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Leopard print cape by Valentino

Clearly, in the world of contemporary African fiction, being a brilliant novelist is no excuse for looking frumpy.

A few weeks ago, it was Chimamanda Adichie proclaiming, with the force and clarity of a manifesto: “A smart woman can love fashion.”

In a recent feature in the Italian magazine, La Republicca, Taiye Selasi takes this declaration to its most sublime conclusion in a suite of photographs that has her looking stunning in pieces by top designers.

These images of Selasi as a vision of feminine grace is the work of Max Cardelli, a renowned Italian photographer known for his work on women’s portrait.

The photo shoot which took place about two months ago seemed to have been a lot of fun. Speaking of the session with the Cartier ring, Selasi writes on her instagram page:

then the cartier courier came to the shoot wearing a three-piece suit and bearing the jaguar ring, stayed 30 min while we shot with it, and packed it back up in his bolted silver suitcase and drove off into the night…

Don’t you just love her life. #LitGlam! 

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Dress by Tru Trussardi.

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Ring by Cartier.

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Minicoat by Fabiana Filippi

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See more photos HERE.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.


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