In the modelling industry, especially in Nigeria, a lot of Nigerian believe they don’t have what it takes to be an international model, well I am here to proof them wrong by giving you my Top 4 Nigerian models who have gone international and are still well recognized international, and they have achieved great things in the modelling industry.
1- MAYOWA NICHOLAS
In 2014, Mayowa won the Elite Model Look competition in Nigeria, which served to bring her to limelight. She went on to the world finals in China where she was a top finalist, capturing the hearts of the judges and the world with her calm but fierce mien, beautiful cocoa skin and gracefully cool walk.
After the competition that cemented her fame, she signed with Beth Model Management Lagos with affiliates Elite Modelling Agency in Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, London and The Society Management in New York.
As a model, she has reached many commendable heights. She has been seen in campaigns by the biggest names in fashion including Hermes, Balmain and Fendi. She started her major career by featuring in Faith, an editorial in the fall issue of Veoir Magazine.
Her next major gig was in the spring couture shows for La Perla and Schiaparelli, the fall shows for Hogan, Nicholas K, Calvin Klein, MSGM, Balmain, Acne Studios, Kenzo and Hermes. The next spring, she was seen in campaigns by Guy Laroche, Loewe, Jacquemus and Sonia Rykiel.
The next year of her career, 2016, seemed to be her busiest year yet. She became the first Nigerian model to be featured in a Dolce & Gabbana campaign when she appeared in their Fall/Winter 2016 campaign shoot. That same year, she made waves when she was named as one of the 15 New Faces That Ruled Fall 2016 alongside Kendall Jenner and Irina Shayk.
She appeared in spreads by WSJ, The Hunger Magazine, Crash Magazine, American Vogue just to mention a few. She even got an editorial named after her in The March Edition of D Magazine.
Her career only gets more and more illustrious as the years pass, and it is clear she is headed for a prolific modelling career. In April 2017, she became the new face of Calvin Klein underwear, and also the first Nigerian to model for Calvin Klein, she is also signed to Victoria Secret Models.
2- DAVIDSON OBENNEBO
Elite World, the world’s leading model management company
revealed the grand winners of Elite Model Look 2016, who were selected on 23rd November during the evaluation of a committee made up of Elite agents, international model icons Isabeli Fontana, Alex Lundqvist and Andrés Velencoso, plus well known fashion icons.
From the 62 finalists, from 36 countries the world over, 15-year-old Jana from Czech Republic, 178cm and 20-year-old Davidson from Nigeria, 190cm – were proclaimed overall winners for the 2016 grand edition of Elite Model Look.
Davidson The first African model to win Elite Model Look world in 33 years now, he won the Elite Model Look Nigeria 2016 alongside Omoh Momoh at the Aquafina Elite Model Look Nigeria 2016 held on October 1st 2016 at the Oriental Hotel.
Jana and Davidson will receive contracts worth a guaranteed 150.000 Euros and 50.000 Euros respectively. The Top 15 Winners, 10 females and 5 males will receive a two-year contract with the Elite worldwide network. For the other Top Winners, the contracts are guaranteed at 50.000 Euros minimum for the females and 20.000 Euros minimum for the males
About his victory, Davidson had this to say;
“Where do I start from,words can’t describe how overwhelmed I feel,I still can’t believe what happened on the night of 23rd November in campo pequeno Lisbon Portugal,a legend was born and history was made, I want to thank everyone who made this possible, my mum, my family, my friends, and most especially God. Thanks everyone.
A LEGEND IS BORN “
Davidson has been walking on top runway fashion shows, cover of international magazines
3- VICTOR NDIGWE
He won Elite model look Nigeria 2014 which helped bring him to limelight as he went for the elite model look worldwide in China but didn’t qualify, but that didn’t stop his progress and recognition internationally as he walked in top fashion shows
4- IMADE OGBEWI
She won the Nigeria Next Super Model 2011 competition which was done by Isismodelsmanagement bringing her to the limelight internationally as she is walks on international runway shows, magazine covers
That is my Top 4 Nigerian models, to show you that Nigerian models are making it big internationally and we are well recognised.
Modeling in Nigeria has gone international, believe it or not, so lets work hard and appreciate ourselves!