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Cookie Tee, Fiifi Coleman, Akumaa Zimbi, Others To Rump On “Rhythms on da Runway”

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Cookie T; radio & television broadcaster, actor Fiifi Coleman, Akumaa Mama Zimbi; radio & television broadcaster and philanthropist, Gifty; Miss Universe 2012, Phylis Vesta Boison; Miss Malaika 2019 actor Umar Krup, and other notable creatives who serve as a visual aid for consumers or designers creating works of art have been announced as the official guest models who will rump on “Rhythms on da Runway“, slated for November 14, 6PM at the Underbridge, East Legon.

Launched early October at the plush African Regent Hotel, Accra- Ghana, the event will parade some of Africa’s most leading men’s wear and women’s wear designers who will be unveiling their latest collections and creations through a night of splendid fashion extravaganza. In addition to the usual assortment of business casual wear, streetwear, formal wear, ethnic fashion wear, and classic tailoring, the collections are anticipated to come with rich innovation and style.

This year’s edition under the ‘BEYOND THE RETURN’ theme will be strictly Ghanaian and its dubbed the ‘100 Ghanaian edition’ which is part of the Beyond the Return event activities. This means that only Ghanaian Fashionistas would showcase their fashion works on the runway. Other African and International fashion houses were not added to this year’s event as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Since its inception 13 years ago Rhythms on da runway have brought more fashion greats to showcase their works being rocked on the runway by some of the best models from Ghana. Last year’s event for ‘THE YEAR OF RETURN’ edition, was a huge success and saw African designers from far and wide converge to display their works. Designers like Mudi, Ophelia Crossland, Velma Accessories, Abrantie the gentleman and a host of other notable designers were amongst those that shared their works with fashion lovers present.

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Pearl Flolu Officially Launches “Emeralds Clothing”

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“Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.”

Pearl Flolu, CEO of “Emeralds Clothing” has officially launched the new enterprise on Friday, February 5, 2021. The launch ceremony witnessed very notable faces like Senyo Hosi (CEO – Chamber of Bulk Oil Distribution) and Mr. James Etornam Flolu (DCE of Afadjato South), Sarafina Tetefio, CEO – Lotus Mart, Patrick Donkor, CEO- kekle Securities, Dela Zuttah, CEO- Stockit.

The DCE in cutting the cake congratulated Pearl Flolu for setting up such an enterprise. He urged all to patronize the business so it can keep running and grow.

Pearl Flolu has been into Fashion for the past 10 years and still counting; she’s beaten all the odds amidst the current world pandemic to officially launch and commission her brand. Using authentic African prints and other Quality fabrics, Pearl showcases a wide range of enchanting, simple, unique styles and affordable prices fit for all, The Fashion designer is ready for the both male and female bespoke with her experience and Modernity.

The Guest of Honour, Senyo Hosi CEO – Chamber of Bulk Oil Distribution who spoke at the commissioning commended the effort and stated that this is an initiative to boost the economy of Ghana as well as aid in the creating of job in the country rather than it just being something fanciful, he recommended all to patronize Emeralds Clothing in other to expand its reach.

“I’m very excited to be here, I admire when people thrive and produce things, that take Ghana and it’s produce into the world and expands our potential.” (Senyo Hosi)

Locate Emeralds Clothing at Trade Fair, Palm Wine Junction.

See photos from the launch below;

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Supermodel Aweng Ade-Chuol Kisses Wife On The January 2021 Cover Of Elle UK

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22-year-old Sudanese supermodel Aweng Ade-Chuol, known for her work with Fenty, Ralph Lauren, and singer Beyoncé, among others, can be seen on the January 2021 cover of Elle UK along with her wife Alexus. The two being on the cover together is a win, but what they’re doing is even more amazing: kissing,

It’s been a busy and rough year so far for many of us, Ade-Chuol included. A bright spot, however, was when the couple met in January of 2019 and then married in December of the same year. The cover features the former refugee kissing her nail entrepreneur wife, while editorial images inside features them in a variety of topless poses.

The interview with Ade-Chuol, though, is the real supporting star of the magazine’s issue (right behind the cover, of course). The model opens up about recent moments in her life, both the good and the bad.

“I’m the kind of person who has met many beautiful people, and it’s like, OK, cool, bye,” Ade-Chuol said of meeting now-wife Alexus. “But after I saw her, I annoyed the sugar out of her until she gave me her personal number.”

