MEET THE AFRICAN MODELS THAT RULED THE SPRING 2017 RUNWAYS.

Even though the Spring 2017 Fashion Week is behind us, the world of Fashion is still buzzing. Expect some more feedback's, reviews and a comprehensive breakdowns of all the trends that hit the runways at the just concluded Fashion Week. I already dissected the popular trend that was the "Over-flowing sleeves" on this years Spring Runway, if you didnt get to see it, no worries you can still read all about it here. Moving on ... In today's post, i'm shinning light on some of the African queens who not only walked the Spring catwalks but ruled it. You know i am always about my continent and all the glory that it births. Keep reading and see what ladies repped for Africa and ripped the catwalks apart at the Spring 2017 Fashion Week. 



16-year-old Sudanese native Adut Akech Boir made her International debut this year walking the Saint Lauren SS17 Runway. Almost a decade after fleeing war-torn Sudan, were the 16-year-old was born in a refugee camp. Gladly, she now calls Adelaide’s northern suburbs home. She is Signed to Elite Models in Paris, Milan and London and also Chadwick Models in Sydney. Watch out for this one, she is hungry and ready!

YSL SS17


Nigerian-Chinese model Adesuwa was discovered back in 2010 on her college campus in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She was "accidentally" spotted by an agent who booked her on the spot at a BCBGeneration campaign shot by David Roemer. She went on to appear in editorials for Seventeen and Elle Magazine. After that, she went in hiatus; taking a break from modelling to focus on finishing her chemistry degree, before decamping to Los Angeles, where she rekindled her career with a focus on commercial modeling work. For the Spring 2017 Fashion Week, she swagged down one of the most talked about shows in NewYork, the Yeezy Season 4 debut.  



9. ALEX WEK 

39-year-old South Sudanese Mode Alex Wek might have been around the longest of all the African models at the Spring 2017 Fashion Show, still that didnt stop the veteran from hitting the Runway for the Balenciaga Spring 2017 Collection debut. 

Balenciaga SS17


Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Liya moved to Paris at the age of 18. Her modeling career took off as a year later she debuted at the spring Ralph Lauren and BCBG Max Azria Shows. She was personally selected by Tom Ford for an exclusive contract for the Gucci Fall/Winter 2000 fashion show. In 2007, she was ranked by Forbes Magazine as the eleventh-highest-paid top model in the world and also as one of The 5 most powerful women changing the world in Maternal Health. She has appeared three times on the cover of  Vogue Magazine US and recently featured on last month's Vogue Brazil.  At the Spring 2017 Fashion Week, she walked for designers Prada and Ralph Lauren. She is signed to IMG NewYork, London and Australia, Viva Model Management Paris and Barcelona (respectively) amongst others.

Prada SS17


She is a Sudanese model Of Nuer ethnicity, due to the high level of civil unrest, she escaped with her family to Ethiopia where she grew up as a refugee. In 1998 at the age of 14,  Nykhor moved to the United States, were she lived in Nebraska. She is signed to Wilhelmina New York amongst others. At the just concluded Spring 2017 Fashion Week, she walked for designers Rosie Asoulin, Reem Accra and Christian Siriano. See all of her Runway shots below. 

Rosie Assoulin SS17 

Reem Accra SS17 

Reem Accra SS17 

Christian Siriano SS17

Christian Siriano SS17

6.  GRACE BOL

Also from South Sudan, Grace Bol hit multiple runways at the Spring 2017 Fashion Week. From Balenciaga to Hermès, Esteban Cortazar to Bottega Veneta , Vanessa Seward and the infamous Yeezy Season 4 debut. Even though people still mistake the model for her fellow South-Sudanese model Alex Wek, Grace has a totally different style and commands a different approach on the runway. 

Bottega Veneta 

 Hermes 

Balenciaga 

Vanessa Seward SS17

Yeezy

5. AJAK DENG 

Ajak Deng is also a native of Sudan, the veteran supermodel was also spotted rocking some major Runways at the 2017 Spring Fashion Week. From Haider Ackerman to Bottega Veneta to Julien Mcdonald, Gareth Pugh, Daks and Courrèges. Ajak might be a veteran but she clearly is still a designer favorite. See some of her runway appearances below. 

