Business of Fashion has revealed their annual #BoF500 list. Now in its seventh year, the publication highlights those who are shaping the global fashion industry. Among the names are hijabi model Ugbad Abdi from Somalia, model Shanelle Nyasiase from South Sudan, and Indian actress Deepika Padukone.
Ugbad Abdi grew up in a Kenyan refugee camp before immigrating to the US with her family during the Somali Civil War. She made waves in the history when she became the first hijabi model to walk for Fendi, and has gone on to walk for all the major fashion houses, including Max Mara, Valentino and Burberry.
The highest-paid actress in India, Deepika Padukone was dubbed one of the most admired women in the world back in 2018, so it’s not surprise she has won the hearts of the BoF team this year.
You’ve probably spot Ethiopia-born, South Sudanese model Shanelle Nyasiase on the runway. The East African 22-year-old has walked for brands like Chanel, Givenchy and Gucci.
Other names that made this year’s hand-picked list includes the Duchess of Sussex for her philanthropic work with Smart Works; Khloe Kardashian and her inclusive fashion brand Good American; Patrick Herning, the founder of plus-size clothing company 11 Honoré, of which Candice Huffine is the face; designer Wes Gordon; actress Zendaya, who has recently collabed with Tommy Hilfiger; and Daniel Lee, the creative who has been credited with ushering in the era of #NewBottega.