Modelling

5 Male Stars from West Africa gracing International Fashion industry

Gone are those days when modeling was only for women and in extreme cases only for European or American models. However, from the inception of modeling as a profession by Fredrick Haute in the 1800s, Modeling has experienced a drastic change from the initial stage.

A change from being meagrely paid, to being paid thousands of dollars for modeling gigs; a change from being disrespected because you are a model, to being globally celebrated and valued; a change from modeling agencies accepting only white models , to accepting models from different races all over the continent and a change from the industry accommodating only female models to expanding its niche to male models and even transgender models. In this male models have taken the bull by the horn, embracing the privilege, and are currently hitting the international fashion runway and top notch brands.

From male models walking the runways of Louis Vuitton, Dior, Saint Laurent, Stefan Cooke, Daniel Fletcher, Robyn Lynch, and Amiri To mention a few; to being featured in vogue,System Magazine Cap 74064 Magazine, Essential Homme,  WMagazine, and many more. Male models are slowly taking over.

Below are 5 male stars changing world fashion

1. David IKUEPAMITAN

A Nigeria-originated model who goes by the name dee.blvck on his social pages. David started his modeling career in 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria, and has since then grown gracefully. He has been featured on editorial for brands such as The pop Magazine and Giorgioarmani Tennis Classic. Some of his recent work includes modeling for Agrknit, a London knitwear brand, and Ahluwalia, during London fashion week which took place on the 11th -13th of June 2022. He is currently been represented by Abulad models in Nigeria, Milk Model Management in London, Premium models in France, Trend models in Madrid, and Independent mgmt in Italy.

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David during London fashion week

We lolk forward to seeing more from this star, David

2. Ebuka Obetta

Ebuka Obetta during the Prada FW22

Ebuka is a Nigerian born model who has made his way to the top of international fashion industry with the aid of his mother agency Cias Models in Nigeria, Independent mgmt in Italy, Milk Model Management in London, claw models in dance and Uno Models in Madrid; which are currently represented him. The major works of Ebuka spans from walking the runway for Raf simons where he debuted as a fashion model, featuring on L’uomo Voguo which was his first editorial cover, gracing the content of System Magazine and Cap 74064 Magazine. He recent work include walking the runway for Prada, London college of Fashion, Stefan Cooke, Daniel Fletcher, and Robyn Lynch. As well as working for brand like Harris reed and Fiorucci.

Ebuka for Stefan cooked F/W 22

Ebuka is definitely a star indeed.

3. Dennis Quaye

Dennis for Altered State Magazine

Dennis, a Ghana born model has grace several international platforms, both editorial and runways. He currently belongs to Yafan Models, his mother modeling agency in Accra and his is also represented by Elite Paris, Elite Spain, Elite Milan, Heroes Model Management in New York, Premier Model Management in London.

He had previously worked for Prada F/W 20 Men’s show, Louis F/W 20 men’s show, Daily paper SS20, Essential Homme spring cover, Boyscott Magazine Spring / Summer 2020, E-commere AW2020 Collection Lookbook , Wmagazine 2021, Margaret Howell S/S 2021, just to mention a few.

Dennis for Marcelo Burlon S/S 23

His recent works include gracing the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier fall 2022, Amiri S/S 23 Men’s Show, Walter Van Beirendonck S/S 23 Men’s Show, Marcelo Burlon County of Milan S/S 23 Show, WRPD Magazine, Altered State Magazine and many more. We hope to hear more from this rising star.

4. Malick Bodian

Malick for Interview Magazine

Malick, a shooting star from Senegal, who was also raised in Italy but is currently living in Paris. His portfolio has expanded from works of featuring for Editorial and Magazine covers such as L’uomovogue, Dior, Vogue hommes, Behind The Blinds , to walking the runway for Luois Vitton, Valentino, Marson Margiela, dunhill, ludovic de saint.

Malik for Alexander Macqueen spring 2023

His recent works are but not limited to ; Saint Laurent S/S 23 Men’s Show, Marson Margiela Artisinal fall 2022, Jil Sander Resort 2023 Men’s Lookbook, Alexander Macqueen Spring 2023 Lookbook, Dazed Magazine Summer 2022 cover, V man, Interview Magazine. We hope Malick keeps souring higher.

5. Godwin Alwell Okereuku

Godwin for Dior Men’s S/S 23 show

A Nigerian-born model, who is currently signed into Beth Model Management Africa which acts as his Mother agency in Nigeria. He is also represented by Elite Milan, Elite Spain, Elite Paris, and Next London.

He is a new face who just had his international fashion debut with Prada in Milan, in June 2022, whoo went further to walk the runway for Rhude S/S 23 Men’s show, Dior, Dries Van Noten S/S 23 Men’s show, Louis Vuitton and loewe S/S 23 Men’s Show during the Paris Fashion week. He had also featured on Yuima Nakazato Haute Couture Fall 2022 Show and Maison Margiela Artisinal Fall 2022 . We hope to hear more from this promising star.

Godwin for Rhude S/S Men’s 23 show

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