Sudanese model Alek Wek has graced the covers of a myriad of international fashion mags – from ESSENCE to British Vogue. Most recently she jumped for joy on the cover of Elle South Africa’s 14th Anniversary issue. AfriPOP! celebrates this African fashion and style icon with seven of our favorite covers.
Recently the fashion world has been getting regular folk up in arms over a wave of controversial shoots evoking imagery similar to the once highly popular and now highly offensive practice of blackface. Back in the day, performers would sport dark, garish makeup and parody African and African American people. And now it seems to be making a troubling, subversive comeback in the fashion biz.