25 MOST INFLUENTIAL AFRICANS IN AMERICA – THE LIST
#1. ABERRA, AMSALE:
Born in ETHIOPIA, is an couture fashion designer and entrepreneur whose store is located in toney Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York City and her gowns carried in such marquee stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Nieman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. Her gowns range in price from $3000 and $12000 in price.
In 2007, ABC purchased an Aberra wedding dress for use in the season final episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Also that year, Ford hired Aberra to produce a television commercial for their MKX model. Along with the Grey’s Anatomy gowns, Amsale’s dresses have been seen on The Oprah Winfrey Show, American Wedding, and 27 Dresses. While her gowns have been featured on television as well as in films, celebrities are also a fan of Amsale gowns. Aberra has dressed such celebrities as Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Selma Blair, Salma Hayek, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Heather Graham, Lisa Kudrow, Katherine Heigl, Kim Basinger, Heidi Klum, and many others.
Producers turn to Amsale when they need beautiful designs for films and television programs; her gowns have been featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “27 Dresses.”
Amsale’s love of fashion began as a young girl growing up in Ethiopia. However, Amsale never considered becoming a designer: “In Ethiopia there were no fashion designers. I never knew that designing beautiful clothes was a profession to which one could aspire.”
She is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA) and a Trustee of the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
#2. ACHEBE, CHINUA
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