His Design Was in ‘Black Panther’ After One Tweet

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This is a classic case of ask and ye shall receive. Wale Oyejidev is a fashion designer based out of Philadelphia. He is the co-founder of the brand @IkireJones. When he heard about the production of ‘Black Panther’, he knew that his designs deserved to be a part of the movie. So, like anyone else who believes in their brand, he tweeted his idea  @Marvel.

It wasn’t long after the tweet that Oyejidev was contacted by a stylist for the movie and the rest is history. Oyejidev and his company has benefited greatly from the exposure. The lesson to take away from this is to not be afraid to ask. If you believe in yourself and your product, present it to the world. You never know what opportunities await. Take a chance and ask .Your next level could come after your next question.

Read more about this story on CNN Money.

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Dancing in Style with Zhané Tomlinson

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Clothing by: @ygaapparel, Photo Source: Instagram Modeling, Agency: @TLondonAgency

At the age of 4 years old, Zhané Tomlinson came to America from Clarendon, Jamaica. She grew into her artistic gifts and became a multi-talented dancer.  Skilled in various styles of dance, Zhané is comfortable with giving a stellar performance. “I’m a professionally trained hip-hop, modern, contemporary, and West African dancer. I’ve been dancing for 10 years,” Zhané shares. Dance has opened up many creative avenues for Zhané. That’s why it is no surprise that she has transferred her talents to the world of fashion and modeling.

 

Photography: @tcf_photos, Modeling Agency: @TLondonAgency

 

Photography:@tcf_photos, Modeling Agency: @TLondonAgency

 “I started modeling with my friends a little over two years ago for fun,” Zhané said. Her urge to have fun and try something new lead to her being discovered by and signed to the T. London Agency. She has been modeling professionally since the summer of 2017.

Photo Source: @shotbytony_, Modeling Agency: @TLondonAgency ,Stylist: @vayydawn

 

Photo Source: Instagram, Modeling Agency: @TLondonAgency

Zhané is highly sought after by fashion designers because of her versatility. “I enjoy meeting great designers! Seeing people’s thoughts and ideas on clothing is inspiring to me,” Zhané exclaimed, “I enjoy runways the most. They’re so much fun and I love all eyes on me.”  

Keep your eyes on Zhané. We have a feeling you will see her on a runway near you!

Follow her on IG @nkeyah_

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Shining the Light on Plus Size Male Models

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Photo Source: Instagram @dghramm

There is no doubt that the plus size industry is gaining momentum in the fashion world. Now more than ever, there is more diversity on the runway. Brands are starting to embrace the full figured women that loves her curves. But, are we forgetting anyone? According to Darnell Ghramm, yes!

Darnell is a model who is set on shedding light on plus sized MALE models. Recently he took to Instagram with a few of his handsome #BigAndTall friends and duplicated a Calvin Klein ad. He expresses that the plus size male model is worthy of representation. His goal is to show that big guys have style too.

To read more, check out this article on Blavity.

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Robert Campbell: Scottish Fashion Photographer on the Rise

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Model: Angela Wcislo, Hmua Model Photographer & Retoucher: Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell is a Scottish photographer who expresses his creativity through fashion photography. As a child, Robert always displayed artistic talent while growing up in a mining village in the Southwest of Scotland.  

Robert Campbell, Fashion Photographer

However, it was on his 47th birthday that photography became his artistic medium of choice. “I like the diversity of the medium which allows me to undertake all different types of genres with fashion being one of these,” Campbell shares, “ I came to photography late and soon realized it was my passion with the last 3 years of my life being devoted to it.”

Model: Miguel Martin, Hmua Model Photographer & Retoucher: Robert Campbell

On his 47th birthday, Campbell’s friend was selling his DSLR camera and his wife generously got it for him under one condition: that he learned how to use it and didn’t give up. “From that moment on there was no looking back,” Campbell said. He did everything he could from watching online video tutorials to just going out and shooting to learn the difference in lighting, depth, and composition.

His hard work and dedication paid off. Over the past three years, Robert’s popularity has grown and he has earned a reputation as one of Scotland’s rising stars in fashion photography.

