Meet Nicholle Kobi, the Congolese-French fashion illustrator based in Paris. She has loved art her whole life but only started pursuing it professionally a few years ago.
I find her work very refreshing, fun and modern. Her art emphasizes the female body, the luscious thick curls of black hair, and the glitz and glamour of modern successful black women.
What are some of the challenges that she’s faced as an illustrator? Well for one, she’s in France. As glamorous and romantic as France may be, it is still conservative in many ways. For this reason, Nicholle has faced some resistance in her rise to the top because her art was described as “too ethnic”.
I am here just to try to give [the black woman] back her rightful place in the world of beauty, art, and more… We can be whatever we want!
Nicholle’s hard work and talent have led to her being described as one of the top 14 French illustrators by Buzzfeed. This amazing fashion artist is determined to climb to the top and inspire other women to unapologetically celebrate who they are. Her work can now be found on T-shirts, Iphone cases, bags, purses and more, all at her online store.