Africa has produced most of the most successful models in the fashion industry all over the world and some of them are definitely worth mentioning.
The International fashion industry being the dynamic entity that it is, feeds off diversity and what more do African models bring to the table but diversity in its purest form.
As African fashion models continue to rise in the industry, it is important to highlight eight of our most successful models.
1) Agbani Darego, 33, Nigeria
Darego blew to stardom after winning the Miss World pageant in 2011, going on to nab a three-year contract with designer brand, L’Oreal. Working with top modelling agencies, Next Model Management and Ford Models and bagging several campaigns for designer brands such as, Christian Dior, Avon, Target, and Sephora as well as modeled for top designers like Oscar de la Renta and Ralph Lauren, Darego is definitely one of the most successful in her field.
2) Fatima Siad, 29, Somalia
Coming out in third place at the 10th edition of America’s Next Top Model, Siad, also caught public attention with her troubled past.
After Essence magazine created a spread for Siad who had suffered gender mutilation and hailed from war torn country, it was uphill from there on out. She has modeled for Betsey Johnson, rocked the Milan Fashion Week runway and Mercedes-Benz fashion week.
3) Betty Adewole, 24, Nigeria
Often liked to British supermodel, Naomi Capbell, Adewole has captivated audiences around the world with her looks and grace. At age 21, Adewole had modeled for Tom Ford and Stella McCartney, also working H&M, Moschino and Vivienne Westwood.
4) Maria Borges, 23, Angola
Success began for Borges in 2010 after she emerged second place at the Angolan edition of the Elite Model Look contest. Rocking the covers of Vogue Portugal, French magazine L’Officiel, and Africa Lux, to name a few, Borges journey has been swift. She has also been a part of Victoria’s Secret catwalk for three years in a row, modelling for other top brands such as H&M, Bobbi Brown, and Tommy Hilfiger.
5) Alek Wek, 39, Sudan
With a career that began at age 18, Wek can be seen as a veteran in the business. Born in South Sudan but ending up in Britain during the civil war, Wek, also has a background that has drawn many.
Wek has also been made popular for her cameos in several top music videos by top artistes such as Janet Jackson’s “Got Til It’s Gone." She has covered Elle magazine as well as waked the runway for designer brand, Chanel.
6) Candice Swanepoel, 27, South Africa
Swanepoel is an established Victoria’s Secret angel and has been the cover girl for Vogue and GQ in several occasions.
Swanepoel has also graced designer brands such as Versace, Juicy Couture, Swarovski, and Miu Miu.
7) Liya Kebede, 28, Ethiopia
After a one year stint in Paris, Kebede worked with the likes of Ralph Lauren, BCBG, and Tom Ford, getting a an edition of Paris Vogue dedicated to her in 2002. She has also worked with Yves Saint-Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, and Escada.
8) Flaviana Matata, 29, Tanzania
After winning the first-ever Miss Universe Tanzania back in 2007, Matata has flourished in the industry, modeling for the likes of Topshop, Diesel, and Kiko Cosmetics.
She has also graced the runway for Vivienne Westwood and Next Models London, with a current signing at top New York modeling agency, Wilhelmina in New York City.