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Thando Hopa helps open more doors for albino models

Written by Shirlene Brown | December 11, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Thando Hopa is no stranger to controversy.  As an albino growing up in Africa, she has been seen as some as a good luck or bad luck depending on who the person was.

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Refilwe Modiselle redefines model beauty

Written by Shirlene Brown | December 10, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Refilwe Modiselle is a model and entertainer born in Rockville, Soweto. She started her modelling career at the age of 13 when she was approached by “Y!” magazine. She also appeared as a runway model in 2005 for star South African designer David Tlale, making her the first albino model to appear on a runway in South Africa. She is widely credited as the first working albino model in South Africa and was recently selected as the new face of clothing brand LEGiT’s summer collection. Speaking about her monumental feat in this interview Refilwe says ” The rules that defined what a ‘normal’ girl should look like have been broken. I’m glad  LEGiT picked me because it’s taken fashion to another level.  That they chose to do something different shows how feisty the brand is.”

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Festival for Fashion and Arts readies for big show

Written by Shirlene Brown | November 15, 2012 | Leave a Comment

The Festival for Fashion and Arts (FAFA) is slated to take place on November 17, 2012at 6 p.m. at Silver Ring, Ngong Race Course, in Nairobi, Kenya. This year’s theme is FAFA Insight 2012 : Rebranding Africa.

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Salieu Jalloh – Sierra Leone’s male supermodel

Written by Shirlene Brown | October 8, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Salieu Jalloh is a male model from Sierra Leone who is in great demand for both print work and the runway.  His chiseled looks and photogenic style have helped to make him quite the star.

Salieu Jalloh works with Red Model Management in New York, and Ford Models Europe, in Paris. He has walked the runway for, among others,  Calvin Klein, Moschino, Corneliani, Dsquared2, Kenzo, and Songzio.

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Jared Okeyo paving his way in Atlanta

Written by Shirlene Brown | September 30, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Jared Okeyo, a model based in Atlanta, has been on reality shows Real Housewives of Atlanta and the TI and Tiny Show on VH1, and was part of the fashion show by the AKOO clothing line owned by rapper T.I.  He also did a Macys and Sean John fashion show.

To learn more about him, or just stay in touch, follow him on Twitter or friend him on his Facebook page.

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Zainab Sheriff, Sierra Leone’s leggy beauty

Written by Shirlene Brown | September 26, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Zainab Sheriff is a Sierra Leone fashion model, currently based in Istanbul Turkey.

Zainab started her modeling career at age 14 in the local area of Freetown Sierra Leone. She relocated to Istanbul Turkey in 2006, following her boyfriend (now husband), where she soon caught the eye of several high-end fashion designers. In an interview with Because I Am Fabulous, she detailed how some agencies were initially reluctant to work with her since there were ‘…not many black people in Turkey’, so therefore the demand for black models would not be high. Her big break came when she worked at a golden fair and subsequently met Cengiz Abazoglu, one of Turkey’s biggest designers.  Through her work with him, she was exposed to other designers (Cemil Ipekci, Arzu Kaprol, Christian Loboutin) who included her on their runway rosters.

Her career portfolio includes extensive runway shows, features in top magazines including Elle, Marie Claire, and Vogue.  Some of you may remember her as a contestant in the  2012 Big Brother Africa TV Reality Show.  She unfortunately didn’t make it to the final for controversial reasons.

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Anggy Haif highlights African culture in fashion and music

Written by Shirlene Brown | September 18, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Anggy Haif is a Cameroonian designer and singer who promotes African culture in his music and designs.

His designs use natural materials including raffia, roots, palm leaves and recycled materials.  These products are woven into unique, creative, elegant designs that incorporate traditiona African patterns. His style is in such demand that he provides outfits for national and international beauty pageants.  He also uses his own music as the backdrop to his fashion shows.

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Oswald Boateng showcases African print suits at New York Fashion Week

Written by Ameyaw Debrah | September 8, 2012 | Leave a Comment

British-Ghanaian fashion designer, Ozwald Boateng on Thursday   took over the Big Apple in style when Arise Magazine hosted its African Icons Collective including Gavin Rajah (South Africa), Tiffany Amber (Nigeria), Tsemaye Binitie (UK/Nigeria) and Maki Oh (Nigeria) at the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week

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Nina Keita – the new generation of noir beauty

Written by Shirlene Brown | August 31, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Nina Keita is a beautiful model with a versatile style.

The featured face of Black Up  luxury cosmetics, she is also a favorite for several clothing store catalogs, and on the catwalk.  Nina Keita is originally from Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).

She is infamous for her Old Navy ad which features her and her boyfriend, Sam Saffman.  The ad spurred a lot of debate about interracial relationships, and questions about why there were two versions of the same ad (one with kissing and one without).

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Bertini Heumegni – Model, actor, designer and personal trainer.

Written by Shirlene Brown | August 14, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Bertini Heumegni is a surprisingly humble model, actor and designer who seems to have his head in the right place.   Discovered in South Africa while working as a bouncer, he has gone on to become a highly sought-after model, personal trainer, designer and actor.

Born in Cameroon, he went to the University of Lagos and then moved to South Africa.  He lived in South Africa for seven years before moving to New York where he realized he needed to do more than just model.  He became a personal trainer.  He was picked to be on America’s Next Top Model where he stood out because of his hazel-green eyes.  Determined to bring his children to the U.S., he worked hard until he could afford to bring them over.  His twins, Danielle Heumegni and Patrick Heumegni finally joined him ( something he touts as his proudest accomplishment), and are doing well in college.

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Written by Wanjiru Ndung'u | June 9, 2012 | Leave a Comment

We have previously introduced designer Adele Dejak on our website, where she introduced herself and her beautiful jewellery and accessories line. It is our pleasure therefore to introduce you to her new collection ROGO. The collection was recently launched at the Tribe hotel in Nairobi to guests such as Vogue Italia Editor, Franca Sozzani and Emmanuelle Chirqui a Hollywood actress.

The Rogo collection encapsulates Adele’s vision where style, substance and luxury effortless go together. It’s a collection that encourages women to be unapologetic in embracing and celebrating their multidimensional nature. This collection reinforces the Adele Dejak brand values of bold, sensuous, sophisticated, with a flirty fun edge.

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