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Glam Africa Magazine Explores Beauty From A Whole New Perspective In Powerful Campaign Featuring 9 Women Who Share Their Journey To Embracing Their Own Kind of Beauty

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To celebrate Black History Month, Glam Africa Magazine released a powerful Campaign as featured in their latest edition ‘Beyond Beauty’ (the October – December issue) which focuses on the changes in beauty standards for women of colour. This campaign delves into recent discussions on colorism, African features and the stories of burn survivors, as well as those who deal with conditions such as alopecia and vitiligo. Through the stories of nine women featured in the campaign, it becomes clear that what beauty means today is so different from what it used to mean in the black communities.

With many Africans growing up in a typical African household where they are told who to be, what to be and how to go about it, it is an Important discussion to be had, but slowly, change can be seen both in the media and within these communities thanks to women like those featured in this campaign who have used their social pages, and influence in the community to encourage change. They have broken stereotypes, focused on being their true selves while embracing what others may describe as their ‘flaws’ and in some cases, had to learn to love themselves all over again.

‘Beyond Beauty’ saw the magazine dig deeper to understand and showcase what beauty really means, in the various shapes, sizes and forms it comes, as well as the power of social media in exerting change within the black community today.

The campaign features, these 9 beautiful women:
Hodhen Liaden (Beauty Blogger) who shares her journey on how she came to love her dark skin after being tormented about her shade when she was younger. To empower other dark skinned muslim women (whom she describes as ‘a minority within a minority’, she founded an online inspiration page called ‘Dark Skinned Hijabi’s’

Eva Khyne Sam, a make-up artist and Vitiligo model who was diagnosed with the skin condition in her early 20’s. Eva was featured on the ‘Portrait Of Britain’ campaign by the British Journal of Photography which saw her images published at train stations, bus stops & Billboards across the city.

Lynette Duah, also known as Mela Child is a dark-skinned beauty influencer and youtuber. She speaks openly about having suffered from lack of confidence and growing up struggling to love her skin color. Speaking about her struggles has allowed her to encourage her younger subscribers of 90,000+ followers to love themselves.

Funmilayo Dami Otuniyi, also known as That Girl Dami is a beauty entrepreneur and social media influencer who shares her story on struggling to fit in to the UK after migrating from Nigeria. She found comfort in make-up and has since established a career for herself as a makeup artist and founded her own brand DFA Cosmetics.

Hannah Olateju, quadruple amputee and beauty blogger. Hannah had all four of her limbs amputated after contracting meningitis and gangrene at 2 years old. She has become a body positivity advocate and uses fashion and makeup to help boost her confidence whilst sharing video tutorials online to almost 100,000 followers.

Jacqueline Ilumoka, International Model and Marketeer. As a young girl Jacqueline suffered from low self-esteem and lack of confidence among her peers due to her striking African features i.e square jaw, large lips, wide nose and small eyes. She has since found her feet through modelling in an industry that appreciated these features and has since become an advocate for self-love and body confidence using her social media influence to encourage other African women to appreciate their strong features.

Nikky Odutayo, a pastor and motivational speaker, she discusses her experience of being diagnosed with Alopecia at 21 which saw her lose her hair and eyebrows. Now she is also a mental health advocate, inspiring a new generation of young people to find confidence despite any physical or emotional condition.

Misty Bailey, also known as ‘Misty the Brand’ is an alternative model who started in the modelling industry trying to look like every other girl, after a short hiatus, she came back stronger by taking control of her beauty and rebranding herself in a way she felt more comfortable. Despite coming back with a ‘not so typical /alternative look’ it surprisingly turned out to be the reason for her success in modelling.

Olamide Fetuga (Also known as PaintedByCocoa) is a make-up artist and burns survivor. She shares her story on suffering from depression after experiencing second degree burns on her face due to a hot water accident. She recently launched ‘PrettyNScarred’ out of frustration as she was tired of being seen for just her appearance. This project allows Olamide to use her makeup skills to help other burn survivors regain their confidence because she believes that “No matter what you’re going through, you can be who you want to be”.

These nine women of colour with inspirational stories, have all embraced their bodies and features unapologetically and are empowering others to do the same. Not only are these incredible women united by their melanin, but they have each also battled with their individual beauty in some shape or form. And by learning to love themselves just the way that they are, they have been able to challenge conventional beauty standards and show the world that beauty doesn’t have just one face.

