Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the latest cover girl for Marie Claire Brazil and the activist/feminist is glowing so bright.
Chimamanda who is a friend of the Parisian fashion house, Dior wore their Cruise 2023 resort collection for the cover and editorial spread.
The two covers have received raving reviews online as she discusses issues including the future of black women, race, activism and self-care with the brand.
On the first cover, she’s styled in a detailed jacket, a tank top, a skirt and jewellery from Christian Dior Cruise 2023 Collection with a dutch braid and spotting a lovely smile.
The second cover has the “We Should All Be Feminist” writer wearing a blazer over a white lace blouse t-shirt, blazer, skirt and shoes Christian Dior Collection Dior 30 Montaigne.
Read excerpts of Chimamanda’s ideas for making the world a better place below:
“I am optimistic about the future, especially about the future of black women. But I have to be honest and say that I fluctuate, in different situations. Sometimes I think, ‘Yes, we’ll get there’. In others, I even think there has been progress, but very slowly. So some of the things that I’m optimistic about is that we’ve been talking a lot about race and what I like to call ‘restorative justice.’ I think this is happening a little more in the United States and Western Europe, not exactly in Brazil. These conversations already exist, but it worries me that there is still only the conversation. People say, ‘Oh, I believe in equality. We know that black people were oppressed, underrepresented and excluded’. And it all stops there, in the conversation. I hope for more actions.”
“When we talk about black women, it’s important to tell the full story. Not just the discourse that black women are oppressed. It’s important to say how glorious they are too. This is very clear to me because I was raised by my mother, who did not allow me to doubt myself, as a person in the world, my dignity. That’s why I’m confident in saying what I think. I never felt like I needed everyone’s approval. I inherited that from my parents.”
“I wish black women continue to be glorious, but we must also be kinder to ourselves. We can be very hard on ourselves. We need to take some time off every now and then, pat ourselves on the back. It’s what young people today call self-care [laughs].”
Interview by: @juremawerneck edited by @paoladeodoro
Art Director: @karenn_kaarir
Styling Assistant: @jusans
Photography Assistant: @squigers