Model: Chloe Bella Armstrong, Hmua Model Photographer & Retoucher: Robert Campbell

Campbell says that fashion photography allowed him to follow his passion. His work not only showcases the model and the clothes, but also the city which gives his photos depth.

“I enjoy photography because it has given me a chance to look at the world around me with fresh eyes every single day. It has allowed me to capture a moment that will last forever, that tells a story and brings out emotion in me and others,” Campbell expressed.

Mode:l Ziggy Model, HMUA Model Photographer: Robert Campbell

Campbell is always working to improve his craft. In his line of work, he understands that what one person perceives as beautiful, another may not. He sees it as his job to do more than capture clothes. Campbell’s goal is to capture character and ensure that you see positivity in every photograph.

To see more of his work, follow him on FB or on IG @rob_campbell_01 .

 

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The Fashion Model Against Consumerism

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Model, Wilson Oryema, Photographed by Joanna Van Mulder for the Observer

Have you heard the story about the fashion model who is an advocate for anti-consumerism? It seems a bit oxymoronic. After all, it is the fashion models job is to help sale the clothing, right? Meet Wilson Oryema. He is a successful fashion model and the author of the book Wait, Oryema’s exploration of excessive human consumption. Oryema understands that his job and his beliefs might appear to be contradictory. However, he hopes to shed light on an issue that could be improved if properly examined.

To learn more, check out this article from The Guardian.

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Take Exit 14 for Fabulous Fashion

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Photo Source: Instagram @shopexit14

Exit 14 is a fashion house based in Ghana. Under the leadership of Nana Brew-Hammond, Exit 14 is quickly becoming a recognizable force in the fashion industry.  

Exit 14 is well known for their beautiful handwoven coats. These fashionable pieces are made with a traditional Ghanaian textile called batakari. This material is colorful, vibrant and perfect of any season. The designers at Exit 14 are able to arrange the fabric in unique ways to make the most creative garments.

Check out their feature on Vogue. Still curious, visit Exit14apparel.com.

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Not Your Mama’s Barbie Doll

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In honor of International Women’s Day 2018, Mattel has announced the release of the “Inspiring Women” doll collection. This special collection will feature women who broke barriers and made history.

The first three dolls of the collection will pay tribute to artist Frida Kahlo, aviator Amelia Earhart and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson.

Check out more about this project at BOF.

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Must Haves for Spring and Summer

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By Atem Orock
@happyme_20

Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. It is time to update your wardrobe and get some clothing that say spring. We have put together five must have spring and spring into summer clothing:

Fun T-Shirts
Nothing says spring and summer like fun bright t-shirts. Pink and red t-shirts with interesting sayings flowers and embroidery say spring like nothing else. Get those fun t-shirts and start wearing them to get the spring to come sooner.

Say It Loud: Slogan T-Shirts

 

 

A Spring Jacket
Everyone should have a cool spring jacket to wear. A jeans jacket is good and timeless. You can also get a fun corduroy jacket or even a blazer.

Get something that is fun to wear and versatile at the same time. You may want to get a jacket that you can wear with jeans and with a fun summer dress.

Spring Fever

 

Fun Skirts
Springtime is not springtime until you see everyone wearing colorful spring skirts. There are so many styles and so many colors that the fun spring skirts come in. We love fun skirts in many different colors so pick 10  colors that work best for you and get yourself one or three skirts.

Summer Fun

 

Dresses
Just like with skirts lots of women love wearing dresses in the spring and summer. Do you have a few dresses already? They are fun to wear and are great for those warmer seasons.

Summer Vibe

 

Capri Pants and Shorts
We love jeans we really really do. However, sometimes it is just too hot to wear jeans. And if it is you have a few different options.

If you must wear pants there are lighter pants made from lighter materials than denim. You will not be as hot wearing them.

Capri or shorter pants became extremely popular a few years ago. They come in many different colors and lengths and they are made from different materials. Pick up a few pairs of capris they will become staples in your spring and summer wardrobe.

capris.

 

Tank Tops
Looking into the summer a few tank tops should always be in your closet. They are very versatile – you can wear them with other tops under shirts under jackets with dresses etc.

Tank Tops 2039

What fun clothes will you wear this summer?

Atem O.

 

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