugon McNeil

Written by Shirlene Brown | May 1, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Eugon McNeil was discovered at a wedding where he was the best man by a stylist.  That was in 2012.

He has since modeled for for Salvator Ferragamo, Andrea Pomilio, Onitsuka Tiger, Ports 1961, Craig Port, David Tlale, Andrian Kuiters, Cosmopolitian 3D Fashion, Elle Magazine summer swimwear, Truworths Man summer catalog, Edgars Editorial, YOU Editorial, Woolworths, DionWired and POLO.

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Adonis Bosso – a model with a Cinderella story

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Cote d’Ivore model Adonis Bosso will be the first to tell you that getting into modeling is not easy, nor is it simple.

Although he started modeling seriously at the age of 17, it took him three years to finally launch a serious career. In an interview with The Montreal Fashion Blog, he talked about how he started with one agency that didn’t really provide work for him, before going to another that he had career path conflict with. He finally found a modeling agency that was a good fit and launched a successful career at the age of 20.

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Ogake brings bespoke design to Nairobi

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Ogake is a fashion designer who designs men’s and women’s clothes. She also designs clothes for children.

A bespoke fashion house, she specializes in special occasions, performance costumes, weddings, casualwear and any creative custom looks that her clients might desire.  You will need to make an appointment to get your special outfit done.

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An African City – a modern view of modern Africa

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

‘An African City’ is an online television series that looks at a group of Africans who have returned to the continent after being away for years.

Billed by BBC as “Africa’s answer to ‘Sex and the City’“, it showcases the modern side of Africa.  The ladies are wearing contemporary African outfits, and accessorizing with great African jewelry pieces. You also get to hear really great music  by some accomplished African musicians (M.anifest, Maurice Kirya, Lady Jay) and see beautiful locations that are the other side of the African landscape.

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Fatima Siad a winner on the catwalk

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Fatima Siad is a Somali-Ethiopian fashion model who was third runner-up in the ‘America’s Next Top Model’ competition.

She overcame female genitalia cutting and the loss of two sisters in the Somalian civil war to become one of the most coveted models in the industry today.

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Djebril Didier Zonga – first black male to represent Aramis

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 5, 2014 | Leave a Comment

We put Djebril Didier Zonga in our sexiest men’s list because he was just so hot!  He has been on demand on the catwalk for years and is signed to Ford Models, New York; M4 Models, Germany; Select, London; and New Madison, Paris.

Zonga started off as a soccer player but his friends convinced him to try modeling.  In 2008 he started to make waves in the fashion world. He walked the runway for big names like Diesel, Versace, Hennessy, and Jean Paul Gaultier. In the fall of 2011, Zonga was chosen to be the face of the Aramis campaign, ‘All A Man Is’.   He was the first black person (male or female) to do so.

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Beyond Lupita – the other Africans in film

Written by Shirlene Brown | January 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Lupita Nyong’o has caused quite a stir as a sensational actress with poise and grace.  So rapid and open has her rise been that there has been quite a bit of both positive and negative press surrounding her numerous accolades from various critics.

Jamati decided to highlight some other actors and actresses that are equally as talented although not as celebrated.  Note, they are NOT Djimon  Hounsou, Idris Elba, Boris Kodjoe or Chiwetel Ejiofor, who are virtually household names.

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Kenyan model the new face of Prada

Written by Shirlene Brown | January 17, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Malaika Firth, born in Mombasa, Kenya to a British father and Kenyan mother, moved to Barking, a suburban town in east London, when she was seven years old. Her heritage includes Ugandan, Seychelloise, Swiss. Her family in Kenya belongs to the Giriama ethnic group.

She began modeling at the age of 17 and rose up the catwalk ranks to become the new face of Prada Autumn/Winter 2013 at the tender age of 19. Malaika Firth is the first black model in 19 years to score a Prada campaign since Naomi Campbell in 1994. Meanwhile, Firth walked more than 40 shows, including shows from Jean Paul Gaultier, Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs, Kenzo, and Dolce & Gabbana among others, for the fashion week for the Spring/Summer 2014 collections. In November 2013, she debuted at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.  She is represented by Premier Models in London, and New York Model Management.

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Adrien Sauvage – Designer. Director. Photographer.

Written by Shirlene Brown | January 8, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Adrien Sauvage is a creative talent.  He loves design, he loves photography, and he is a director.  This multi-pronged creative talent also played basketball professionally for Great Britain (a sport he started playing professionally at the age of 13).

After retiring at the age of 19 he turned his sights to celebrity stylist and lifestyle consultant. His keen eye for fashion quickly gained him a very high-profile following.  He decided to create his own line to provide more ‘wearable’ clothing, fashion that easily translated from the catwalk to everyday life.  Dress Easy (D.E.) came to fruition and, with no formal training, he started designing. In 201 he established his fashion house, A. Sauvage, designing menswear with an emphasis on perfect cuts and casual elegance.  This expanded to include women’s wear.

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