AFI 5th Africa Fashion Awards to crown the best in African Fashion. Kenya’s Diana Opoti & Alek Wek to guest judge for AFI Africa Fashion Awards
South Africa (31 October 2013) – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2013 (MBFW Africa), presented by African Fashion International (AFI), is being hosted by the City of Tshwane, South Africa. The event started Wednesday, 30th October and will continue until the Saturday, 2nd November. MBFWAfrica will conclude with an Africa Fashion Awards Banquet on Sunday, 3rd November at Monte Casino, where African fashion industry’s successes will be celebrated and recognised.
Sudanese born supermodel, Alek Wek, is to be a guest judge on African Fashion Awards. She will be joined by Kenyan’s Diana Opoti, highly respected lifestyle, pan-African televsion producer who is experienced both in front and behind the camera and presents and produces, Designing Africa, a fashion program that profiles the top names in fashion in the African continent.
Other judges include Russian model, Sayora Grigorian, ambassador & Égérie of Azzadine Alaia, with interest in luxury fashion, and South Africa’s Chris Viljoen, a renowned, fashion director and has been in the local fashionindustry for more than 17 years. They will be judging under the watchful eye of PwC as the auditors.
The fashion industry and the public have nominated the following for the various Africa Fashion Awards categories:
1. DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
· Kluk CGDT
· Duaba Serwa
· Suzaan Heyns
2. EMERGING DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
· MilQ and Honey
· Loin Cloth and Ashes
3. ACCESSORIES DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
· Anita Quansah
· Ndau Collection
4. MODEL OF THE YEAR
· Grace Bol
· Grace Mahary
· Katryn Kruger
5. OUTSTANDING TREND COMMUNICATOR
· Haute Fashion Africa
· Helen Jennings
· Zandile Blay
6. OUTSTANDING FASHION ENTREPRENEUR
· Danica Lepen
· Felicity Spies
· Hanneli Rupert
7. OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO AFRICAN FASHION
· Jan Malan
· Omoyeni Akerele
8. AFI Fastrack™ DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
· Hugo Flear
· Aleni Labrou
· Alexa Liss
Meeting Alek Wek
There are many models in the World
We take the Matatus with them, marvel at their tall skinny legs in high waisted jeans as they walk up the streets, and we wonder if they are a bold face name we should know. Today, every model is deemed a supermodel. But we know that’s just not true.
If you were there in the 1990′s when the term “supermodel” became super popular befitting only the most prominent models like Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, then Claudia Schiffer and Kate Moss, you knew the name Alek Wek. She was the kind looking one with the kind smile and kind eyes. Alek was all-the-way gorgeous, and you couldn’t imagine her looking older.
Me and Alek Wek
I met ALek Wek Today at the Serena Hotel Nairobiwhere she was on a stop on her way home to South Sudan with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to spread a message of peace and hope where throughout the week she will participate in independence celebrations set for July 9.
Alek will meet with South Sudan’s First Lady, key officials and individuals who have returned home to rebuild their lives. She has emerged as a leading advocate for refugee rights. She will return next week to Wau, visit refugee camps and engage in youth programs. Alek will also participate in TEDx Juba “New Nation, New Ideas,” where she will share her vision for the future of South Sudan.
At the same time I got the chance to also meet with Reigning Miss South Sudan, Atong Demach who was also in nairobi, as she Makes way to Go Participate in the miss world Competition in China
Me and Miss South Sudan, Atong Demach
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