Michaela Coel, a British actress, has brought her American Vogue cover to the streets of Accra.
Coel, who has been cast in Marvel’s blockbuster Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is the November cover star of Vogue – and she chose to have the photoshoot in Ghana, alongside her father, Derek Kwesi Coel, and grandma Jemima Andam.
Malick Bodian, a Senegalese-Italian model, shot her.
“They asked me where I’d like to shoot it and I though to myself ‘shoot for the stars aim for the moon’, and I said ‘Ghana’, and they were like ‘sure’.”
Speaking to Vogue about a previous visit to Ghana in 2018, Coel said: “I’d been to Africa before – Kenya and Uganda – but when I came here, I was really seeing people who looked like me.”
“I remember looking at all the kids playing, and it hit me, like, Wow, this could’ve been me and I think I would have really enjoyed that,” she continued.
“Yes, there are a lot of sad things, poverty, unemployment, struggle. There’s also a lot of peace, friendliness. There’s a lack of anxiety.”
Coel also discussed her future role in Black Panther, in which her character falls in love with her warrior colleague, played by Florence Kasumba, in her Vogue interview.
“That sold me on the role, the fact that my character’s queer,” Coel said. “I thought: I like that, I want to show that to Ghana.”
Coel grew up in East London after her parents moved there from Ghana. She is best known for her work on the comedy-drama series I May Destroy You, which she wrote, directed, and starred in.
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