First Ladies of Africa – The Good, The Bad, and The Hideous

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Ever since Jacqueline Kennedy stepped into the scene in 1961, the world has been fascinated with the fashions and happening of First Ladies, the hoopla of first wives fashion gradually vanished into oblivion with the introduction of the generic skirt and pant suits (dont need to mention any names here). Fast forward to 2008…when the Mrs Obama aka james brown became more than a household name. Her fashion style resurrected the death of presidential fashion, and we couldn’t resist or ignore her subtle, yet bold mix match of outfits. Wearing JCrew one day, and Alexander Wang the next, she single handedly inspired me to look into our “presidential faces of africa” and i need to say they are just wack with their guccis, versace and dior they still look like crap”money miss road”

Cameroon...oh!! sweet Cameroon..need i say more about Chantal Biya, Cameroon First Lady. If you are trying to show your friends Africa is not always about Lions, then try not to google her. No offense to Cameroonians, but none can deny that hair..i personally feel sorry for her neck carrying that much weight. Yes, she does make a statement, and not a good one. Her polka dotted outfit proves it, and more. And to think she is known for spending alot of money on outfits. You cant help but notice where it goes. On the other though, i am feeling her chanel bag, if only she didnt place it near that cow skin..err, i mean skirt.
Cameroon...oh sweet Cameroon!!!..need I say more about Chantal Biya, Cameroon First Lady. If you are trying to show your friends Africa is not always about Lions, then try not to google her. No offense to Cameroonians, but none can deny that hair..I personally feel sorry for her neck carrying that much weight. Yes, she does make a statement, and not a good one. Her polka dotted outfit proves it, and more. And to think she is known for spending a lot of money on outfits. You cant help but notice where it goes. On the other note though, I am feeling her chanel bag, if only she didn't place it near that cow skin..err, i mean skirt.

Ms Chantal Compaoré, First lady of Burkina Faso is often seen wearing her countries native/ traditional wear. In my opinion, i think its a nice gesture of pride in ones country, but i particularly feel the outfit shown above is grossly outdated. The shoulder pads may be rarely its little ugly head on the runway, no doubt but never over done as seen here. This look i must say belongs in another decade....let the 80's go.
Ms Chantal Compaoré, First lady of Burkina Faso is often seen wearing her countries native/ traditional wear. In my opinion, i think its a nice gesture of pride in ones country, but I particularly feel the outfit shown above is grossly outdated. The shoulder pads may be rearing its little ugly head on the runway, no doubt but never over done as seen here. This look I must say belongs in another decade....let the 80's go.

Gabon's First lady, is an example of the very subtle and forgetable style. Although, here her oufit is neatly color coordinated and not overdone..(Note.. An overdone outfit makes an expensive outfit look poorly cheap). Maybe Chantal Biya needs to learn a thing or two from her.  2,I am digging everything this beautiful woman presents. She represents her country fabulously. Her outfit doesnt overshadow her rather compliments her. She simply looks good. No hating on her here. i am loving her christian dior as you can see african women love labels
Gabon's First lady, is an example of the very subtle and forgetable style. Although, here her oufit is neatly color coordinated and not overdone..(Note.. An overdone outfit makes an expensive outfit look poorly cheap). Maybe Chantal Biya needs to learn a thing or two from her.

Lets face it, Senegal's first lady is old. Although she doesnt push the now limitless boundries women her age push in fashion, she opts for a casual age apporaite look here. My Verdict, a passing grade but there is room, actaully a mansion full of improvement
Lets face it, Senegal's first lady is old. Although she doesn't push the now limitless boundaries women her age push in fashion, she opts for a casual age apropriate look here. My Verdict, a passing grade but there is room, actually a mansion full of improvement

This hot village mess, does not represent the beautiful coast of Ivory (Ivory Coast, for those dum dums). She is in desperate need for a make over and i hope her husband include her in their countries budget plan, because that thing, she calls an outfit or hais isnt working, and has never worked.
This hot village mess, does not represent the beautiful coast of Ivory (Ivory Coast, for those dum dums). She is in desperate need for a make over and I hope her husband includes her in their country's budget plan, because that thing she calls an outfit isn't working, and has never worked.

