See Why the Streets of Senegal is the Perfect Backdrop for this Eye-Poppin' Fashion Shoot!

By Erickka Sy Savané

If you're not familiar with GQ Style fashion editor Mobolaji Dawodu, don't worry, we'll catch you up. Before his current gig, the Nigerian-American spent over a decade traveling the globe styling fashion shoots for Fader magazine. He's worked with such stars as Brad Pitt, Jared Leto and Mahershala Ali, and he was the costume designer for the films 'Queen of Katwe' and 'Mother of George.' He's also rumored to have dated actress Lupita Nyong'o, but we ain't one to gossip. For this particular shoot, Mobolaji traveled to the streets of Senegal with some suitcases full of clothes and a photographer and made this magic!


LÉNA GUEYE | AGE 18 | OCCUPATION Model, student (Top by Adam Selman / Pants by Anna Sui / Shoes by Christian Louboutin / Bracelets by Dinosaur Designs / Earrings by Giorgio Armani / Ring by Alexis Bittar)

PAPI | AGE 28 | OCCUPATION Artist, fashion designer, founder of @DakarLives (Jacket, $2,290, pants, $990, by Fendi / Shirt, $995, by Dolce & Gabbana / Hat, $60, by JJ Hat Center / Ring, his own)

ABOU SARR | AGE 24 | OCCUPATION Model (Shirt [women’s] by Giorgio Armani / Pants, $728, by Bode / Boots, $1,150, by Bottega Veneta)

MISS MARIA DIADY | AGE 19 | OCCUPATION Student (Dress by Gucci / Shoes by Christian Louboutin)

NANETTE DIOP | AGE 24 | OCCUPATION TV presenter, actress (Dress by Pleats Please Issey Miyake / Top by Anna Sui / Pants by Etro / Boots by Clergerie / Sunglasses by Eyevan / Scarf, stylist’s own) / RIGHT, ON MARCEL (Coat, price upon request, by Haider Ackermann / Jacket, $2,095, pants, $1,535, by Issey Miyake Men / Boots, $1,295, by Christian Louboutin / Hat and necklace, stylist’s own)

SHARON DOSSOU | AGE 19 | OCCUPATION Student (Jacket and skirt by Dolce & Gabbana / Top by Ulla Johnson / Jewelry by The Shiny Squirrel)

LEFT, ON PAPI (Blazer, $1,050, by Massimo Alba / Turtleneck, $1,330, by Etro / Pants (price upon request) by Isaia / Shoes, $1,050, by Santoni / Hat, stylist’s own / Ring, his own) / RIGHT, ON ABOU (Blazer, $2,330, by Etro / Shirt, $515, by Vivienne Westwood / Pants, $300, by Death to Tennis / Hat, stylist’s own / Sunglasses, $665, by Mr. Leight)

GNIMA DIOP | AGE 31 | OCCUPATION Regional analyst (Coat and top by Jil Sander / Sunglasses by Eyevan / Head scarf and earrings, stylist’s own) / LEFT, ON DIJA (Top and skirt by Pleats Please Issey Miyake / Coat by Prabal Gurung)

MOUR FALL | AGE 31 | OCCUPATION Artist (Jacket and pants, prices upon request, by Louis Vuitton / Shirt, $240, by Acne Studios / Shoes, $1,295, by Christian Louboutin / Hat, $148, by Laulhère / Sunglasses, $460, by Salt / Necklace and ring, his own)

MADELEINE DIENG NDOYE | AGE 17 | OCCUPATION Model, student (Turtleneck by Ellery / Overalls by Rosie Assoulin) 

LEFT, ON ALIOU SOW | AGE 56 | OCCUPATION Vendor (Clothing, his own) / CENTER, ON NDIATÉ CISSÉ | AGE 23 | OCCUPATION Portfolio assistant (Jacket and skirt by Kenzo / Top by Ulla Johnson / Boots by Christian Louboutin / Hat, stylist’s own / Necklace by Dolce & Gabbana / Bracelet by Alexis Bittar) / RIGHT, ON MANZELA ITOUA | AGE 27 | OCCUPATION Sales adviser (Sweater, $1,750, by Bottega Veneta / Pants (part of suit), $4,295, by Isaia / Shoes, $960, by Christian Louboutin / Hat, stylist’s own / Sunglasses, $420, by Garrett Leight / Bracelet, his own)

BEYDI OUMAR BA | AGE 21 (Blazer, $1,205, pants, $1,075, by Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh / Sweater, $1,185, by The Elder Statesman / Boots, $1,450, by Santoni / Hat, $475, by Versace / Ring, his own)

AMADOU DIALLO (Vest, $550, by Dries Van Noten / Coat, $1,150, by Death to Tennis / Pants, $1,195, by Giorgio Armani / Shoes, $700, by Acne Studios)

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