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      Modeling Agencies scout for models in Africa in different ways. We have African models gracing fashion shows, editorial magazines and walking runways at top fashion houses. However, these models still make the continent proud and are representing Africa at global stages. These models who beat all odds and stood against all stereotypes did not forget their root even at foreign countries.

       

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      Africa models are beginning to get recognised in the fashion industry as much deserved to be even if the fashion world is dominated by the Europeans.  African models are also rated among beautiful models in the world. We have a lot of top models whose stories have one way or the other inspire and influence many young women in the continent. Here is a list of ten Africa models who have broken negative stereotypes in the modeling world and have represented Africa well at the global stage. Some of these models are retired and now engaging in family activities, humanitarian services, any other forms of businesses but they are still actively involved in modeling.

       

       

      ALEX WEK

       

       

      The first African to appear on the cover of Elle is the most successful model in Sudan. The Sudanese-British is from the Dinka tribe, Sudan. She is gracefully tall. Her height is 5’11. Born in 1977, she fled her home country when a civil war started in her country and she began her modeling career in 1995. She got signed to Ford Models in 1997. She currently reside in Britain and is still aware of her identity and she is making Africa proud.

       

       

      MARIA BORGES

       

      The Luanda, Angolan born singer started her career in 2010 at Victoria’s secret. She was the first African to rock her natural hair at the Victoria’s Secret and the second to appear on Elle cover after Alex Wek. So far she has had a successful modeling career. She is one of the top supermodels in Africa and has continued to grace many fashion shows, runways and notable events. She also has modeled for popular modeling agencies.

       

       

      CANDICE SWANEPOL

       

       

      The black South African model named one of the most featured black models in SWIM Catalogue and is popularly known for working at Victoria’s secret as a model. Her modeling began when she was 15 at the Durban Flea where a modeling agency scouting for models discovered her. She has won many awards and appeared in many editorials. She also has modeled for many modeling agencies and a lot of designers. She is hailed as one of the most successful South Africa female models.

       

       

      GELILA BEKELE

      The 5’9 feet tall, Ethiopian born American model spent her four years in the village before she was taken to the city. At the age of 8, she moved to Europe with her parents. When she was still studying at UC Berkeley, she began her modeling career. She was first signed into Ford models. She has worked for many big brands. Gelila is also famous for her humanitarian work and philanthropy. She is an author and filmmaker. She is also known for having a son with an actor Tyler Perry.

       

       

      YASMIN WARSAME

       

       

      When we talk about successful black models, Warsame can never be opt out. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1976, she was discovered in 1997 by a professional modeling agency. When she was fifteen, she relocated with her family to Toronto, Canada where  SHOK models discovered her. She has graced many magazine covers. Aside from modeling, she is involved in community services and currently volunteers in the Somalia Youth coalition which is looking out for Somali youths.

       

       

      AJUMA NASENYANA

       

      The 5 feet 10 inches tall lady professionally set foot into modeling in 2003 when she auditioned for and won the Miss Tourism Kenya’ pageants. She attained Miss Nairobi crown and remained famous. She was born in 1984. This beauty has been vocal against the wrong beauty standard set by the media and has been at the forefront of advising Africa girls on taking pride in their skin colour and hair. She has spoken about feeling natural not trying to change one’s look.She has taken Africa Fashion to the world.

       

       

      IMAN

      Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid, which is her official name, is one of the first African models to grace international runways. She was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1955. During her prime years in the 1970s and 1980s, she modelled for many fashion houses and was known for beautiful hair, long legs and gracious tall legs. This retired supermodel is running a cosmetic company, Iman cosmetics which she started in 1994. She also runs a clothesline business.

       

       

      OLUCHI ONWEAGBA

       

       

      She was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1980. The 6 feet tall model came into limelight after she won in the Nokia Face of Africa competition. She has done commercials for many big companies and has also walked the runways for Victoria’s secret in seven years. Currently, she runs her own modeling agency ‘ O models’ which is based in South Africa. This would allow a lot of black models to feature in modeling.

      TANIT PHOENIX

      Born in 1980, the Durban, South African born, was discovered in her hometown. She is an actress and make-up artist. .She has appeared in several TV commercials and she also has stared in multiple films. The 5’9 tall is famous for her appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

       

       

      LIYA KEBEDE

      Born in Ethiopia in 1978, the model was discovered while she was schooling at Lycée Guebre-Mariam, a French international school in Addis Ababa by a film director. In 2000, Tom Ford signed her for his Fashion show. That same year, she appeared on the cover of Vogue and has continuously appeared in different editorials. She also has worked for many runway.

      Modeling in Africa continues growing with the help of  modeling agencies which are set up to discover talents all over the continent.

       

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