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Ajak Deng & Ataui Deng for Arise #11 by John-Paul Pietrus

The fall-winter edition of Arise is out and models Ajak and Ataui Deng get close and cozy in masculine inspired pieces with Le Rendez-vouz. In front of John-Paul Pietrus’ lens, Aja and Ataui don tailored garments from the likes of Cerruti, Moschino and Viktor & Rolf styled by Sabrina Henry.







23 Comments

  1. Winder

    December 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    love the first pic

  2. Winder

    December 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    love the first pic

  3. crystal lee

    December 22, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    so beautiful! It takes a great head to have hair that short!

  4. Marley

    December 23, 2010 at 12:46 am

    The concept and story isn’t complex which is why this is fabulous! The models are gorgeous and intriguing, I especially love the close up picture of the two of them (with one biting the other one’s ear) it’s cheeky and sensual.

  5. angelica

    December 23, 2010 at 1:02 am

    the picture with the mirror in amazing!great idea!

    http://www.mewmew-angelica.blogspot.com

  6. Annalee

    December 23, 2010 at 1:53 am

    They are gorgeous together!! What a perfect pairing.

  7. Annalee

    December 23, 2010 at 1:53 am

    They are gorgeous together!! What a perfect pairing.

  8. Mel Couteau

    December 23, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Did anyone read the book Annie John…? For some reason this reminds me of it…little Annie is all grown up, comfortable in her own skin, and fierce.

  9. Thebrightthings

    December 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    This is so nice!

  10. Thebrightthings

    December 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    This is so nice!

  11. FashionRaider

    December 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Fabulous!

  12. Kaross13

    December 23, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Very nice.

  13. Kaross13

    December 23, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Very nice.

  14. Kaross13

    December 23, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Very nice.

  15. rotimi ariwoola

    December 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    this isnt an exagerration, but this is beautiful!

    http://www.thingsilike-rotex.blogspot.com

  16. New Decent

    December 27, 2010 at 1:29 am

    In our white imperial context depictions of nonwhite women should naturally be presumed complicit unless there is at least some indication of critical awareness of the themes evoked by the images themselves. The ‘fashion world’ has a moral challenge to meet here and is failing with ostensible oblivion. Once again the most obvious theme echoed here without acknowledgment of awareness is the reflexive exclusion of normal nonwhite male counterparts.

    See also:
    http://fashiongonerogue.com/melodie-monrose-anais-mali-solve-sundsbo-interview-december-2010/
    http://fashiongonerogue.com/sonny-liao-soo-joo-hilary-walsh-paper-planes/#comment-108339611

    • Eniaral

      January 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      I think it hasty to automatically discount the critical possibilities of this editorial, and the themes evoked by its images, simply because you view its “reflexive exclusion of normal nonwhite male counterparts” as somehow a lack of “awareness.” If anything, an inclusion of male counterparts, white or nonwhite, could just as easily suggest a lack of awareness in regards to the fashion industry’s reliance on and perpetuation of heteronormativity.

      While some editorials may indeed propagate overly imperialistic, eroticized notions of nonwhite women, I find this editorial fascinating and refreshing in its complexity.

      • New Decent

        January 5, 2011 at 12:25 am

        Reflexive exclusion of normal nonwhite male counterparts for glamorized nonwhite females is a white imperial imperative, and not a new one. The question is whether there is some evidence in these photos of any critical awareness about this old tradition. I don’t see it.

        Keep in mind, in regard to your comment about ‘heteronormativity,’ that virtually every white imperial offense in recent history has been accompanied by righteous choruses in defense of women, sexual minorities, etc.

        The fact that this set is from Arise magazine ( http://www.arisemagazine.net ), a new magazine focused on African style and culture, naturally evokes some hope that what we’re seeing here is not limited to the usual needs of the white empire everyone knows all too well. But the reasonable thing to do is to presume that things are functioning normally (see the links in my previous comment) unless we have some indication of a different mindset.

      • New Decent

        January 5, 2011 at 12:25 am

        Reflexive exclusion of normal nonwhite male counterparts for glamorized nonwhite females is a white imperial imperative, and not a new one. The question is whether there is some evidence in these photos of any critical awareness about this old tradition. I don’t see it.

        Keep in mind, in regard to your comment about ‘heteronormativity,’ that virtually every white imperial offense in recent history has been accompanied by righteous choruses in defense of women, sexual minorities, etc.

        The fact that this set is from Arise magazine ( http://www.arisemagazine.net ), a new magazine focused on African style and culture, naturally evokes some hope that what we’re seeing here is not limited to the usual needs of the white empire everyone knows all too well. But the reasonable thing to do is to presume that things are functioning normally (see the links in my previous comment) unless we have some indication of a different mindset.

      • New Decent

        January 5, 2011 at 12:25 am

        Reflexive exclusion of normal nonwhite male counterparts for glamorized nonwhite females is a white imperial imperative, and not a new one. The question is whether there is some evidence in these photos of any critical awareness about this old tradition. I don’t see it.

        Keep in mind, in regard to your comment about ‘heteronormativity,’ that virtually every white imperial offense in recent history has been accompanied by righteous choruses in defense of women, sexual minorities, etc.

        The fact that this set is from Arise magazine ( http://www.arisemagazine.net ), a new magazine focused on African style and culture, naturally evokes some hope that what we’re seeing here is not limited to the usual needs of the white empire everyone knows all too well. But the reasonable thing to do is to presume that things are functioning normally (see the links in my previous comment) unless we have some indication of a different mindset.

  17. New Decent

    December 27, 2010 at 1:29 am

    In our white imperial context depictions of nonwhite women should naturally be presumed complicit unless there is at least some indication of critical awareness of the themes evoked by the images themselves. The ‘fashion world’ has a moral challenge to meet here and is failing with ostensible oblivion. Once again the most obvious theme echoed here without acknowledgment of awareness is the reflexive exclusion of normal nonwhite male counterparts.

    See also:
    http://fashiongonerogue.com/melodie-monrose-anais-mali-solve-sundsbo-interview-december-2010/
    http://fashiongonerogue.com/sonny-liao-soo-joo-hilary-walsh-paper-planes/#comment-108339611

  18. Zita

    December 27, 2010 at 3:32 am

    WOW. beautiful, gorgeous, and with a new twist. and WOW, ‘New Decent,’ are you serious!? As a woman of color, it is really refreshing to see the idea of a relationship for once without a male counterpart, white or non white. And to see it on two women so chic and beautiful, but also the fact that there is mystery to what the relationship is, is just one of the strong points of this poetic story.

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