THE LEADING BLACKS

"Today's black leaders, I'm afraid, have become leading blacks. And you don't ever confuse the two. Black leaders are chosen by us...The leading blacks are chosen by the media." —Dr. Julia Hare

Your wishes have been granted: Vogue Africa is here!—but if only…

Franca Sozzani may play to the desire for fashionistas of color to see their image reflected with properties like Vogue Italia’s ”Vogue Black” website, but Cameroonian photographer Morris Epanya took the initiative to show the world what a stand-alone African Vogue could look like. Unfortunately, Vogue Africa is still a fantasy, as Conde Nast has no plans to produce one. One wonders if the covers would look as stunning as what Epanya has produced.

Whitney, the blogger of Artist for Social Change (where these pics were originally posted) writes:

Cameroonian photographer Mario Epanya has spent much of his free time shooting a fictional magazine. Epanya went all out in his campaign to make “Vogue Africa” a reality.

Vogue is currently published in 18 countries and one region, but Africa has never been selected to play home to the mag.

In order to get publisher Condé Nast to see the potential in the magazine—that would pay homage to African women—Epanya created fake covers, with beautiful models and styling.
But all his hard work did not pay off. Condé Nast has turned down his bid for the magazine.

He posted on his Facebook page::
“DEAR ALL. The Wait is over. Condé Nast said NO to an African license of VOGUE. So this is the last cover. Enjoy, but it’s a beginning of something.”

With all of the hard work Epanya put into creating his pitch for the magazine, I see no reason as to deny Africa the opportunity to front page and center. Of course, if you open a
Vogue magazine it is evident that unless you are an established entertainer of some sort, the chances of seeing blacks in the magazine are slim to none.

And the world keep trying tell the Artist that racism don’t exist, well Im telling you, Im not convinced. AT ALL! 

First off, I can’t think of any reasons as to why this is not a good idea! His concept for the magazine would not only begin to put Africa on the [fashion] map, but change the images of blacks worldwide. The images he created were far from typical and he explored the dynamics and variety of beauty that blacks all over the world share but is rarely seen in mainstream media.

But, you know what? I can smell your fear, Condé. I am sure you know that people would only want more of this beauty and you wouldn’t be able to handle it. Or maybe its because you don’t have access or the ability to create powerful issues such as Epenya pitched or the demand for more images of Africans would increase which goes against Vogue moral standing. However, I am sure Epenya time is coming because Black is Beautiful!