Condé Nast rejects proposal for 'Vogue Africa'

Magazine publisher scotches photographer's plan for new edition.

Condé Nast, publisher of international fashion magazine Vogue, has rejected a proposal by Cameroonian photographer Mario Epanya for an African edition of the magazine, reports the Independent.

Epanya had created covers for a fictional Vogue Africa edition, featuring black models, as part of his campaign to convince the publisher of the potential in the idea.

Vogue currently has 18 international editions.

"The Wait is over. Condé Nast said NO to an African license of VOGUE. So this is the last cover. Enjoy, but it's a beginning of something," said the photographer on his Facebook page.

The publisher is reported not to have commented on the rejected proposal, but Vogue's Italian edition has carried a story on Epanya's proposal, where he is quoted as lamenting that African creativity has not been represented in the magazine.

"Vogue can still get away with a few editorials featuring Africans and African Americans sprinkled here and there," commented African-American lifestyle site Madame Noire in its feature on the issue.