The fashion industry in Kenya is growing bigger and betters each year and what better way to celebrate our African fashion prowess than dedicating a whole week to all things fashion.
This past weekend (24th – 26th Nov 2017) the summer/spring edition was held at the Nairobi International Convention and Conference Centre and the theme was ‘Arise’.
The 3 day event was an all glam affair from the designers pieces showcased, to the red carpet moment, the street styles from models and the pop up shops. The runway featured international designers from all over the Africa and beyond. Some of them include Alexander Akande (Cameroon), Matseliso Mphaka (Lesotho),Paakow Essandoh (Ghanaian), Armstrong Loga (Cameroon), Thokozani Freedom Mbatha ( Durban), Sam Omondi (Kenyan), Rawan Bahabri (Saudi Arabia), Yaan Djossonou ( Benin), Ines Claudia and Diane Umugwaneza (Belgium), Safietou Seck (Senegal), Idil Abdi Mohammed ( Kenyan), Alexandria Garcia ( Spain), Brian Lenze ( South African), Ingo Shanyege ( UK), Debbie Oyugi (Kenyan), Fatuma Asha (Ugandan), Irina Karataeva (Russian), Rosalina Sina Tlelase (Lesotho), Megan Smith ( USA).
This year’s Victoria’s Secret edition went down in Shanghai, China.
The main aim is to tap into the burgeoning Chinese fashion economy. The event took place at the Mercedes Benz arena. The theme was pink, glitter and more pink, focusing on sportswear and nightwear.
The occasion was one of its kind. Usual models like Gigi Hadid, Behati Presloo and Kendall Jenner were nowhere to be seen and a lot of new faces were spotted and more importantly plenty of melanin was served.
The inclusion of black models in the show speaks volumes to young black girls all over the world who feel that some jobs or dreams are not achievable. Here’s a quick summary of the black models that owned the runway and are on their way to being angels.
She started her modeling at age 19, when she was scouted at a mall in Kansas City, Missouri. Her family had relocated to the USA from South Sudan when she was just a child. Grace has a number of agencies representing her i.e. New York (The Lions), Paris (Oui management), London (Core Artist Management) etc. Bol is all the black girl magic we needed and so much more for the Victoria Secret.
The Tanzanian model joined the list of the few African models that have made it to Victoria Secret Fashion Show. She has worked with various agencies in New York (Women Management), London (Elite London), Paris (Women Management) etc., since the tender age of 15, before finally strutting the Victoria Secret runway.
Amilna has already made her mark in the fashion world at only 18 years, by walking for one of the world’s biggest and exclusive fashion house. The beauty hails from Angola, and was discovered at 14 years when she starred in elite model look contest and won the competition in Luanda, Angola. She has worked with other agencies apart from Elite Paris, Elite London i.e. The Society Management New York.
The first time I got to know Fawwie Sol was during Coke Studio Season III. I was drawn to her aura; her eclectic approach towards fashion styling. No wonder she was chosen as the wardrobe stylist for the show.
It’s not accidental that South African actor Suraya-Rose Santos became the first-rising star she is. Her Arabic name Suraya means “bright starlight”. Currently based in Canada and spending time in LA, growing her performing talent, the super gorgeous thespian is the ultimate definition of cool.
When it comes to spotting the right talent in modeling in Kenya, it’s pretty easy to confuse a socialite wannabe for a model. They all pose for pictures, the only difference being one is a form of art while the other is just a shortcut to fame.