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    Audrey Daniel

      The African continent is blessed with beautiful women from diverse cultural backgrounds who for hundreds of years have been attracting the attention of many fashion designer brands both in the past and present.



      Despite the fact that modelling is dominated by Europeans and Americans, African models are still gaining the attention they deserve in the fashion world. Who are the top African supermodels who have created a difference and set a trail in the modelling industry globally?



      Although the list is unending, here is a list of five top African models that put the African continent out there in the modelling industry and also broke the negative stereotypes.



      Alex Wek


      First on the list is Alex Wek, a top black model born in South Sudan and belongs to the Dinka Tribe. At the age of 18 years, Alex Wek started her modelling career in 1995, and she was forced to flee the country due to the civil war.



      In the following year, Alex was signed to Ford Models, and after that she appeared on the cover of Elle magazine in 1997. Alex has modelled for top fashion designers brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, Ralph Lauren and many other fashion houses. In 1997, she was awarded the model of the year by MTV.


      Maria Borges



      Maria Borges, an Angolan born in Luanda on October 28, 1992. Her presence was noticed in 2010 during the Angolan edition of the contest Elite Model Look. After two years, she was signed with the Supreme Agency, and she also appeared in Victoria’s Secret Fashion show from 2013 to 2017 making her the first African model to rock black natural hair at the Victoria’s Secret Show.



      Just to mention a few of her feats, she was the second African model to appear on the cover of the Elle magazine after Alex Wek, she also appeared in beauty campaigns for Givenchy, Bobbi Brown, L’Oreal Paris, Maybelline, Tommy Hilifiger; she became a global ambassador for L’Oreal in 2016 with multi-year deal spanning across hair, makeup and skincare products.


      Candice Swanepoel


      Candice Swanepoel, a black South African model and philanthropist, made her first debut in her modelling career at age 15 after being spotted by a model scout in a Durban Flea Market. She modelled for Tommy Hilfiger, Givenchy, and Kardashians’ swimwear and in 2010, she was one of the models featured in the SWIM catalogue. She became Victoria’s Secret Angel in the same year and opened the First Victoria’s Secret retail store in Canada.


      Herieth Paul



      Herieth Paul is a Tanzanian model who was born on December 14, 1995, in Dar es Salaam. She was uncovered when she attended an open call at Angie’s AMTI located in Ottawa, Canada then her light broke out in the modelling world. She has run the runway for brands like Armani, Cavalli, Calvin Klien and others. In 2011 she was the cover model for the Canadian Elle, as she has also appeared in editorials for Vogue Italia Magazine, i-D, Wonderland, and Teen Vogue.


      Gelila Bekele


      Gelila Bekele, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She was born on September 4, 1986 and spent her childhood years living in the village before eventually moving to the city. She started her modelling career professionally while studying at UC Berkeley. She had first signing with Ford models and has worked with famous brands like Pantene, Tony Burch, Diesel and Levis.


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