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Glo-powered CNN African Voices celebrates three fashion icons


Lilly Alfonso. PHOTO: YouTube

Three African fashion icons grace the studio of CNN African Voices, the magazine programme of the Cable News Network (CNN) this week to tell the inspiring stories of their trajectories on the runaway and as fashion entrepreneurs.

On the programme, Lilly Alfonso, a Malawian fashion designer and model; fashion entrepreneur, Alicia Rountree, from Mauritius, will join the Ivorien American fashion designer, Loza Maléombho.

Loza, was born in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, in America. By age 13, she had developed interest in fashion to the extent that she started designing for her mother and her aunts and could make her own school uniforms. She graduated with a degree in animation at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia before proceeding to New York City where she interned for top designers including Jill Stuart, Yigal Azrouël and Cynthia Rowley prior to launching her self-titled label in 2009.


From Malawi comes Lilly, whose career as a top designer began after he clinched the Fashion Designer of the Year Award in 2010. She has subsequently been at the forefront of making fashion ensembles for the annual Miss Malawi Pageant, while her designs have featured on the runways in London where she has participated in the prestigious African Fashion Week.

In the same vein, Alicia, 31, model and restaurateur is widely renowned as one of the most successful models in her generation. The citizen of Mauritius is popular for her activities as a Victoria’s Secret Angel who has equally strutted the runways for brands like Abercrombie and Fitch. She diversified into hospitality, which is another passion that she is reputed for and co-owns Tartinery, a New York-based French sandwich restaurant.

CNN African Voices is broadcast on DSTV on Friday at 9.30 a.m., on Saturday at 12.30 a.m., 4.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. Other repeat broadcasts come up on Sunday at 5.00 a.m., 9.30 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. with more repeats on Monday and Tuesday at 5.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. respectively.

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