Shinghai Shoniwa is Fabulous, African and Black and we should know as she featured on a double-page spread in our premier edition of FAB Magazine, The Music Issue, four years ago.
Speaking on her role and what she loves about AFWL Shingai said “What I also love about Africa Fashion Week London is that it’s not just about the fashion – it’s also about the chance for all of us and every lover of African fashion to celebrate our continent through our vibrant colours and flamboyance which is unparalleled in the world. So I am really very proud and honoured to be asked to be an ambassador, and celebrating and supporting something that celebrates such a beautiful thing – an infiniteness of our beautiful history and culture. A lot of designers are using techniques and our ancestors are coming back. It’s not just about beading, the stone, carved beads but also all the engineering and that excites me about African fashion and Africa Fashion Week London.”
She added “I think imagination is wonderful thing and I get excited about a vivid imagination, so I am looking forward to seeing the journeys the designers have come on for their design inspirations. I don’t want to just see that design inspiration that is just going to please the buyers. I am looking for something which if someone puts the design on, they see the potential version of themselves that they have not seen before”
“Shingai is one of the few women of African descent who has succeeded in garnering mainstream recognition equally for her spectacular work and her unique style. We are delighted to have her as an ambassador for Africa Fashion Week London 2013 and look forward to having her with us in August, doubtless clad in amazing Afro-centric designs.” said Ronke Ademiluyi, founder and CEO of AFWL.
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Photo Credit Photographer: Dami Oyetade (www.damioyetade.com)Fashion Stylist: Viennty Viennty Hairstylist: Adeola Sbd Make Up Artist: Imelda Ladebo Assistant MUA: Melissa Mensah Dress: George Styler Fashion
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