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Victoria Michaels Shines At AFI Fashion Week In South Africa.



It is becoming obvious that no one can match top model, Victoria Michaels, when it also comes to runway mileage this season. She keeps doing amazingly well on major and international fashion platforms.

One of such shows is the just ended spring and summer season of African Fashion International (AFI) Fashion Week in South Africa. She was among top fashion models that brought life to the AFI Fashion Week.

She had the honor of showcasing designs by top designers including David Tlale, whose works for the night have been described as “meaningful”. The flamboyant designer paid homage to his biggest muse and late mother, Joyce Tlale, naming his SS20 collection “Joyce” Tlale’s.

His presentation began with fun and colourful pieces, drawing inspiration from his ‘Heritage Month’ collaboration with Tastic Rice, as well as the rich and vibrant cultures found in South Africa. Visuals and images of Victoria on the runway during David Tlale’s showcase have been generating a lot of attention on social media.

On Instagram she said, “It was an emotional night for models, guests and designers as @davidtlale paid tribute to his mother with a tribute worthy collection @afi_sa Fashion Week.” “Thanks to the amazing @andiswamanxiwa @deonredman and the entire crew for having me. I love you @taryncannings.”

Victoria also walked for Taibo Bacar, Matte Nolim, La Art Neoville, House of Jahdara and Kreyann, all of whom are amazing designers.

The model, who was born in Accra, to Nigerian father and Nigerian-Ghanaian mother, is one of the most celebrated models on the continent. Aside the runway influence, she was recently announced as a champion of the environment as she joins European Union (EU) climate change campaign, in addition to other amazing social projects.


Koffee Unveiled One Of Calvin Klein’s Latest Underwear Models



Koffee turned heads and raise some eyebrows by modeling Calvin Klein’s spring 2021 underwear collection. She joins other celebrities like Megan Thee Stallion, Rina Sawayama, Jacob Elordi, Terence Nance, Janaya Future Khan, and more in Calvin Klein’s spring 2021 campaign. This is her first underwear deal and her first with the iconic clothing brand.

It’s March 2021, spring is upon us, and Koffee is gracing us with another surprise new corporate endorsement deal while showing some skins while she’s at it. The reggae/dancehall crooner is known to wear ample often baggy clothing, so being an underwear model will come as a huge surprise for her fans who are already reacting to her post on her Instagram page.

She compliments the fit with a Calvin Klein denim jacket with socks and sneakers, showing off her toned legs and abs. The pint-size dancehall star has always maintained her toned physique, but for the first time, her fans get a glimpse of it.

Last year, Koffee signed endorsement deals with Nike/Jordan and MasterCard, which saw her becoming brand ambassadors for both Fortune 500 companies. The singer attributes her success in winning over corporate companies to her positive music and attitude. This, she revealed, has also help Jamaica on the global stage.

“The positivity that I put in my music has put me on the map, has helped me to put my country even more on the map, has brought me across the world and showed me a lot of different things,” she said. “So, that’s something that I wish to continue to hold at the forefront of what I represent.”

While speaking about her deal with Jordan in November last year, Koffee opened up about self-love and exuding confidence in herself. “Confidence begins with self-love and self-belief. I don’t really know how to tell somebody to love themselves, necessarily, but even me, I have to find a way to love myself, to emit love into the world,” the singer said.

Aside from stacking up on endorsement deals, Koffee continues to see major success locally and worldwide with her music. She told Rolling Stone that her sophomore album will be about bringing people together and finding solutions to problems. Positivity will continue to be a major theme of her music.

With a Grammy Award under her belt, she is looking to add another when she released her second album later this year. While we await new music, we’re still bumping her previous releases of timeless joints like “Lockdown,” “Pressure,” and her mega-hit “Toast.”


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Pearl Flolu Officially Launches “Emeralds Clothing”



“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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Arts & Culture

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



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.”


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Awards and Ceremoinies

Thebe Magugu Up For 2021 International Woolmark Prize



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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