African wear has undoubtedly gained recognition in the global fashion industry. This has proven true as superstars have been spotted slaying in their African fabrics at several international events. Here is a list of female celebrities that will never turn back from rocking their African wear:
1) ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO
Suppose we’re talking of female celebrities who took the African culture, which the African dress is a quintessential part of, to the next level in the last three decades.
In that case, Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo should top the list. Angélique Kidjo is a five-time Grammy Award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos.
Kidjo was born into a family of performing artists. Her father was a musician, and her mother worked as a choreographer and theatre director.
Kidjo is a lover of African culture and everything that has to do with it. She has proudly rocked her African wear at international events like the Grammy awards. In 2007, Time magazine called her “Africa’s premier diva.” She performed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on July 23, 2021. On September 15, 2021, Time included her in their list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
2) BEYONCE KNOWLES
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as a member of the R&B girl group (Destiny’s Child), one of the best-selling girl groups of all Time.
Beyonce has always looked exceptional in all she wears, but her true beauty comes out when she rocks the African print fabric. Her outfits are adored where ever she goes.
3) ALICIA KEYS
Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist.
She is a classically trained pianist who started composing songs when she was 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records.
The songwriter, producer, and, most of all, African print dress lover, Alicia Keys, is one of our favorite celebrities who loves to rock African print. We still remember how she stole the show at the 2016 MTV VMAs.
4) Gwen Steffani
Gwen Renée Stefani (born October 3, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, and fashion designer. She is a co-founder, lead vocalist, and the primary songwriter of the band No Doubt, whose singles include “Just a Girl,” “Spiderwebs,” and others from their 1995 breakthrough studio album ‘Tragic kingdom.’
Gwen Steffani makes bold statements in African prints at events worldwide. She’s not only known as a music icon, but she’s also a fashion icon, and she’s recognized very highly for her boldness in putting on African fashion pieces
5) MICHELLE OBAMA
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is an American attorney and author who served as the first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She was the first African-American woman to serve in this position. She is married to former President Barack Obama.
She’s recognized as a huge fan of African prints and has been spotted in African wax fabric on several occasions, looking exceptional as always.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian singer, actress, and businesswoman. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, Barbados, Rihanna auditioned for American record producer Evan Rogers.
During one of her visits to the white house, she wowed everyone with a beautifully designed Ankara dress paired with a striped shirt underneath, simple black strapped heels, a handbag, and silver hoop earrings.
7) LADY GAGA
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her image reinventions and musical versatility.
Gaga began performing as a teenager, singing at open mic nights, and acting in school plays. Gaga’s five succeeding studio albums all debuted atop the US Billboard 200. She has won 13 Grammy Awards, 18 MTV Video Music Awards, awards from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Some of Lady Gaga’s fashion choices are very questionable, but she, without a doubt, slayed African print wears.