French Mag Makes “Black Beauty Matters” Statement With Gang Of Africa Issue

August 22, 2016  |  


Cover-LOfficiel-Africa-768x1020Representation in the fashion world is a never-ending battle for Black women, which is why it’s such a big deal whenever a magazine goes out of its way to spotlight models across the diaspora.

L’Officiel de la Mode has done just that with its September 2016 issue, Gang of Africa, with the running tagline “Black Beauty Matters” which features Ciara, Iman, Maria Borges, Ajak Wek, Grace Boi, Riley Montana, Adesuwa Aighewi, and Anais Mali on the cover. Of the significance of the issue which marks the French magazine’s 95th year of publishing, Editor Marie-José Susskind-Jalou wrote on the website:

In excitement like no other, Africa is eager to move forward. An inventive continent, connected, modern, human, inspired by his stylistic diversity and cultural expansion.

A continent that can not be reduced to a bounded news in which some minds would ever force him.

A continent that is not just, either, to a mere geography. Africa is a feeling that tells and tells today worldwide.

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.

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. (Translated into English)

Shot by photographer Ellen von Unwerth, the issue features captivatingly gorgeous and colorful shots of each of the women on the cover. Like this closeup of South Sudan’s Grace Boi.

Out now! #gangofafrica @gracebol in #lofficielparis styled by @lejenke

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Boi also posed alongside Angolan fashion model Maria Borges who won all our hearts when she rocked her natural hair during last year’s Victoria Secret Fashion show.

#gangofafrica out in #lofficielparis @gracebol @iammariaborges @lejenke

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And Ciara and Iman are also quite the pair in this still styled by Lejenke.

Check out more images from the issue on the next few pages.

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