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Africa’s First Ever Fencing Medalist Dedicates Bronze to Arab Women

Tunisian fencer Ines Boubakri clenches a Bronze medal in a foil match against Russia’s Aida Shanaeva. She's the first African to clench a medal in fencing.

Fencer Ines Boubakri is the first athlete from the African continent to earn a spot on the winner’s podium in fencing.


The Tunisian athlete had a major win against Russia’s Aida Shanaeva, scoring a bronze medal in an individual third-place foil Wednesday, First Post reports.

Boubakri dedicated the medal to “the Tunisian woman, the Arab woman...who had her place in society.”

Her win was an epic one as she initially struggled against her Russian opponent. Shanaeva, who had beaten Boubakri at the world championships in Moscow last year, went up 7 to 4 by the end of the first period, and Boubakri had to battle back before she triumphed over her rival 15 to 11.

“I hope that this will be a message for all Tunisians, especially our youth, all Tunisian women, the Arab woman,” the 27-year-old Olympian says. “A message which says that you must believe that women exist and they have their place in society.”

Boubakri’s triumph in the Rio games brings to mind Queen Bey's lyric, “A winner don’t quit on themselves.”

You can check out a compilation of the bronze-medalist’s signature screech from the London Olympics here along with catching Boubakri's match and medal ceremony below.

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Interview: Sincerely Ria Is Giving Guinean Fashion It's Flowers

And designer Mariama Diallo's NYFW debut this year, and focus on community fore-sees an everlasting bloom.

Guinea-born supermodel, actress, and activist Mariama Diallo is a face you've likely seen all over social media.

With modelling campaigns with the likes of Savage x Fenty by Rihanna, Kim Kardashian's KKW Beauty, and features in Vogue, Marie Claire, NYLON magazines, the model is commanding her space in the industry and making her way centerstage. And, Mariama's strong online presence and following has certainly made her a popular member of the global village too.

With the aforementioned achievements under her belt, the 28-year-old supermodel presented herself as an eager and excited talent within the fashion industry. Now, Mariama's talents and ambitions have attracted her to a role behind the scenes. And showing the power of intention, the role has already taken her to places she only dreamed of prior.

Debuting as the fashion designer of self-financed fashion line Sincerely Ria at this year's New York Fashion Week is but a peek into what the model has to show of herself and share with the world.

The new collection, The Oshun, celebrates not only female beauty and the many ways that it manifests itself but also the magic of womanhood. Named after Oshun, the African goddess of femininity, fertility, beauty, and love, the collection is wrapped within the warmth and divinity of its namesake. The brand follows an ethos of inclusivity, community, and the power behind being beautiful because you have decided to be. Challenging the notion that beauty is always to be accompanied by pain, Mariama and Sincerely Ria are celebrating the rejection of beauty and body standards and expectations.

The Oshun line is a nod to the opulence of Mariama's African heritage and Guinea's Fulani culture, with special attention to the use of brilliant colors, exciting designs, and stunning silhouettes. Motivated to be seen and to captivate, the emphasis on Black beauty within the clothing is certainly translated beautifully, however, stylistically available to all. Uniqueness is welcomed and encouraged. And like Mariama says herself, "You deserve to celebrate yourself unapologetically."

The line debuted at New York Fashion Week, very appropriately, on Valentine's Day of this year and love certainly was the theme. Already boasting a following of over 8,000, the brand's instagram account has shown nothing short of praise and excitement for what we've seen from Mariama, and for what's to come.

We spoke with the Guinean supermodel about the journey to Fashion Week and her love for and emphasis on community and shared experiences.

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