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Updated: Feb 26, 2019





Representation in Art Matters and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!


 BOOM there it was the Variety, Diversity and Equity in imagery that came of all places via the 2019 Oscars! I am awestruck at the Beautiful immigrants male and female pushing their Art forward and showing such resilience and grace that it moved me beyond words. It has reinvigorated me and reignited a new charge in my Spirit, a new fire, a new spark for this PASSION I have for the Fashion Industry.

You're African!? Really, because you don't "look" African is often a question/comment that I hear. I then really blow their minds by informing them that I am also Russian, an African-Russian actually. See representation matters and allows us to have breadth and depth in our work, share our stories and express our individual and very relevant narrative. I started my brand to do just that, change the narrative and broaden the scope of possibility for what Fashion could be, who can participate and what those participants look like. My frustration has always been the often one-side, myopic view of what is beautiful and thus acceptable in the main stream of Fashion. That is why seeing Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter take home an Oscar for her work on Black Panther was so INCREDIBLE!!! It is important, no scratch that IMPERATIVE that we continue to broaden the images that we perpetuate in media and movies and fashion magazines for the young, impressionable girls and boys that look to us for direction and guidance. I take this role seriously and am on a mission to change the way we as women of all colors, shapes and sizes feel about ourselves. Representation Matters and it is our responsibility to bring our full selves to the table, office, boardroom, runway or screen Always.


And there I was watching recaps of the Academy Awards and BOOM, there it was the Variety, Diversity and Equity in imagery that came of all places via the 2019 Oscars! I am awestruck at the Beautiful immigrants male and female pushing their Art forward and showing such resilience and grace that it moved me beyond words. It has reinvigorated me and reignited a new charge in my Spirit, a new fire, a new spark for this PASSION I have for the Fashion Industry. It has caused me to pause and ensure that I am being true to myself and what I want to achieve. And so the decision was made to go back HOME! Back to where I was born, Accra, Ghana West Africa. It is there that I will take my production because my goal has always been to find a way to give back to the place that birth me. I long for the day when my label will read "MADE IN AFRICA"! It is my small, but meaningful contribution to support the women and artisans on the Continent.

So let's go Fashionistas, let's continue this brave journey and fly our Chic Fashion Flags high all around the WORLD!


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