In an interview with Reuters on Sunday, supermodel Naomi Campbell recommended that Condé Nast consider launching an African edition of Vogue. The model, who is visiting Nigeria to walk the runway for Arise Fashion Week, explained in the interview that she believes an African edition would be a befitting way to recognize the continent’s contribution to the global fashion industry.
She referenced to the appointment of Ghanaian-Born Edward Enninful as British Vogue editor-in-chief, “People have come to realize it is not about the color of your skin to define if you can do the job or not” but still thinks Africa is being neglected as a continent; “Africa has never had the opportunity to be out there and their fabrics and their materials and their designs be accepted on the global platform… it shouldn’t be that way”. Ms. Campbell who is also a contributing editor for British Vogue, said she believes this is the next step in progression for the magazine, stating that “We just had Vogue Arabia – it is the next progression. It has to be”.
In response to Ms. Campbell’s comments, a spokesperson for Condé Nast International The Independent that they have considered the possibility of a Vogue Africa; “We have considered Africa as a possible market for Vogue. It is something that we are looking at. Talent is so important not only to create our magazines but also to ensure that the market has a good landscape to write about and work with, like a strong fashion community in the case of Vogue. We also weigh the long term viability before making a decision, that we can stay for the duration”.
An African edition of Vogue will not only create a platform for designers to showcase their designs and have their stories told by people they feel connected to, it will also create a platform for the still growing industry to thrive both within the localities and globally and create a truly global creative opportunities.
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