Another year, and another Notting Hill Carnival rolls around! For many black British people, carnival signifies a safe space to celebrate their race and culture. In this vibrant editorial, exclusive to gal-dem, model Mulan Itoje shares what the celebration means to her…

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Photographer: Seye Isikalu

Model and Creative Director: Mulan Itoje

Stylist: Naomi Gray

HMUA: Rasheeda OTS

All carnival pieces by Trinity Design Collective, pink crochet bralet by Knots and Vibes, pom pom earrings by Kay Davis, everything else stylist’s own.