african creativity


Vanichi Magazine partners with The Africa Channel to present “What If Movie Icons Wore African Fashion?” (#WIMIWAF).

This creative fashion editorial imagines an alternate reality where iconic Hollywood film characters dress in modern, handcrafted fashion from designers of Africa and the African Diaspora. 

Designers include Senegal-based brand SARAYAA, TEGAA, a Gambia-based jewelry line, Egyptian designer AMMANII, M ANDREWS sartorial luxury based in San Antonio, Texas, Nigerian brand OBIOMA, eyewear designer BURKINABAE, menswear designer KENNETH NICHOLSON, Ghana + NYC brand STUDIO ONE EIGHTY NINE (co-founded by Rosario Dawson), Sierra Leone + USA brand BADARA and Lagos-based luxury brand MINKU.

PHOTO: Juhn Kwon.
HAIR + MAKEUP: Karen Bates-Ashey.
STYLIST: Jordan Swain.
BlCREATIVE DIRECTORS: Joy Donnell + Jordan Swain.


Elle Drane 

Sara Ishag

Tia Hurley

Chanelle Renee

Celisse Graves

Jonathan Stanton

Isaiah Lucas


Elijah-Allan Blitz

Jordan Swain


Tiawndrea (left), Biology, Tuskegee University; Style Inspiration: Solange 

Kyoko, History, Tuskegee University; Style Inspiration: “House Party.”


In honour of Save the Elephants Day (16/Apr) ••• Elephant numbers have dropped by 62% over the last decade, and they could be mostly extinct by the end of the next decade. An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts. As of 2011, the world is losing more elephants than the population can reproduce, threatening the future of African elephants across the continent. #SaveTheElephants

Artwork by Amanda Mitchell | Direct message her on >>Instagram<< for inquiries about her beautiful paintings.

To be a woman,
She constantly bathes in gravel,
and is asked to lie
that it feels like coating the skin
with milk and honey.

To be a woman,
She always lays on a bed of thorns,
and she is asked
to deem it as the equivalent
of laying on cotton.

To be a woman,
She learns the skill of halvening herself.
because Earth forbid,
this world does not hold enough room
for every woman to be whole.



To Be A Woman. (Revised Version)

Things I want to learn Part 4

Teach me the way you can look in the mirror and believe you’re so beautiful. Teach me how black can be royalty just like light. Teach me how to claim my nappy crown. Teach me how to put myself on a pedestal where I am valued. Just like you.