All the African Women on #BOF500 this year

September 17, 2018

Why does this matter? Because fashion is a billion dollar industry and Africa must have a seat at the table!

Founded in 2007 by Imran Amed, a fashion business advisor, writer and digital entrepreneur, The Business of Fashion began as a project of passion, aiming to fill the void for an informed, analytical and opinionated point of view on the fashion business.

Today, the website has grown to leverage a network of savvy writers and fashion insiders in style capitals around the world, delivering fashion business intelligence on emerging designers, disruptive technologies and global brands that are making their mark on the industry at a time of unprecedented change.

What is the BOF500?

The BoF 500 is the definitive professional index of the people shaping the $2.4 trillion fashion industry, hand-selected by the editors of The Business of Fashion, based on hundreds of nominations received from current BoF 500 members, extensive data analysis and research.

Adut Akech – Model

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The South Sudanese model was the second black model in history to land the concluding bridal spot in a Chanel couture show.


Anok Yai – Model

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The first black model to open a Prada show since 1997, Yai has appeared in editorials for British Vogue and Dazed, and scored an Estée Lauder contract.



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Diana Opoti – Founder Diana Opoti PR

The Kenyan television producer is becoming a nexus for pan-African fashion industry initiatives and one of the continent’s most ambitious industry leaders.

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Ghizlan Guenez Founder and Chief Executive, The Modist

The entrepreneur is spearheading the global modesty movement, creating a one-stop shop for a more conservative customer.








Khanyi Dlomo – Founder, Ndalo Media

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After her departure from Luminance, the multi-brand luxury boutique she co-founded, the South African media mogul acquired the publishing rights for the South African edition of Elle magazine.

Omoyemi Akerele – Creative and Managing Director Stylehouse Files

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The lawyer turned fashion consultant advises Nigerian fashion brands on position, retail and raising their profiles abroad.


Reni Folawiyo – Chief Executive and Founder, Alara

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Her concept store approach and international buy makes her boutique both a destination and leader in her booming native market.


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Tayo and Ayo Amunsan – Chairmen and Managing Directors, Persianas Group

Through their mall interests and franchises including Hugo Boss, the couple have pioneered luxury retail in the Nigerian market.


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