Bottega Veneta 

Haider Ackerman 

Courreges SS17

Julie Mcdonald 

Gareth Pugh


20-year-old Tanzanian model Herieth Paul moved to Ottawa, Canada at the young age of 14, where she was discovered by the AMTI Modeling agency in Toronto, Canada. Since her discovery, she has appeared on several prestigious editorials, including her infamous 2011 Canadian Elle Magazine Cover which was captioned "move over Naomi we are hot for Herieth" She also graced the cover of  Vogue Italia along side Arizona Muse and Freja Beha. Other than her mother agency, she is signed to Women Management NewYork and Paris, Elite Models London, Folio Montreal amongst others. For the 2017 Spring Fashion Week, she walked 7 runways which include Tadashi Shoji, Cushnie et Ochs, Brandon Maxwell, TOME, 3.1 Phillip Lim...See all her runway pictures after the cut. 

Tadashi Shoji SS17  

Tadashi Shoji SS17  

Brandon Maxwell SS17

 Tome SS17

Cushnie et Ochs

3.1 Phillip Lim


She is one of my favorite International models to hail from Africa and one of the biggest too. At just 23-years-old, the Angolan native has indeed conquered the world of modelling and earned a spot with the big girls. Ranked by Forbes African Magazine as the top model of the year 2013. Dare i not add quickly that she is a Victoria Secret Angel...Yes you read it right, the ebony beauty is an angel and walks the cat-walk with her glorious wings. In 2015, she made history by being the first black model to walk the Victoria Secret Runway with her natural hair. I could go on an on about her but i'd prefer you to read my post about her here. For the 2017 Spring Fashion Show, Maria walked 8 runways for some of the biggest designers from Jeremy Scott to Oscar de la Renta, Brandon Maxwell, Etam, Balmain, Emporio Armani and Chanel. See all her pictures down below. 

Jeremy Scott SS17

Brandon Maxwell SS17

Oscar de la Renta

Balmain SS17 

Emporio Armani 

Chanel 


The young and beautiful Imade Ogbewi hails from the Ancient Benin Kingdom, a city in Edo State, Nigeria. After emerging as the winner of the Nigeria's Next Top Model in 2011, she went on to grace several editorials back home in Nigeria and modeled for some of the biggest names in the Fashion Industry and at prestigious events back home. Following her aspirations to be an international supermodel, Imade relocated overseas were she began her successful career. Signed to d1 Model Management in NewYork and London, Francina models in Barcelona and Milan's Brave Model Management. At the just concluded 2017 Spring Fashion Week, Imade definitely made her mark, walking over 9 shows, from TOME to Ulla Johnson to Naeem Khan, Alexis Mabille Band of Outsiders, Marget Howell and others...See her catwalk shots below. 

 TOME SS17

 Band of Outsiders 

Band of outsiders

Naeem Khaan

And the number one spot for the African Queen who owned the Spring 2017 Fashion Week, has to be none else than the Nigerian beauty herself Mayowa Nicholas. At just 18-years-old, Mayowa emerged as the winner of the 2014 Elite Model Search, a competition for young and up-coming models in Nigeria. Since her victory, it has been one huge milestone after the other. She went global when she became the first Nigerian to feature in a Dolce & Gabbana campaign along side some very famous international supermodels. Signed to Beth Model Agency Nigeria (mother agency) and Elite international modeling agency. These days, Mayowa is too busy tearing up the runway with her grim look and legs for days. At the just concluded Spring 2017 fashion week, Mayowa walked a whooping 43 Shows!!! Can you beat that? even i cant keep up with this huge milestone. From Fendi to Prada to Gucci to ChanelBalmain, Maison Margeila, Oscar de la Renta, Dries Van Noten, Jacquemus, Missoni Celine, Brandon Maxwell...all the big luxury brands were screaming her name. See some of her amazing runway pictures below.

 Chanel SS17

Balmain SS17 

Oscar de la Renta SS17

 Brandon Maxwell SS17



Maison Margiela SS17 

Jacquemus SS17 

There you have it! All rounded-up, the 11 top models/African queens making head-way or should i say leg-way and doing what they know how to do best in the international scenes. I couldn't be more proud to see these ladies living their dreams and bridging the gap between Africa and the international communities even through the world of modelling. They are all truly inspirational and i hope you young models out there, are getting all the necessary inspiration you need from them. Your dreams are always valid as long as you keep dreaming and keep working to achieve them. Dont settle!

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