Life in Lagos: Stepping Out for Nigerian Fashion Week as presented by: National Geographic

Lagos, Nigeria, is Africa’s most populous metropolitan area—with an estimated 21 million inhabitants. It also boasts the biggest economy of any city in Africa, housing some of the richest people on the continent, as well as huge numbers of poor. Robin Hammond photographed life in Lagos for the story “Africa’s First City,” which appears in the January 2015 issue of National Geographic magazine. In a series of five posts on Proof, he chronicles this city of contrasts that is fast becoming Africa’s hub of creativity, fashion, and business. When a six-foot tall Nigerian model puts on six-inch heels then adorns herself with a head piece, she gets really tall.

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