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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


  1. waliu

    January 12, 2011 at 11:12 am

    i love the shots

  2. 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!

  3. NIRA

    January 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

    me likey… something sexy about the shots.

  4. 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!

  5. fan

    January 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

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

  6. 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.

  7. Blossom

    January 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm

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

  8. 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?”

    • mbabazi

      January 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      in the first pic

  9. moah

    January 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    dy re thinnnnnn

  10. 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

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. Iemberdoo

    January 12, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Excellent photography!!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. kenora

    January 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    i love this so much…

  17. 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?

  18. French Paris aaliyah

    January 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Lovely lips !nice pics i love the FRENCH

  19. kreamy

    January 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm

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

  20. Jade

    January 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    whats up with ear biting tho’

  21. Tonia

    January 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Why the ear biting???

  22. 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

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. Bachelorette

    January 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm

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

  26. ihuoma

    January 12, 2011 at 8:07 pm

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

  27. chinx

    January 12, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Very beautiful and creative! C’est tres chic!

  28. jaybee

    January 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    subtle hints of lesbianism,nice fotos though

  29. 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.

  30. MamasitaDiva

    January 13, 2011 at 1:25 am

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

  31. 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

  32. 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….

  33. UgoBabe

    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 am

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

  34. Corve DaCosta

    January 13, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Its beautiful

  35. ugo

    January 13, 2011 at 6:54 am

    why do they always cut their hair, bikonu?

  36. tela

    January 13, 2011 at 7:46 am

    i love it soooo much

  37. Den

    January 13, 2011 at 9:30 am


  38. Yomi

    January 13, 2011 at 10:15 am

    gorgeous! nice photography, its so ‘PARIS’

  39. ifeoma

    January 13, 2011 at 10:48 am

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

  40. *the *chatterbox*

    January 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    beautifull….love their skin…

  41. 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!

  42. 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?

  43. Tricia

    January 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Nice Photos but it makes me feel ‘Gayish’

  44. 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?

  45. 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.

  46. 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!

  47. 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.

  48. vanitychaser

    July 17, 2011 at 2:07 am


  49. Me

    June 24, 2018 at 4:17 am

    Glad to see us progressing forward, beautiful shots.

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