Picture world renowned photographers flown into Nigeria, photo shoots featuring African supermodels all over the world. I’m not talking about the now fabled All-Black Italian Vogue.
“Arise” is that magazine: published in London by THISDAY, it’s a survey of Contemporary African Fashion & Pop Culture. A window into a world we don’t see in full color, glossy glory nearly enough.
What I have seen of the magazine excites me; but there is a bit of controversy. The magazine has been criticized because an African Lifestyle Magazine doesn’t aid the continent in its upliftment. I disagree, if only because magazines give us something to dream about, views of a life we can all aspire to (if we so choose), or maybe even a degree of escapism. All the better if those people look like us, and the aesthetic is one that we can relate to. Arise Magazine, to me, serves to bring balance to the butter cookie-cutter world of fashion and lifestyle magazines. I like gingerbread, myself.
Also, some folks feel as though the cover price (something like $12 per issue in the US, and 59 British Pounds, or about $90 per year) is overly prohibitive, effectively pricing out many (including me, honestly). But I can dream…
Here’s some KNOCKOUT sample images:
Supermodels Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek & Liya Kebebe dressed by Nigerian designers, Deola Sagoe, Fati Asibelua of MOMO Couture, Lanre DaSilva Ajayi of LDA.
Alek Wek In Deola Sagoe
Naomi Campbell in Deola Sagoe
Liya in Deola Sagoe
for more about Arise, click here