We all love a good selfie, probably take more than we’d care to admit. Every now and again someone comes around and shoots our attempts out of the water completely. Meet Loza Maléombho. Loza was raised in both Brazil and Côte d’Ivoire and spent some time in New York, before returning to Africa in 2012. Known for her fashion as much as her art, Loza fuses traditional Ivorian culture and modern contemporary elements, to create stunning visuals. We were first captivated by Loza’s images, which simply put, take the art of selfies to a whole different level. But more than just beautiful, these selfies express something deeply intimate and universally powerful.
Alien Edits is an ongoing series of selfies through which Loza expresses her personal style, aesthetics and culture. These highly stylised, dazzling images resist stereotypes of culture, gender and sexuality;. They ultimately create a space between the old and the new, the remembered and the imagined.
Loza started designing from a very young age and graduated with a bachelors in fine arts in animation from the University of the Arts of Philadelphia. After finishing her studies, she went on to work with Jill Stuart, Yigal Azrouël and Cynthia Rowley before starting her own line. This creative powerhouse was recently named by Okay Africa as one of Africa’s most influential women; and looking at her incredible work and vision, it’s not hard to see why. Her Instagram is filled with shots of her designs and selfies; and definitely worth checking out here.