African models define the undeniable beauty of Africa. They are linked to fashion and that is the major reason why they are muses to most of the top African designers. We are therefore dedicated to share with you the top 10 male and female models in Africa that make waves in the African fashion industry. Africa has a number of countries with very beautiful and top class models.
In case we didn’t nominate a model from your country, you can dispute them in our comment section so that we can celebrate them. Keep on scrolling for more details on the black African models and also to get the pictures of African models
1. Candice Swanepoel - South Africa
Candice Swanepoel is among the biggest names in the South African models list. She appeared in the 2016 Forbes list of the highest paid model. A talent model scout spotted Candice while she was only 15 years of age in Durban, flea market. She commenced with booking modelling placements to try her luck. At 18 year, Candice moved to New York to pursue modelling as a career.
The big move has undoubtedly made Candice a big star. She has currently appeared in a number of editorials in British, American, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Mexican Vogue, Japanese, German, Chinese, and Korean. Candice is popular for being among the Victoria’s secret models; in 2007, she made her debut.
She is very successful in that she has walked in a number of runways for top class designers like Betsy Johnson, Furstenberg, and Nanette Lepore. She has also graced covers such as Vogue and Nylon. We celebrate Candice who is now signed to IMG.
2. Agbani Darego - Nigeria
Do you know the 1st African native to be crowned Miss World? Well, Agbani Darego is best renowned for that. The beauty queen won herself ‘Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria’ title and that is the reason she represented the country at ‘Miss Universe’ back in 2001. Since then, she has earned recognition in African models gallery in that she has walked in runways for top class designers such as Marc Bouwer, Oscar De La Renta, and Tommy Hilfiger.
Agbani Darego has also graced a number of covers such as Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Marie Claire. She pursed Psychology at New York University, she owns AD clothing brand, and she an ambassador of Arik Air as well as Nature’s Gentle Touch leading Nigerian brands.
3. Ajuma Nasenyana - Kenya
Ajuma Nasenyama is among the top 5 African models from Africa who have made waves in Africa. Her beauty and passion in her modelling career have made her to model for top class designers such as Victoria secret as well as Carlos Mienes. She is among the founder of City Models Africa, a modelling agency in Africa.
Nasenyana is popular for appreciating her African dark skin tone in that she launched a natural and cosmetic skincare line for dark skin ladies. She dislikes skin bleaching and her aim is to make African women to fall in love with their beauty instead of altering it. We celebrate Nasemanya for inspiring Africa.
4. Fatima Siad - Somalia /Ethiopia
Fatima Siad earned a spot in this list of African models 2018 for being featured in a number of fashion magazines and her walking for top class designers in runways. Some of the magazines that Fatima Siad has been featured include Marie Claire, Elle, Essence Magazine, and Cosmopolitan.
Fatima Siad is an Ethiopian Somalia model, her mother hails from Somali, and her dad is from Ethiopia. The parents divorced, at seven years old she underwent FGM, which is the circumcision of women, her sisters got killed during the civil war by Somali army, and they fled to US for safety together with her mother.
Currently, the African model is signed with Munich Models in Germany and ‘One Model Management’ in New York. She has also been signed with IMG Models in Paris, London, New York, Milan, as well as Ace Models. Some of the top class designers that she has walked for in runways include Tracy Reese, Emilia Wickstead, Giorgio Armani, Moncler Gamme Rouge, St. John, Nanette Lepore, and Alexandre Vauthier. In simple words, Fatima deserves to be celebrated for her beauty and passion to represent the true African beauty in fashion industry.
5. Leila Lopes - Angola
Leila Lopes is not only a top class model in Africa, but she is also a TV host and an actress. The beauty queen is popular for winning herself ‘Miss Angola UK 2010 as well as Miss Universe 2011, that is the reason she is among the African elite models list.
Leila was born in Angola and she turned 32 years of age in February. She pursed business management in Ipswich though she was still a prior contestant of a number of beauty pageants. The beauty queen is currently involved in marking up HIV/AIDS awareness in different countries. Her major intention is to decrease the discrimination that the HIV positive people undergo.
