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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



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

PHOTOGRAPHY: Amifel Cliff Eribo


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
RR Collections
Nubian Skin
Shoot Coordinator: Stephanie Okereafor
Words by: Sue Omar



Group, Beauty Cover and individual images:

Beyond Beauty Campaign video:
Individual vignettes:

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
HAIR: @tailor_mane @[email protected]
MAKEUP: @allthingstrendy1 @charma.mua @sudashslaypage @olamidefetuga
STYLING: @ihunnamatata @sue__omar
BRANDS: @prettylittlething @nubianskin
SHOOT CO-ORDINATOR: @_stephaniegrey
WORDS: Written by @sue__omar

#glamafricamag #glamafrica #glamafricabeyondbeauty

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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Model of the Week – Kate Tachie-Menson



This fierce, angular-faced art of a woman is Ghanaian. After winning the M-Net Face of Africa in 2008, Kate Menson announced her ambition to be the next African supermodel.

She’s been represented by agencies like SHINE GROUP – SOUTH AFRICA, ZONE MODELS, MUSE MANAGEMENT – NEW YORK.

She has also been on magazine Covers in Africa: ‘Mimi Magazine’ – November 2008, Ghana: ‘Canoe’, UK: ‘BlackHair’. And also in Fashion Shows like Ready to wear – Autumn/Winter 2009 {Gloria Wavamunno, Jewel by Lisa, Kluk CGDT, Lanre Da Silva, L’or d’Afrique by Auditions, Mekdi, Odio Mimonet}, Ready to wear – Autumn/Winter 2011 {Yeohlee} etc.

She is a well-spoken young lady, and just one of the many Africans who are creating a name for themselves.

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Thelma Azasoo, Is Currently In Egypt Ahead Of The 2018 Edition Of Top Model Of The World To Represent Ghana.



Fast rising model from Ghana Thelma Azasoo, is currently in Hurghada, Egypt, ahead of the 2018 Top Model of the World, this time not to represent Ghana alone but West Africa

The young, beautiful, intelligent and talented model has so far received notable recognitions such as Photo Model of the Universe Ghana 2018, Princess of the Globe Ghana 2018, Princess of Africa and Miss Charm categories at Princess of The Globe which was held in Turkey earlier this year.

TOP MODEL OF THE WORLD is an annual event organized by the World Beauty Organization SA with participation from over 40 countries. This is one of the most prestigious and family-oriented competition in the world for models and offers great opportunities, this year’s edition is slated for 6th December to 16th December.

Thelma was sponsored by Amina Coue, First Choice Beauty and Hair, Mantse Impressions, Superman and SROK. The event will be hosted at Meraki Resort the first clubbing resort in the Middle East. Located in the heart of Hurghada with the biggest beach on the Red Sea (2.6km). MERAKI will capture the bohemian souls into an “all-in” experience.

The determinated amazing model has always had the winning spirit, aiming for things that would land her at the top.

“I am excited, it is a great honorand I will surely make Ghana, West Africa proud. Remember to stay locked on myofficial Instagram handle @miz_themy forall the scoop and updates in the coming weeks.” She said.

See photos below:

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IMAGES: Ghana’s Most Beautiful 2017 Queen Zeinab Graduates From The University



Ghana’s most beautiful 2017 Queen Zeinab Abdul Mumin has successfully completed the University of Development Studies.

The 23-year-old Queen said goodbye to the school after four years of studying Developmental Education and graduated with a Second class upper.

She was also awarded by Dean, Faculty of Education for Creativity and Innovation with a special citation which applauds her for using her crown to Educate the masses on Maternal Mortality.

In an interview, she said her ambition is to unite Ghana under one umbrella to promote the beautiful culture with peace and prosperity in order to achieve developmental goals.

“My ambition is to unite Ghana under one umbrella to promote the beautiful culture with peace and prosperity in order to achieve developmental goals. My immediate goal and mission for the crown are to address maternal health and mortality in her home region. I majored in college in developmental education. I will use my training to help encourage and educate mothers, midwives, and maternity health personnel in modern medical practices, which can reduce maternal mortality and promote maternal and child health. I bring a team of supporters and organizations with me to accomplish this most worthy task.” She said.

In 2017 Ms Zeinab, registered the Ma Yurlim Foundation in to serve as the primary vehicle to undertake all projects under her auspices related to reducing maternal mortality and promoting child health in Northern Ghana.

Ms Zeinab on November 19, 2017, at the Accra International Conference Center, beat off a stiff challenge from other beautiful ladies to emerge the winner of the prestigious GMB.

The gorgeous Zeinab went home with the bragging right, dragging along the enviable and coveted Crown in an Erata Motors sponsored KIA Sportage, chauffeured from Accra to the Northern region with GHS12,000 cash.

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Duaba Serwaa (Designer Of The Week)



Nelly Hagan-Aboagye is the initiator behind Duaba Serwaa. A womenswear brand that mergers texture, comfort, yet elegant and refined. Nelly had started the brand as a jewellery wear brand and soon expanded into clothing.

A successful clothing line plus participation in international fashion runways like the Mercedes Benz fashion week in Johannesburg, Milan’s fashion night out. The brand boasts a strong African colour and design scheme, showcased in the print choice and unique shapes and figures.
The brand is the architype of class and grace, with effortless fusion of tradition and trends and colour palette that is bright and commands attention. Nelly was connected with the ethical fashion initiative.

She was mentored in Burkina Faso where she learnt about the ethical fashion process. There to mentor her were the likes of Franca Sozzani, Simonetta Gianfelici and the Ethical Fashion Initiative team.

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