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    Titi Ibrahim

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      Despite the fact that 10.6% African models dominate the fashion show, a lot of them earn a fortune in the industry. Ranging from those who break the stereotypes to those who were mentored to earn millions in modeling.

      Here are the lists of black models that are highly paid;

      Alex Wek

      At 40, Alex Wek, South Sudanese-British model who is the pioneer of modeling in Africa is the highly paid model in Africa with an estimate of 7 million dollars. This makes her the most paid model in Africa.

      Born and bred in Wau, Sudan which we now know as South Sudan, she is the seventh child of her parents’ nine children. She suffered from psoriasis right from infancy to the age of 14. Following the 1985 civil war which broke out in their hometown, they all fled their country. When they got to London, Alex’s psoriasis got cleared. She got enrolled into London College of fashion and studied Fashion business and technology which fostered her modeling career. In 1995, her modeling career began when she was discovered at an outdoor market in crystal palace, London. She was discovered by a model 1 scout. She appeared in multiple music videos and was signed into Ford models. In 1997, MTV gave her the best model of the year. Black women all over the world celebrate her numerous achievements.

      Candice Swanepoe

      Notable for her work with Victoria’s secret, Candice is the second highly paid model in Africa. The South African model ranked with the estimated earnings of 5 million dollars began her career at age 15 when she was discovered by a model scout in Durban flee market. She was born to Zimbabwean Father and South African mother in Mooi River, South Africa on October 20, 1988.  She has walked the runway for many fashion shows and has also appeared in multiple editorials globally.  She also has featured in many magazines like Vogue, Elle and others.

      Liya Kebede

      An ethnic of Amhara, born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Liya is the only daughter of her parents. She has four brothers. While she was learning French at Lycee Guebre-Mariam, a film director introduced her to a French modelling agent. She travelled to Paris after completing her studies. Tom Ford signing her to his fashion show marked the landmark of her success in modelling. She appeared in many front covers of multiple magazines globally. She also featured in a lot of films. Her attempt to preserve the Ethiopia cloth line is seen in the Lemlem she launched in 2007. Her net worth is 4.7 million dollars.

      Oluchi Onweagba

      A Nigerian, based in New York won The Face of Africa in Lagos 2016 at the age of 16. She grew up in the suburbs with her two brothers and sisters. After winning the first competition in Africa, she travelled to New York to pursue her career. Her net worth is 4 million dollars. She has walked the runway for many fashion shows and featured in many magazines. She has appeared on covers of many fashion magazines. Apart from modelling, she has engaged in lifting up talents in Nigeria.   The 41 year old model launched a modelling agency OModel in South Africa around 2008. She was recognized for being the judge at Africa’s next top model in 2013.

      Maria Borges

      An Angolan model that was named Africa’s top model in 2013 was discovered in 2010 at Angolan edition of Elite Model Look. She was the first African woman to feature in Elle Magazine in 2017 after Alex Wek in 1997. Her net worth is 3.7million dollars.

      Yasmin Warsame

      A Canadian model of Somali origin began modelling with Ford models. The 46 year old model was born in Mogadishu however at fifteen her family moved to Toronto. After featuring in magazine covers, she moved to Paris to pursue her career. Aside from being a model, she is also an activist. Her net worth is 3.5 million dollars.

      Behati Prinsloo

      The Namibian born model started her modeling career after she was discovered in Cape Town. While she was vacationing with her grandparents in Cape Town, a guy approached her, asked if she was a model. He gave her his contact. She has walked in different fashion shows and appeared in multiple covers. She also appeared in music videos. One of her notable work is her appearance in Maroon 5 “girls like you”. Her net worth is 3 million.

      Ajuma Nasenyana

      The Kenya model forayed into modeling at Miss Tourism Kenya in 2003 where she was crowned Miss Nairobi. She became notable and attentions were diverted to her. She however launched a cosmetics and natural skin care line in the bid to encourage African women to take pride in their skin colour. Her estimated worth is 2 million dollars.

      Anais Mali

      Born in Toulon, Paris to a Chadian mother and Polish father, the 31 years old model has been making fames in different run ways. She has appeared in different covers. With an estimate of 1.5 millions, Anais is ranked one of the most paid models in Africa.

      Imaan Hammam

      The 26 year old African model, born to Egyptian Father and Moroccan Mother was discovered in Amsterdam’s Central Station by an agent of CODE manager. She is worth an approximately 1.5 million dollars. This same agency sent her to Paris with VIVA model management. She however was also given a special honour in the opening of Givenchy. She is extremely doing well in her career with all her appearances in Advertising campaigns for a lot of brands. She also has walked the runways for entirely every brand. She collaborated with Frame and released her own designed clothes collection.

      Over the years, the modeling industry has not been favourable for Africans unlike their white counterparts. The industry is based on luck. These African models listed above broke the barriers and became successful models.


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