Top 5 African Female Models
Alek Wek changed the way people looked at female models forever; her exotic sub-Saharan beauty shifted fashion’s standards, since at the time she was starting out as a model, dark-skinned girls were not as popular as they are now. Even THE Oprah Winfrey said that if Wek had been on the cover of magazines as she was growing up, she would have had a different concept of who she was.
Alek Wek has worked for Chanel, Armani, Calvin Klein and Victoria’s Secret, and has been on the covers of Elle, Vogue and others – not to mention she co-starred next to Tyra Banks, in ‘America’s Next Top Model’!
Candice Swanepoel is a Victoria’s Secret Angel, and has modelled for an extensive list of fashion designers, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Giambattista Valli, Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone, Oscar de la Renta, Fendi, Chanel, Elie Saab, Diane von Fürstenberg, Sportmax, Betsey Johnson, Stella McCartney, Viktor and Rolf, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior, Blumarine, and many others!
She is one of the top earning models globally, and has worked with many brands, such as Nike, Diesel, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford, Prabal Gurung, Swarovski,Colcci, True Religion, Ralph Lauren, Miu Miu, Juicy Couture, and Versace.
Maria Borges, who is one of Riccardo Tisci’s favorite models, and she calls him ‘godfather’, has worked with many fashion designers and various brands, such as Banana Republic, Blumarine, Carolina Herrera, Dior, Dsquared2, Elie Saab, Emporio Armani, Erdem, Gianfranco Ferre, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Moschino, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tom Ford, Trussardi, Versace, Victoria’s Secret, and more.
Gelila Bekele has modelled for many fashion and beauty retailer brands, such as Levi’s, Pantene, L’oreal, and Colgate, and was featured in many fashion magazines.
Yasmin Warsame is a Canadian model whose roots stem from Somalia. She has worked with Jean-Paul Gaultier and Christian Dior, and has also been on the cover of Elle and Vogue. She has studied psychology and social studies, and is also an activist.