What ever happened to the days Maryam Babaginda..(im only talking fashion here..before you rant about politics). This total disgrace is an epic fail when it comes to fashion,hey, just like her husband's rule. No direction in fashion here, she needs to do a self redifination of what fashion really is and how it affects a woman holding such position she is supposed to represent Nigeria, and boy, does she make me shake in disgust.  classic case on fashion effect of sharia law
What ever happened to the days Maryam Babaginda..(I'm only talking fashion here..before you rant about politics). This total disgrace is an epic fail when it comes to fashion. Hey, just like her husband's rule. No direction in fashion here, she needs to do a self redefination of what fashion really is and how it affects a woman holding such position. She is supposed to represent Nigeria, and boy, does she make me shake in disgust. Classic case on fashion effect of sharia law

not going to talk much of her outfit here, as its a nice put together yellow skirt suit. The problem here is that this woman, Kenya's first lady is very Wor wor...im sorry but she looks like a man ape and looking at her face with that of her husband, i hate to see what hteir kids look llike.
I'm not going to talk much of her outfit here, as it's a nice put together yellow skirt suit. The problem here is that this woman, Kenya's first lady is very Wor Wor...I'm sorry but she looks like a man ape and looking at her face with that of her husband, I hate to see what their kids look like.

Zimbabwe's First lady might have witnessed the killing of zebras, does not warrant her the go ahead to pair red with zebra print like outfit. I wonder who looks more of an animal her or Mugabe or a zebra
Zimbabwe's First lady might have witnessed the killing of zebras, but it does not warrant her the go ahead to pair red with zebra print. I wonder who looks more of an animal her or Mugabe or a zebra

am digging everything this beautiful woman presents. She represents her country fabulously. Her outfit doesnt overshadow her rather compliments her. She simply looks good. No hating on her here.
First Lady of Gambia - I am digging everything this beautiful woman presents. She represents her country fabulously. Her outfit doesn't overshadow her, but rather compliments her. She simply looks good. No hating on her here. By the way I love her Christian Dior purse. Proof that African women love labels - "label whores"

Mali should just remain unknown as it normally is, because this nonsense on Madame Touré Lobbo face is hideous. That chola (look it up) she calls an eyebrow is a disgrace to her national constitution and is black lip liner reigning in mali...what a sad shame..well, that scraps my visit to mali
Mali should just remain unknown as it normally is, because this nonsense on Madame Touré Lobbo face is hideous. That chola (look it up) she calls an eyebrow is a disgrace to her national constitution and is black lip liner reigning in Mali?...what a sad shame..well, that scraps my visit to mali

Kudos to Liberia for electing the first female president. But that is were the praises stop. If Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is fit to run a country then she is clearly fit to know a good outfit from totally hideous
Kudos to Liberia for electing the first female president, but that is where the praises stop. If Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is fit to run a country then she is clearly fit to know a good outfit from totally hideous

29 COMMENTS

  1. Yes–everyone has bad fashion taste once in a while. Even First Lady Obama wore a hideous dress on election night when she knew pictures would be taken. How can anyone forget that black dress with the splash of red (http://capitolhillstyle.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/electionnightdress1.jpg)
    However, everyone can also have fabulous days when their wrapper and hair tie are on point. Even Ms. Chantal Biya. (http://maison.jamna.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/chantal_biya.jpg)

    So–you win some and you lose some. The only problem is when you are loosing more than winning.

  2. you are such a hater. A christain dior purse is a sign of elegance. If someone can afford it, then let them buy it. Buying an expensive label means someone is willing to pay for quality…but ofcourse broke asses like you would know nothing about that. People like you who starve to afford what other people can dish out money for without blinking are the ones that are called label whores…for those who pay for it effortlessly it's just another item they liked and bought.

    Stop being a hater…it's disgusting.

