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

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

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.

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