Saturday, 6 October 2012

Day One; Bethann Hardison is spotted in the front row of GFDW (Ghana Fashion & Design Week)….

Former model, activist and uber fash insider, Bethann Hardison in Accra, Ghana being interviewed by Ivy Prosper ( )…..fabulous …

The ever beautiful -model Soraya khalil backstage at GFDW….

Ghana Rising fave, -make-up artist du jour, Claire De-Graft (centre) at work backstage at GFDW…

Credit: The above photos were taken yesterday 5th October 2012 backstage at Ghana Fashion & Design Week and come courtesy of GFDW…

Paulina Opoku-Gyimah says: When I think of powerful black women in the fashion industry (mainstream fashion folks), -I think of: Naomi Campbell, Bethann Hardison, Iman, Tyra Banks, Pat McGrath et al -thus I’m super pleased that former model, first black model agency owner and all-out activist (Bethann's been fighting for the rights of black models -forever) is in Ghana for the GFDW (Ghana Fashion & Design Week) shows..

Spotted looking beautiful and sitting between uber fashionistas: style columnist for the Huffington Post, founder of Africa Style Daily, former Digital Fashion editor for ESSENCE magazine and GFDW panellist, - Zandile Blay ( and author (Powder Necklace), poet, style contributor for ESSENCE magazine and the Village Voice, Metro -Nana Brew-Hammond ( -who was rocking a fabulous monochrome Kente suit; Bethann Hardison had the front row in a tizzy!! What a wonderful endorsement for the professional outfit behind GFDW, -well done girlsssss…

Other fashionistas spotted on the first day of GFDW include Ghana Rising faves: Songstress/model/TV Presenter -Jojo Abot (, (Marketing Consultant, PR maven, and founder & CEO of Livsforfashion -Olivia Asiedu-Ntow (, TV presenter and actress -Joselyn Dumas (, Fashion Blogger -Ivy Prosper :, model Soraya khalil (, photographer & Blogger -Allen Coleman (, photographer Ernest Simons ( fab Ghana based fashion designer -Ajepomaa Mensah (, uber lovely business consultant, mentor, lecturer at AFFORD, University of the Arts London and Entrepreneur -Jennifer Williams-Baffoe ( TV Presenter -Agnes A. Ntow( and West Africa Correspondent for the Guardian Afua Hirsch (…


Ghana Fashion & Design Week Day 1 . Exhibition, Backstage & Arrivals


FashionistaGH Fashion Diaries: An exclusive look from Day 1 at the Ghana Fashion & Design Week. Backstage, Exhibition & Guest Arrivals.
Camera : Fred Oku
Music: Dabi dabi performed by Amakye Dede



Paulina Opoku-Gyimah says: a big thanks to Ob Abenser and Guud Kelly of FashionistaGH ( ) for the above film clip.

Featuring some of those mentioned above (and more -the duo and their team FashionistaGH have brought us a real taste of what’s really happening at GFDW -and we’re truly thankful. Really, don’t know what we in the Diasporas would do with out your great work!!! I’m looking forward to the next one.. Can we have a close-up of the frow (the front-row) …pretty please xxx


I’ve just stumbled upon Swit Salone website, -and they have some truly fabulous photos -really relivant photos of the first day of GFDW -do check it via link below…


More Info about Bethann Hardison

In the 1960s, Bethann Hardison worked as a garment industry salesgirl. In the 1970s, she was an international runway model and assistant to some of the most important designers of the decade. In 1984, Bethann founded her own agency and became responsible for scouting, launching and managing some of the most famous models of our time, many of them black – Naomi Campbell, Veronica Webb and Tyson Beckford to name a few.

In the 1987, Bethann became an activist outright, founding the Black Girls Coalition with her close friend Iman (Bethann was her maid of honor when she married David Bowie). As famous for her vitality and her straight-shooting spirit as she is for her beauty and business know-how, Bethann Hardison is a force to be reckoned with. Shedding light to the lack of diversity on the runways in recent years in her new documentary project, Invisible Beauty, Bethann Hardison additionally served as a contributing editor to the now infamous Vogue Italia, "black" issue.

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