Fashion publication Business of Fashion released its annual #BoF500 list earlier this week. The list, according to the magazine celebrates the rising voices shaping the fashion industry.
The BoF 500 is the definitive professional index of the people shaping the $2.4 trillion fashion industry, hand-selected by the editors of The Business of Fashion, based on hundreds of nominations received from current BoF 500 members, extensive data analysis and research.
This year, the magazine announced that they will celebrate with the list, rising voices promoting and propagating the diversity movement in the fashion industry.
Too often, when we think about inclusion, it is only at the surface, without a deeper understanding of the issues at play and the history of what has come before. The business rationale and PR risk of getting this wrong is real. But there is still work to be done. Indeed, over the past year, every month it seems another brand put out a product, advertising campaign or statement that some customers found deeply offensive, leading some of them to burn their products, organize boycotts and create social media campaigns to call out the brands publicly.
Africans who made the list include rapper Chika known for her fierce cultural commentary and who very vocally called out Kanye West over his controversial Tweets earlier this year. Also on the list is editor in chief of Genevieve magazineBetty Irabor and model Adesuwa Aighewi.
See the full list of Africans that made the list this year below:
Adesuwa Aighewi -MODEL & ACTIVIST
With a breakthrough year behind her, scoring campaigns for the likes of Chanel and Marc Jacobs beauty, the model-turned-creative director is now seeing through her personal mission to promote the beauty of African culture.
Since her video calling out Kanye West’s politics went viral in 2018, the buzzed-about rapper artist has used her creative platform to reiterate the socio-cultural origins of hip-hop, and starred in an ad campaign for Calvin Klein.
The first black editor of a major menswear magazine in South Africa is pushing the boundaries of men’s style across the African continent and enriching the region’s increasingly diverse media landscape.
Shanelle Nyasiase– MODEL
The South Sudanese newcomer model has quickly risen to star status on Models.com’s Top 50 list and embraced by the likes of Gucci, Givenchy and Loewe.
Ugbad Abdi– MODEL
The breakout star joins the new generation of hijabi models furthering the diversity conversation on and off the runway.