Adama Paris is a stunning Senegalese fashion designer, and by the way, her real name is Adama Amanda Ndiaye.
The founder of Dakar Fashion Week told CNN that she had established the annual event in Senegal’s seaside capital because she believed that talented black models and designers were being ignored by the industry. The globally famous show is now celebrating its 15th year and showcases the gorgeous designs coming out of West Africa.
“It was also a statement [to] the fashion industry, ‘stop this discrimination, black is beautiful.’ I am sick and tired of seeing only skinny blonde girls and not black women in the runway.”
Dakar Fashion Week began on Tuesday, June 27th and is running through Sunday, July 2nd. Designers from several countries have taken to the runway in the annual prestigious fashion event.
Some of the talented designers who have already shown off their collections include Rebecca Zorro (Yhebe Design), Astou Mballo (Bobo by sag), Niango Design and Rama Diaw.
There are more to follow, and these names will feature collections by Splendeurs d’Afrik, Linda Likongo, Dona pen Design, Voss Flamenco, So’ Fatoo, and others.
For those interested in how models go out and compete for a prestigious job at Dakar Fashion Week through all the competition, check out this new YouTube piece by FA Channel. It’s fascinating to see these striking women and men, all beautiful and uniquely individual.
Some fashion fans are watching the updates via social media at sites like Twitter.
One inspiring “tweet” was sent out recently to highlight the vision of Dakar Fashion Week:
“The struggle is not only economic, it is also cultural, the world of African fashion has to be visible and united.”