Well, some, like a Nigerian editor by the name of Uduak believe not.
“Africa has always been and will remain fashionable. African fashion and lifestyle focused magazines have emerged, including Arise and Canoe, offering both Western and African fashion consumers more options. Nevertheless, many Africans and African designers still feel the need for Western validation via VOGUE Africa and similar Western fashion brands, rather than wholeheartedly supporting their own with their pocket book and patronage. African customers will buy VOGUE Africa, despite an African renaissance, before they do their own. It is the reality and psyche of Africans and sadly is what it is. Ultimately, and this is no slippery slope, African publishing businesses in the continent will be forced out of business.” Uduak says.
Well, whatever... but if Vogue hit these shores, I want to be on that editorial team.
Hope those at Conde Nast SA are paying attention!
Read the full story and see more of Mario Epanya’s fictional Vogue Africa covers here