Nigeria's controversial fashion industry
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You can’t flick on the television now-a-days without being bombarded with a plethora of adverts and programmes dedicated to showing the great hard-ships of the rich, beautiful people in the western fashion industry, but finally there’s something a bit different for the fashion-conscience among us to sink our teeth in to: Fashion Week Internationale. In each episode, this against-the-grain series from VICEjets off cities and countries across the globe - countries that we are used to seeing on television when they’re appearing on the six o’clock news with stories of political upheaval or civil unrest - and documents the fashion weeks that flourish despite their political and economic woes. Yesterday, the series announced the season finale which features the controversial Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria. In this episode, presenter Charlet Duboc gets the local Lagos treatment with lessons in butt shaking, a tour of the fashion scene from a heavily ADD-afflicted hairdresser named Blessed, and a merry yacht ride with the girls from Nigeria’s very own “Top Model.” However, the real story lies behind the fashion, this eye-opening program gives viewers a real insight in to what it’s like to be gay in a notoriously homophobic society – where same sex marriage is criminalised yet the fashionistas still claim that to get to the top in Nigerian society you have to be gay. In a heavily God-fearing country, Nigeria is a renowned for being openly homophobic but within the walls of the fashion houses these prejudices are quickly stripped away.
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