The activist and OkayAfrica 100 Women honoree just got her own Barbie and it’s cute.
As you may already know, the month of March is International Women’s Month and to celebrate, Barbie has unveiled its latest line of “Shero” dolls modeled after 20 inspirational women across multiple industries in conjunction with their 60th anniversary.
One of the women whose image has been made into a doll is Adwoa Aboah, the British-Ghanaian model, activist and one of OkayAfrica’s 100 women 2019, who uses her online platform Gurls Talk, founded in 2015 to provide a safe space for young women to discuss a number of topics, that are often considered taboo.
“I started Gurls Talk off the back of my own experiences and struggles as a girl, and then a woman,” she tells OkayAfrica about the platform. “It became apparent to me that I’d lacked the confidence to share and speak out about the issues affecting me, and so I wanted to build a community within which all of those issues society deems taboo—such as sexuality, mental health and female physical health—were discussed openly.
Aboah’s doll comes in two outfits, one in a leopard skirt paired with a Gurls Talk t-shirt, as seen above, and another—our fav—in a colorful sequined number and head-wrap, which Aboah chose to replicate she wore when she won the British Fashion Council’s ‘Model of the Year’ award in 2017.
“I believe by working together we can encourage girls to find their authentic voices and that we can have an impact on the world for the next generation of girls,” she tells Vogue. “Through my work with Gurls Talk and partnership with Barbie, I hope we can inspire girls to try to change the world around them, through acts big or small.”
Other “Shero” dolls include one of Yara Shahidi, Naomi Osaka and Frida Khalo. Barbie released its first hijab-wearing doll back in 2017, in honor of the Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.
Aboah is recognized, along with several other groundbreaking African women who are positively impacting youth culutre on the continet, on OkayAfrica’s annual 100 Women list. Learn more about the women who made this year’s list here.
Victoria Michaels Shines At AFI Fashion Week In South Africa.
It is becoming obvious that no one can match top model, Victoria Michaels, when it also comes to runway mileage this season. She keeps doing amazingly well on major and international fashion platforms.
One of such shows is the just ended spring and summer season of African Fashion International (AFI) Fashion Week in South Africa. She was among top fashion models that brought life to the AFI Fashion Week.
She had the honor of showcasing designs by top designers including David Tlale, whose works for the night have been described as “meaningful”. The flamboyant designer paid homage to his biggest muse and late mother, Joyce Tlale, naming his SS20 collection “Joyce” Tlale’s.
His presentation began with fun and colourful pieces, drawing inspiration from his ‘Heritage Month’ collaboration with Tastic Rice, as well as the rich and vibrant cultures found in South Africa. Visuals and images of Victoria on the runway during David Tlale’s showcase have been generating a lot of attention on social media.
On Instagram she said, “It was an emotional night for models, guests and designers as @davidtlale paid tribute to his mother with a tribute worthy collection @afi_sa Fashion Week.” “Thanks to the amazing @andiswamanxiwa @deonredman and the entire crew for having me. I love you @taryncannings.”
Victoria also walked for Taibo Bacar, Matte Nolim, La Art Neoville, House of Jahdara and Kreyann, all of whom are amazing designers.
The model, who was born in Accra, to Nigerian father and Nigerian-Ghanaian mother, is one of the most celebrated models on the continent. Aside the runway influence, she was recently announced as a champion of the environment as she joins European Union (EU) climate change campaign, in addition to other amazing social projects.
Meet “My Story Clothing”: Fast Rising Ghanaian Celebrity Bespoke Fashion Designer.
A lot of people these days put thread and needle to fabric to make clothes; but it takes more than just fabric and sewing equipment to make garments that register a signature.
My Story Clothing, an Accra-based fashion line is becoming a fast-growing trademark and exquisite men’s couture.
A men’s fashion brand established in 2016 by Nii Amatey Codjoe and Sergio Tackie, My Story clothing, is more than just a fashion brand but a lifestyle. The fashion house has been able to tap into some major and well respected brands who have patronized his services. Notable among them are Rocky Dawuni, Lexis Bill, Sammy Forson, Elorm Beenie, Brainy Beatz, just to name a few.
In the own words of the CEO, Nii Amatey Codjoe, “our brands highlights the wearer’s individual style in their own unique way. It deﬁnes the lifestyle for today’s hip and vibrant society. My Story has always strive to provide the most diverse range of men’s designer clothes possible, whilst still maintaining high standard of service to our clients”.
