In 2019, African contemporary fashion hit a new high and this was palpable during fashion weeks in Lagos, on red carpet events in Johannesburg and even on the intercontinental streets of Instagram.
It’s safe to say that fashion now plays a bigger role in the representation of our cultures than say the business of gossip and you can thank brands like ours – yes, Style Rave – for the change in focus towards conversations that are more constructive and progressive for our entertainment industries. This is one of the key reasons we’ve dedicated our brand to helping rebrand African entertainment industries and Africa at large.
As a new decade beacons, we look back with pride at how far the different African film and music industries – from Nigeria to South Africa, Ghana to Ugandan and everywhere in between – have come. We remain committed to continuing to shine a positive light on our continent as we represent our talents in ways that command respect and admiration for African arts and entertainment globally.
Our latest Rave List celebrates the best dressed African stars who gave us fashion goals all through 2019. These celebrities were consistently on top of the fashion chain when it came to delivering styles that were undeniably smart and elegant.
You see, it is normal to see stars shine on the red carpet but the ones on this list also illuminated the streets with top-notch casual style takes this year. They pushed boundaries and consistently made style statements at every given opportunity.
For many of these women, which include actresses, singers and TV personalities, we were most impressed by the authenticity of their style as they used tools of fashion to express who they are while inspiring the rest of us to also look our best.
The unique approach to style by each of the women on this list was also by itself very inspiring. From Ghanaian actress Nana Akua Addo, who stayed in the habit of serving avant garde looks to Nigeria’s Toke Makinwa whose luxurious wardrobe was enviable yet admirable as she remained consistent with using her style to elevate her brand. The women on our 2019 All-Africa Rave List all understand the power of style and are using same to build their personal brands.
Want to know who made the list? Continue to see our top 20 picks.
Here are the best dressed African stars of 2019…
20. Hamisa Mobetto
A look at Hamisa Mobetto’s Instagram page will prove that the Tanzanian model and fashionista gets her style right whenever she steps out. The stylish mum of two never hesitates to show off her curves and we can’t be mad about that.
.19. Zari Hassan
Ugandan socialite, businesswoman and mother of five, Zari Hassan sure holds her weight in the game of fashion. One thing is for sure, Zari has mastered the art of wearing what flatters her body irrespective of the occasion.
18. Bettinah Tianah
This TV girl known as the face of everything young, fresh and modern in Uganda was consistent with her style delivery in 2019. The socialite, actress and model Betty Nassali, better known as Bettinah Tianah is one that favours clean cuts, sexy aesthetics and bodycon dresses.
17. Selly Galley
Ghanaian actress and TV personality, Selorm Galley-Fiawoo popularly known as Selly Galley, is one African star that steadily brought the heat with her style this year. Besides being bold and edgy, Selly is super confident in her style and that’s what makes her a true Style Raven.
16. Elizabeth Michael
Tanzania’s award-winning actress, Elizabeth Michael served hot style sauce in 2019. From her casual looks to traditional and even red carpet looks, Elizabeth served so many stylish moments that we loved.
15. K Naomi Noinyane
South African model and TV personality, Keitumetse Naomi Noinyane also known as K Naomi gave us unique fashion takes which were always finished off with a flawless face beat. Her style was a mix of daring, elegant and sexy!
14. Joselyn Dumas
Being confident with her curves and knowing how to dress right was one of the superpowers we found Ghanaian actress and host, Joselyn Dumas, to have possessed. She has always been sophisticated and gracious and this year she delivered jaw-dropping form-fitting outfits that left many in a daze.
.13. Mercy Aigbe
Nigerian actress, director and fashionpreneur, Mercy Aigbe steadily served haute aso ebi worthy looks throughout 2019. Her flamboyant style and exquisite taste no doubt left fans clicking save on her outfits for their tailors to replicate.
12. Nana Akua Addo
Ghana’s red carpet queen, Nana Akua Addo definitely lived up to her name. Nana is a certified fashion risk-taker and no other best dressed African star on this list does extreme fashion quite like her.
11. Lerato Kganyago
South African media personality Lerato Kganyago consistently brought her A-game when it came down to her style. Lerato’s style is always sophisticated and seemingly effortless and we couln’t help but fall in love with many of her looks.
10. Linda Osifo
In 2019, Nollywood actress Linda Adesuwa Osifo, not only served looks that hugged her fab figure, but also served eclectic and slightly edgy looks. Her love for African print was consistently evident on her Instagram page and the Ankara faithfuls couldn’t be more grateful.
9. Ini Edo
Nollywood actress Ini Edo proved once again that she is owning every bit of her style. Ini consistently served intentional glam in 2019 and we can’t wait to see how she’ll return to the ring in 2020.
8. Ayanda Thabethe
Attention to details is a key ingredient for the perfect look and South African media personality Ayanda Thabete understands this. Ayanda is one of the African stars that will not compromise on fit when it comes to her style and we can all take notes from her approach to style.
7. Sharon Ooja
When it boils down to uber-chic, elegant yet trendy looks, Nigerian Actress Sharoon Ooja, definitely gives us wardrobe envy. Sharon routinely finished off every look with a glam face beat featuring her bold brows and ever dazzling smile.
6. Nomzamo Mbatha
The gracious South African media personality Nomzamo Mbatha is one risk-taker in fashion and these risks certainly paid off in 2019. Her style is ever-evolving and varies between fun and vibrant to classy and elegant.
5. Zynnell Zuh
When Zynnell Zuh steps out, we expect nothing less than fireworks and she did not let us down in 2019. The award-winning Ghanaian actress nailed every look from the red carpets to the streets and definitely served fire with many of her looks.
4. Ini Dima-Okojie
This year, Nigerian actress Ini Dima -Okojie proved that she wasn’t taking the back seat with her style. She served elegant, dramatic and colourful looks that had Style Ravens on Instagram constantly clicking save and share.
3. Bonang Matheba
This media goddess, entrepreneur, producer, and all-round It-girl is truly a dream and we have consistently hailed her to be the African queen of slay! With Bonang Matheba, there are no boundaries when it comes to her style.
2. Boity Thulo
Unhindered hues and figure-flattering pieces made up most of Boity Thulo’s wardrobe in 2019. The South African media personality and entrepreneur served so many ‘lewks’ this year and was definitely a trendsetter. We are totally on the lookout for what she will be serving in 2020.
1. Toke Makinwa
No best dressed list for African stars in 2019 would be complete without Nigerian serial entrepreneur, Toke Makinwa. Every week on the gram, Toke gave us something to look forward to, like, save or share. Many of her looks had us screaming #stylegoals and she’s definitely earned the top spot on our 2019 All-Africa Stars Rave List.
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