Isn’t that a gorgeous cover? Doesn’t it make you want to celebrate the fashion vibe that is abuzz for the new season in fashion? Or are you still lost on the “Vogue Africa” part? Well it’s been around the web and back for a minute now that talented photographer and makeup artist, Mario Epanya, approached Condé Nast, publisher of Vogue, about a concept for a new magazine-Vogue Africa.
He photographed several mock covers to demonstrate his vision and the possibilities of what Vogue Africa would look like. I must admit that when I came across these beautiful covers I had two colliding thoughts: Subscribe now and I need frames for these. Could this be the magazine I’ve been waiting for? Could this fill a void on newsstands and the hearts and imaginations of girlie-girls all grown up and fashionistas all over the world? Simply put, no. Condé Nast said no to Mr. Epanya’s brainchild. Back to life, back to reality.
There could be any number of reasons, I’m sure. It could be that they didn’t share Epanya’s vision. After all, not every one’s eye for fresh and fabulous is 20/20. I’m sure that like all businesses, banks and lemonade stands included, they are preoccupied with color-green. If they aren’t immediately overtaken by a deafening cha-ching…oh, well. Those are just my guesses.
But here’s the kicker. Beauty never needs permission, nor does style. It may take a minute for a publisher to catch on. It may take a while for your community to acknowledge it or your neighbor to recognize it. But whether you see your reflection in print or not doesn’t change the fact that you are fabulous, gifted, special and appreciated. Always bring your best to the table-don’t leave home without it-because someone, somewhere is wondering how they can subscribe.
In the meantime, let’s hope Epanya is back in the lab. Sometimes a ‘no’ is a ‘yes’ to something greater. For more of Mario Epanya’s work click here.
Have a fabulous, fun and inspiring weekend!