For the new cover of Variety Magazine, Ghanaian-born British Actress Michaela Coel joined six creative leaders in comedy honored by the publication for its 2021 #PowerOfWomen issue.

The “I May Destroy You” star looked unmissably stunning in the photos following the feature. Turning to her roots, Michaela wore all Made-in-Ghana looks, expertly put together by Ghanaian stylist Nana Kwasi Wiafe.

For the lead cover photo, Nana pulled all the stops transforming Michaela into royalty. She wore a handwoven Kente cloth styled in a regal traditional way and beautiful gold jewelry by Very Ghanaian.

Next, the actress stunned in a gorgeous Ankara dress designed by Accra-based bespoke and ready-to-wear brand EledzineThe brand is quickly becoming a favorite of the star, earlier in the year, she rocked a beautiful floor-length gown from Eledzine for the SAG Awards 2021.

For the final look in the series, she wore a pretty little cheetah print silk dress by Ghanaian brand Kayadua Studio for the last look. Stylist, Nana shared the inspiration behind Michaela’s look via his Instagram page. He wrote:

When I had the email to style this project I knew this is the time have been waiting for, the time for a change, a time for us to tell our story. I came into the fashion industry to change things not knowing exactly how to do that, however, it was going to happen I had no idea, all I knew is I wanted to change the narrative and the way our stories are told and now here I am doing just that! Changing the narrative, the narrative of us men always pushing our women to the back and pushing our Queens to the kitchen, yet these women always fight for us, these women always have our back.

Black women, we are eternally grateful to you. We don’t say this enough but we appreciate you. With the theme of this issue being the power of women, I was inspired by two of the most powerful Queens. Nana Yaa Asantewaa, Queen of Ejisu and Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, mother of Asantehene whose bravery and courage I’m reminded of by Michaela Coel, the same bravery it took to write & direct “I May Destroy You “I believe and highlighting the rot in our society so we can do better as a people.

Here’s to us changing the narrative and telling our own stories in our own way. Dedicated to our mothers, sisters, and daughters.

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Styling: @nana.kwasi.wiafe
Photography: @sophyholland
Photo Assistant: @charleneasare
Digital Tech: @stevemorrism
Makeup: @giselle_makeup
Producer: @wizsharifah
Production assistants: @janaan.jpg @kamizaroku
styling assistant: @kwekuokatakyie
Hair: @the_hairmasterz
Headpiece: @schiaparelli