It’s Official: British Vogue Has Made 2022 The Year of the African Model
Sigh… The Black Woman.
Legendary fashion and lifestyle magazine British Vogue has set the tone and welcomed in a new era with their latest cover, celebrating Black women in all of their glory. In what is arguably their most diverse, Afro-centric issue to date, the February 2022 issue of the popular magazine features 9 glorious (and Black) African models. Their latest issue, which celebrates “The Rise of The African Model”, features South Sudanese models Adut Akech, Akon Changkou, and Anok Yai, Ethiopian beauty Akway Amar, Senegalese-Italian Dibaa Maty, Nigeria’s Jumbo Janet, Nyaguaa from Sierre Leone, Australian Abény Nhial, and American model Majesty Amare.
Photographer Rafael Pavarotti captured the group’s beauty, and British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful‘s vision beautifully. On the cover, Enninful says, “I saw all these incredible models from across Africa who were just so vivacious and smart. These girls are redefining what it is to be a fashion model. He went on to speak about the soon-to-be-historic cover on his Instagram, writing, “No longer just one or two dark-skinned girls mingled backstage, but a host of top models took a meaningful, substantial and equal place among the most successful women working in fashion today. It means so much to me to see it.”
Echoing Edward’s words and highlighting the importance of having diverse models on both sides – the model and the viewer – model Adut told the fashion magazine, “When I first started modeling internationally… I would literally be the only Black, dark-skinned girl in the show. There were no Sudanese models, no African models,” the 22-year-old model said, “Now, I go to a show and there are girls from my country, girls from Africa who look like me. So yes, there has been a huge change. It has gone from me being the only one at a show, to 15 or 20 of us. I’m just so happy that we are finally at this place. I was tired of always feeling out of place, and feeling like an outcast.”
Social media lost it when the cover dropped, many sharing the emotional impact seeing so many Black models on an international cover has over them.
Oh. My. f*cking. God. This is absolutely incredible!!!!!!!!!!!! British Vogue wow.pic.twitter.com/tuxVyZkjL3
— Martin O. (@Martin O.)
Edward Enninful is the best thing to happen to British Vogue. This is why introduction & circulation of new blood is important; fresh ideas. What a mind.
— Sisipho Mud83dudc9aud83dudc9b (@Sisipho Mud83dudc9aud83dudc9b)
This is stunning I had to do a double take and see it was British Vogue for a second I thought Anna Wintouru00a0had a secret lobotomyhttps://twitter.com/StreetFashion01/status/1481680973334990871u00a0u2026
— Lashanda Walker (@Lashanda Walker)
BRITISH VOGUE IS THE BEST VOGUE. HOW MANY TIMES?
— MXM (@MXM)
ahh british vogue is not playing this year this is art!pic.twitter.com/P5cliBR9KQ
— The Magician ud83euddddud83cudfffu200du2642ufe0f (@The Magician ud83euddddud83cudfffu200du2642ufe0f)
Can we just take a moment for the new @BritishVogue cover please!!!! pic.twitter.com/koOBHqo5G0
— SeasonedBF (@SeasonedBF)
Nine models of African heritage on the cover of British Vogue. Iu2019m a puddlepic.twitter.com/7NTg5ogtBE
— In Freddie Fucci we trust (@In Freddie Fucci we trust)