Representation in the fashion industry has and continues to be a long standing issue, specifically where black women are concerned. French magazine L’Officiel de la Mode decide to represent in a major way for their September issue, featuring Ciara, Iman, Ajak Deng, Alek Wek, Grace Boi, Riley Montana, Anais Mali and Adesuwa Aighewi on the cover.
Editor Marie-José Susskind-Jalou posted the following on their website –
“A continent, finally, who is not just a trend, as glam as it is, but galvanized by the time its common faith in tomorrow. The great continent of possibilities. This excitement, fashion becomes impregnated with enthusiasm in his autumn-winter collections, the universe of art devotes major exhibitions, cities world would infuse, from London to Paris to New York Rio.”
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“For this issue, we wanted to incarnate, L’Officiel has given carte blanche to Jenke Ahmed Tailly, which Beyoncé to Kanye West, his prodigal talent of style with the biggest stars. An embroidered number of dream and desire, which weaves the story of an African trip. Admit as much a journey towards tomorrow.”
The captivating ‘Black Beauty Matters’ Gang Of Africa spread was shot by world renowned photo Ellen Von Unwerth.