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British Vogue Celebrates Models of African Descent for February 2022

Month after month, Edward Enninful propels British Vogue to new heights. The publication continues to break new ground down at newsstands. Now the magazine celebrates models of African descent with a pair of bold and powerful February 2022 covers. Adut Akech, Anok Yai, Majesty Amare, Amar Akway, Janet Jumbo, Maty Fall, Nyagua Ruea, Abény Nhial and Akon Changkou appear before the lens of Rafael Pavarotti.

UK Vogue February 2022 by Rafael Pavarotti


The covers ignited debate across our forums. “Oh, what a beauty the first cover is! The group shot isn’t that impressive…” voiced slayage.

“I like Adut’s solo cover. I like the pose very sultry and regal… Edward should’ve just stopped at that because the group cover does absolutely nothing,” noted THD96.

“Adut Akech’s solo cover was the only cover required here because the image itself is just so incredibly bold and powerful…” echoed vogue28.

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“I’m all for an epic group shot with women of color. But when everything is dark nothing stands out,” critiqued mikel.

“I like the group shot, but it’s not as impactful — I feel they could have arranged the models in a better way…” LastNight pointed out.

MON wasn’t into the multiple model offering: “The second cover is terrible. I get what they were aiming for, but it’s just terribly done. These women deserve better. Why would you use that backdrop, that styling and that hairstyle which takes away so much from their beautiful faces?”

“This could have been much more dynamic if there were five or less models on the cover. At the present moment, it’s far too crowded and it weakens the strength of the image,” declared Frederic01.

“This is disappointing and I usually really like Pavarotti’s work,” confessed marsnoop2.

UK Vogue February 2022 by Rafael Pavarotti


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