Celebration • TROPICS Magazine 5th Anniversary | Best Editorials of 2014


11 March 2010 – 11 March 2015.

In one of our most read issues, Venicia Guinot, the Founder/Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of TROPICS MAGAZINE wrote, “There are a lot of magazines about fashion and lifestyle. TROPICS is NOT one of them. TROPICS is the first bilingual (English & French) magazine from Africa catering to the most powerful people on the planet today: the multi-racial community.” On this, our 5th anniversary, the time has come to reflect on this generation of global leaders, thinkers, movers, shakers and makers. These people, their companies, and their ideas have shaped the future we live in today. Below, we’ve gathered some profiles of the people we think “Pave The Way Forward” for the next generations.


SHUKLA BOSE • The woman who left a high-flying career to educate India’s poorest children.

Shukla Bose is the founder and CEO of the Parikrma Humanity Foundation, a nonprofit organization that runs English-medium schools for under-privileged children in Bangalore, India.

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>>  Shukla Bose.

CHIDI OKOYE • The inspirational Artist & Poet.

Sculptor Chidi Okoye: A brief professional accomplishments of a well known Nigerian Artist based in Atlanta, Painter; modern African Artist, Poet and sculptor.

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>> Chidi Okoye.

MALALA YOUSAFZAI • The young powerful figure from Pakistan.

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>> Malala Yousafzai.

BARCLAY PAUL OKARI • The 22-year old Entrepreneur producing reusable sanitary pads for poor African girls.

Paul Barclay is a serial entrepreneur from Kenya who has developed washable sanitary towels. Paul realized that many women in his community were not in a sufficiently stable financial situation to allow them to continuously purchase packs of disposable sanitary towels. He assembled a team of inventors to develop a sanitary towel that could be reused. His venture, Impact Africa, manufactures inexpensive, washable sanitary towels that have the potential to allow thousands of women to re-allocate their monthly budgets to other needs.

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>> Barclay Paul Okari.

DJ BLACK COFFEE • A night with Black Coffee in New York city.

Black Coffee is a South African multi award winning record producer and DJ. Black Coffee began his career back in 1994 and has released four albums and one live DVD under his Johannesburg based record label called Soulistic Music.

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>> Black Coffee.

DAVID TLALE • The fashion genius from South Africa.

Over the past 10 years since David Tlale launched his brand in 2003 winning the “Elle New Talent in South Africa, and being noted as the Best Designer by the Sunday Times in South Africa, this award winning designer David Tlale has proven that he is indeed a design force with creations that go far beyond expectations

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>> David Tlale.

ANGELA PLUMMER • The Creative Hair Artist per excellence.

Internationally Renowned Hair Artist Angela Plummer grew up in North London and started braiding hair at the tender age of ten at the time braiding was only a hobby, Angela never though that later on in life this would be her career. Angela’s creativity is expressed throughout her work which she describes as Artistic, Avant Garde and Bespoke over the years Angela has developed a very distinctive style of braiding.

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>> Angela Plummer.

CLAIRE MAWISA • The South African pearl.

Born in Cape Town, 7 October 1978, Claire Mawisa spent her early years living in Gugulethu. At the age of 5 she and her family moved to Kenilworth. Many years later she would eventually leave this leafy Cape Town suburb to settle in Johannesburg. At 14 years old Claire was approached, at the Cape Town V&A Waterfront, by a model boss of one of South Africa’s most recognized model agencies and was asked if she would be interested in modeling. Claire’s mother needed some persuasion but in the end agreed to meet with the Topco Models boss, Lindsay Shuttleworth.
After signing with Topco Models, Claire was entered into the prestigious model competition, Cosmopolitan Model of the Year 1994, with the intent of familiarising her with the model/fashion industry. The novice model achieved the unthinkable and went on to win the competition, beating professional and established models. The gorgeous 15 years old became the youngest and the second black South African beauty to be featured on the cover of the local Cosmopolitan magazine.

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>> Claire Mawisa.

GREY GOMEZ • The Model on Vogue from South Asia.