But the interview also touched on the darker sides of Ade-Chuol’s life and identity. In South Sudan, where the model originally hails from, same-sex marriage is still both illegal and punishable by up to 10 years in prison. In 2006, her family was granted asylum in Sydney, Australia. And though Ade-Chuol feels comfortable in her identity, she says she received overwhelming backlash from her home country when she announced her marriage to another woman. So much so that, earlier this year, she attempted suicide because of what she was hearing about herself and her marriage.

“We got married and the whole world, literally the whole of my community, were wishing that I passed, in a way,” Ade-Chuol told Elle UK. “A few months later, I attempt [suicide]. It was really absurd, because subconsciously I felt I was maybe drained by the fact we’d got married.”

But a setback, no matter how serious, wouldn’t stop Ade-Chuol from living her life freely and comfortably. When she spoke out about her experience in June, she received an overwhelming amount of love from both Sudanese LGBTQ+ women and others around the world. When she was approached by Elle UK to be on its January cover, the model said she took it as an opportunity to fight back against the bullies — as much as she could by herself.

“I wish I could say, ‘Let me hold the torch for the LGBTQIA+ Sudanese community,’ but it’s a lot for one person to handle,” she told the magazine. “I’m human at the end of the day, I’m very human, I’m learning myself.”

READ FULL FEATURE HERE: https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/culture/a34805600/aweng-january-cover-interview/

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Thebe Magugu Up For 2021 International Woolmark Prize

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South African multi award-winning fashion mogul, Thebe Magugu, will be contesting against five other fashionistas from around the world, including Nigerian designer, Kenneth Ize, after been announced as one of six finalists in the 2021 International Woolmark Prize reportedly worth over two million Rand (approximately USD 131 140).

Magugu reportedly currently produces his garments locally as part of his own socio-economic responsibility. The International Woolmark Prize might boost productions as finalists have the opportunity for their designs to be picked up by international brands.

The other four top finalists are Bethany Williams and Matty Bovan from the UK, Marie-Eve Lecavalier from Canada and Charaf Tajer from France. The six finalists were selected from 380 applications across 55 countries. Former supermodel, Naomi Campbell, was part of the selection committee. Winners will be announced early next year.

Magugu won the highly acclaimed 2019 LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) award and made history as the first African to do so.

The Woolmark Prize judging panel includes educator, writer and activist Sinéad Burke, Garage magazine fashion director Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, talent scout the and BoF editor-at-large Tim Blanks. Each designer has to create a Merino wool collection under the theme “Less Is More,” which will be reviewed by the judges in February 2021.

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Ghanaian Model, Roselyn Ashkar, “Says Yes To The Man Of Her Dreams” [SEE PHOTOS]

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Miss Roselyn Ashkar; a model, TV and radio personality from Accra Ghana has shared photos announcing her wedding engagement with Wilfred, whose social media BIO describes him as a Blogger and Poet. In an Instagram post, the former Miss Malaika contestant recounted how Wilfred and his family orchestrated what was “supposed” to be a family farewell dinner but turned out to be marriage proposal. She wrote;

“Exactly a week ago, I said yes to the man of my dreams. The easiest yes I’ve ever said.”

“I dressed up to what was “supposed” to be a family farewell dinner which said “Everyone dress UP and look your best.” Only to find out it was all a ploy to get me to dress up at the beach because otherwise I wouldn’t.”

“This man, together with my chosen family, planned this for months to put together a surprise proposal of my dreams! It was PERFECT and writing this makes me emotional all over again. Thank you for making me the happiest little girl in the entire world for this long @francissovic – I’m now willing to eat avocado and kenkey for you.”

Miss Roselyn Ashkar started off in the media industry in 2009 as one of the top-listed models for a renowned modelling agency in Ghana called EXOPA. Later in 2010, she made an appearance in the eighth edition of the popular reality television pageant, Miss Malaika Ghana as a contestant. As part of the top finalists in the competition, her drive to achieve more led her to continue with her modelling career. She’s featured on international runway shows and working with famous designers such as Thula Sindi, David Thale, Marianne Fassler.

Roselyn, also an entrepreneur jointly owns an ushering agency called Exclusive Ushers Ghana. The agency provides ushers tailored for all types of events and activations. Roselyn holds a degree in BA Communications and has hands on experience in television and radio presenting and production. She worked briefly as a host of the television reality show in Ghana: the Miss Ghana 2012 Diaries

She was also the sole Ghanaian representative in the maiden edition of the continental reality TV show “AFRICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL” in which was part of the top 5 finalists in the competition. (Made out of the CBS franchise, America’s Next Top Model)

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