Top 07 Africans changing beauty standard
The description for beauty has over years been modified, setting a new standard for beauty that encourages diversity which now includes people from different races and culture. This change had also creeped into the modelling niche hereby redefining beauty standard and accepting our diversities.
It’s ideal to note that before this change sprang forth there were some legends who created the part, made waves and have succeeded in breaking all odds thereby opening doors for other people from diversified background.
Here is a part of the Top 07 African models breaking beauty standard;
7. Halima Aden
Halima Aden is a Somali-American supermodel whose confidence broke boundaries, redefined the beauty standard and diversified the modelling industries to be more inclusive of Muslims by being the first woman to wear hijab and burkini at the Miss Minnesota USA competition in 2016. Prior to the attitude, she became the first hijab-wearing model to walk international runways and to be signed to a major agency, as well gracing the covers of Vogue Arabia, Allure and British Vogue. In 2018, Aden became a UNICEF ambassador with her work focused on children’s rights. Lately she has made a collaboration with modest clothing brand Modanisa to design her own turban and shawl collection.
6. Alek wek
Top supermodel Alek hails from south Sudan but fled to England during the civil war. She has been said to inspire others by her influence on the perception of beauty in the fashion industry. At the age of 16 Alek was discovered as a talent in the market place and has since then modelled for numerous designers which includes Chanel, , Gucci, and Oscar De La Renta. She has also been featured in Elle as well as i-D, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Vogue Forbes Magazine Africa and Ebony, She was named “Model of the Year” in 1997 by MTV, and was the first African model to appear on the cover of Elle that year. Since 2002, Alek has been an advisor to the U.S. Committee for Refugees Advisory Council, which helps to raise awareness about the situation in Sudan, as well as the plight of refugees worldwide and a missionary for World Vision, an organisation which combats AIDS.
5. Maria Borges
Maria is supermodel from angola. She kicked started her modelling career by participating in the Elite Model Look Angola competition in 2010 and placed in the top ten. Though she didn’t win, she scored the attention of a local model scout who quickly placed her in an overseas agency. Maria Borges was the first African woman to feature on the cover of the American version of ELLE, 20 years after Sudanese model Alek Wek in 1997. She has graced the runway of some designers which include but are not limited to Givenchy, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, Elie Saab, Marchesa, Yeezy and Victoria’s Secret and most notably to say that she was the first-ever model to walk the runway of Victoria’s Secret annual show with her natural hair. Maria was named Forbes Africa Magazine’s top model of 2013 and most recently became Elle’s May 2016 cover star along with Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Jasmine Tookes, Candice Huffine and Elsa Hosk .
4. Fatima Siad
Fatima Siad is an Ethiopian-Somali Fashion model but was raised in Boston, Massachusetts where she and Her Mother fled to during civil war when she was age 14. She made wave in her model niche during America’s Next Top Models Cycle 10, where she came third. Fatima has been featured in numerous magazines which includes but are not limited to Elle, Vogue Look Magazine UK, Avon’s Mark Catalog, Essence Magazine and Ebony Magazine. Also she has modelled for top fashion designers like Armani and Ralph Lauren and has worked in campaigns for companies like coca cola, Marc Jacob and more. Currently she is signed into New York Model Management as well as Munich Models.
3. Oluchi Orlando
Renowned fashion model Oluchi Orlando paved her road to greatness when she won Mnet’s Face of Africa in 1998. Oluchi has since then graced the cover of Elle, Italian Vogue, Allure, Marie Claire, Nylon and many others, she has served as the face of Nature Gentle Touch, L’Oreal cosmetic and Victoria Secret where she was also featured in sport Illustrated Swimsuit Issues for Four years, to name a few. The fashion icon launched a modelling agency in South Africa called O Model Africa. In 2015 Oluchi Hosted ‘Africa’s Next Top Model’ a prestigious modelling competition TV show and of recent she lunched her underwear brand called ‘Lulu’s Lingerie and her Sanitary Pad’.
2. Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid
Zara Mohamed popularly known as “Iman” is a Somali-American fashion super model and entrepreneur. Iman was discovered by American photographer Peter Beard, and subsequently moved to the United States to begin a modelling career with vogue been her first modelling assignment. She was one of the most sought-after fashion models of the 1970s and 1980s and has continually modelled for top designers like Halston, Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, Iman started her own cosmetics firm in 1994, which worth $25 million dollars in 2010. on 7th June 2010, she received a Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and according to Washington Post writer Robin Givhan. She helped to transform fashion into entertainment and models into personalities.
1. Agbani Darego
Ex Miss world Agbani Darego who is one of Africa’s most Influential women of all times from Nigeria. She is the first native African to win Miss World and at a young age 18 in 2001 and the first Nigeria to be listed among the ten semi finalist in Miss Universe beauty pageant. Renowned model Agbani Darego’s legendary crown had contributed to redefining beauty standard and has open doors for women of colour in the beauty and modelling industry. Mrs Agbani Darego Danjuma has modelled for top companies like L’Oréal, Avon, Christain Diorand and has featuredin Allure, Elle, Essence, Marie Caire, Mania and lot more while working with various designers which includes TommerHilfiger, Oscar dela Renta, to name a few. Also she has been the face of Arik Air and has campaigned for Natures Gentle touch with Model Oluchi and has be one of the judges for several beauty pageants which includes; Miss Scotland 2002, Miss England 2002, Miss World 2014. At present she owns a retail clothing line ‘AD by Agbani Darego’.
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