Beau Monde Society’s Fashion Envie To Bring A Weekend Of Sustainable Fashion To NYC

Join Okayafrica at Beau Monde Society's 4th annual Fashion Envie event April 22 & 23 in New York City.

Last year Beau Monde Society brought us this stunning beachside photo story with Rwandan model and artist Lilian Uwanyuze. In April, the New York City-based eco-focused fashion communications agency will present its 4th annual Fashion Envie (Fashion + Environment + Life) weekend in NYC. The two-day event consists of panels and fashion presentations featuring some of the hottest ethical designers and artists. Okayafrica is excited to be involved as a media partner.

Ringing in the weekend on Friday, April 22, the first-ever F.U.N conversation series and press event, hosted by Al Malonga of Wardrobe Breakdown, will focus on the importance of a sustainable future. The series features a talk and panel on “Sustainable Future” with Tessa John-Connor (@afroista), Reuben Reuel (DEMESTIKS NY) and self-portraiture artist/blogger Teff (The Expressionist). Press can RSVP to attend the Friday event at

On Saturday, April 23, which also happens to be Earth Day, Fashion Envie returns for the fourth time ever under this year’s theme, Oxo M o n o c h r o m e. The culmination of Beau Monde Society’s work in the ethical and afro-future sphere over the past year, the event features a fashion presentation curated by Creative Director, Jennifer Nnamani, and featuring Erika Mizuno, Fancy Muffin, Kahkti, Marielle|Ejiama and Nyorh Agwe. Tickets to the Saturday Fashion Envie event are available here.

In anticipation of this year's Fashion Envie, Beau Monde Society have shared an all-new photo editorial showcasing the four designers featured in the Oxo M o n o c h r o m e presentation.

FASHION ENVIE’s Oxo M o n o c h r o m e presented by Beau Monde Society

Photography/Art Direction: Teff

Makeup by Makeup Pro

Hair by Lea DeLoy

Styling/Creative Direction/Production by Jennifer Nnamani

EAUSEENON featured in FASHION ENVIE’s Oxo M o n o c h r o m e presented by Beau Monde Society.
Fancy Muffin featured in FASHION ENVIE’s Oxo M o n o c h r o m e presented by Beau Monde Society.
Nyorh Agwe featured in FASHION ENVIE’s Oxo M o n o c h r o m e presented by Beau Monde Society.
Marielle|Ejiama featured in FASHION ENVIE’s Oxo M o n o c h r o m e presented by Beau Monde Society.
Kahkti featured in FASHION ENVIE’s Oxo M o n o c h r o m e presented by Beau Monde Society.
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Image supplied by Candice Chirwa.

In Conversation with Candice Chirwa: 'Menstruation is More than Just Bleeding for Seven Days.'

South African activist Candice Chirwa, the 'Minister of Menstruation', speaks to us about what a period-positive world looks like, the challenges menstruators face even in 2020 and her important advocacy work with QRATE.

It's 2020, and naturally, tremendous advancements have been made across various spheres of society. From the prospect of self-driving cars and drones delivering medicines to rural areas to comparatively progressive politics and historic "firsts" for many disenfranchised groups, we've certainly come a long way. However, in the midst of all that progress, there is still one issue which continues to lag behind considerably and consistently, particularly in less developed countries: menstruation.

Candice Chirwa is a young Black woman on a mission to fiercely change the disempowering narratives and taboos that still shroud the issue of menstruation. The 24-year-old South African activist, who is endearingly known as the "Minister of Menstruation" on social media, wants young girls and women to not only accept but embrace their bodies fully in a society that insists on speaking in hushed tones about a perfectly normal biological process. Both Chirwa's research and advocacy work with the UN and her award-winning NGO, QRATE, has focused on dispelling common myths about menstruating, removing the shame and stigma around it and giving menstruators the knowledge and tools they need to navigate their world through impactful workshops.

And when Chirwa isn't collaborating with Lil-Lets, one of the biggest sanitary product brands on the continent, or co-authoring a bad-ass book titled Perils of Patriarchy, she's dominating the TEDx stage and making sure that her audience, no matter how diverse or varied, leaves the room feeling comfortable and courageous enough to boldly shout the word "vagina".

We caught up with Chirwa to discuss what initially compelled her to become a "period-positive" activist, her continued advocacy work with QRATE and what kind of world she imagines for menstruators.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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