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Top 11 African Female Models To Watch

Here are 11 African female models that need to be on your radar as they make waves in the fashion industry.

Fashion is inextricably linked to its models, and models of color consistently serve as muses for top designers.

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Curvy Style Icon: This Ghanaian Blogger Is Flaunting Her 'Foreign Curves' and Encouraging Other Women to Do the Same

For the last installment of our curvy icon series, we speak to Ghanaian blogger and entrepreneur, Anita Matey about her latest project.

To end our Curvy Icon interview series, meet Ghanaian beauty Anita Matey. Matey, who was born in Ghana but raised in New York, uses her blog, Foreign Curves, to stand for the true beauty in all women, accepting the love a women has for oneself, and most importantly, baby girl is fierce in her style! “Foreign Curves is my life, I realized that once you start loving yourself—every aspect, every roll, every stretch mark, every imperfection—you literally start living," Matey says.

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7 Emerging African Designers You Should Know

Through innovative strides and careful execution these womenswear and menswear designers are changing the way we see African fashion.

African fashion and aesthetics are becoming more and more visible in mainstream spaces, yet there are not many African designers at the forefront of these trends. Despite there being little coverage on mainstream platforms and and a lack of investment financially, designers are rising above their circumstances and are using their platforms to shape perceptions of African fashion on the world stage.

African designers both in the continent and abroad are beginning to recognize the importance of collectivity and expressing their truth as a way to set them apart instead of trying to replicate Western formulas. Amongst many of these designers are young individuals,some with formal training and some informal, who saw a gap in the industry. Instead of complaining, these innovators made the conscious effort to fill it in. Although many challenges have presented themselves for these artist, their drive and will to make a difference are propelling the culture as a whole.

Click through to meet some of the people who are designing the future of Africa through fashion:

1. Thebe Magugu

2. Wekafore

3. MAXHOSA BY LADUMA

4. Iamisigo

5. Daily Paper

6. Tongoro

7. Ikiré Jones

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