Mario Epanya had a dream, and did his best to make the dream become a reality. The dream was Vogue Africa.
Epanya – a photographer from Cameroon, who is currently based in Paris – shot a number of beautiful covers. His goal was to prove that Vogue Africa could be viable, vibrant, and admired. On July 16, Epanya announced on the Vogue Africa Facebook page that Conde Nast turned down the idea.
I am a big fan of Mario Epanya’s work – the Vogue Africa cover photographs are stunning and inspiring. A number of amazing posts have been written about this issue, on some of my favorite blogs. So I will let those links speak for themselves:
Vogue Africa Rejected By Conde Nast on Coco and Creme (check out Clutch Magazine’s new beauty site Coco and Creme! It ROCKS!)
Mario Epanya has indicated that while this door may have been closed, a window seems to have been opened – meaning this may just be the beginning of a new chapter for the dream that was once Vogue Africa. He has proven that images of beautiful black women and fashion news from Africa would be readily embraced and beloved throughout the diaspora. He has proven that there is a global market for this vision.
And if I’ve learned anything in this topsy-turvy adventure that I might call a career, it’s this. Don’t depend on a corporate entity to make your vision a reality. Go forth, do the hard work, build your own platform. And those same corporate entities will come around eventually.
I wish Mario Epanya ALL the best, and here’s to his vision of African beauty and fashion finding the avenue of expression it truly deserves! Click here to follow him on Twitter, and click here to visit MarioEpanya.com.