"Mario Epanya has been on a campaign to convince Vogue publisher Condé Nast to create an African version of its hallmark magazine. He went as far as creating fictitious magazine covers, featuring models from the African Diaspora. Apparently, Epanya’s bid was rejected by Condé Nast, according to an announcement recently on his Facebook page.
Epanya’s campaign to display black beauty and fashion was inspired by his fashion designer mother, as well as to develop support for Africa’s budding fashion scene.
'I read my first Vogue in 1979 and have been buying it regularly ever since,' Epanya said in an interview. 'I always felt that African creativity was not represented. I think today’s women would like to re-appropriate their image. Beauty is diverse and we aspire to have more of a diversity of choice. I say, why not?'”
-“Why Africa Vogue is considered out of fashion” by Talia Whyte, The Grio (2010)