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South Africa’s Top 3 Supermodels rock Deola Sagoe on the cover of Marie Claire SA



African fashion keeps growing from strength to strength! We especially love that the industry is becoming more Pan-African, this was definitely the case when pieces from Deola Sagoe’s ‘Above the Fray’ collection which debuted at the Fall 2010/2011 New York Fashion Week in February 2010.
The models, Candice Swanepoel, Heidi Verster and Behati Prinsloo were garbed in pieces from Deola Sagoe for the beautiful cover while pieces by Black Coffee and Loin Cloth & Ashes can be seen in the stunning 10 page fashion spread inside the magazine. The shoot was produced a few days after the ARISE Show in New York by Juanita Daniel and shot by photographer, Daniella Midenge. Love it!

Behind the Scenes at the cover shoot

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  1. abbz

    May 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    not to come off as racist or anything but are’nt there any black models in SA? atleast one?these are beautiful models but where are the models of african descent?

  2. Bola #1

    May 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    jo o, i was just thinking the same thing

  3. Bola #1

    May 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    but stunning girls all the same

  4. NNena

    May 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    What a DAMN SHAME….

  5. FirstIWantToDanceWithYouPere

    May 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    SA is still racists!!

  6. FirstIWantToDanceWithYouPere

    May 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    meant to say “Racist”

  7. lola

    May 2, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Thank you lord!!!…i was about to say the same thing…but you all have said it all…seriously SA is a racist system…..not to be mean or anything but i don’t consider this so called white south Africans as Africans

  8. Miss Thang

    May 2, 2010 at 9:32 am

    My dears. it is ! Was there some years ago and noticed the new racism is to subtly make everything expensive and out of the reach of the average Black South African and that includes accomodation, certain hotels, etc. Transportation is also sparse and epileptic! Its true! was in Capetown and saw that apart from expensive minicabs there were no other easy means of transportation … except you want to enter the trains with hostile looking Zulus, eyeing you!! So if my friends and I would enter cabs together and split the money…after all we wanted to use our hard earned money to shop and not to spend on T-fare!! Hope with this World Cup coming up they would have addressed it..

  9. Sugabelly

    May 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    When I said it everyone said I was making noise. Are we surprised that all the models on South AFRICA’s cover are white?

    SA is so racist it’s unbelievable.

  10. chayo

    May 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I was thinking ” I am deeply disturbed that the ‘top models’ are all white”…they are fine sha but Africa is our land abi? o well, what do I know…

  11. Sarah

    May 2, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    South africans are so racists have you seen all theire Miss south african representatives all whites or mixed raced. am happy am not from there. at least in Ghana or other african countries the black africans outshine

  12. Tayo

    May 3, 2010 at 12:07 am

    This was suppose to be Deola Sagoe’s moment and most our comments were able white models and not even acknowledging the work of the talented designer. We really should not let them take our moments.

  13. Ladi

    May 3, 2010 at 2:41 am

    But we need to agree that white south Africans who came here 400yrs ago definitelyly feel entitled. Its unfortunate there are NO single top black models (as blacks are the majority). AH AH, At least One black, one white, one colored or Indian would have been a perfect balance.

  14. WaleAdeniji

    May 3, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I want to lend my voice to what others have said here. Ther is no black person worth his/her salt that will not comment/complain about this imbalance. South Africa is a land for the blacks. Why then would white dominate? Let’s not deceive ourselves tiwantiwa o. Let’s appreciate what we have. We are black people and we are beautiful with the colour we have with all glory to God. Let’s appreciate what we have and stop being inferior with out attitude and actions. Call me racist if you like. I don’t care.

  15. Mynatu27

    May 3, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Why r u guys complaining for d black SAns? I dnt think dey hav a problem wit
    ds, cos they also prefer to see demselves as white little wonder dia xenophobic
    nature! Abeg jare, big ups to ma fav 9ja designer deola sagoe.

  16. Bisqo

    May 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I agree with the comments above. It is hard when they talk about SA’s top
    models and all you see are oyinbos. It’s hard to believe that no darker skinned
    models were good enough. Nawa o….
    Not to take anything from Deola Sagoe, her designs are fantastic, but would
    also have been nice to see them worn on other models apart from those on
    the front cover IMHO.

  17. Susan

    May 3, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I was surprised to see this magazine cover, a magazine edition geared toward South Africa, with three White models on the cover (referred to here as their “top three”). REALLY?? Why are they not South African models? And why is this sort of domination being touted on this site as something to embrace/behold?

    I agree with Lola. The cover is shameful.

  18. Buhle Mncube

    May 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Nice to read your comments you all….either i agree with you or not it’s another
    different topic all together. I’m proudly South African and Zulu and for point of correction Ms Thang,
    you went to Capetown and you were scared of the mean looking Zulu in trains…get your facts right dear and read more about places you visit. Zulu’s don’t live in Cape Town thy live in Zululand. It’s very important to write and make comments which are factual than assumptions, the fact that you were in SA ha
    hasn’t made much difference as you are still a bit uninformed, educate yourself. As much as it’s great to visit other African Sates for holiday, shopping and relaxation, it’s also advisable to learn one or two things about the culture that you are able to educate others. I’ve travelled to many African countires and instead of finding the wrong, which there are a lot, and south africa is way ahead of many…i find the good
    Let educate each other and stop to write nonsense about cultures we don’t even understand. Zulu are not in Capetown, get your facts right. Thanx

  19. Kayode Nerzxers

    May 4, 2010 at 5:23 am

    lol……. at least the photographer is black.

  20. blessing

    May 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    why are they all white … its called South Africa not North America

  21. david

    May 6, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Nigerian Designers Rock!!!

  22. Fashionista

    May 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    thats really good…. am proud of Deola… would have prefered if they were blackk models though


    May 23, 2010 at 11:41 am

    @Buhle Mncube
    I’m surprised you didn’t make a comment about the girls on the cover.

    wow! not surprising. what is the percentage of whites in south africa? about 9-11%
    how could such a small percentage be dominating EVERYTHING?
    YES Apartheid is STILL ALIVE!

    all the models look the same, boring. if one was white, another indian, and another black, that would be fine.
    seriously? sad! what a bunch of racists!

    even their “Miss” representatives are always white, and if they are black they are biracial. I don tire for South Africa.

  24. Nell

    May 28, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Hi guys, I’m in modeling industry myself and sorry to say, but these girls are the
    three SA models because the INTERNATIONAL industry wants them, pays
    them, not South African industry. These girls don’t work in SA too often, as
    they are always in request internationally, so please don’t rip SA – it’s the
    rest of the industry abroad who prefer these girls above the black girls. In SA self
    you will see plenty black girls in magazines (especially Cosmo), commercials,
    etc etc.
    The Miss SA girls are not always white either – if you look at the winners
    over the past ten years, you will see that there are white, coloured, indian and
    black. I don’t think SA is racist any more, but I’m shocked by all your comments.
    I’m of mixed race and seeming to me, the rest of Africa might just be more
    racist than South Africa. We have beautiful ladies here and the Face of Africa
    has proved, beautiful ladies all around Africa, why do we have to only
    classify them beautiful if they are your skin colour?

  25. Omada

    July 1, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Nell, you got it all wrong.
    there’s no doubt that the girls are beautiful, our grouse is with the fact that non of SA’s ‘top’ 3 models is black, considering the ratio of blacks to white in that country…

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