Ladies, I urge you to head to your local newsagents and pick up the latest copy of Blackhair which hit the shelves today. On the cover you’ll find the stunning new faces model Paula Almeida, who hails from Brazil but is now based in the UK. The image was part of a shoot produced by MIZANI which showcases the latest Autumn/Winter hair trends (this year it’s all about dual textures, ladies) with all styling performed by the current L’Oreal Mizani Afro Catwalk Look Award Winner – Iwona Szerugu. Elsewhere in the mag you’ll find interviews with Paula Patton, Beverley Knight and trend forecasts on hair, fashion and beauty to carry us through to spring.
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If you live in the UK by now you would’ve probably seen the stunning new cover of Blackhair magazine featuring the gorgeous, uber cool Shingai Shoniwa from the Noisettes. I’m not one to blow my own trumpet but it has to be said – I’m so darn proud of this cover. Shot in the opulent surroundings of Shaka Zulu restaurant in Camden, London, this cover is the delectable fruit of one arduous labour consisting of numerous calls, emails, last minute cancellations and an extremely short time frame to make. ish. happen.
But thankfully Shingai brought her A+ game and nailed the cover within the first ten minutes. Shout outs to my amazing team at BH and the awesome, first class glam squad which included: Joseph Sinclair (photography) Erica Matthews (stylist) Jayne Williams (make up artist) and Charlotte Mensah (hairstylist). The elaborate heart shaped hair piece was created by Mario Dionisi. In addition to Shingai you’ll also find interviews with Chrisette Michele, Dorothy Koomson, an Autumn/Winter trend report and a round-up of our favourite black cast Christmas films. The issue is out on sale now at WH Smiths and all good newsagents.
With just over two months until London 2012, it’s been exciting to witness the build up to the games unfold in the media. At the start of the year there was a gorgeous photoshoot and interview with Philip Idowu in ES magazine. In April, The Sunday Telegraph published a DPS entitled ‘East Side Stories’ profiling the young talent who they predicted would shine at the games including 23-year-old 400M hurdler Perri Shakes-Drayton, 800M runner Marilyn Okoru, 17-year-old weightlifter Zoe Smith and 16-year-old judo player, Hayley Willis. It’s been particularly refreshing to see sport covered in the women’s consumer mag market, a sector that has traditionally ignored women in sport.
This afternoon we unveiled the cover of our June/July summer issue and the response was phenomenal. The cover was conceptualised by Dionne Smith founder of BDM, shot by photographer Agata Preyes and features Britain’s Next Top Model finalist Ufuoma Itoje, dressed in a daisy yellow trouser suit perfectly placed in front of some matching yellow flowers. We instantly fell in love with the image once we saw it, so we’re delighted by the positive response so far. It’s quite a light-hearted issue this month, with the main focus on gearing up for summer (when it decides to arrive). Journalist Ese Odetah delves into a subject that I’ve always been curious about and that’s black women who use tanning beds (yes, we use them too apparently). Elsewhere we interview Alexandra Burke about her hair and beauty regime, and like her or loathe her, you know Ms Burke’s glam is always on point. We also welcome the return of the badass Santigold, and chat it up with the outspoken Tami Roman from Basketball Wives who ‘keeps it one hundred’ in her inimitable style. And of course in addition to these features we have hair inspiration. Lot’s of it. So do yourself (and us) a favour and pick up a copy on May 8th from WH Smith and all good newsagents. And you can follow our movements on Twitter @Blackhairmags
Be sure to tune into BBC Three tomorrow at 9pm, where model Samira Hashi will be starring in a documentary about her travels to her birthplace of Somalia. The 21 year old rising star was born in 1991 in central Somalia, and ten days following her birth a civil war broke out. Her family fled the area and lived in various refugee camps before seeking refuge in the UK.
Samira is one of my favourite of the new batch of black British models. When we first started the Model of the Moment segment in Blackhair magazine, she was one of the first models we reached out to. Having met her on a few occasions, I’ve since discovered she is a bright and vivacious young woman and I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from her in the future. In the clips from the documentary we see a distraught looking Samira break down as she speaks to a woman who has lost three children through the devastation of this bloody, long-drawn war that has existed as long as the model has. While the nature of the documentary will surely raise eyebrows, and I’d be willing to place money that many will take offence at yet another negative portrayal of an African country. I think it’s an important story that needs to be told. Let’s hope it’s handled sensitively and intelligently.
See a clip here