MEET THE TOP 12 FASHION BLOGGERS COMING OUT OF AFRICA
This year on our Christmas Editorial, Fashion Appraisal 12 ON 12 (formerly FATV 12 ON 12), we bring to you, 12 outstanding fashion bloggers coming out of Africa and making a difference in the fashion industry. These bloggers have got unique styles and presentations and are influencers of high repute in the fashion scene. On regular basis, they make great posts and fashion statements, impacting the industry one post at a time. In no particular order, here are the top 12 African fashion bloggers as we roll them out through the 12 days of this Christmas. See our Instagram page for the daily unveiling which will run from 25th December, 2016 to 5th January, 2017.
Day 1: STEVEN ONOJA is a Nigerian photographer and menswear blogger based in New Orleans who has been blogging for over five years. Aside fashion blogging and photography, he also draws and paints. Steven views fashion as a form of art and a way of expressing himself, and through his lens, he artistically captures and curates his personal style, sharing his passion with the world. His 80s style statements are dapper, his unique look is art, and fedoras, flat caps, and his round eyewears are his go-to style accessories. “Honestly, I’m not a brand kind of guy. I wear things based on the style and detail, not the brand name”, Steven tells Fashion Appraisal.
Day 2: MONICA AWE ETUK is a Nigerian fashion blogger based in Atlanta Georgia who started blogging four years ago when she was on maternity leave. She also doubles as a style expert rendering personal styling services for a select few, as well as a social media consultant for bloggers and small businesses. Monica’s style is eclectic, unpredictable, and classic, and have merited spots in major fashion magazines like Instyle, Vanity Fair, People Style Watch, etc. She has also been featured on Fendi’s Instagram page.You may wonder how she manages to curate such styles and take care of her kids at the same time. – “I juggle the two by mapping out my workday. When the kids get home they get my time, and back to work when they sleep,” she tells Fashion Appraisal.She has collaborated with some of her favourite brands, but would still love to work with Gucci and Lisa Folawiyo.No doubt this blogger has achieved quite a lot in just four years of her blogging career. “…being able to leave my job and actually do what I love, and blog full time, are all some of the high points of my career which continue to grow!”, Monica says.
Day 3: NUEL BANS is a Ghanaian fashion blogger and consultant who also runs an online fashion magazine, Debonair Afrik. “I love to write to promote brands, thus, I was inspired by telling the stories of African startups”, Nuel tells Fashion Appraisal. In just about two years of blogging, his blog was nominated for the fashion blog of the year at the 2016 Glitzstyle awards and also won fashion blog of the year at AFROMA Awards . He has also got many opportunities to attend private shows . Nuel’s style is eclectic, unconventional, and trendsetting, and he does men’s fashion well.
Day 4: AKIN FAMINU is a medical student and fashion enthusiast. This Nigerian men’s style blogger is a specialist in men’s fashion and ‘treats’ it with a twist. Always sporting dapper statement pieces on the street and red carpet and emerging as fashion favourite, Akin sure is a doctor of style.
Day 5: Ghanaian twins, DANIELLE AND CHANTELLE DWOMOH-PIPER, popularly called D Piper Twins are the perfect blogging and style duo. These designers, models, and fashion bloggers based in New York have got a colourful Instagram page filled with fun styles and fashion adventures that are sure to add lot of fun to their follower’s closet.
Day 6: NOBLE IGWE is a Nigerian entrepreneur and fashion blogger who has achieved quite a fit with his blogging career. He is currently an Ambassador of Payporte online retail store, Lagos Fashion and Design Week, and Remi Martins drink. Noble’s fashion statements are a fresh edge to minimalist style which he curates equally with an edge. The traditional styles (Buba and sokoto, Agbada) are his forte, and his trademark beards, his regular ‘accessory’.
Day 7: FRANKLIN SAIYELEL is a menswear fashion blogger from Kenya who also doubles as a designer. His debonair styles are eye-catching and he curates them in adventurous ways.
Day 8: FOLAKE KUYE HUNTOON is a Nigerian-American blogger. The 40-year old who also doubles as a designer and stylist has got classic and elegant styles with a body figure that pops. Her natural hair which she keeps kinky all the time is also a style asset for this blogger who since 1999 has continued to make an impact in the fashion industry, and with her over three hundred thousand Instagram followers, there is no stopping for this influencer.
Day 9: TREVOR STUURMAN is a South African photographer who through his lens creatively captures his and people’s styles. Trevor’s fashion photography is a cultural and tribal movement and expression which he shares with the world.
Day 10: RANTI ONAYEMI-BLANCHARD is a Nigerian-American blogger based in Denver, USA. Ranti’s simple, classic, and sometimes hippie style is alluring with a taste of elegance and grace.
Day 11: FISAYO LONGE is a Nigerian fashion and travel blogger based in London. She also doubles as a fashion designer. Fisayo’s style is hippie and groovy, and she has got the athletic bod to dish it.
Day 12: STELLA UZO is a Nigerian blogger based in US. This mom of one has got elegant and fun styles, with the figure to serve them.
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