Diversity in Fashion Week 2019.

The fashion world has almost shed its reservations, and narrow mindedness and open-heartedly welcomed positive changes in terms of inclusiveness. True diversity on the runway was embraced by  New York Fashion week by including models of all genders, sizes, races and ages. This has been done to uphold the message that fashion is for all and there can be no discrimination.

Valentino show at Paris Couture SS19 Fashion Week. Credit: http://www.w24.co.za

36% the models  on the runway across  New York, Paris, Milan and London were  women of color. New York Fashion Week’s most booked models were from countries like Nigeria or Korea. 2 out of 5 models were colored which is a record-breaking instance of true diversity portrayed in the fashion world and speaks volumes about acceptance and changing mindsets.

Tommy x Zendaya at Paris Fashion Week 2019. Photo Credit: Oberrauch – Dragone / Gorunway.com

Fashion Week Spring 2019 saw a soaring number of plus size women being on the runway. Plus size women had always been neglected in previous fashion shows, but in 2019, 54 plus size women had made appearance in about 15 Spring shows. New York designers like Chromat and Christian Siriano led the pack in introducing plus-size models for their shows.

Spring 2019 saw a huge number of transgender models on the runway . A total number of 91 transgender appearances happened, which is groundbreaking for the fashion industry. New York Fashion Week once again stole the show for being the most diverse; 53 of the 91 transgender appearances were on the New York runway. London had 16 transgender women, Paris 16 and Milan 6.

Dominique Jackson posing on the Marco Marco runway. JENNIFER GRAYLOCKGETTY IMAGES

Models well above 40 or 50 were not left out in New York, Milan and London. Milan had the highest number of models above the age of 50 after New York owing to the Dolce & Gabbana Spring show. It is a welcome change to see more inclusion in the fashion industry.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by WWD/REX/Shutterstock (10128425ar)
Grace Jones on the catwalk
Tommy Hilfiger show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, Paris Fashion Week, France – 02 Mar 2019

Written by Mosunmi G.

Welcome Zozo to Afronorsk!

Make way for Zozo! We are excited to be welcoming beautiful Zozo; photographer and owner of afro-danish blog My Beautiful People as a contributor on afronorsk.com! Zozo originally comes from South Africa and currently lives in Denmark, in addition to running a blog and photography, Zozo works a day job.

She is passionate about all things African especially representation in Scandinavia which is why she set out to launch her blog called My Beautiful People to capture the beauty of every day africans in Denmark. Her message with her blog is to declare; We are beautiful, We are here, We will be represented.

Zozo will be sharing on Afronorsk her adventures in Denmark, her home country South Africa and her passions and thoughts on Africa and Afroscandinivia. You can look out for her adventures under the feature category.

We are delighted to have you on board Zozo and look forward to going on many adventures with you.


photo credit: Jacob Crawfurd.

Genesis Award Is Coming!

Genesis Awards; an event created to recognise and celebrate the innovative bright minds shaping the new future within the African Norwegian community have released a promo video ahead of the event scheduled to hold on the 21st of April 2018 at Sentralen Kvadraturen Oslo. Details on tickets for the event can be found on their website here

Hear directly from the event’s founder Afronorsk designer; Kinam.

What You Need To Know About Modern Day Slavery In Libya

According to major reports africans from The Gambia, Senegal, Sudan, Nigeria, Guinea, Ivory Coast and many others fleeing their homeland for various reasons with the hope to end up in Europe have fallen into the wrong hands in Libya and are being sold as slaves. Most are auctioned off for as little as $400. Libya has been a major migrant route into Europe.

It is unimaginable that this is occurring in a world that appears to have fought an is still fighting for the idea that all humans are born free. It is unimaginable that dark cloud of human slavery still hovers over us in this world.

“The power vacuum caused by the fall of Muhammad Gadaffi and the attempts of the European Union to stop migrants travelling into Europe through the mediterranean has led to more people being stuck in the North African Country without food or drink.” – Aljazeera.com

According to  a statement by the French Foreign Ministry, the French government have called for an emergency meeting of the UN security council to discuss on this nightmare and consider new measures to tackle the growing problem of trafficking of migrants in Libya.

A petition requiring a million signatures to ask the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, the UN and the African Union to take immediate and concrete measures to stop the human trafficking is available here on change.org.

This petition will be delivered to:

  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
    Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
  • Boris Johnson MP

Photo Credit: http://www.aa.com.tr

Music and Art with Arif.

An evening of new music and art; Arif x Galleri Lyssky.

For Arif 2017 has been a big year in his career and to celebrate he is giving his fans a chance to listen to his new mixtape; ‘Meg & Deg Mot Alle’ two days ahead of release date as a listening installation at Lyssky Gallery in Oslo.

Entry is free!

Date: November 15 – 16

Time: Kl14:00 -Kl20:00

Where: Galleri Lyssky, Østre Elvebakke 1, Oslo.

Photo Credit: Momhammadaatey

Miss Tanzania emerges winner of Miss Africa Norway 2017.

On the 21st of October at Eventhallen in Oslo, Miss Tanzania emerged winner of the 2017 Miss Africa Norway Pageant. Sherina Rendini took the coveted crown out of many other contestant and is set to carry out her duties for her period as queen.

According to the pageant organisers:  ”Miss Africa Norway will be more than just a pretty face. She will be a cultural ambassador and a bridge between Africa and Norway.
She will be involved in championing the rights and agenda of organisations that work to help and uplift people. One of our sponsors, African Cultural Awareness, will be working together with Miss Africa Norway in promoting their campaigns, both current and upcoming.”

She has already began her first mission in Vietnam courtesy sponsor Kathyda; an organisation which works with disabled and orphaned children in Vietnam. The event was organised by former Miss Africa Norway; Carline Sserwadda and The African Forum Nordic


Ngugi Wa Thiong’o In Conversations With Grace Mutandwa. June 1, 2017.

Join Zimbabwean writer Grace Mutandwa at the Norsk Litteratur Festival 2017 for an afternoon in conversations with one of Africa’s renowned writers Ngugi Wa Thiong’o at KL14:15 on Thursday June 1, 2017 at the Lillehammer Hotel. His journey through exile and how his decision to write in his mother tongue – Kikuyu has influenced and shaped his creativity.

Ngugi wa Thiong`o is one of Africa’s most celebrated authors, and is often discussed in connection with the Nobel Prize for literature. Thiong’o was first published in English, the language of the authorities, but then began writing in his mother tongue, Kikuyu, a decision that led to both imprisonment and corporal punishment. Since his debut in 1962, he has written more than 30 books in different genres and this spring he is making headlines in Norway with the Norwegian translation of The River Between (Elven som skiller).

To buy tickets click here

For more information visit www.litteraturfestival.no

source: www.litteraturfestival.no

Literature Husets hosts ‘Somali Days – A Nation Of Poets’ May 5 – May 7, 2017

What does it mean to be Somali today, and how is the new generation influencing the literature? During these Somali days at the House of Literature in Oslo, these questions will be discussed by invited writers and intellectuals.

To begin it’s 10th year anniversary celebrations, Litteratur Huset is dedicating its first weekend in May to new Somali Literature.

From May 5th – May 7th Somali literature, poetry and identity will be discussed amongst vibrant minds, young writers, artists and musicians living in different parts of the world with Somali roots.

They will be articulating amongst others the experience of straddling different cultures and the often complex and challenging relationship to the ‘motherland’. They will also be sharing on how they are working to create new standards for writing literature which carry on history and culture.

For information on the full program and guest speakers visit Litteraturhusets website here

source: www.litteraturhuset.no