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FEW's Next Face 2017 Daberechi Kalu crowned winner of debut edition

The elegant model walks away with a 2-year modelling contract with FEW models and a $2000 cash price!

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Daberechi Ukoha Kalu fought off stiff competition from Olabisi Olaniyan [runner up] and Kuruche [2nd runner up] to end the night as the last girl standing.

The night of Sunday, July 30th had begun with 12 finalists who were painstakingly selected from about 300 hopefuls who turned up for the auditions on Saturday, July 29 2017 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Daberechi Kalu emerges winner, beating Olabisi [far right] and Kuruche [left] to the coveted prize. play Daberechi smiles in elation after being selected as the last girl standing at the FEW model search competition held at Federal Palace Hotel, July 30 2017. (Pulse)

On the glitzy night of the finals, there were three stages. The first saw the 12 contestants strut in Abiola Oyesola’s designs, inspired by ancient Yoruba culture and created for the modern, urban woman.

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At the second stage, there were just 8 contestants left, each of them striding into the room in Aisha Bello’s glittery works which are created for the elegant, classy and confident women.

Daberechi Kalu wins debut edition of FEW Model Search play 12 girls competed on the final night, with three stages needed to decide who the ultimate model would be. (Pulse)


Three more contestants were eliminated later; the remaining contestants showcased Vogue Brazil-featured designer, Tokyo James’ works, after which there were just the last three girls standing and Daberechi got announced as the winner.

Congratulations to the model who gets a 2-year contract with FEW models and a cash price of $2000!

Check out the gallery below for best photos from the auditions!

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