His bespoke collections resonates fashionable designs, elegance, royalty and class. A combination that gives customers excitement and complete conﬁdence in their apparel.
MyStory Clothing is a fast-rising fashion company anyone can trust, especially on delivery and beating timelines. Quality is the hallmark and the needed attention is so visible with the details of costumes in terms of branding and designs.
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African Designers To Succumb For 2019 Glitz Africa Fashion Week, Accra.
Ghana’s biggest annual fashion event Glitz Africa Fashion Week (GAFW), is set to stage its seventh edition as it presents a perfect opportunity for designers from, and across Africa to meet and showcase their collections.
Produced by Glitz Africa, the exciting, Pan-African celebrity, fashion and lifestyle magazine, GAFW brings together industry players and fashion enthusiasts to interact in a fun-packed week at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City in Accra. The event is slated for October 17 to 20, 2019.
Models, fashionistas, celebrities and influencers also meet in an atmosphere of glitz, fashion and style. Ahead of GAFW, Glitz Africa organized the Young Creative Design Talent competition to harness the skills of emerging designers and give them the platform to showcase their designs to an international audience.
The fashion week will begin with a Beauty Forum on Thursday, October 17 at the Labadi Beach Hotel followed by a private cocktail party at the residence of the French Ambassador.
Other activities lined up for GAFW include: Day 1 (October 18) – Young Design Talent show, Runway shows. Day 2 (October 19) – Business of fashion seminar, photography sessions, exhibitions, graduate show and runway shows and Day 3 (October) – Presentations, runway shows and after party
The GAFW Trade Tent/Retail Lounge will also be opened during the event for guests to interact with fashion retailers and designers and make purchases as well.
Ghanaian Fashion Designer, Sally Torpey Changing The African Narrative Through Fashion.
Sally Torpey is the designer behind the SALLY TORPEY brands Oheemaa™ and the JAK Gentile Giant Collection which is in honor of the former president of Ghana John A. Kufuor. Sally combines her rich sense of design, culture, and heritage, along with inspiration from nature and her environment. She creates and produces simple, elegant, and sophisticated indigenous textiles and clothing for both men and women.
Sally has been a featured designer at the National Art Center of Accra in Ghana at the African Sustainable Eco-Friendly show presented by Global Women Innovators and Inventors. Her international exposure includes participation in past editions of Miami Fashion Week, as well as independent shows during New York Fashion Week and other global fashion destinations.
She is the African Ambassador for the Fashion Business Association of America, where she dedicates her time to helping promote the Africa Fashion industry.
In 2003, Sally founded Sympathy International to educate teens and young women on the importance of female reproductive hygiene. The organization has empowering teenagers and collaborating with the Ghana Aids Commission to provide education in advocacy, care, and support on the prevention of HIV/AIDS in the entire Central Region of Ghana while unearthing entrepreneurial skills.
Some media outlets that have featured Sally are the Afrikan Post, a Washington DC newspaper, Ghana web, Caribbean magazines, The CCWC and Creative Magazine of Miami in Florida, and Washington DC-based Consultancy TheAfricanDream LLC who are also her US representatives. She is also a woman young entrepreneur case study for Growth Cap UK and others. Sally speaks on International platforms across Africa and the US, on fashion business, women empowerment, and personal development matters which she is passionate about.
The Travelers Custom Made Clothing (TCMC)is one of the products created by her. It is a service that provides custom made clothing for travelers during their 3 to 10 days or more stay in Ghana. This is to ensure travelers get quality clothing on the go. TCMC reached its peak during ‘The Year of Return‘ where it expressed the rich Ghanaian and African culture through fashion. Sallet Fashion House has also built the capacity to produce for other designers and brands.
The partnership with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development of Ghana to retool Community Development Vocational and Technical Institutes. Partnerships like the one with The JAK Foundation to design a Clothing and Accessories line named after the former President J. A Kufuor have given rise to “JAK-THE GENTLE GIANT CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES COLLECTION.”
With trade missions in the US and UK respectively, Japan and other places, the opportunities that will help create jobs and empower women and youth economically are promising for Sally and anyone who collaborates with her as she tells her story through Fashion.
On October 3, 2019 Sally was elected as the Accra Regional Treasurer for the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI). She will serve for 2years at the AGI (a non-governmental entity) which is the leading voice of the private sector of Ghana. Visit her website: www.sallytorpey.com for updates and info and find her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as @sallytorpey
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