Their full stories and features can be read in Glam Africa’s latest edition the Beyond Beauty Issue available to purchase in stores or online at glamafrica.com/magazine

PHOTOGRAPHY: Amifel Cliff Eribo
VIDEOGRAPHY: Fame TV UK

Credits:

Featuring: Hodhen Liaden, Lynette Duah (Mela child), Eva Khyne Sam, Funmilayo Dami Otuniyi (That Girl Dami), Hannah Olateju, Jacqueline Ilumoka, Nikky Odutayo, Misty the Brand, Olamide Fetuga
Hair: Rachel Njolinjo, Celestina Ade, Latenda Hair Salon
Makeup: All Things Trendy, Charmanique Thompson, Olamide Fetuga, Zaynah Sanusi
Styling: Sue Omar & Ihunna Eberendu
Featured clothing brands: Pretty Little Thing prettylittlething.com
RR Collections rrcollections.co.uk
Nubian Skin nubianskin.com
Shoot Coordinator: Stephanie Okereafor
Words by: Sue Omar

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THE FEATURE: P21 – 27 https://www.dropbox.com/s/3v9lvzelk9j8oxl/GlamAfrica-Oct-Dec-2018-28.09-Digital-22GB.pdf?dl=0
ALL CONTENT: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/r315yigx813jyik/AAARv-xfx_pzLoH5LbAYNM76a?dl=0

Group, Beauty Cover and individual images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mdeptd10xq9y97o/AACWR4Qscp-AxUidfD3ij6I7a?dl=0

Beyond Beauty Campaign video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2gi55qLHdA
Individual vignettes: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8ny78kf5tgaoue4/AAB8GJzX4njN1c3Y_G2HeriQa?dl=0

If posting any of the images on Instagram please use the below:

Please mention that this is @GlamAfricaMag Beyond Beauty Campaign celebrating diverse beauty

FEATURING: @hodhenliaden @hannahtheamputee @[email protected]_nikkyo @jacqueline.ilu @melachild @thatgirldami @evakhynesam @misty_thebrand
PHOTOGRAPHY: @ami.fel
HAIR: @tailor_mane @[email protected]
MAKEUP: @allthingstrendy1 @charma.mua @sudashslaypage @olamidefetuga
STYLING: @ihunnamatata @sue__omar
BRANDS: @prettylittlething @nubianskin @rrcollections.co.uk
SHOOT CO-ORDINATOR: @_stephaniegrey
WORDS: Written by @sue__omar

#glamafricamag #glamafrica #glamafricabeyondbeauty

Videos:
If posting the Campaign video on Instagram please use the below:
This is @glamafricamag Beyond Beauty campaign video airing on @yanga_uk

FEATURING: @hodhenliaden @hannahtheamputee @olamidefetuga @_nikkyo @jacqueline.ilu @melachild @thatgirldami @evakhynesam @misty_thebrand
VIDEOGRAPHY: @yanga_uk
HAIR: @tailor_mane @[email protected]
MAKEUP: @allthingstrendy1 @[email protected] @olamidefetuga
STYLING: @ihunnamatata @sue__omar
BRANDS: @prettylittlething @[email protected]
SHOOT CO-ORDINATOR: @_stephaniegrey

If posting the Individual vignettes please use the below credit and mention:

This is @GlamAfricaMag’s Beyond Beauty Campaign airing on @fametvuk
There is a vignette for each of these ladies, so please accordingly: @hodhenliaden @hannahtheamputee @olamidefetuga @_nikkyo @jacqueline.ilu @melachild @thatgirldami @evakhynesam @misty_thebrand

VIDEOGRAPHY: @fametvuk
HAIR: @tailor_mane @[email protected]
MAKEUP: @allthingstrendy1 @[email protected] @olamidefetuga
STYLING: @ihunnamatata @sue__omar
SHOOT CO-ORDINATOR: @_stephaniegrey
PHOTOGRAPHY: @ami.fel more images in the magazine
#glamafricamag #glamafrica #glamafricabeyondbeauty #fametvuk

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British-Ghanaian Model Adwoa Aboah Gets Her Own Barbie Doll In Honor of International Women’s Day.

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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.

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"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.

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"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.

Source: OkayAfrica.com

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Chanel Fashion Designer, Karl Lagerfeld, Dead At 85.

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On Tuesday 19th of February, Chanel confirmed the news that the Hamburg-born visionary had died aged 85 after battling pancreatic cancer.

He’d been the creative director of Chanel since 1983. He was also creative director of the Italian fur and leather goods fashion house Fendi.

He was recognized for his signature white hair, black sunglasses, fingerless gloves, and high, starched detachable collars.

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