Joan SmallsJoan Smalls for Elle Magazine In part one of the Egyptian Fashion Makes a comeback, I highlighted the model of Puerto Rican origin who was wearing an Egyptian-influenced Givenchy dress on the cover of Elle magazine this past January. I thought she just looked fabulous, until I saw Lupita in a very similar version of thedress.  Personally I prefer the way colors, golds, and silvers look on Lupita’s chocolate skin.

The tunic dress was worn in 1700 B.C. and is now recycled and worn by model Joan Smalls-Rodriguez.

Lupita Nyong'oLupita Nyong'o Although Lupita Nyong’o won the Oscar award for Best Supporting Actress in the movie 12 Years a Slave, she has not been getting any major acting roles. My theory is that her image is catergorized as “exotic”, ”slave” or "maid" by Hollywood.  I never did like the idea that she won an award for a slave role, but that’s just me.

Look at all of this fabulousness!

United Colors of LupitaUnited Colors of Lupita

About Ntumba Mukendi

Congolese born Ntumba Mukendi is a fashion designer who previously worked at Tommy Hilfiger, then launched her own brand ntumba.ntumba design ( Her company utilizes authentic African fabric to help boost the African economy. Ntumba is also the founder of the fashion-based organization ntumba.ntumba apparel ( which promotes gender-empowerment.


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