Beverly Naya has been changing the narrative of African women one step at a time. Not to long ago the British-born Nigerian actress tackled the issue of colorism with her documentary on Netflix titled “Skin.” Unlike racism, colorism is the discrimination of people based on skin shades. The hour long documentary compiles the stories of Black women in Nigeria who have been treated differently for having dark skin. They speak openly about the pressures of being defined by their skin color.
Taking another bold step – the actress launched a fashion brand Be Naya which features clothes made with African prints popularly known as Ankara. Show casing the African woman in her full glory the line up offers a modernized approach fit to the latest fashion trends, while still keeping its unique style.
And while African prints have steadily been gaining International recognition we love to see the versatility these prints have to offer. Gone are the days when Ankara fabrics and styles were considered boring – new league of designers are paving the way for this fabric to truly shine and gain acceptance both locally and internationally.
Beverly wants women to feel confident and fearless woman, in her collection. In her words: “I want women to feel amazing in my pieces and I want them to feel and ooze confidence in every room they walk into. We have something for everyone and for every occasion: girls night out, date night, a meeting or a lunch date. You can dress most of our prices up or keep it super casual, it’s really up to you.”
No doubt we have our favorites. Read on to find out our picks.
The Alika (Luxe) top and the Onika skirt
Multipatterned Ankara outfits are on trend – what better way to join in than with this combo
This simple yet elegant fit can easily transcend from a day to evening wear without looking basic – all you need is an oversized shirt. Shop this Posse Exclusive Lula Oversized Linen-Cotton Shirt from Moda Oparendi for $220.00
The Nekesa Pair
This drawstring bust detailed top and skirt with detailed ruching and a slit, is a divine pairing the fashion gods highly approve up. With its hip exaggerating and waist synching, you are ready to beguile anyone who has their eyes on you.