via: Elle South Africa Magazine
written by: Digital Editor of Elle SA Holly Meadows
Photos: Diego Villarreal
 

 
Baltimore-born and New York-based identical twins, Cipriana and TK Quann (aka TK Wonder) are the faces of Urban Bush Babes, the blog Cipriana initially began with Nikisha Brunson.

 

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Having started out as a platform where women of color, could feel comfortable and break down and redefine popular concepts of beauty, Urban Bush Babes still does that but has since expanded its content to cover everything from health, films, social issues, photography, music, arts and culture.
 
I suspect it’s Cipriana’s ongoing desire to tell stories like this that led to her selection as one of “six brilliant women” to appear in Vogue’s “My Life In Vogue” and one of five women from around the world to be included in cult Finnish design house Marimekko’s Women of Influence series. The previous American name on the list had been that of Marissa Mayer, president and CEO of Yahoo. Rapper/Singer/Songwriter TK is Urban Bush Babes. executive contributor.
 
With their penchant for bell bottoms, 70′s dresses and oversized, high-waisted pants with crop tops, it’s hard not to instastalk them.

 

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TK cites their mother as the person responsible for shaping their style.”Throughout our lives [she] has carried herself with such elegance, intelligence and beauty that we have learnt that confidence is the best accessory,” she saids. And it’s this self-belief, staying humble and unwavering in your thoughts that Cipriana believes keeps readers engaged. People recognize gimmicks, and time is precious for everyone. As a result, authenticity resonates with most people.”

 

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For them, authenticity, in part means using fashion for a greater purpose, combining style with substance and not being afraid to harness the industry to foster social awareness and female empowerment.
 
For the full article and feature in Elle South Africa’s July Issue that includes more photos our stance on the fashion industry, thoughts on working together, one of our favorite sustainable lines; Studio 189 created by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah and cover star Rihanna click here to subscribe or purchase your digital download on iTunes
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Thank you to Elle SA magazine, more than thrilled to be featured!