Grace Bol and unique faces in Beyoncé’s Ivy Park campaign

Ivy Park is merging fashion-led design with technical innovation, creating a new kind of performance wear: modern essentials for both on and off the field.

Strong beyond Measure is the tagline of the brand and what Ivy Park sells.

Beyoncé talks about the “park” in Ivy Park referencing park runs with her dad and also it being a state of mind to overcome life’s challenges. The new campaign, a line of activewear, shoes, accessories and outerwear is undoubtedly diverse in terms of the faces of the campaign.

27-year-old model Grace Bol. Grace is an international model originally from South Sudan. She walks for international labels like Marc Jacobs, Maison Martin Margiela and Hermès and is a regular in publications like Vogue and i-D

Grace Bol Ivy ParkGrace Bol Ivy ParkLaverne Cox, the trailblazing transgender rights activist and Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award winner (she’s also a 2017 Primetime Emmy nominee for guest actress in a drama series for her role on “Orange Is the New Black”)

“You can go a little ‘incog-Negro’ with this hoodie. “It’s so chic and cozy. I would live in this. Today for the [photo] shoot, we’re styling the looks up, so people understand that you can do a high-low thing. It’s not just for the gym.” Said Cox speaking to People.

Laverne Cox l Ivy ParkLaverne Cox l Ivy Park64-year-old L.A.-based dancer, sexegenarian choreographer, Karen McDonald. McDonald has taught dance for over 40 years and still teaches and takes classes every day, as an inspiration. She has worked with Beyoncé for several years now, including on performances for the Grammys, around her hit album Lemonade and on television commercials. She had previously worked with Michael Jackson on his Thriller video, as well as extensively on Broadway,

“I think that fashion is a part of her art and she realised how important it is to reach all age groups within this era of female empowerment,” McDonald said to telegraph. “When you see someone who is very powerful extending themselves, you feel inclined to [want to] be a part of that.”

Karen Mcdonald Ivy ParkKaren Mcdonald Ivy ParkClosing the list is 22-year-old model Ralph Souffrant. Ralph beat the odds to model despite having freckles. He made his debut at Yeezy Season 3 and signed a modeling contract the same day.

Ralph Souffrant Ivy Park Ralph Souffrant Ivy Park

The line dropped A new 150-piece collection, ranging from $14 to $410, at Nordstrom, Topshop and other retailers.

The campaign serve as a reminder that strength comes in many shapes or forms.

“The message for this campaign is to celebrate everyone’s uniqueness, True beauty and power are born out of strength of character and defined from the inside out. There is no one standard of beauty.”Beyoncé said

IVY PARK is available in stores worldwide and online. Waiting for the brand to add African Retailers seeing that the current retailers are from North America, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Australia and New Zealand

Topshop however did reveal that Ivy Park can now be purchased from their stores across South Africa.

Ralph Souffrant Ivy Park 

 

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My name is Queen. Procurement & Logistics officer, aspiring men's stylist, Blogger, writer, Assistant editor and fashion enthusiast and this is my blog. This blog is just my way of showing my love for Africa through showcasing the amazing work being done by African fashionistas from designers, models, to photographers, as well as style guide for men. What does procurement and fashion have in common? me! I love fashion, I love Africa, this blog is just my way of putting African fashion on the spotlight. I like to call it African fashion through my eyes. Thank you for being part of this.

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