We’ve witnessed the rise of many models from Africa in the last few years. They’ve dominated the runway for major fashion brands and have lead numerous campaigns around the world. Here’s a look at the 10 hottest models from Africa.
1. Malaika Firth
This gorgeous Kenyan model followed in Naomi Campbell’s footsteps when she became the second black woman to campaign for Prada. Her delicate features have earned her a lot of work since then, including the Spring/Summer campaign for Valentino in 2014.
2. Maria Borges
This beauty hailing from Angola has proven that she has what it takes to shine on the Victoria Secret catwalk. She has also headlined campaigns for Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Givenchy, and number of other prestigious brands.
3. Oluchi Onweagba
A Nigeria beauty who has come a long way since she first entered M-Net Face of Africa competition. She’s hosts America’s Next Top Model and has been featured by Vogue magazine in addition to campaigning for Armani and Chanel.
4. Liya Kebede
Liya was ranked by Forbes back in 2009 as one of the highest earning models after racking in over $2.5 million in under a year. Her beauty has also led her into acting, with one of her most memorable roles being Wariss Dirie in Desert Flower.
5. Candice Swanepoel
You’ll recognize this curvy bombshell from her numerous appearances on the Victoria Secret catwalk. She has campaigned for a long list of top fashion brands and has been featured by Harper’s Bazaar, South African Elle, Italian Vogue and Ocean Drive.
Iman has graced the pages of magazines like Harper’s bazaar and Vogue during her modeling career. Since she has retired she launched her own cosmetics line and plays a loving wife to her husband David Bowie.
7. Fatima Said
Fatima Said has made appearances in Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, and Ebony Magazine. She has done campaigns for famous brands like Ralph Lauren and cosmetics legend Pantene.
8. Kinée Diouf
Kinee Diouf made history as the first black woman to be featured on the cover of Vogue Netherlands, in their July issue in 2013, that took us on a trip back to 90s fashion. She has done campaigns for Louis Vuitton, Lacoste and Moschino.
9. Ataui Deng
Ataui Deng showed up on our radar after her stunning performance on the catwalk for Zac Posen, Jeremy Laing and L’Wren Scott in the Big Apple. She also closed the Lavin show last spring in Paris with popular names like Melodie Manrose.