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Kim Gordon For ARISE Magazine Issue 16 + Fashion Editorial Preview- ‘True Grit’, ‘Ship Shape’, ‘Garden Party’ & ‘Starting Block’



Jamacian model Kim Gordon covers ARISE Magazine’s issue 16 looking absolutely stunning. The 16th issue features interviews with Nigerian, london-based designer Duro Olowu, Artist, Lenny Kravitz,  leading Hollywood actor, Morgan Freeman and  Malawi’s new female President Joyce Banda.

If you think the cover’s spectacular, wait until you see the fashion editorials!

Check on it!

‘True Grit’


Photographer: John de Lima | Womenswear Stylist: Sabrina Henry | Menswear Stylist: KK Obi | Hair: Ranelle @ Johnnie Sapong | Make Up: Philip Ueberfellner | Casting: Kevin Robinson | Models: Jaunel McKenzie & Georgie Badiel @ Muse NY, Roberta Narciso @ Elite NY. Kwalmi Kenneth and Kimmie @ Beth Lagos | Location: Lagos, Nigeria


‘Ship Shape’


Photography: Paul Farnham | Styling: Sabrina Henry | Hair: Solange Benge | Make-Up: Barbara Jasse | Models: Kalu and Bruna at Da Banda Model Management | Location: Luanda, Angola


‘Garden Party’


Photographer: Meinke Klein | Fashion Editor: Sabrina Henry | Make-Up:  Elias Hove @ Jedroot using MAC cosmetics | Hair: Roku Rappongi using Bumble & Bumble | Manicure: Katie Hughes using Butter LONDON | Models: Ataui Deng @ Models1 & Kinee Diouf @ IMG | Location: London, UK


‘Starting Block’


Photography: Micaela Rossato | Styling: Helen Jennings  | Hair: Desmond Murray | Make-up: Ty-ron Mayes | Models: Kim Gordon and Tammi at Saint International/Elite London | Location: Kingston, Jamaica

Ex-Style Editor at Large - , Now Founder/CEO Redrick Public Relations Limited. @ijeomabalogun


  1. Chattyzee

    August 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Creativity at its best.

  2. Juju

    August 20, 2012 at 6:08 pm


  3. Tobechi Daniel

    August 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Lovely cover. Fashion editorials should tell a story, I might be missing it, but I’m not exactly sure what story is being told here. It looks like a mix-match of photos? No? Nice work on the cover page.

  4. @ajiriavae

    August 20, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Looks like an interesting read.

  5. iCROSSmyHeart

    August 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    All the credits to FOREIGNERS! No Africans? Even location sef no dey for the continent. NA WA O…..How can Helen Jennings be editor and style editor? We Africans are still stuck in the colonial era…..WHITE DOES NOT MEAN RIGHT ALL THE TIME!!

    • xoxo

      August 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      True Grit was shot in Lagos Nigeria, the menswear stylist is called Kk Obi.
      Ship shape was shot in Luanda Angola… last time i checked those places were in Africa.. Some of the models are African, how do you know everybody in the team is White. I hope you know all black people don’t have African names.

    • Baba T

      August 20, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Lets call a spade a spade! All shoots were done exceptional well! Great stuff! If you have beef with Helen… keep it to yourself and stop being a troll! The first shoot was done in Lagos btw.

      I personally don’t care were the shoot where done and by whom, they were obviously done by pros… and not people who have equipment and think they can take a photograph. Note, not a single photo taking with a wide angled lens and hence distortion as a result of.

      Some of those models are too thin but the photography is spot on. Yup love the cover too.

      Though i’m not really a fan of Arise, the standards have slipped (Design wise) since the design team has changed. Look at “Ship shape”: White text on a light background, even the shadow dosen’t help!

      But the photography is lovely, not over processed in photoshop or done with that shallow depth of field crap that is so 2010.


    • Non professional opinion

      August 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      I don’t think that suggesting that the appointment of a white editor, to an “African” magazine, amounts to modern day colonialism constitutes “beef” or “trolling”. Similar questions were posed when Essence hired a white editor, a comment clearly states that there are no Africans with the vision or equipment to create these shots, so clearly some people ascribe to the “white is right” colonial mentality.
      You shut @Icrossmyheart down pretty harshly but then proceeded to give us YOUR opinion on the great photography, poor graphic design and over-thin models. Are you a troll? Do you have personal beef?
      Why can’t we all just get along!!!!

    • Queen

      August 21, 2012 at 4:40 am

      when you find a nigerian or african photographer that has a vision, and can do amazing editorials with the right equipment, give arise a call -_- please take seat nonsense criticism

    • babygirl

      August 21, 2012 at 10:41 am

      stylist for men. KK Obi

  6. Olayiwola Adeyinka

    August 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm


  7. Yewizzy

    August 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    That cover shot is the one!! I want the dress too!

  8. Bolatito

    August 21, 2012 at 6:45 am

    I like the cover but me I still love FAB magazine sha. I got their latest copy in England and it is awesome. Where can one buy this one so I can see if its possible to like it?

  9. This life!

    August 21, 2012 at 9:08 am

    If u feel the models are too thin,why not simply set ur own mag and use the kind of models u want?

  10. Gorgeous

    August 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    LMAO! That rusted ship is still there? na wa for naija o. That ship has been there before i left the country in 2002.rotfl

    • hey

      August 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      There’s no rusted ship in the Lagos shots man, that’s the Angola photoshoot. I think it looks nice.

  11. juliet

    August 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    love ……… …………………………………. everything

  12. habba!

    August 21, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    everything was a hot mess!! the “True Grit” and “Ship Shape” where over styled and over posed!

  13. Trendysturvs

    August 21, 2012 at 11:27 pm

  14. faith

    August 21, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    LoVE tHe front cover!

  15. Bode

    August 22, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Beautiful pictures

  16. HRS

    August 23, 2012 at 7:20 am

    As much as I try, I can never understand this odd modelling, of horrible makeups and worse posture….beats me….

  17. Ohaeri joy kelechi

    August 24, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Nice concept


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