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BN Beauty: African Beauty & The Cowry – “A Symbol Fertility, Womanhood and Wealth” by Spotlight Photos & Imagery



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Creative fashion photographer Emmanuel Arewa of Spotlight Photos & Imagery creates a new body of work centered around African Beauty and the popular Cowry Shell.

The ancient cowry shell mostly worn by African women is a symbol fertility, womanhood and wealth. In this beauty editorial, the cowries as used creativily as accessories which can be seen on the ears, wrist and neck as earrings, bracelets and chokers respectively. These beautiful African jewels are also intricately woven into the models traditional Didi hairstyle, a popular hairstyle which originates from the Western part of Nigeria.

The aim of this series is being achieved by the use of contemporary photography to preserve and re-present this unique ancient african fashion to the up-growing generation.

See the Photos

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Photography/Creative Director: Emmanuel Arewa | @spotlightpi
Makeup: Jibike Faborode | @kikyfabz
Models: Bonita Nanfe J.Kefas | @mimzbee of Zahara Model MGT
Aduke Shitta Bey | @adukebey__ of Beth Model MGT
Teminikan Idowu | @teminikan__ of Few Model MGT
Image Retouching: Toyin Adeleke | @verified_imagery


  1. Leah

    September 5, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Oh wow! How Gorgeous are these woman.

  2. Adjoa Lily

    September 5, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    wow,Black beauty.

  3. ebun

    September 6, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Stunning so so Stunning!
    I love the fact that they used models now i want to see something similar done using bloggers like Sola Fagbemi, Brownie Gram, Tuke Morgan and Omoge Mura

  4. Clementine Iweh

    September 6, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Beautiiful. Great artwork

  5. T

    September 6, 2016 at 8:13 am


  6. joyous joy

    September 6, 2016 at 10:01 am


  7. tunmi

    September 6, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I have no words ????????????

  8. Es

    September 6, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    When the Melanin God’s speak… everyone listens. WOW! Pure beauty… we need more of this.

  9. shield

    September 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Very nice!

  10. purplenile

    September 7, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Beautiful women. Who did the hair? Was it Emmanuel Arewa

  11. rocky

    September 8, 2016 at 4:47 am

    I really love this pictures, bt pls can someone tell me where I can get cowries in lagos, been looking for them for a very long time. thanks?

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