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Africa Rising! Ajak Deng & Maria Borges rock Meena, Bridget Awosika, Orange Culture, Ré & More African Designs in’s Fashion Editorial


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There’s something so organic about the working together of African fashion that makes its inevitable explosion onto the international fashion scene even more exciting.

To celebrate the potential that is so evident in our designers, model directory website – – recruited photographer – Ed Singleton – to shoot amazing models, Ajak Deng & Maria Borges in some fashionable pieces from African fashion labels’ recent collections.

The amazing editorial features some of Africa’s best talents – Almasika, Bridget Awosika, Brother Vellies, Grey, Kenneth Ize, Loza Maleombho, Meena, Needle & Thræd, Nkwo, Nomad Vintage NYC, Nomad Vintage NYC, Omer Asim, Omondi, Orange Culture, Osei Duro, Post-Imperial, Ré (Bahia), Richard Braqo, Third Crown, Tree Fairfax, Tsemaye Binitie, Sophie Zinga & Washington Roberts.

Check it out! Africa Rising Fashion Editorial - BellaNaija - January2016

On Ajak – Couture Wrap: Nkwo, Top: Sophie Zinga, Choker: Needle and Thraed | On Maria – Top: Loza Maleombho, Choker: Needle and Thread Africa Rising Fashion Editorial - BellaNaija - January2016001

Dress: Washington Roberts, Shoes: Brother Vellies, Ribbon choker: MOKUBA, Necklace: Vintage, Bag: Nomad Vintage NYC Africa Rising Fashion Editorial - BellaNaija - January2016003

On Maria – Top: Washington Roberts, Pants: Tsemaye Binitie, Shoes: Brother Vellies, Earrings, Dog Tag Necklace, Choker, Bracelets on right hand: Third Crown, Silver Bracelet on left hand : Almasika | On Ajak – Jumpsuit: Tsemaye Binitie, Shoes: Brother Vellies, Choker: Needle & Thræd, Earrings and bracelets: Third Crown, Vintage Glasses: Linda Derector Africa Rising Fashion Editorial - BellaNaija - January2016004

Top & Skirt: Re’, Shoes: Brother Vellies, Green Waist Bag: Tree Fairfax for Orange Culture, Fringed Bag: Nomad Vintage NYC, Necklace: Vintage Sunglasses: Vintage Africa Rising Fashion Editorial - BellaNaija - January2016005

Shirt worn as dress: Kenneth Ize, Shoes: Brother Vellies, Vintage Glasses: Linda Derector, Choker: Needle & Thræd, Necklace: Azubike Ononye for Orange Culture

See more amazing shots on!

Photo Credits
Photography: Ed Singleton for
Stylist: Solange Franklin
Editor: Irene Ojo-Felix
Hair: Sirsa Ponciano
Makeup: Laura Stiassni
Nails: Yukie Miyakawa
Set Design: Lizzie Lang
Photography Assistants: Max Bernetz & William Takahashi
Stylist Assistant: Kyle Hayes & Kristina Taylor
Digital Tech: Matthew Thompson
Models: Ajak Deng & Maria Borges @ IMG (New York)
Retouching: Silhouette Studio
Thanks to – Pier 59 Studios New York


  1. AMARA

    January 13, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    the models” height though ! I want to be tall but not like this….

  2. Anon

    January 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm


  3. Reekaddict till infinity

    January 13, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Funny Models, funny posture, funny clothing!

  4. hezekina pollutina

    January 13, 2016 at 8:09 pm can do better cuz this is a facsimile of a facsimile…referencing old african studio portraits for the umpteenth time. its not original or anything. the ladies are nice.

  5. africa

    January 13, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Long girls!

  6. jane(the real jane)

    January 14, 2016 at 3:32 am

    What kinda awkward postures are these?

  7. Naijababeii

    January 14, 2016 at 11:49 am

    d darker girl thou, the legs and feet nawa

  8. Lol

    January 14, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    All the people up there are bad belle ^^^^^

  9. O

    January 14, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Quirky, like it a lot.

  10. baby v,,

    January 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    y e de pose like mnebe,,nawaa eveyone wan model if they c height oya na.
    tyra banks will laugh u out of the photoshoot ogirl, try another pose.

  11. Helena Lines

    January 18, 2017 at 12:46 am

    beautiful ladies and photos!

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