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Ayan Elmi – Somali supermodel

Written by Shirlene Brown | August 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Ayan Elmi was born in Somalia but grew up in Canada.  She later moved to New York where she launched her modeling career.

Elmi has modeled for Jean Paul Gautier’s Spring/Summer 2007 collection. Other designers she has walked for include Gavin Rajah, Georges Hobeika, Frank Sorbier, Mark Le Bihan, Nicolas Le Cauchois, Richard René, Mataano, and Yahya.

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A wedding launches a modeling career for Eugon McNeil

Written by Shirlene Brown | May 1, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Eugon McNeil was discovered at a wedding where he was the best man by a stylist.  That was in 2012.

He has since modeled for for Salvator Ferragamo, Andrea Pomilio, Onitsuka Tiger, Ports 1961, Craig Port, David Tlale, Andrian Kuiters, Cosmopolitian 3D Fashion, Elle Magazine summer swimwear, Truworths Man summer catalog, Edgars Editorial, YOU Editorial, Woolworths, DionWired and POLO.

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Adonis Bosso – a model with a Cinderella story

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Cote d’Ivore model Adonis Bosso will be the first to tell you that getting into modeling is not easy, nor is it simple.

Although he started modeling seriously at the age of 17, it took him three years to finally launch a serious career. In an interview with The Montreal Fashion Blog, he talked about how he started with one agency that didn’t really provide work for him, before going to another that he had career path conflict with. He finally found a modeling agency that was a good fit and launched a successful career at the age of 20.

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Fatima Siad a winner on the catwalk

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Fatima Siad is a Somali-Ethiopian fashion model who was third runner-up in the ‘America’s Next Top Model’ competition.

She overcame female genitalia cutting and the loss of two sisters in the Somalian civil war to become one of the most coveted models in the industry today.

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Djebril Didier Zonga – first black male to represent Aramis

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 5, 2014 | Leave a Comment

We put Djebril Didier Zonga in our sexiest men’s list because he was just so hot!  He has been on demand on the catwalk for years and is signed to Ford Models, New York; M4 Models, Germany; Select, London; and New Madison, Paris.

Zonga started off as a soccer player but his friends convinced him to try modeling.  In 2008 he started to make waves in the fashion world. He walked the runway for big names like Diesel, Versace, Hennessy, and Jean Paul Gaultier. In the fall of 2011, Zonga was chosen to be the face of the Aramis campaign, ‘All A Man Is’.   He was the first black person (male or female) to do so.

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Kenyan model the new face of Prada

Written by Shirlene Brown | January 17, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Malaika Firth, born in Mombasa, Kenya to a British father and Kenyan mother, moved to Barking, a suburban town in east London, when she was seven years old. Her heritage includes Ugandan, Seychelloise, Swiss. Her family in Kenya belongs to the Giriama ethnic group.

She began modeling at the age of 17 and rose up the catwalk ranks to become the new face of Prada Autumn/Winter 2013 at the tender age of 19. Malaika Firth is the first black model in 19 years to score a Prada campaign since Naomi Campbell in 1994. Meanwhile, Firth walked more than 40 shows, including shows from Jean Paul Gaultier, Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs, Kenzo, and Dolce & Gabbana among others, for the fashion week for the Spring/Summer 2014 collections. In November 2013, she debuted at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.  She is represented by Premier Models in London, and New York Model Management.

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Salieu Jalloh – Sierra Leone’s male supermodel

Written by Shirlene Brown | October 8, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Salieu Jalloh is a male model from Sierra Leone who is in great demand for both print work and the runway.  His chiseled looks and photogenic style have helped to make him quite the star.

Salieu Jalloh works with Red Model Management in New York, and Ford Models Europe, in Paris. He has walked the runway for, among others,  Calvin Klein, Moschino, Corneliani, Dsquared2, Kenzo, and Songzio.

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Jared Okeyo paving his way in Atlanta

Written by Shirlene Brown | September 30, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Jared Okeyo, a model based in Atlanta, has been on reality shows Real Housewives of Atlanta and the TI and Tiny Show on VH1, and was part of the fashion show by the AKOO clothing line owned by rapper T.I.  He also did a Macys and Sean John fashion show.

To learn more about him, or just stay in touch, follow him on Twitter or friend him on his Facebook page.

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Zainab Sheriff, Sierra Leone’s leggy beauty

Written by Shirlene Brown | September 26, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Zainab Sheriff is a Sierra Leone fashion model, currently based in Istanbul Turkey.

Zainab started her modeling career at age 14 in the local area of Freetown Sierra Leone. She relocated to Istanbul Turkey in 2006, following her boyfriend (now husband), where she soon caught the eye of several high-end fashion designers. In an interview with Because I Am Fabulous, she detailed how some agencies were initially reluctant to work with her since there were ‘…not many black people in Turkey’, so therefore the demand for black models would not be high. Her big break came when she worked at a golden fair and subsequently met Cengiz Abazoglu, one of Turkey’s biggest designers.  Through her work with him, she was exposed to other designers (Cemil Ipekci, Arzu Kaprol, Christian Loboutin) who included her on their runway rosters.

Her career portfolio includes extensive runway shows, features in top magazines including Elle, Marie Claire, and Vogue.  Some of you may remember her as a contestant in the  2012 Big Brother Africa TV Reality Show.  She unfortunately didn’t make it to the final for controversial reasons.

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Nina Keita – the new generation of noir beauty

Written by Shirlene Brown | August 31, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Nina Keita is a beautiful model with a versatile style.

The featured face of Black Up  luxury cosmetics, she is also a favorite for several clothing store catalogs, and on the catwalk.  Nina Keita is originally from Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).

She is infamous for her Old Navy ad which features her and her boyfriend, Sam Saffman.  The ad spurred a lot of debate about interracial relationships, and questions about why there were two versions of the same ad (one with kissing and one without).

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Bertini Heumegni – Model, actor, designer and personal trainer.

Written by Shirlene Brown | August 14, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Bertini Heumegni is a surprisingly humble model, actor and designer who seems to have his head in the right place.   Discovered in South Africa while working as a bouncer, he has gone on to become a highly sought-after model, personal trainer, designer and actor.

Born in Cameroon, he went to the University of Lagos and then moved to South Africa.  He lived in South Africa for seven years before moving to New York where he realized he needed to do more than just model.  He became a personal trainer.  He was picked to be on America’s Next Top Model where he stood out because of his hazel-green eyes.  Determined to bring his children to the U.S., he worked hard until he could afford to bring them over.  His twins, Danielle Heumegni and Patrick Heumegni finally joined him ( something he touts as his proudest accomplishment), and are doing well in college.

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