From a rich history of racism, exclusion of black models, and mocking African culture to now executing their first cover shoot in Africa, it seems Vogue’s old ways could not survive in modern times. Years of growth in African culture, and anti-racist movements eventually landed an apology for racism from the magazine and today, a featured cover shot in Africa.
Stripping away the contents of the paragraph above, the successful and multiple award-winning Ghanaian British actress, screenwriter, singer, and songwriter, Michaela Coel was the cause for this act as she took the center spot for the front cover and editorial feature.
Michaela Coel who was awarded for her work on I May Destroy You, Coel was the first Black woman to win the Emmy Award and break another strand of racism by Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards; broke down how shooting in Africa came together.
According to the actress who is set to make her debut appearance in the new edition of the Black Panther 2 Movie “They asked me where I would like to shoot it,” Michaela said in a video posted on the magazine’s Instagram page. “I thought to myself, ‘Shoot for the stars. Aim for the moon.’ I said Ghana.” Watch below.
The act places itself as a historical moment in the timeline of Vogue history and Michaela is to be thanked for opening them into a new era.
The cover was produced by Debonair Afrik Studios and Nuel Bans, shot by young Ghanaian photographer Malick Bodian, and featured styling by renowned Ghanaian model/stylists Kojo Osei.
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Ghana’s leading fashion event Accra Fashion Week is scheduled for 7-11 December 2022 following their 5th-year celebration last year in 2021. Accra Fashion Week is a platform for African designers that can be compared to fashion weeks across the major capitals. It aims to fill the void which sees tremendous creativity and culture across the continent with the absence of an operating fashion infrastructure.
The epic event took place at Ghana Dubai in Accra, and saw models march down the steps from the Kwame Nkrumah Monument whilst being followed by a spotlight, before circulating the central fountains. Memories of the exciting night still give chills as guests revisit the experience on youtube.
However, rest assured that 2022 is going to be even more exciting with greater performances and an upgraded designer collection. FashionGHANA.com is sure to bring you the exclusives we did on www.FashionGHANA.com/TV. All last year’s shows are available to watch on youtube. Designer’s registration is ongoing on the AccraFashionWeek.org website.
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