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Cameroonian photographer Mario Epanya used his artistic talent to draft several models for his Vogue Africa project–a campaign that used fictional covers to depict the magazine’s potential. Epanya argued that the magazine would be an homage to African women and promote the development of African fashion.

Although the covers were full of stunning images and punchy headlines, critics felt that Africa did not need Vogue to feel validated especially with magazines like Arise and Canoe.

Epanya recently announced that Condé Nast rejected the proposal for Vogue Africa. “DEAR ALL. The Wait is over. Condé Nast said NO to an African license of VOGUE. So this is the last cover. Enjoy, but it’s a beginning of something,” he personally posted on his Facebook page.

Vogue is currently published in 18 countries and one region. Condé Nast has not officially commented on their decision.

What you think about Condé Nast’s decision?

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  • This is the reason why I majored in Journalism: Magazine Writing & Editing, so I can publiish my own magazine, for women of color, in the near future!! Great things will come out of this situation, with patience, faith & dedication- will prove Conde Nast & others wrong!

  • P

    An African edition of Vogue would be the least important achievement on a continent full of so many other pressing issues. Focus people! Focus!

    • Kenya

      Yep, you are right.

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  • Kenya

    Anna Wintour got some dang nerve to say that a cover won’t sell with a (Beautiful) black chocolate, cinnamon, ebony, caramel, honey or toasted almond model! Wintour looks like an old dried up sheep! She looks like one of those sheep from the movie “Babe” and probably is intimidated by the beauty of a Black model with luminescent skin! I am sick of seeing Beyonce, Halle Berry, and Rihanna as the only black light-skinned women on the cover of Vogue! Because they know that even the most racist white person would say that the three is “hawt”, that’s the only Black women they would put on their cover.

    And the only time I have seen them put a Black man on the cover was when they put Lebron James on ther next to Gisele–but Gisele was looking like a white delicate princess while Lebron looked like a big black uncivilized buck with a basketball.

    I stopped buying Vogue a long time ago. I only have the old issues my Grandma had from the late 80s-early 90s when they used to put REAL models on the cover. NOT pop stars, NOT actors, NOT athletes!

    Vogue sucks now anyway. They might see a change in sells if they did have an Africa Vogue. So I give a round of applause to Vogue Italia’s “All Black Issue”. At least THEY see the real beauty in Black women.

  • Burke

    I am actually happy that Conde Nast did not approve the Vogue Africa idea.

    Before commenters bite my head off, I just want to interject that I am fed up of black concepts that are managed by people that don’t speak the black language.

    Of course Nast did not want to support the project. Why? Because then it would provide a big chance for Black People to be depicted differently from the run down stereotypes the media restricts them to: refugees, sex symbols, wannabes, video vixens, rappers, gang bangers, welfare users, loud mouth, single parenting, fried chicken eating, HIV having, bad credit swiping, waiting for approval, mentally enslaved idiots.

    I know I just went in, but I’m sure you are nodding your heads right now.

    I don’t know about you all, but I prefer to support black own businesses, or any business that truly understands the language of their target audience. A magazine like Arise-if they stay consistent, can definitely be Blacks own version of Vogue Africa. I read it quite often (whenever I can find one in Barnes & Noble), and it is pretty good. I enjoy reading about Blacks that are using their talents to change…in a real way. Not the “I’m successful because I live next to Robert Dinero,” but because they are evolving the way people see Blacks, and how Blacks see themselves. A great balance to what I see on blogs and Hip Hop Weekly. Arise Magazine, is definitely on its way to influencing the media significantly.

    **I am still waiting for an African-American magazine that speaks to the Blacks living in America. Yes, we are all Africans but we playing in different stadiums. It’s easy to be black, when your nationality is the majority. African-Americans are out numbered, and most lost. Ahem:: THERE IS A NICHE MRKET FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS!!!!