The Editorial Everyone is Talking About: Ajak Deng & Ataui Deng ‘Le Rendez-Vous’ for ARISE Issue 11 by John-Paul Pietrus

Posted on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 at 11:06 AM


From the international fashion blogs to urban gossip blogs. There is something about this  fashion editorial that has captured everyone’s imagination.

Sudanese Models Ajak Deng & Ataui Deng photographed by John-Paul Pietrus for Issue 11 of ARISE Magazine.
The ‘Le Rendez-Vous’ in Paris spread is indeed stunning. The fashion spread was styled by talented stylist Sabrina Henry.

Photo Credit: Fashion Gone Rogue

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  • 61 Comments on “The Editorial Everyone is Talking About: Ajak Deng & Ataui Deng ‘Le Rendez-Vous’ for ARISE Issue 11 by John-Paul Pietrus”

    • waliu January 12, 2011 at 11:12 AM

      i love the shots

    • A January 12, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      How does this not have a hundred comments? These photos are amazing! The models are stunning! These are beutiful black girls-not that over-hyped Alek Wek! I love it! Cant wait to get a copy of this issue!

    • NIRA January 12, 2011 at 11:44 AM

      me likey… something sexy about the shots.

    • Ginika January 12, 2011 at 11:44 AM

      Like this is soooooooooooo hot. This is what I call couture, high fashion… the photography is stunning. I like alot. The models are stunning, look at that skin tone!

    • fan January 12, 2011 at 11:47 AM

      Love these models. definitely a welcomed change from the norm!

    • fokasibe January 12, 2011 at 12:23 PM

      Nice pics….but I aint feelin the whole idea behind the first shot! Which kain yeye biting of sisters ear be that? Excuse my ignorance but I cringed when I saw it!

      • lalala January 12, 2011 at 1:29 PM

        Same. I was/ am still confused :S

        love the holding hands one though.

      • viv January 12, 2011 at 1:52 PM

        @fokasibe you aint ignorant, my thots exactly. what is the message behind the first pix…?????? the other pictures are good.

        • storm January 12, 2011 at 3:48 PM

          i was confused at first, then i cringed too, plus from the 3rd picture am i to take it that models aren’t supposed to wear bras??? excuse my own ignorance too oh

        • Ready January 13, 2011 at 6:14 AM

          Lol…what do you expect? Dem call something “Le Rendez-vous” so now. The pictures are beautiful so we’ll call them art…ear-biting, no-bra art. Stunning women though.

    • Blossom January 12, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      It just a little too lesbian-ish for me. *shudder*

    • CC January 12, 2011 at 1:24 PM

      Ok so the lesbian thing is still not out of style? Let my momsie not see this she’ll start asking me if “she is a gay?”

    • moah January 12, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      dy re thinnnnnn

    • Ginika January 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      lolz, i also shuddered but i guess its all in the name of fashion. It is a bit lesbian-ish

      • French Paris aaliyah January 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

        u cant judge them from the picture cuz arts is creativity

    • chat January 12, 2011 at 2:08 PM

      der is nothing special about dis, d models ar too tin wic is not very african and i dont like d first pic. tanx

      • chika Oduah January 13, 2011 at 1:30 AM

        they are from southern sudan–have you ever seen a southern sudanese who was not really really skinny?

    • mbabazi January 12, 2011 at 2:17 PM

      they have he lesbian thng going on in all the pics. they are lovely tho

      • talent July 25, 2011 at 6:26 AM

        i believe in African culture female friends hold hands. so this could mean friendship.

    • Iemberdoo January 12, 2011 at 3:09 PM

      Excellent photography!!

    • StillSweet January 12, 2011 at 3:37 PM

      The models are beautiful, but I think they’re trying to sneak something else here on me. This is how its done.

    • TumTum January 12, 2011 at 4:06 PM

      Lurving this too much. Gonna send the first pic and the holding hands pic to my dykie buddies.

    • kenora January 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM

      i love this so much…

    • funky January 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

      they r sisters tho, look at their last names people. they are beautiful ladies tho.

      • CC January 12, 2011 at 4:51 PM

        They’re not sisters. That’s like assuming all Okonkwos or Ojos are related.

      • Eby January 13, 2011 at 12:58 AM

        Even if this is true, which sisters bite each others ears like that, lol?

    • French Paris aaliyah January 12, 2011 at 4:44 PM

      Lovely lips !nice pics i love the FRENCH

    • kreamy January 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM

      D pic quality is great. But dat 1st pics??? Wat msg r they tryin 2 pass.

    • Jade January 12, 2011 at 4:55 PM

      whats up with ear biting tho’

    • Tonia January 12, 2011 at 5:13 PM

      Why the ear biting???