Playboy Playmate, FHM Model and Topmodel Grey Gomez in exclusivity for the world’s biggest bilingual Fashion and Lifestyle Magazine. The Photoshooting of the Playboy Playmate, FHM Model and Topmodel Grey Gomez was produced exclusively for Tropics Magazine in a team cooperation of Chili Palmers and one of the trendiest photographer of the Philippines Wesley Villarica together with the greatest Make-up artist of Asia Barbara Bennett and creative stylist Lia Quiteves Contreras and associate stylist Yukie

Santo at the Parallax Studio Makati, Philippines.

Executive Producer:
Chili Palmers

Playboy Playmate, FHM Model and Topmodel:
Grey Gomez

VIP, Fashion and Lifestyle Photographer:
Wesley Villarica

Make up artist:
Barbara Bennett

Creative Stylist:
Lia Quiteves Contreras

Associate Stylist
Yukie Santo

Executive Studio
Parallax Studio

Copyright 2014
Tropics Mag M

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>> Grey Gomez.

MAHLET SEIFU • The Ethiopian/Canadian Beauty Tropical Shoot

Our fashion editorial with Mahlet Seifu, the professional model based in Canada made our issue 52 a hit and a must-read edition. Mahlet is also the founder of Me.Tu Style, a fabulous fashion label that create beautiful purses and clutches.

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>>  Mahlet Seifu.

CHRISTINA MENDEZ • The epitome of the new renaissance.

Christina Mendez is a New York City-based plus-size model and entertainment personality. The daughter of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Mendez was born on March 13, 1981 and raised in New York City. She is an alum of both Manhattan‘s Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities and Morris Brown College in Atlanta.

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>>  Christina Mendez.

SUZAN MUTESI • The African Fashion Designer who conquered Australia

Suzan Mutesi is an African Australian actress, model and fashion designer. She is also called as “The African Fashion Icon that Conquered Australian Fashion”. She has won an award as the African Fashion Designer of the year for 2012.

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>>  Suzan Mutesi.

ADRIENNE NTANKEU • President of ANIDA FRANCE  in France & Albinism Activist.

Adrienne Ntankeu was born in April 1978 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. When she was 5, she was sent to France in her family because of her albinism. She had a tough childhood: she went through continuous humiliation and ill-treatment. She had help from social services at the age of 19. They gave her the opportunity to go back to Cameroon for 6 months to get to know her own family. She then started to understand how hard life is for Albinos in Africa. In 2011, she founded the association ANIDA because she was outraged by albinos massacres in Africa.

“I decided to fight – with the help of other associations – to help defend these people. I am just one in a million but I want to help my brothers and sisters all around the globe. I want to change mentalities and tell ignorant people that being an albino is not a stigma.”

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>> Adrienne Ntankeu.

FAITH KARIMI • A professional Media woman representing Africa at CNN

Faith Karimi is one of two Kenyans working at CNN, where she has been a newsdesk editor since 2009. She started her journalism career as a second-year university student by working for U.S. newspapers on a wide range of jobs — including editing, writing opinion pieces and working for the sports section. In 2002, she interned at The New York Times’ bureau in Nairobi. She also wrote a lifestyle column for The Standard (Nairobi) on life in the Diaspora.
Her reporting has won numerous awards such as a best columnist recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists. While in college, she was named a Chips Quinn Scholar twice — an honor awarded to student journalists who excel in academics.

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>>  Faith Karimi.


Danubia is a brazilian-born model now well established in London. Modelling from an early age in Brazil and participating in competitions such as Elite Model Look and Miss Tourism World, she is now an experienced catwalk model regularly appearing in London fashion week for designers such as Danny TangFashions Finest and The Lingerie Collective for Fashion TV in recent years. She has featured in shows for Youssef Kamoun at Birmingham fashion week, Aveda, Bastyan, TONI&GUY, Vietinio, Sebastian London and By Caprice lingerie. She speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish which has allowed her to work around the globe in Europe, South America and Africa.

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>> Danubia Sousa.

