Milisuthando Bongela is not happy about Africa Fashion Awards and she makes it known.
“After last night’s African Fashion Week Awards, I finally feel the need to say something about something I’ve kept quiet about and far away from. African Fashion International hosted an award ceremony last night, in which Michael Jackson, Yves Saint Laurant and Grace Jones were amongst the winners.
The categories: Style Influencer, Lifetime Achievement and Miriam Makeba Style Icon. AFI are the only ones that know why they decided on these categories and people (two of whom could obviously not pick up their awards, did they have reps? are their estates going to be told of this prestigious honour?)and I’m still keen to find out who the judges were, who would have agreed to be part of thinking of all the black people or “African” people in the international fashion industry, and making up awards to give them just because they are black or they are from Africa.
Cecily Lopez, Koto Bolofo, Albertus Swanepoel, Oswald Boateng and Pat McGrath won awards because they are good at what they do, but also because they are black or can be linked to Africa. Who were they up against? Was Albertus up against any other Milliners like for e.g. Phillip Treacy? Was Cecily Lopez compared to any other top models like Lara Stone perhaps? I wonder how they all felt when they got these awards seeing as though most of the people that would have made the whole thing credible were not involved. Who wants to win because they are black or African?
I really hate it when black people make black people look stupid. Those awards made our industry look as random as it has become. As if African fashion doesn’t have enough struggles within our own continent and how the world receives us – we have these guys to thank for making fools of an industry they have played a major role in tearing apart.
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