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15 New African Models To Watch

15 New African Models To Watch

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Although their paths were far from smooth and easy, the success of legendary dark-skinned supermodels like Donyale LunaIman and Naomi Campbell undoubtedly paved the way for more black girls to pursue their dreams in the world of high fashion.

The fashion industry has been known to be discriminatory and even racist at times to black models. The mid to late 90s would witness the start of a measured change to wide-spread discrimination and the rise of a new wave of black African models, particularly in the persons of Alek Wek and Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi.

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Alek Wek for Vogue Brasil

Alek Wek and Oluchi’s arrival on the scenes in 1995 and 1998, respectively, was a welcomed development as the two didn’t necessarily fit into the modelling industry’s caucasian-based standard of beauty. Their hard-work and subsequent rise to the top paved the way for African models like Adut AkechDuckie Thot and Mayowa Nicholas who are currently among the top models of this generation.  

While the playing field is still not even for dark-skinned models, more brands have come to appreciate sub-Saharan beauty which has led to more job opportunities for African and black models in general.


From Nigeria to South Sudan and every country in between, a new generation of African models arrived on the global fashion scene as seen on the Fall 2020 runways and beyond and we’ve got our spotlight on them.

Here are 15 of the new African models to watch…

Ayobami Okekunle

On the runway for Valentino at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2020

Country: Nigeria
Mother Agency: Few Models

Nyarach Abouch Ayuel

Nyarach Abouch Ayuel South Sudan New African Models 2020
In Pyer Moss Spring 2020 for Surface Magazine editorial

Country: South Sudan
Mother Agency: Isis Models

Basil Ekang

Basil Ekang Nigeria 2020
On the runway for Kenneth Ize at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2020

Country: Nigeria
Mother Agency: Beth Model Management Africa

Nyagua Ruea

Nyagua Ruea South Sudan Models 2020
On the runway for Hermes at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2020

Country: South Sudan
Mother Agency: Beth Model Management Africa


Christie Munezero

On the runway for Chloe at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2020

Country: Rwanda
Mother Agency: Few Models

Abidemi Oguntuase

Abidemi Oguntuase Nigeria 2020
On the runway for Noir Kei Ninomiya at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2020

Country: Nigeria
Mother Agency: Isis Models

Tobi Momoh

Tobi Momoh Nigeria 2020
On the runway for Tods at Milan Fashion Week Fall 2020

Country: Nigeria
Mother Agency: Beth Model Management Africa

Olaniyan Olamijuwon

On the runway for AZZARRO at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Jan 2020

Country: Nigeria
Mother Agency: Beth Model Management Africa

Tolulope Soetan

Tolulope Soetan Nigeria 2020
On the runway for Christopher Kane at London Fashion Week Fall 2020

Country: Nigeria
Mother Agency: Few Models


Awuoi Mach

Awuoi Mach South Sudan New African Models 2020
On the runway for Andrew Gn at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2020

Country: South Sudan
Mother Agency: Isis Models

Redcross Malang

redcross malang south sudan new african models 2020
On the runway for Hermes at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2020

Country: South Sudan
Mother Agency: Isis  Models

Amal Tobi

Amal Tobi Nigeria 2020
On the runway for Roksanda at London Fall 2020

Country: Nigeria
Mother Agency: Isis Models

Janet Jumbo

janet jumbo nigeria new african models 2020
On the runway for Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2020

Country: Nigeria
Mother Agency: Raw Models

Chizoba Emmanuel

Chizoba Emmanuel Nigeria New African Models 2020
Posing for Erika Cavallini for Fall 2020 Ready-To-Wear

Country: Nigeria
Mother Agency: Raw Models

Abosede Ololade Ibrahim

Abosede Ololade Ibrahim Nigeria New African Models 2020
On the runway for Emporio Armani at Milan Fashion Week Fall 2020

Country: Nigeria
Mother Agency: Raw Models

Photo credit: Instagram | As captioned


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