African Gods and Goddesses

Back in the days, it was rare to see black models on the front page of the magazines or in fashion shows. For some reason, they were not seen enough. For sure, the black community was represented by Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, and so on, but there weren’t many known names coming from Africa. Things have changed, and today it is even strange to see catwalks without black people. There is a high demand for African models, and they represent gracefully the African continent. In addition they are extremely respected by designers.

Let’s have a look at some of the names that you must know and remember, but you definitely already heard some of them!

MARIA BORGES from Angola

She is a global ambassador for L’Oreal Paris. Maria was the first black woman to do a catwalk for Victoria’s Secret’s fashion shows with natural hair; after that she modeled for the them in many occasions. She was also in the fashion shows of: Balmain, Etro, Dior, Gap, Oscar de La Renta, Tom Ford, and Zac Posen. Her life story is amazing. She was an orphan girl working in a supermarket to survive and now she is a super requested model!

BAKAY DIABY from Guinea

He has walked in shows for Michael Kors, Commes des Garcons, MSGM, Zegna, Kenzo, Margiela, Fendi, Missoni, Ferragamo, Marni and Hermes. He’s also been in campaigns for Gucci, Balmain, Barneys and Benetton.

ADWOA ABOAH from Ghana

Adwoa was born in London from a British mother and a Ghanaian father. She’s a model in high demand. She has worked for Burberry, Calvin Klein, Fendi, DKNY, Alexander Wang,  Theory,  H&M,  Aldo,  Versace ,  Topshop, Rihanna x Puma, Kenzo, Simone Rocha, Chanel, Dior and Erdem and many other big names. Her caramel skin and freckles are her special future and her trademark. Unfortunatelly she did a suicide attempt; from the trauma, she was in a subsequent coma. She was depressed and addicted to drugs, but came out triumphant. Her triumph would be the founding of an online platform, to help girls like her deal with their sexuality, mental health, and body image.

ADONIS BOSSO from Ivory Coast

He is a face of one of the most notable brands in the industry: Dolce & Gabbana. He also walked for streetwear brand Hood By Air and for Jeremy Scott. More recently, he participated at Theory, Levis, John Elliott, Express and Ikiré Jones campaigns. 

FATIMA SIAD from Somalia and Ethiopia

After placing third in the fashion Tv series, America’s Next Top Model, Fatima’s career began. She posed for American and Spanish Vogue, Elle, Australian and Indonesian Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan. She’s worked for Giorgio Armani, Hermés, Ralph Lauren, Dries Van Noten, Max Azria, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Hervé Léger, Tiffany & Co., Armani Exchange, BCBG, and Liz Claiborne. She has an emotional life story. Fatima experienced female genital cutting in her youth and she went to the United States for her safety and to be finally free.

STANIEL FERREIRA from Guinea Bissau

Staniel has posed for Joe’s Jeans and Pyer Moss Campaigns. He’s been seen in Paper and King Kong Magazine editorials and he’s hit runways for The Blonds, Carlos Campos and Rideau.

IMAAN HAMMAM from Morocco and Egypt

Imaan prides herself on being an African-Arab and muslim model opening doors for girls like her. She’s covered American Vogue on two occasions and has received Anna Wintour’s applaud many times. She’s worked for Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Maison Margiela, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Michael Kors, Moschino, Chanel, DKNY, Jean Paul Gaultier, Hugo Boss, Stella McCartney, Oscar de la Renta, and much more. Her career is going great!

AKINTAYO OGUNKOYA from Nigeria

He was placed on the map by a Benetton campaign. Akintayo is distinguished by his cat-like green eyes and messy afro. He has walked for Dior, Versace, Belstaff, DKNY and Etro and can be found in lookbooks for Abercrombie & Fitch, Hermes and The Kooples with his new bride.

ADUT AKECH from South Sudan

Born in South Sudan, she moved to Australia when she was 6. After modelling in local fashion shows, Adut was cast exclusively by Saint Laurent and walked the Spring/Summer 2017 show, then she signed to Elite Model Management in Paris. She has walked for Valentino, Dior, Givenchy and Versace and shot campaigns for Fendi, Moschino, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Versace, working with renowned photographers Stevei Meisel and Inez & Vinoodh. She also appeared in many Vogue covers. She was the second black model in history to land the bridal spot in a Chanel couture show, closing the house’s Haute Couture Autumn 2018 show.

ABDULAYE NIANG from Senegal

He is a newcomer on the scene, but this model has already walked for Fenty, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Theory, Y-3, Lanvin, Fendi, JW Anderson and Comme des Garçons. He’s been in an Adidas lookbook, too. His style is perfect for the streetwear editorial and he exudes the confidence of someone who has been in the industry for a long time.

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