Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Nigerian model Oluchi covers the latest issue of ELLE South Africa (August 2013) as she prepares to start shooting the first season of Africa's Next Top Model. After several years of hard work, the model last week announced that she has finally managed to get an African version of the show on track and it will be broadcast towards the end of this year. The Oluchi cover is the third homegrown ELLE cover in a space of less than a year (yes, I do count Nigerian stars as homegrown, thank you very much). I believe this is a good thing! It not only marks a turning point in our perceptions of our own stars but it is also a long overdue recognition of our own people by a magazine industry that is painstakingly slow on transformation. Eish!!! You will remember the Bonang Matheba cover and the recent one featuring Tarina Patel but editor Jackie Burger says there is more coming, according to a statement issued by the magazine. I can only sit and wonder which local star will grace the cover next. What I would like to say to you, dear reader, is please, please, please support the local covers because if you don't, they will disappear and we don't want that!

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