International supermodel Oluchi Onweagba says she has been snubbed by
some top South African magazines ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â because they wonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t put blacks on
their covers, write Poppie Mphuthing and Sashni Pather in The Times.
The Nigerian-born beauty, who won the first Face of Africa competition in 1997, claims that local editions of Glamour and GQ magazine ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â which belong to the CondÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© Nast Independent Magazines stable ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â refused to have her on their covers because she is black.
Oluchi said: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAs a Nigerian and an African I have done so much in my career to represent everything African in Western countries. There is a diverse group of people in South Africa, be it black, white, Asian.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“What baffles me is them saying they canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t put a black person on the cover of the South African edition.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
She said GQ had scheduled an editorial shoot with her in Cape Town but cancelled at the last minute.
A GQ South Africa insider revealed that the magazine has never had a black model on its cover.
GQ editor Craig Tyson said: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI am not responsible for bookings, my creative director is, so I will have to consult him before making a comment.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Oluchi admitted that though she could not make the date for a Glamour shoot, this was used as an excuse to exclude her, even though she was willing to reschedule.
Pnina Fenster, editor of Glamour magazine, said: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe were desperate to shoot her, but it was most unfortunate that she was not available on certain dates.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“We would be crazy to turn her down, but she was otherwise engaged.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
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