    • Sash January 12, 2011 at 5:51 PM

      I didn’t see anything wrong with the first pix, still don’t know what you guys are on about. Everything about the pics is classy, tres chic. Moi, j’aime bien les photo

    • Dami January 12, 2011 at 5:53 PM

      BEYOOTIFUL!! J’etaime..J’adore!!

      n puhlease! all this about the ear photography isn’t for the faint hearted!

    • Daretospeak January 12, 2011 at 6:33 PM

      This is what I call fashion, detailing is exceptional,models check,photography check check and check!LOOOOOve IT.

    • Bachelorette January 12, 2011 at 7:00 PM

      Good Modelling, Great Photography!!!!! me likey

    • ihuoma January 12, 2011 at 8:07 PM

      lol……d first picture was ?????????….generally a good concept thoe…..

    • chinx January 12, 2011 at 10:49 PM

      Very beautiful and creative! C’est tres chic!

    • jaybee January 12, 2011 at 11:26 PM

      subtle hints of lesbianism,nice fotos though

    • Ogo January 13, 2011 at 12:41 AM

      The models are gorgeous! I don’t covet the clothes but, oh well, it’s HAUTE COUTURE.

    • MamasitaDiva January 13, 2011 at 1:25 AM

      Wow now that’s what I am talking about! Loved it!

    • konnie January 13, 2011 at 3:56 AM

      The firt picture just ruined what would have been a fantastic photo shoot. Sisters biting each other and one looking like she was in estacy, go figure. nnnaaaaa!!!!

      • niabritton April 5, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        THEY ARE NOT RELATED!!!!! DENG IS A COMMON SURNAME AMONG THE DINKA!!!!please stop posting ignorant comments

    • UgoBabe January 13, 2011 at 5:22 AM

      Puleezzeee must we embrace just any bs the west throws our way?
      the clothing is ugly not my taste…….and i do not like the subtle hints of lesbianism….and i dont find much beautiful about the models….they do not describe my idea of beauty….granted they are black but that is all i find intriguing about them…leave the starving skinny estethic to the europeans

      • Changing Faces January 14, 2011 at 1:02 AM

        My sister, I wonder same… Anything d west accepts is ok for us! High fashion ko! If u don’t like d concept, then ur fainthearted! Bollocks….

    • UgoBabe January 13, 2011 at 5:27 AM

      i wonder why this site never posts my comments???

    • Corve DaCosta January 13, 2011 at 6:45 AM

      Its beautiful

    • ugo January 13, 2011 at 6:54 AM

      why do they always cut their hair, bikonu?

    • tela January 13, 2011 at 7:46 AM

      i love it soooo much

    • Den January 13, 2011 at 9:30 AM


    • Yomi January 13, 2011 at 10:15 AM

      gorgeous! nice photography, its so ‘PARIS’

    • ifeoma January 13, 2011 at 10:48 AM

      WOW. The pictures are on point n d models look amazing!

    • *the *chatterbox* January 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      beautifull….love their skin…

    • raw January 13, 2011 at 2:43 PM

      Beautiful, graceful African girls.. like gazelles…. gorgeous! Tired of the long weave wearing black women with coloured contacts! This is one type of African beauty at it’s finest!

    • Amaha January 13, 2011 at 5:03 PM

      This just made me want to cry esp. once I saw the Rue de Lubeck thing! I’m gonna miss living in France! *cries* Awesome photos but I’m with the others, what’s with the ear biting?

    • Tricia January 13, 2011 at 6:43 PM

      Nice Photos but it makes me feel ‘Gayish’

    • asanwam January 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM

      Phwoar this high fashion,pure hotness,the concept is smart, controversy sells,so keep talking,are they? are they not?

    • BC January 13, 2011 at 7:20 PM

      Sizzling. I love the last 2 pics. And whoever said all African women were fat/thick? Never seen a fat Sudanese. In fact rail thin women in the norm there.

    • Molly January 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM

      What’s with the first picture? I find it perverse and hope we will not be trying to introduce these type of things to Africa that we are not even safe to buy a fashion mag or go to a fashion website again. They are modelling clothes aren’t they? I don’t hear anyone talking about the clothes, do you?

      • Changing Faces January 14, 2011 at 1:08 AM

        Clothes are not special…. That’s why they needed the ear biting to get attention! They’d already screaming high fashion!

    • A January 17, 2011 at 2:01 PM

      Its an editorial-they arent necessaryily trying to sell the clothes to you. Most of these comments are just myopic.

    • vanitychaser July 17, 2011 at 2:07 AM