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Dakar Fashion Week returns to baobab forest to promote ‘inclusive’ fashion

Dakar Fashion Week returns to baobab forest to promote ‘inclusive’ fashion

ELODIE TOTO AT the foot of a towering baobab tree outside Senegal's capital Dakar on Saturday, cameras flashed in the waning dusklight as 20-year old Najeebah Samuel strode down the catwalk to zealous applause. Born with cerebral palsy, Samuel, 20, was the first of two dozen models of all shapes and sizes to take the runway at Dakar's 19th annual Fashion Week event, held at the weekend with the dual themes of inclusiveness and sustainability. "I want to prove to other disabled kids that you're not your disability - you're just you," Samuel said, wearing an orange and blue dress…
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Meet Africa’s eco warrior fashion designer

Meet Africa’s eco warrior fashion designer

TONY VINYOH “HAVING conversations with makers, creating memories and passing on, picking quality over quantity, (that) will help us in the fight against fast fashion,” is what Liz Ngwane says the buying and wearing of clothing should all be about. Value, Ngwane insists, lies in the story that a dress starts - and continues - to tell. In a world where fashion fads can last only days and where ordering new garments is as easy as picking up a phone, this Cameroonian fashion designer is ready to take on an industry, no matter how tough that road might be. But…
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