LISETTE MIBO • The muti-awards winning Congolese Model & Humanitarian

Lisette Mibo is the first born of five girls, graduated with a degree in Social Science (BA in criminology with Sociology). Two times awarded “Best Female Model” in 2012 and 2013, featured numerously on the covers of magazines such as Amina magazine (France), OhYes magazine (Ghana), DivaScribe magazine (UK), Tropics Magazine (South Africa), Zen magazine (Nigeria) and many more… taken part at the international catwalk shows in Africa, Europe and the United Kingdom where she currently resides. A native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ms Mibo was born in 1987 in Kinshasa, the birthplace of infectious Afro rhythms and dances. She discovered her passion for modeling during her college years, however she started professionally soon after the birth of her daughter in 2011 and she has never looked back and continues to rise.

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>> Lisette Mibo.

MARYSE MBO AKO • The brains behind the Atlanta-based jewelry brand “MAYE FOR MARYSE”

Our issue 52 and first-ever printed issue of TROPICS Magazine featured the amazing work of Maryse Mbo-AKo, an outstanding Entrepreneur from Ivory Coast living in Atlanta, USA who produced a top quality series displaying her brand and hijabs in collaboration with the MyMiracles Photography studio in the USA.

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>> Maryse Mbo-Ako.

URS ALTHAUS • The legendary actor and very sought-after international Actor

Actually Urs Althaus wanted to become a professional soccer player. But what happened in reality was some thing that nobody in Altdorf, where he was raised by his single mother, would ever have expected. After finishing his business studies, this illegitimate child of his Swiss mother, and a Nigerian medical student, whom he never met, stormed the fashion runways of this world. He walked for designers like Calvin Klein, Valentino, Armani, Kenzo, Yves Saint Laurent. He was the first black model ever to appear on the cover of the American fashion Magazine “GQ”. He danced with Liza Minelli, Cindy Crawford and Brooke Shields in the Clubs of Paris, London and New York. In 1978, in New York, he founded the company “Xtazy Ltd.”, the first Model Ensemble in the World. Eight years later, also in New York, and together with Gary Gatys he created the fashion label “Gary Gatys Ltd”. As an agent between 1990 – 2001 he represented Supermodels like Giselle Bündchen, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer. He had a private audience with His Highness the Dalai Lama and breakfasted with Richard Gere. As an actor he stood before the camera next to Marcello Mastroianni and

    • in the filming of Umberto Eco’s “The Name of the Rose” – with Sean Connery.

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>> Urs Althaus.

AGATHA RUIZ DE LA PRADA x BISILA BOKOKO • Between friendship and business collaborations

Ágatha Ruíz de la Prada y Sentmenat is a Spanish noble and fashion designer. She is the 12th marchioness of Castelldosríus, Grandee of Spain and the 19th baroness of Santa Pau. Ágatha entered fashion in 1981 with her women´s collection in Madrid.[2] She opened her first studio in the Spanish capital and began to participate in fashion shows in Madrid and Barcelona. Agatha was a promoter of the “Movida Madrileña,” an artistic and Cultural Revolution in the 1980s.

On the other hand, Bisila Bokoko is a pioneering business leader with a laudable record of success establishing global alliance partnerships, building high performance organizations and creating pathways for businesses looking to enter new international markets. She currently serves as the CEO and Founder of BBES International, a business development and market development consulting firm. BBES provides boutique services to a wide range of companies across various markets and industries including gastronomy, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, arts and culture. BBES helps companies transform ideas into action and creates pathways for businesses looking to enter new international markets.

Read the story inside TROPICS Magazine >>> Bisila Bokoko x Agatha Ruiz de la Prada.

MANISH MALHOTRA • The India fashion icon read to conquer the world

Manish Malhotra is one of India’s most successful fashion designers. Malhotra has designed for many leading actresses in Bollywood.

Read the stories of these two amazing women inside TROPICS Magazine >>> Manish Malhotra.


Finally, let’s sa farewell to our incredible team worldwide for their incredible.

Meet the brains behind Tropics Magazine >>> https://tropicsmag.wordpress.com/tropics-mag-team/


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