Introducing The Cover Star of Vogue's November Issue, Michaela Coel
As a little girl, Coel would skate around the East London council estate where she grew up with her mother and older sister. But it wasn’t until March of last year, while visiting her grandmother in Accra and inspired by a group of kids learning to Rollerblade, that she picked up the sport again. Before ascending to the impressive custom gear she’s wearing today, she bought her first grown-up pair of skates at Decathlon. “This is what happens when you’re not risk-averse,” she deadpans pointing to the scars on her knees, the result of a tumble she took last spring shortly before she flew home to London for the BAFTA awards.
"I think for a lot of people it was the first time we’d seen some sort of representation on a very mainstream platform about the magic of Africa, the magic of the people, our ancestors. Coming here, you do feel something magical."
Writer: Chioma Nnadi
Chioma Nnadi is Editor at Vogue, she oversee all of Vogue's digital content. Nnadi started her career at the features desk of the Evening Standard Magazine in London, before moving to New York to write for Trace, an independent style magazine. She then went on to work as the Style Director at Fader and landed at Vogue as a fashion writer in 2010.
Photographer: Malick Bodian
Malick Bodian is a model and photographer. He's been the face of campaigns for Dior Homme, Givenchy, Valentino and Louis Vuitton, and became the first Black male model to walk in a Givenchy Couture show in 2020. Raised in Senegal, Bodian moved to Europe at age 13 and was scouted by an agent in Corsica at 19.
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