Olivia Yace is an Ivorian model and beauty queen. She is also the current Miss Cote D’Ivoire 2021. She stunned in a beautiful piece from a South African designer named Lafalaise Dionn, who also calls herself the “Queen Of Cowries”.
Yace talked about the meaning behind her cowry outfit on her Instagram page as she wrote:
“This traditional outfit tells the story of the AKAN woman of Côte d’Ivoire. It represents the beauty, femininity, and braveness embodied by the women of this ethnic group.
This costume, which was totally handmade and carefully crafted with AKAN woven loincloth, celebrates the woman as a child-bearer and a life-giver.
The cowrie shells that make up the centerpiece come from the ocean and symbolize creation, life, and protection. They are interlaced and run all along the body to portray the beautiful waves and waterfalls of Côte d’Ivoire.
The headdress represents a calabash full of water that the AKAN woman carries on her head as she returns from the river. It is a source of life, and it symbolizes hard work.
The orange background color of the costume evokes the flag of Côte d’Ivoire as a symbol of patriotism. The orange stripe of the Ivorian orange-white-green flag expresses the splendor of national blossoming.”
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