This New York City Fashion Shoot Is A Gorgeous Love Letter To Iman

Beau Monde Society's Jennifer Nnamani reimagines images from Iman's earlier NYC editorials as an homage to the Somali supermodel.

When you think of international supermodel Iman, what words come to mind? For creative director Jennifer Nnamani, it’s the following: inspiring, maven, archetype and “Neo-African.”

“As a young Nigerian girl, I first encountered Iman in Michael Jackson’s Remember The Time music film,” Nnamani, founder of fashion agency Beau Monde Society, tells Okayafrica. “Her poise was magical and, since then, she has enamored me.”

Iman’s lasting spell over Nnamani couldn’t be more evident than her latest fashion shoot, aptly titled I.M.A.N. A visual love letter that’s been three years in the making, the stunning project includes reimagined stills of the Somali star’s earlier editorials shot in New York City.

According to Nnamani, who also styled the shoot, finding Gale, the perfect muse who embodied Iman’s “essence and likeness,” proved to be the most difficult task: “It took almost two years to find the right model.” Finally, in the summer of 2015, Nnamani and her team took to the streets of Soho to snap five distinguished looks.

“The I.M.A.N. editorial serves to pay homage to her contributions to the fashion industry, as well as my interpretation of Iman's elegant yet funky style,” she revealed.

Judging from the results, Iman’s impact on Nnamani’s artistry has only gotten stronger with time. Check out the gorgeous multicolored photographs above to reminisce on the celebrated fashion icon’s earlier days spent slaying throughout the Concrete Jungle.

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Beau Monde’s I.M.A.N. Credits

Photographer: Jubert Gilay

Makeup: Yu Qing of Makeup Pro Inc.

Hair: Shari Edwards

Model/Muse: Gale

Assistant to Photographer/Retoucher: Jimmy Cheung

Photo Edits: Osose Oboh

Videographer: Jean Paul Dia

Creative Direction/Fashion Story/Styling: Jennifer Nnamani of Beau Monde Society

Yellow Cape pantsuit: KAHKTI by Akuabata Nnamani

Blue Dress: DEMESTIKS New York by Reuben Reuel 

Black Dress by AIKO (Red Light PR New York)

Black Jumpsuit: Lumier by Bariano (Red Light PR New York)

Shoes: yellow strappy sandals by Nanette Lepore & Model’s own

Assorted jewelry from H&M

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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