|LIYA KIBEDE IN PARIS VOGUE, MAY 2002 ISSUE|
Of all the three models I didn't know much of her either but after research I found that she has made it big in the fashion industry and in the magazine she says that she looks at Naomi Campbell as her inspiration. Naomi really paved way for black models in the industry and to see people like Liya who had always wanted to be in her shoes finally make it is truly humbling and legendary.
Others who were also featured were Nnenna Agba from Americas next Top Model cycle 6. We all remember the bald, strong faced woman from Nigeria, she entered the competition with a bang but unfortunately didn't win it. She however got a modelling contract with MC2 which is proving to be successful. She also got a spread in Arise magazine check it out..
Oluchi Onweagba is also a supermodel of Nigerian descent. She started her modeling career when she was 17 after winning the Nokia Face of Africa competition in 1998. This resulted in her winning a 3 year contract with Elite Model Management that is based in the US. While there she appeared in many fashion shows like John Galliano, Christian Dior and even the famous Victoria Secret. She has also graced the covers of Italian vogue, i-D and Elle just to name a few but the highlight of her career is when she was featured on Sports Illustrated 4 times in a span of three years. Now being in Sports Illustrated is a big deal and when an African girl is featured 4 times, its major big deal! She now has her own modeling agency in South Africa, OModel which awarded winner of Nokia Face of Africa 2008 Kate Tachie Menson with a $50,000 modeling contract. I think she has done a great job representing Africa don't you?
Check out her spread in Arise Magazine below...
I love the print in this editorial....I think it will be my signature look for 2011 :-)
If you want to read or rather see more on the Arise Magazine, check it out here
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