  3. The camerounian lion's mane comment is funny. However I don't mind the polka dots.

    I also felt like you were too hard on Mali, (Don't see anything wrong with her).

    Burkina Faso isn't bad. Neither is Senegal or Nigeria for that matter.

    Your comments about the Kenyan first lady are pretty disrespectful. You didn't have to take it there, but that's just my opinion.

  4. I agree with Original Mgbeke except with the polka dot comment. Mali wasn't that bad except for the black lipliner. if you're talking about fashion focus on it instead of worrying about who's ugly and who's not.

  5. some of the outfits were hideous I agree. They could dowith some wardrobe assistance but that didn't warrant your insults. Remember they are God'screation and you can't create anything..when you're running your mouth for the sake of being funny, try to find out if God finds it funny.

  6. Hey, ok somethings were funny but some weren't really. there's absolutely nothing wrong with Mali or even Nigeria i also agree with Mgbekeabout the kenyacomment dont bring thier kids into the issue here. if you r doing fashion stick to fashion!!!

    and moreover no one says they have to be western or westernish to be accepted ( again refering to Nigeria). Nothing makes you a fashion authority so you are no stds. If Tracee ellis ross dressed like cameroon im sure u'd find her aceptable and very fashionable. anywyas i wouldnt go on and on. I guess you got the controversy you were looking for cos thats the only reason u'd write some of those spiteful things you wrote…. my $0.02

  7. hmm. 1cutegal…were in this article made you infer that the writer would prefer a western celebrity…where in the caption also makes you think fashion 411 is a fashion authority???? You need to dig deep and get that stick off your arse cos its messing yor thinking.

    Sure its harsh….Seriously it is.

    But your 2 cents are hmm, useless.

    oh yeah my own 2 cents too.

  8. Some of your comments were valid but I think you took it too far in some places…….don't think the Mailan first lady looks as bad as you make it seem………i actually think she looks elegantly african. Mrs Yaradua definitely ain't no mariam babangida……….she really is just there, she could try to step it up, cos Naija has way too much fashion for our first lady to be slacking. As for that Gambian first lady………lets just say I need to make it out there soon.

  9. see this is what i hate about ignorant people they believe that there standard of beauty is the only one that is valid never taking time to educate themselves on other cultures and their customs. what you hold to be beautiful is not what other cultures hold to be beautiful. The way you view fashion is culturally bias as you did not even once take time to appreciate any of the fashion that was not from the west. What your actually trying to promote is first ladies that dress like woman in the fashion that you are accustomed to and not the ones that appreciate their culture and dare to dress with style from there own country. Prime example of this is your view on the first lady of Gambia vs the ones on the first lady of Mali who from the standpoint of her culture would be viewed as elegantly dressed.

  10. you people are cruel. Just because their outfits are different does not give you the right to insult them. And maybe in their countries that is what the style is!

  11. Well i think your comments on the first lady of Cameroon is not very impressive, she is very sweet for her nation, her dressing is how her husband admires her and she looks elegantly beautiful i will advise her to try some of this African wears i think it would fit her better with the hear style she has chosen.

  12. This writer is an Ignorant fool. Why don't you comment on western 1st ladies if you are so into the western fashion and turning a blind eye to other cultures and their styles. I HATE STUPID FOOLS LIKE YOUR CHEAP ILLITERATE TYPE

  13. Gentlemen, this guy is kidding. You know, the arguments about he been bias makes me to laugh. He is right because those are not his type or from his country, so he not see them that way. They are wonderful people. Beautiful ladies you are First Ladies of Africa. I dig all of ya.

  14. one thing i love about african, of-african-descent, and afro-american women is their love of color and pattern/prints- how they mix and match it, and to a certain degree how they mis-match it, and make it still work with their skin tone. gambia's FL is too westernized, and kenya's FL outfit may had been too much as her beauty didn't match the outfit's which obviously was designed for a fair skinned woman. my personal favourite is that of gabon's FL, as she has maintained a look befitting of an african woman and her country's culture, and yet updating it in such a way westerners can appreciate it. oh how i would love to be her stylist.

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