Artist, illustrator, creative muse. Meet Monica Ahanonu: a multi-talented artist whose work has caught the attention of many in the fashion and digital art space—including the team here at LAGOS.
With a unique and instantly recognizable artistic style, Monica is known for her expertise in color theory and vector illustration; skills that she honed while working at DreamWorks Animation. Her art is not only visually appealing, but it also carries a powerful message of diversity and inclusivity, recently featured in capsule clothing collections, book illustrations, package designs, digital campaigns, and on the red carpet.
As the first illustrator signed to IMG Models, Monica continues to emerge as a leading tastemaker in fashion while continuing to elevate her talents in illustration. A champion of uniqueness and individuality, she creates portraits and pop art that celebrates the cultures, achievements, and diverse backgrounds of her subjects.
As a modern LAGOS woman, Monica uses her career as a platform to challenge traditional standards and redefine what it means to be a role model. Never one to shy away from bold color and geometric shapes in her work, she brings her artistic sensibility into her fashion sense to inspire others to think—and feel—outside of the box.
When asked about her jewelry styling philosophy, Monica replied, “Mismatching earrings, or having a contrast between my jewelry and clothing, makes an outfit more satisfying and exciting.” Monica continues to explain how she finds inspiration through various mediums. “Looking at fabrics, at interior design, going to consignment stores, runway shows and editorial shoots. Where [everything] looks pleasing and balanced but if you look at the details, things aren’t perfectly matching. Also – Rihanna.” A refreshing approach to creativity and self-expression, Monica reminds us that inspiration is everywhere.
It’s been our pleasure to work with Monica on our Spring 2023 campaign. Discover seasonal new arrivals to mix and match to create your own unique look on LAGOS.com.