6. Aamito Lagum - Uganda
Aamito Lagum is among the list of African models for winning the 1st ‘African’s Next Top Model’ session. Oluchi Orlandi, a top class supermodel from Nigeria hosted the first session. Aamito is a beauty queen raised by a single mother and she wanted her to pursue law. The Ugandan lady had a big passion in modelling and she wanted to make it her full time career. She therefore travelled to Kenya by bus just to attend an East African cast that was reality on a TV show. Aamito won the big competition meaning that her big step was not in vein.
Since then, the Ugandan model has had contracts with ‘DNA Model Management and so far she has appeared in a number editorials such as WSJ Magazine as well as Elle South Africa publications. She has also walked for top class designers in a number of runways such as Paul Smith, Lacoste, and Marc Jacobs who owns marc brand. Aamito has goals to achieve in her career. The goals include working with Franca Sozzani as well as Anna Wintour.
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7. Ataui Deng - Sudan
Ataui Deng is a 26 year old Sudanese who is very suceesful in her modelling career. They moved to Texas in 2004 to escape the 2nd Sudanese Civil War. She began focusing in modelling career while she was only 17 years old that was in 2008; 4 years after they moved in Texas. Her aunt Alek Wek is a renowned model and that is the reason Ataui paved way to success that fast.
The beauty queen has walked in runways for a number of top class designers such as Oscar De La Renta, Diane Von Furstenberg, as well as Mugler. She has also graced a number of glossy magazines like Vogue America, Harper’s Bazaar, and Teen Vogue. Currently Ataui is signed with Elite (in Milan & Paris), Models 1 (in London), Trump Management (in New York). We celebrate this beauty queen who is among the hot African models.
8. Flaviana Matata - Tanzania
Flaviana Matata is one of the African international models that have been able to pocket a huge check from their modelling career. She appeared in 2013 Forbes list of highest paid female models and in 2017, okay.com mentioned her among the top 100 women in Africa. Flaviana’s dad raised the beauty queen after the mother died while she was still very young. She pursed Electrical Engineering at a diploma level at Arusha.
After completing school, Flaviana headed to Miss Universe Tanzania, she won her 1st edition, and went to be the Tanzania representative in the Miss Universe Pageant; all that happened in 2007. Flaviana was among the top 15 models in the semifinals and 6th in the finals. She made her country proud considering the fact that she was the first model to represent Tanzania in such a big pageant ‘Miss Universe’, she was also shaved. Marie Claire, Essence, French Revue De Modes, and Nylon magazine, are some of the glossy magazines that the Tanzanian model has graced.
9. Adwoa Aboah - Ghana
Adwoa Aboah is a British Ghanaian famous model whose undeniable success won her a chance to appear in our top African female models. Her dad is a Ghanaian while the mother is a British. Adwoa is a Ghanaian name that means that she was born on a Monday; she has a sister who is a model as well referred to as Kesewa.
The beauty queen has graced a number of prestige magazines such as British Vogue, Vogue Poland, American Vogue, as well as Vogue Italia. She has also walked in runways for top class designers such as Erdem, Calvin Klein, Fendi, Theory, and Simone Rocha.
10. Khoudia Diop - Senegal
Khoudia Diop is not only among the top female African models representing Senegal, but she is also a renowned actress. Diop is a dark skinned African lady that has undergone teasing for her tone while she was growing up to an extent of nicknaming herself ‘Melanin Goddess’ to prove that she is proud of her dark tone. At the age of 15 years, the beauty queen moved to Paris where most suggested to her that she qualifies to be a supermodel. Currently she is a very successful African model.
African models deserve to be celebrated and appreciated as well. Africa is blessed with both famous African male models and female models who have greatly struggled to lay the foundations of the global sphere. They also struggled to break the skin tone barriers of the world’s modelling industry, which is very hard. In this article, we only lauded the female top African models in the world for different African countries.