Africa has seen a history of cruelty and harsh realities. Gone are the days when Africans were considered savages and looked down upon. It is now the land one of the fascinating cultures and influential personalities. From important political personalities like Barack Obama to inspirational women like Maya Angelou, we owe to Africa to make this world a much cooler place. We have come a far way from such narrow thinking when dark was seen as ugly and thankfully we are now ready to see dark as beautiful, simply because beauty comes in all colour, shape and size. And to prove how charming black could be, we bring to you some of the gorgeous top models who have African roots. So, be ready to be blown away by their mesmerizing looks and sexiness.
Liya Kabede was once the highest-earning supermodel according to Forbes. Earning $2.5 million dollars in a year, she moved to Paris when she was just 18 years old to fulfill her dreams and it took her just a year to make it big. Liya is not just one of the most beautiful women on earth, but she is also a maternal health advocate, clothing designer, and an actress.
Fatima Siad is a Somali-Ethiopian top model, whose claim to fame was being the second runner-up in America’s Next Top Model( Cycle-10). Fatima underwent genital mutilation when she was 7 years of age and her sisters were killed during the Civil War. But that did not stop her from setting her goals and achieving them. Everything happens for a reason which is why after being eliminated from ANTM, she was chosen by a top modelling agency which further fuelled her career. With her fierce looks and slaying attitude, she is a sensation in the modelling world.
Flaviana is a Tanzanian beauty queen and knows how to rule the Runway. She won Miss Tanzania pageant in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since then. She has walked the ramp for some of the most prominent designers from around the globe. This brave and fearless woman sports a shaved head and an enchanting smile. We have got to say that we love her style.
Raised in Angola, Maria Borges is another black beauty who made it to the Forbes list of top models. She has been working alongside some of the biggest names in the industry and that includes being a Victoria’s Secret’s angel. Her unusual looks, afro hair and amazing body are her strong points.
Another Victoria’s Secret model, Candice Swanepoel hails from South Africa. She has an incredible body and all the right reasons to flaunt it in fabulous lingerie. After taking a short break from modelling due to her pregnancy in 2016, Candice is back on the modelling block. With looks like a true angel, she recently did a topless photoshoot for Victoria’s Secret campaign.
Alek Wek left her homeland Sudan to escape the civil war in 1991 and started her modelling career at an early age of 14. She shook up the modelling world in her teens and has been one of the top models in the past two decades. Her quirky style and fun attitude are evident in most of her pictures and we love how she carries herself. Most of her work is inclined towards hi-end fashion and not the commercial one from the beginning of her career.
Agbani Darego Danjuma
This stunning woman was crowned Miss World in 2001 becoming the first Nigerian woman to do so. Agbani Darego Danjuma is beauty with brains and her style is simple, elegant and classy. Ever since her stint in pageant, she is an acknowledged name in the modelling industry. Her cool personality compliments her radiant beauty and she is every inch a beauty queen.
Naomi Campbell was discovered at the age of 15 and was the first black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine. whether it is walking the ramp or making an appearance on the red carpet, no one does it better than her. Her extravagant style and diva like persona makes her an inspiration for upcoming models. Her love for the camera is evident from the way she keeps us all gawking at her while she does her thing.
Karly Loyce is a model of Caribbean descent and it looks like she was meant for the modelling world. Dressing up comes naturally to her and she believes in a style that lets you express yourself. Her defining style is effortlessly classy and at the same time comfortable with a touch of glamour, which has caught the attention of street style photographers.
Tami Williams is a Jamaican origin international model. Her posture, elegance and personality make her one of the most sought after names in the industry. Tami is relatively a newcomer but her talent has risen to stardom in a profound speed. It is hard not to fall in love with this captivating beauty.
Meet our next African model Amilna Estevao who hails from Angola. Her tomboyish aesthetic and short hair gives us summer style goals. Her natural beauty and infectious energy make her a favourite in the industry. And from the pictures below we can see why.
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