The fabulous Dpipertwins covers the March issue of Zen Magazine, marking the first time ever they covered twin designers. Styled in bathing suits from Kamokini, the gorgeous twins talk about their fashion life, the women who inspire them, life as twins and life in New York.
Danielle and Chantelle Dwomoh-Piper are arguably two of the most stylish women of our age, while unarguably remaining two of Africa’s greatest designers. Their look is impossible to categorize – part bold, part casual; and uniquely vibrant with lots of color. Celebrities like Chrisette Michele, DJ Cuppy, Angela Simmons, Leila Lopes, Bianca Golden, Charli Baltimore, Karen Civil, and Towanda Braxton have all been seen rocking their designs. They have been featured on so many media networks from Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, WWD, Elle SA, Bella Naija, Essence, Ameyaw Debraw, Today’s Black Woman Style Report, Amsterdam Newspaper, and The New York Daily Newspaper, as well as making TV appearances on the Rachael Ray Show, NBC’s Today Show, and Good Morning America. I have known both ladies for the past 7 years, and despite becoming such big stars they have retained their love for creativity, interest in others and their amazing sense of humor. What I love most about these beautiful Ghanaian ladies is their humility. They are so cool, and are always open to ideas so when I contacted them back in September last year to work on a cover they were super excited to get it done. The cover image was photographed in New York by George Legare while their curly Afro hair look was done by Richard Lomax.
Is racism in fashion now the norm? It’s a question that is presently getting everyone talking. What about favoritism? Even though we try to avoid discussing racism and the unfairness in this industry, by the hands of agencies, models, makeup artists, fashion week organizers, photographers or by other persons such as editors like myself and others – yet one fact remains invariably and unalterably the same, that the fashion industry is filled with a lot of people who do not want to give others a chance to succeed. Is it all about the color of your skin to succeed? What happened to being treated fairly and equality? From the fashion models and photographers to the online fashion websites and bloggers, there is a big disconnect between everyone involved and that’s why issues of racism persist everywhere in the industry. Earlier last week, top model Ajak Deng decided to quit modelling. “I can no longer deal with the fakes and the lies,” she posted on her Instagram page officially announcing her retirement from modelling. Even British model, Leomie Anderson, who walked at the Victoria’s Secret Show 2015, alleged that she encountered a bit of racism at the New York Fashion Week Show 2016. “Why can a white model confidentially sit in anyone’s chair and feel confident they’ll look okay but black models have to worry?”, she tweeted from her Twitter account. Racism in modeling is a serious issue right now and we would love to hear your views.