of ME by KAVA GORNA for REFINERY 29’s ICONOMIST
Through her dress, constant Fashion Week presence, and beautiful magazine, Pop’Africana, Nigerian-born photographer Oroma Elewa evolved into New York’s standard bearer for the best of West African style. With Pop’Africana closed, she keeps the flame burning and her photo portfolio growing at her photoblog called, you guessed it, Oroma’s Therapy.
“You know, I’ve never been a person who borrows heavily from icons. I’ve always admired people for the way they think or how they lived their lives — the attitude they put out into the world. Like, early on, my looks came from a lot of imagination, reading my favorite authors like Chinua Achebe and being exposed to things like comic books and Frida Kahlo in our semi-metropolitan area of Nigeria. Oh, and especially my grandmother. She loved velvet and Nigerian fabrics. She valued cloth, not particularly clothing that’s already sewn — cloth. She just dressed herself and carried herself with…regality.”
“When I think of my own take on Afro-chic style, I think of my grandma and African women like her; it’s a juxtaposition between cosmopolitanism [and] tradition.
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