Issue 16

There has been a lot of good press about the editorials in Arise Magazine Issue 16. I’m loving them like everybody else. I especially like the cover shots of all three editorials. The styling, locations and photography fit so well in the individual editorials. What do you think? See all the editorials and credits on…

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Makeup for Darker Skin

Most makeup companies create makeup for white women so it can be rather difficult to find makeup products that are tailored specifically for black skin tones. These days though, you’ll probably find several relatively new companies that have their niche in providing for darker skin, like Iman Cosmetics. Basically though, most makeup experts will advice…

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“The Crowns of West Africa”

Head wraps have been referred to as the Crowns of West Africa. They’re practically a staple in West African traditional attire, be it small ties with African print or the elaborate Gele used for special occasions. The head wraps always give your outfit a noticeable edge and make you stand out. The art of tying…

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Printed Shoes

African Print has permeated all facets of fashion. I love all the ways it pops up, but I especially love the print on shoes because it’s such a refreshing and nouvelle concept. An African printed shoe is guaranteed to have the pop that ensures that they stand out; It always gives you a dressier feel.…

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FlyVa in Yo’ Hair

I only started making weaves a couple of years ago. Earlier on, all I had ever carried were braids. But now, I’m reverting to a default braided hairstyle once again. I love braids for two main reasons – they are distinctly ‘African’ and I never have to comb my hair every morning. Honorable mention is…

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Asibelua

Asibelua’s latest collection has found me noticing the brand for the first time. The amazing and creative mix of prints is quite admirable. You can see that the director, Fati Asibelua, has loads of talent and her prestigious training shouts out as well. I totally agree with Vogue.com when they say she is ‘one of…

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Online Marketplace

In recent years, the African continent has experienced a significant amount of international recognition in its art and fashion industry. It’s been a wonderful sight to behold, especially as so many creative businesses are being found and founded. Unexpectedly, the Internet is breaking down barriers (both financial and geographic) to markets and so giving these…

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