Gone are the days when modelling was more like a side gig; these days modelling has become one of the fast-growing professions in the world and cannot be left out when talking about the fashion industry. The clothes certainly can’t be clothes if the models don’t wear them. Bringing it straight to Africa, our models here are making us proud through diverse ways from the runways to the billboards and we are listing our 6 under 30 West African models who are doing it right. In no particular order, they are:
Richmond Ekow Barnes
The Ghanaian model who recently shot for Puma and Vans in Cape Town, South Africa, is nothing short of amazing; as he’s continuously “upping the ante” and setting himself apart from the rest. He is certainly one to watch out for in the Ghanaian modelling industry.
The winner of Elite Model Look 2014 and 19-year old Nigerian female model, Mayowa Nicholas who walked on 43 shows between New York, London, Milan and Paris even before October last year is one of the most sort after models in Africa. We are just in the first quarter of 2017 and she has already worked with some of the world’s luxurious fashion houses and acclaimed designers like Olivier Rousteing, Jeremy Scott, and J.W. Anderson amongst many others. She recently shot for Calvin Klein; no doubt she’s already having a great year and we’re proud of her.
Victor who is a rapper when he’s not on the runway, is also one to look out for. He’s said to be the first model out of Nigeria to be made the face of Missoni. He walked for Hermes in Tokyo, Japan, and he did a campaign for Colors of Benetton, Versace, Ermenegildo Zegna, Balmain, Dolce and Cabana amongst many others.
David made history becoming the first Nigerian and African to win the Elite Model World Competition. Few months ago, he opened and closed a show for Donatella Versace who’s the creative director for the iconic house Versace. Apart from that, he has also worked with other designers including Ricardo Tisci (former creative director of Givenchy) and Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing.
Tona who is signed to 20 models management and shot for Superbalist alongside some other Ghanaian models late last year, seems to be having a great year as well; as he’s been in South Africa for a few months now and he also starred in Seyi Shay’s Yolo-Yolo music video.
The Nigerian model with the feline look and chiseled cheekbone has strutted many times on the runways of Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) and South Africa Men’s Fashion Week (SAMFW). He’s also signed to Beth Model Africa (Nigeria) and Boss Models (South Africa).