Diversity and inclusivity are issues in the fashion industry that has been existing for quite a while, and still a problem today. While efforts are being made to ensure that people of color, particularly Black people, are represented in all facets of business, including modeling, progress is being made. The following African supermodels are currently fronting the modelling scene, thus, enhancing the growth of the fashion industry and we are proud to see it. Below, we profile some of the African models who are causing a stir on international runways.
This South Sudanese-Australian beauty entered the modeling industry in 2020 after being discovered by Que Models during Paris Fashion Week. She seized the chance and took off. Since then, Nhial has collaborated with well-known companies like Witchery, Fendi, Dior, Schiaparelli, and Alexander McQueen. She was also captured on the Black girls cover of Vogue.
A native of South Sudan, represents her nation in fashion hubs like Milan, London, Paris, and New York. She recently walked for Tommy Hilfiger during New York Fashion Week for the first time. In July of this year, she participated in Paris Fashion Week, walking the runway in Giambattista Valli and Valentino. Achan has also posed for editorials, the likes of 16Arlington, Balenciaga, Carolina Herrera, Gucci, Kenzo, Blumarine, and Browns.
Rosalie Ndour, a Senegalese model, rose to prominence in Italy; in editorials for glossy magazines like Red Milk, Beautiful Blood, and Posh. Rosalie Ndour has been in the industry since 2016, working her way up the ranks there. She started appearing in more runway shows in 2019 for labels like Gucci and Maison Margiela. Ndour has also worked for brands like Atla Moda, Max Mara, Balmain, and Dolce & Gabbana, to name a few.
Victoria, who is a Nigerian model, gained international recognition in February 2021 when she debuted as Simone Rocha's muse. After working with Maison Alia, Dior, Fendi, Valentino, and Jean Paul Gaultier for a few months, she made her debut in Vogue. Also, more appearances, including some in T Magazine, came after these noteworthy ones.
This Ethiopian model made a name for herself in 2020. She received her first Vogue Japan cover in the same year for the September issue. She has collaborated with brands like Schiaparelli, Hermès, Kenzo, Max Mara, Michael Kros, Carolina Herrera, Victoria Beckham, and Fendi. She, too, was a model for the British Vogue Black girls issue