When it comes to makeup and women of colour in Australia, the two are often treated as mutually exclusive by leading retailers. But that’s all about to change. Kleur is challenging the mainstream cosmetics industry by representing women with diverse skin tones.
Going through the images felt good. No longer was I looking at the girl with the untidy hair; instead this was another beautiful girl you might see walking on the streets, someone finally willing to embrace her natural beauty and let her guard down.
My name is Cynthia Taylu and I’m originally from Liberia, West Africa. The arts and the natural world intrigue me. Fashion is an amazing mode of self-expression and intertwines with so many things in life. I think fashion goes past what you wear – it’s more about how you feel inside.
Rahma the Label strives to capture and represent a modern reflection of Ethiopian culture by preserving the essence of being African. All pieces are designed in Australia and produced in Ethiopia, with a focus on ethical textile development by artisans.
Harriet Jane is an original luxe eco women’s label that celebrates the beauty of nature. All designs are made using silks printed with Harriet’s original photography, the silk adds a visually luminous effect to the vibrant images of nature.
“Too few are prepared to adopt a zero tolerance to racism in fashion and film and yet if we had a collective approach to fighting the lack of diversity that exists, I believe change would be inevitable and swift.” Debra Ojumu.
Maminydjama Magnolia Maymuru burst onto the Australian fashion scene as the first Traditional Aboriginal woman to represent Northern Territory at Miss World Australia 2016. In her first fashion editorial, Grace & Grandeur: The Eternal Beauty of East Arnhem Land, we take you behind the scenes, on set with the stunning beauty from Yirrkala.
Maminydjama Magnolia Maymuru, the first Traditional Aboriginal woman to represent Northern Territory at Miss World Australia, debuts in her first fashion editorial, Grace & Grandeur: The eternal beauty of East Arnhem Land for Ascension Magazine.
“Effortlessly beautiful and elegant. She really did take my breath away when she entered the boutique. I immediately knew that she was a gentle soul with a colourful story – she really was magnetic!” Con Iliopoulos, Creative Director and Designer – CON ILIO.