Supermodel Afiya Bennett ruši modne barijere

Top i suknja Nana Jacqueline, Prsten Jacob&Co, Minđuše Zaxie

Afiya Bennett, zapamtite to ime! Svoju manekensku karijeru počela je sa osamnaest godina u poznatoj emisiji The Face, pod mentorstvom legendarne Naomi Campbell. Danas ima svoju liniju šešira The Afiya Collection. U ekskluzivnom intervjuu za Harper’s Bazaar Srbija govori o budućim planovima, definiciji stila i snovima koji su ostvarivi.

Haljina Nana Jacqueline, Cipele Gianvito Rossi, Čarape Wolford, Minđuše Zaxie

Šta ime Afiya znači?

Moja majka je uvek govorila da moje ime predstavlja Duhovni dragulj, i to je definicija koja me možda najbolje opisuje.

Top, suknja i nakit Versace, Cipele Aminah Abdul Jillil

Šta za Vas predstavlja naslovna strana magazina Harper’s Bazaar Srbija?

Veoma sam uzbuđena i počastvovana što sam zvezda naslovne strane Harper’s  Bazaar Srbija.  To je san svake mlade devojke koja se bavi modelingom. Za mene to znači da sam dokazala da nijedan san nije tako nedostižan i neostvariv. Imati veru u sebe najbolje objašnjava moje modno putovanje. Često sebe pitam odakle mi tolika upornost, i do danas nisam našla pravi odgovor za to.

Nakit Zaxie

Koji su Vaši planovi  u modnom svetu?

Volela bih da se nađem na listi fantastičnih žena tamne puti i da nastavim da rušim modne barijere, za devojke poput mene u modnom svetu. Verujem da svako treba da bude promena koju želi da vidi.

Pulover Sportmax, Pantalone Bronx and Banco, Beretka Balmain, Prstenje Acchitto

Koje su Vaše želje u 2021?

U 2021. jedva čekam ekspanziju moje modne linije. Nedavno sam pokrenula i svoj You Tube kanal, i ideja mi je da pokrenem svoj audio blog, uplovim u carstvo televizije kao i da napišem svoju prvu knjigu. Jako mi je bitno da stalno rastem i napredujem u svojoj karijeri. Dokle god je tako, ja sam srećna!

Haljina Nana Jacqueline, Cipele Gianvito Rossi, Čarape Wolford, Minđuše Zaxie

Kako biste opisali Vaš stil?

Rekla bih da je moj stil miks upečatljivog  šika i čistih formi. Misllim da stil dosta zavisi i od raspoloženja u kojem se trenutno nalazimo i ideje kako želimo da predstavimo sebe. Moje svakodnevno odevanje bih opisala kao monohromatsko. Volim dobre čizme u miksu sa kožnim pantalonama ili tamnim džinsom, kombinovane sa dobrom košuljom ili džemperom, ali su mi uvek torba i cipele ključni detalji. Kada je u pitanju crveni tepih moja parola je, manje je više.

Haljina Dior, Minđuše Jacob&Co

Koji je sledeći korak u Afiya kolekciji?

Radujem se da će u 2021 godini kompletna kolekcija biti ribrendirana. Afiya kolekcija postoji nešto više od dve godine i ona je prešla na viši nivo. Srećni smo jer vidno napredujemo i rastemo iz dana u dan.

Nakit Zaxie

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What does the name Afiya Mean?

 In Ghanian, Afiya means “Born on a Friday” and in Arabic it means “Born to live, health” but according to my mom my entire name means Beautiful Spiritual Jewel, which is the definition that I carry my self by.

What does gracing this months issue mean to you?

I am so excited and honored to by gracing this months issue of Harpers Bazaar Serbia. This cover means everything to me. It re assures the little girl with dreams of being a model, that “you can do it”. No dream is too big or too small and against all odds, you can do it. Corinthians 5:7, says “Walk by Faith, not by sight” and that has truly been what my journey in the fashion industry has taught me. Often times I would ask my self where the resilience and persistence to keep going comes from, and often times I myself didn't have the answer to that question. But, now I believe that it is for moments like this where the ability to inspire and influence that little girl with a dream supersedes anything.

What would you like your blueprint to be in the fashion industry?

My goal is be the blueprint for what God can do in your life. I remember when I prayed to be where I am now, so I have learned to enjoy the journey as I aim towards my goals. Ultimately, I would love to add to the list of amazing women of color that continue to break barriers for women of color in the fashion industry. I believe that you have to be the change that you would like to see. With that in mind, I believe that every ounce of success that I see is one that we obtain all obtain as models of color.

What are some of the things you are looking forward to in 2021?

 For 2021 I am looking forward to expanding my fashion line into clothes. I recently launched my You Tube Channel, and I am certainly looking forward to the growth of that as well as developing my own voice. I am also looking forward to putting out my first podcast, diving back into the TV realm and writing my first book. It is very important to me, to be consistently growing in my career and as long as that is happening, I am happy.

What is a style tip you swear by?

I would consider my style to be a combination of chic, bold and clean. I think style has a lot to do with the mood that your in for the day as well as how you want to express your inner self outwardly. My everyday attire would be more on the chic, monochromatic side. I love a good boot moment; paired with leather pants or black jeans and a good a  shirt or sweater to go with. I think that my coat and my bag are always my every day statement pieces. However, when it comes to a red carpet, I believe that simplicity is just.

What is the next direction The Afiya Collection?

The Afiya Collection is excited to announce that in spring 2021, we will be completely rebranding and expanding to clothes. As a company “The Afiya Collection” has been in operation for a little over two years and we believe that it is time to take the company to the next level by expanding to clothes. We are beyond excited for this journey ahead of us and look forward to continued growth and support.

Team Credits:

Photographer: Ace Amir

Stylist: Arnold Milfort

Hair Stylist: Hos Hounkpatin

Makeup Artist: Christyna Kay

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