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Vogue Africa Denied by Conde Nast

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Vogue Africa Denied by Conde Nast


Vogue Africa Denied by Conde Nast

Vogue Africa Denied by Conde Nast

For a continent that is often grossly misrepresented in the mainstream media, fashion publications included, a chance to change the way that the rest of the world view’s their shared culture and contributions would have been mind altering to say the least. However, with Condé Nast denying Cameroonian photographer Mario Epanya’s proposal to develop an African edition of Vogue, the culturally diverse continent once again is relegated to safari spreads and pleas for aid.

Condé Nast has yet to comment on why, with 18 editions of the magazine published and distributed from India to Australia, Vogue Africa did not fit their criteria for licensing the Vogue name and likeness.  Speculators have alleged everything from the more pressing issues plaguing the people of Africa to the logistics of distributing a publication to 1 billion people in over 2,00 different languages. The most disturbing reason being cited has to do with the lack of diversity in the mainstream fashion media.

After Vogue Italia’s Black issue way back in 2008 and the recent calls for more realistic models, Condé Nast had no problem with Vogue Italia launching Vogue Black and Vogue Curvy sections of their website-all in perfect English by the way-to satisfy the masses calling for diversity. The problem with both of these sites is that, as we Americans learned over 50 years ago, separate is not always equal. By segregating these populations into their own online editions, we are in fact placing a band-aid on an issue that need to be remedied not covered. Instead of focusing on featuring more girls who look like Sessilee Lopez and Crystal Renn on the pages of Vogue-did you notice its always Vogue Italia attempting to display more diversity-we push these girls into their own site on away from the mainstream. I didn’t know Vogue Black existed until recently, and as an African-American woman I was appalled to find a site where Tyra Banks interviews people and stories on stereotypical Black issues are featured-FYI there is already a Vogue Black in print, it’s called Essence. Again, the issue with this is not the clichéd images of women sporting natural hair and Black models smiling backstage, the problem is that there needs to be equal representation on the pages of mainstream outlets to remedy the diversity issue.

Getting back to Vogue Africa, without a definite statement from Condé Nast all we can do is speculate as to why they passed on the opportunity to showcase such a culturally rich continent in a positive light. All too often Africa is still portrayed as a war-torn land of savages ravaged with infectious epidemics, the fact that there are areas of affluence, a rich tradition in textiles and the arts dating back centuries before the founding of America, a diverse array of cultures and traditions, is often left out when mainstream media attempts to define the entire continent with brief snippets from a few countries. Hopefully with this story burning up the blogs, Condé Nast will at least look into expanding the Vogue brand to Africa not only in an effort to inject more diversity into the fashion periodical section at Barnes and Nobles but to also show more of the world the truth about Africa, which is not a country despite that popular misconception.

Vogue Africa Denied by Conde Nast

Vogue Africa Denied by Conde Nast

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Fashion Meets Music: 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

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Fashion Meets Music: 52nd Annual Grammy Awards


Lady Gaga stuns in this custom Armani Prive dress and crystal body suit

Lady Gaga stuns in this custom Armani Prive dress and crystal body suit


The morning after! Music’s biggest award show brought out all of the stars to celebrate the industry. The Grammy’s were a bit more entertaining as musicians will be a bit more daring with their fashion than actors.  Here we featured some of our favorite looks along with, ya know, those other ones.

Lady Gaga obviously killed it with her Armani Privé custom crystal dazzler. She did it right! Ladies, wear couture to awards shows – come on!  Check out Nicola Formichetti’s blog for complete coverage of each outfit she wore during the show. How did she know yellow was my favorite color, her hair looks amazing with the yellow added in.

Pink looked incredible. Wearing a haute couture gown she would certainly not have to worry about showing up in the same dress as someone else.  She looked exceptionally  lady like for a musician that is proud to not be like those other girls.  She definitely worked it well – though her performance outfit was a bit TMI.

Katy Perry recently was engaged to Russell Brand during a trip to India but I think she took her South Asian inspiration a bit too far.  The elephant purse was a bit much and the Bindi was a bit Gwen Stefani circa the 90s.

As far as trends for the night, sparkles and shine ruled (they are “stars” aren’t they?) and colors remained pretty neutral – mostly blacks, whites and neutrals like beige.

This show was definitely more entertaining than the Globes (fashion-wise) but still not what I would expect – all out glamour!  I can’t wait for the Oscars – I hope the celebrities don’t disappoint!

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NEW: Stila’s Indian Summer Collection

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NEW: Stila’s Indian Summer Collection


I don’t know about you, but coming out of the winter months I am the palest, whitest lady alive! Cue Stila‘s new Indian Summer Collection to fix our winter-weary faces. Paying homage to everything exotic, shades of gold, pink, plum, and teal are infused with 24kt gold to give you that no-fuss summer glow. We’re talking the whole deal – tinted moisturiser, gloss, eyeshadow, bronzing powder, lip and cheek stain, mascara, smudge pot, and blush.
Stila Indian Summer Collection

Stila's Indian Summer Collection

Standouts would have to be the Charmed Eyeshadow Palette with four brilliant wet-to-dry super shimmery shades and the non-sticky 24kt Gloss adorned with a genuine handmade bindi. And as a known antioxidant with microbial properties, the gold-infused products will do more than just have you looking pretty on the surface!

Peep the Indian Summer Collection at the website, and to keep up to date follow Stila’s Twitter.

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