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David Agbodji, Malawian Windmill Inventor + AD Campaigns

October 9, 2009

FG2BH takes a look back at a few inspirational African bold faced names making it in the fashion world.
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A newcomer to the fashion world is French-born/Nigerian/New Yorker photographer turned male model David Agbodji.

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Agbodji already scored a plum spot as NYMag’s Fashion Blog The Cut’s Meet The New Guy editorial page back in June 2009. He also went on to open and close the Calvin Klein runway show in Milan.

His career high was a much-blogged about editorial appearances in GQ Style (as seen above) where the publication focus on the new Obama America trend.

Life as David Agbodji (born May 8, 1987) is not bad at all!

What does late night talk show host Jon Stewart have in common with a successful Malawian teenager? Homemade Windmills!

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As reported by The Huffington Post:

William Kamkwamba, a Malawian high school student and inventor, talks to Jon Stewart about how he built a windmill by looking at pictures in a book.

His invention helped to bring reliable electricity and water to his community. [CLICK HERE TO VIEW WILLIAM’S INTERVIEW WITH JON STEWART.]  William taught himself how to build a windmill via a library book, Using Energy. In the following YouTube clip, watch in William’s words describe how he strive to succeed.

In better late than never news, two major print AD campaigns impacted this past Spring/Summer Season with Liya Kebede and Ayo’s camera-ready assistance.

Ayo for Banana Republic

The Nigerian-German singer/songwriter/mother Ayo appeared in various Banana Republic Spring/Summer 2009 AD campaigns and a fun TV spot. (Thanks Buzzworthy!)

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According to Make Fetch Happen, the laidback AD campaigns were done in support of the retail chain’s City Stories promotion.

Liya Kebede for J. Crew

The Ethiopian model/mother of two/actress/LemLem fashion designer made history by being J. Crew’s first exclusive face for their April 2009 catalog. The AD campaign hit the fashion world fresh off the heels of First Lady Michelle Obama’s loyalty to the brand.
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Below is a brief interview of Liya in her own words discussing her clothing line LemLem and her J. Crew ground breaking deal….

In related news, FG2BH send our warmest congrats to Nonhle Thema for being the new face of Dark & Lovely AND Rita Dominic for landing a multi-million dollar deal as the face of Nokia Africa.

photos: GQ Style + MODELS.COM + Banana Republic + Make Fetch Happen + BuzzWorthy Blog + J Crew+ Google Images

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