Anifa Mvuemba Biography
Anifa Mvuemba, 32, is an American Fashion Icon and Designer. She is behind the luxury fashion brand Hanifa. Anifa seeks to present women according to how she imagines them. She wants to empower women through fashion and designing clothes that give them confidence. Her work has been embraced by icons such as Beyonce and Zendaya just to name a few. Hanifa has also been featured on CNN, Essence, Vogue, Teen Vogue, and is one of Africa’s most influential people.
Anifa Mvuemba Age, Family,
She was born on 16th November 1990 in Nairobi, Kenya after her parent fled from war-torn Congo. The family traveled to the United States to seek better opportunities for a better life. Anifa has a close relationship with her parents and sibling. Unfortunately, her brother was murdered at age 17, an event that haunts her to date. Such setbacks have made Anifa an advocate for Africans and African Americans.
On matters of relationships, Anifa is engaged to her long-time partner. November 2022, she announced the engagement party. She later announced that she was carrying her partner’s child for some months. Anifa will be having a child sometime in 2023.
Anifa Mvuemba Education
Mvuemba grew up in a strict family. Her parents were not supportive of her as they wanted her to venture into medicine or professions recognized by society. They were influential that at one time she wanted to be a teacher. However, she stuck to her passion for becoming a designer after watching her mother spend time preparing and sewing her clothes.
She clung to her beliefs compelling her parents to take her to a small fashion school in Maryland. The school did not have a lot of resources compared to those in New York but it was a good start for her. She later joined Morgan State University where she studied Business Administration and Management.
Anifa Mvuemba Hanifa LLC
After graduating she started working at Nordstrom as a Sales associate. On the side, she launched Hanifa LLC, a name that stemmed from the Arabic pronunciation of her name. Running Hanifa was not as easy as she thought, She had to fund it from the money she made as a sales associate and from the tax return fund.
By 2016, Anifa was giving up on her brand. She was skeptical about the success of the brand after so many failures. She took a hiatus to rethink what to do next. The fashion designer prayed, asking God to help her decide on what to do with her life. Anifa was led to design footwear she named Mvuemb’s Zenaida Shoe. It went viral. Thousands loved the shoe and other brands she had created. This success was a sign from God that she should continue pursuing Fashion.
Relaunching Hanifa took bold and diverse steps. Anifa diverted her brand to bridalwear, footwear, and technology. She learned better ideas from YouTube and practiced them in her brand. Her trial and error strategy combined with her faith in Jesus has made her successful. Hanifa is now a globally recognized brand making millions working with celebrities across the United States.
She also introduced a 3-D style of presenting fashion. During the covid-19 pandemic, fashion designers were expected to be creative since the government had restricted public gatherings. In the heat of the pandemic, Anifa hired a team of programmers to make a fashion digital video for her latest line: Pink Label Congo, which was an appreciation of her country and for empowering women and making them feel confident when wearing it. The video reached more than 1 million views, setting the bar for future designers aiming to do the same.
Anifa Mvuemba Setback and Success
The journey has not been without challenges. She faced racial discrimination even at the height of her success. CNN, Harper’s Bazaar, and Essence celebrated a virtual collection presentation Hanifa had used for the first time in fashion history. It was a moment of success as Anifa was viewed as a change-maker, which she always believed she was.
However, two weeks later Forbes stole this recognition from her by claiming that Bigthinx, a fashion startup, was the first to stream a live 3-D fashion show. This caused an uproar on the internet, forcing Forbes to amend and later delete the article, giving back to Mvuemba what belonged to her.
This setback was only setting room for her biggest moment. Beyonce, a globally iconic figure, put Hanifa in her directory of Black Owned Businesses. Hanifa’s recognition sets the brand ablaze attracting other celebrities such as Zendaya, who was photographed and put on the cover page of Instyle Magazine rocking Hanifa.
Anifa Mvuemba Net Worth and Height
Anifa recognizes the hand of Jesus behind her success. It is her faith that made her successful, especially when she went broke and doubted the journey. Now she makes millions. Her design goes for as much as $1,000. The brand’s official Instagram page has 470k followers. Anifa also earns well from her brand.
The fashion designer could be worth $10 million. An immigrant now is living a large life in the United States. She also has a good physique that complements her fashion style. Anifa Mvuemba is 5 feet and 5 inches. She celebrated her 31st birthday after she was honored with an award during Instyle Festival in 2021.
Anifa was also recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in Africa in 2022 by the New African Magazine. On the list, she was alongside Popular Africans such as Elon Musk, Burna Boy, Larry Madowo, Bobi Wine, and the late Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli.