From Genocide to African Catwalks – How Rwandan Women are Building their Lives and the Fashion Industry

made-in-rwanda

KIGALI, Jun 23 2014 (IPS) – Before Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, Salaam Uwamariya’s husband, a professor, was the family breadwinner, providing for her and their eight children. Uwamariya sold vegetables at a nearby market to supplement their income. But like many in this Central African nation, her life changed in just the 100 days starting in April 1994 when … Continue reading

Cici Ali: Somalian Beauty

Cici Ali3

Since her discovery by scout master Elmer Olsen, Canadian model Cici Ali has brought her gorgeous brown eyes, killer legs, and most importantly diversity to catwalks around the world. Hailing from Richmond Hill, just north of Toronto, she studied fashion at Humber College before deciding to pursue a full time modeling career. Today the 5’9 … Continue reading

Looking to the past thinking of the Future

11572_Vogue_Italia_Julho2001_phStevenMeisel_22_CarolineRibeiro_122_1166lo

Caroline Ribeiro Thinking about moving into the next year, I decided to dig up an oldie but goodie from Steven Meisel Italian Vogue 2001. The Fashions of the East, past and present, have proven to be timeless and it seems as if their allure will never fade. I had always noticed this growing up looking … Continue reading

Melodie Monrose

Melodie Monrose_Dazed

Fresh Face Melodie Monrose! Her stunning beauty is a mix of elegance, sophistication & quirkiness. This French newcomer has to be the most impressive of all: She’s a style.com Top 10 new face!, She made COACD’s Top Ten!, & On E! news they mentioned Melodie in a little segment about fashion week. She was one … Continue reading

Mia Aminata Niara

5cd79y

Hailing from France by way of Senegal, Mia Aminata Niara is what I would call a Tender Beauty. She’s long, she’s lean, she’s strong, and she’s gentle. She Gives Face and Attitude. She transforms! She’s Wonderful. Women or Girls always ask me what it takes to be a model. I will say it takes Self … Continue reading

We Love Jeneil Williams

jeneil_williams4

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged about anything. Since The beginning of my Mom’s recovery from her illness I have relocated to My hometown of Detroit. It’s been interesting to say the least. I am happy to add that I am now totally immersed in its rich art scene. And after a very … Continue reading

Motown 50th Anniversary / Donayle Luna

Berry Gordy formed Motown on today in 1959! Can you believe Motown is 50 years old?! I decided to dedicate today’s post to Donayle Luna: the first African-American on the cover of British Vogue in 1966. Yes she was from Detroit!!!!!! It was during this time that the idea or concept of Black was being … Continue reading

  • Fashion is increasingly a visual part of our global reality. the studioArena explores moving fashion beyond the development of European mercantile capitalism, commodity fetishism, and the politics of production (the way fashion emphasizes consumption at the expense of production.
  • Fashion has always played a leading role in constructing images and meanings during periods of rapid social, economic and technological change. It can act out instability or loss, or it can stake out the territory of new social and sexual identities.
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,517 other followers