Style

South Sudanese Model Grace Bol Is 'Power Ne-On' For Archetype Magazine

South Sudanese model Grace Bol adorns the cover of Archetype Magazine's Fall/Winter 2014 issue.

All photographs by Greg Swales for Archetype Magazine


In 2013 we ran down our Top 12 African Models and Faces. Included on the list was South Sudanese model Grace Bol, who we couldn't help but note "always gets mistaken for Alek Wek." Bol, who grew up in Kansas City and relocated to New York five years ago, is now the second face to adorn the cover of Archetype, a new bi-annual print magazine dedicated to fashion, art, design and photography. For their Autumn/Winter 2014 issue, Archetype features a stunning Bol against a brightly lit backdrop in their "Power Ne-on" editorial. Styled by the publication's fashion director, Shan Temuri, Bol wears a quilted dress from Issey Miyake, a Marie Francesca Pepe necklace, and shoes by Jamie Wei Huang. See the photos, shot by Greg Swales, in the gallery above, and follow Grace Bol on instagram here.

Style
Photo: Aisha Asamany

How Relocating to Ghana Helped Reinvigorate Jewelry Designer Aisha Asamany's Work

Moving to Ghana gave Aisha Asamany's luxury jewelry brand, inspired by Adinkra symbols that traditionally project strength, fearlessness, love and power, renewed verve to tell personal stories of her growing clientele.

In 2019, the government of Ghana made a global splash with its Year of Return initiative – the campaign sought to encourage the African diaspora to return home to the continent, specifically to Ghana.

Linked to the 400th year commemoration of the first recorded landing of slaves in the United States, it became a launchpad for the Ghanaian government to convince Black people around the world to permanently settle in the West African country.

Aisha Asamany, a corporate management consultant for high-profile UK financial institutions turned self-taught luxury jewelry designer was one of many who heeded the call, trading in the corporate life for a spiritual and an entrepreneurial journey – one of joy, appreciation, and representation in her fatherland.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.