Italian designers of African origin take over Milan Fashion Week

Five Italian designers of African origin made their runway debut during Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 under the banner “We are Made in Italy,” having nurtured dreams deemed unlikely in their native lands and which faced considerable obstacles in their adopted Italy.

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A woman wearing a face mask walks past a fashion store's front window in Monte Napoleone shopping street during the Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP)

A woman wearing a face mask walks past a fashion store's front window in Monte Napoleone shopping street during the Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP)

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A model wears a creation by fashion designer Joy Meribe as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

A model wears a creation by fashion designer Joy Meribe as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

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A model wears a creation by fashion designer Joy Ijeoma Meribe's Modaf Designs, as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

A model wears a creation by fashion designer Joy Ijeoma Meribe's Modaf Designs, as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

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A model seen through the screen of a smartphone wears a creation designed by fashion designer Gisele Claudia, as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

A model seen through the screen of a smartphone wears a creation designed by fashion designer Gisele Claudia, as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

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Fashion designer Frida Kiza poses with models at the end of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

Fashion designer Frida Kiza poses with models at the end of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

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A model gets her make-up done in the backstage prior to the start of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

A model gets her make-up done in the backstage prior to the start of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

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A model wears a creation by fashion designer Joy Meribe as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

A model wears a creation by fashion designer Joy Meribe as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

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Fashion designer Joy Meribe waves at the end of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

Fashion designer Joy Meribe waves at the end of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

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A model wears a creation designed by fashion designer Gisele Claudia as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

A model wears a creation designed by fashion designer Gisele Claudia as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

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A model wears a creation by fashion designer Karim Daoudi as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

A model wears a creation by fashion designer Karim Daoudi as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

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Fashion designer Gisele Claudia poses with models during the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collection collective show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

Fashion designer Gisele Claudia poses with models during the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collection collective show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

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A model wears a creation by fashion designer Joy Meribe as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

A model wears a creation by fashion designer Joy Meribe as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

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A model wears a creation by fashion designer Frida Kiza as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

A model wears a creation by fashion designer Frida Kiza as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

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Fashion designer Karim Daoudi stands on the catwalk at the end of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

Fashion designer Karim Daoudi stands on the catwalk at the end of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

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A model wears a creation by fashion designer Pape Macodou Fall as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

A model wears a creation by fashion designer Pape Macodou Fall as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

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A model wears a creation by fashion designer Frida Kiza as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion shown, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

A model wears a creation by fashion designer Frida Kiza as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion shown, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

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Models wait to enters the catwalk during reharshals for the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

Models wait to enters the catwalk during reharshals for the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021.(AP)

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A model wears a creationby fashion designer Frida Kiza as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

A model wears a creationby fashion designer Frida Kiza as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

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A model wears a creation by fashion designer Fabiola Manirakiza's Frida Kiza, as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

A model wears a creation by fashion designer Fabiola Manirakiza's Frida Kiza, as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

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A model wears a creation by fashion designer Mokodu Fall as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

A model wears a creation by fashion designer Mokodu Fall as part of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

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Fashion designer Mokodu Faii stands on the catwalk at the end of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. (AP)

Fashion designer Mokodu Faii stands on the catwalk at the end of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. (AP)

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Fashion designer Frida Kiza stands on the catwalk at the end of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

Fashion designer Frida Kiza stands on the catwalk at the end of the Black Lives Matter Fall/Winter 2021/22 collective fashion show, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 2021. (AP)

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Women wearing a face mask walk past a fashion store's front window in Monte Napoleone shopping street during the Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP)

Women wearing a face mask walk past a fashion store's front window in Monte Napoleone shopping street during the Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP)

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A model wears a creation as part of the Daniel Del Core women's and men's Fall Winter 2021-22 collection, unveiled during the Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP)

A model wears a creation as part of the Daniel Del Core women's and men's Fall Winter 2021-22 collection, unveiled during the Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP)

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