Author archives: Arinze Nwokolo

Ayoola Bakare Is Our June/July Cover Star

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It's been almost 4 years since Ayoola Bakare first graced our cover back in January 2013. It was my first time of hearing of her from Princess, our ever so amazing beautiful director. Back then, the headwrap look was just bursting, widely worn across stylish women, on and off the camera. Ayoola was young, starting to break out into the industry, finding her [...]

Fatima Siad looking Irresistibly Hot for Nylon Magazine

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She is one of the highest paid African models in the world and the Somalia-Ethiopian fashion model that looks so much like supermodel, Iman, is taking the lead in this makeup campaign for Nylon Magazine. Styled in a few bold headwrap/scarf looks and finished with bold African jewellery, Fatima Siad looks just drop-dead gorgeous in each look for the magazine.[...]

'My Goal is To Motivate Young Girls to be Themselves and To Love their Body' Kristia Tolode Gives Zen An All Access Pass into her Life

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Model, blogger and social media influencer, Kristia Tolode sits with Zen Magazine to talk about her modelling dreams, living and studying in New York City, why she loves to dance and her love for headwraps. ZEN: Hi Kristia, Tell us a little bit about yourself. Kristia: I was born and raised in Benin Republic. I am a full-time graduate stu[...]

Black Beauty Like You've Never Seen Before: Beauty and Fashion Photographer Mario Epanya Launches his New Book Celebrating Women of Colour

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Mario Epanya launched his most recent book on Tuesday and the Cameroonian-French photographer was ecstatic as he shared this update with us. Since his childhood, Mario has always been inspired by his home surroundings of Cameroon before moving to France in 2000. A career that has spanned more than a decade, he has transformed his craft, advanced at his art a[...]

'No Other Place has Raw Beauty like Africa': Daichi Yamamoto reveals his love for the Fashion in Senegal

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We know that there are folks who see someone else's work, and just get blown away. Well, that was our immediate reaction on seeing images by Daichi Yamamoto, a New York based photographer who has been living in Senegal for over a year now. According to Daichi, he decided to move to Senegal after a few trips because of the originality in the fashion within th[...]

Look Hot in African Prints with Prelim

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We love receiving photo submissions here at Zen so when London based photographer, Eden, sent us images from his work with womenswear brand Prelim we immediately feel in love with the looks. Whether it's dinner, drinks, or a walk in the park or maybe you are off to somewhere hot and classy, then these looks from Prelim need to make it into your wardrobe. A c[...]

Award-winning Music Artist Timaya Set to Perform in Nairobi this Weekend

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Living in Nairobi? Then save the event dates below as award-winning music artist Timaya is set to perform at the Barbeque Live Kenya show taken place this weekend. For more details on the event, please view the flyer below. For ticket booking, click www.ticketsasa.com If you are living the US, then save the dates for his US Tour which begins in Ju[...]

African Handmade Jewellery for the Bold Woman! Photographed by Emmanuel Thuo

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Women love jewellery. It's a known fact. According to a fashion poll, 75 percent of African women love wearing fashion accessories. Fashion season is so close that we can almost taste it and whether you love bold accessories, or just want a simple headwrap look, we're here to help you find that awesome accessory for you. Kenyan based photographer, Emmanue[...]

Throwback Fashion We Love! Lumiére Couture's 2016 Sika Mini Collection Is Everything a Fashionista Needs

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We love prints, we love fashion & we love accessories. This throwback Thursday goes to Lumiere Couture's 2016 Sika Mini Collection. There are certain moments that will forever stay in every fashion girl's mental catalogue and this is definitely one of them as the Ghanaian based brand delivered one of the most stunning collections we saw of 2016. "The Lum[...]

Slay in Congolese Fashion!! Be The Centre of Attraction in Tina Lobondi

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Get into the stylish swing of things with Tina Lobondi's new collection starring Miss Congo UK 2016 winner, Lucrèce Kibeti. “I have chosen a lot of blue and yellow prints,” the designer explains. “I used a lot of floating, luxurious fabrics in honour of the colours of the Congolese flag.” The I AM Congo collection dares to be different. Fashion is all about [...]