My old friend from school published this private picture on Facebook. The woman is Ayanda Nhlapo who is a young South African Fashion Designer and TV Presenter for a DSTV Channel 190 show. The first thing I noticed was the attitude, then the hair. Ayanda is not only a TV Presenter but also a business woman with lots of inspiration to give. She has understood the excitment about fashion on all different levels. Fashion is on its way up in Africa and Ayanda is brave enough to take the opportunity to grab the moment. I felt inspired but I also remembered something else when I saw the photo.
I had just listened to a broadcast by Kakan Hermansson about black hair. Kakan had interviewed a Swedish woman, Fanna Ndow Norrby, who started an Instagram account about racism in Sweden. After one day the account got 10 000 likes. A lot about the comments she received was concerning hair. It was questions and comments from others, probably jealous people (my comment) regarding look and feel about black hair. The photo above might inspire those girls here in Sweden I thought.
Ayanda should come to Sweden to give us inspiration. Ayanda’s business skills and love for fashion should make entrence here in Scandinavia. It would do good for us all. African fashion is on its way up which African Fashion Week London clearly shows, see an article further down in my blog. African fashion is more brave than Scandinavian fashion. With our history of beautiful printed textile we should be able to produce more colourful design. How lovely it would be to have one fashion show in Malmö that shows more colours, prints and different attitudes. We clearly need Ayanda Nhlapo.