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LIST: Africa’s Top 10 Gorgeous Models And Their Impact On Social Media


Africa no doubt is blessed  with quite a lot of beautiful women who are among top models not only in the continent but the whole wide world. These are our top 10 female African models on the global scene

They walk the runways for fashions biggest brands, starring in some of the most innovative and ground-breaking campaigns across the world. 2014 has seen the rise of African models in the fashion world and with the way social media impacts our daily lives, these models are the top African models who are tweeting, instagramming and blazing trails globally; earning their place in the history of fashion. Here’s a look, courtesy of Oma, at the 10 hottest African models in high demand across the world.
1. Herieth Paul:- Born in Tanzania, Herieth currently enjoys a spot on’s hot list and has worked in some of the biggest campaigns in the world including Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, Calvin Kleinand One Colour Cosmetics. Herieth has also appeared in beauty campaigns for CKone and most recently, as one of the models for fashion wear brand GAP. Join her Facebook page: Herieth Paul

Zen+Top+ten+African+Models+Zen+Magazine+Africa+Feb+2014Herieth Paul – (Image Credits: GAP)

2. Ajak Deng:- A native of  Southern Sudan like the iconic Alek Wek, Ajak has been on the scene for a short while. This striking Sudanese was the face of Kate Spade’s Spring Summer 2013 campaign and regularly struts the runway for the likes of Givenchy, Lanvin and Chloe. Follow her on Instagram: @ajak_deng

Zen+Top+ten+African+Models+Zen+Magazine+Africa+Feb+2014Ajak Deng – (Image Credits: Ajak Deng)

3, Roberta Narciso:- The beautiful Roberta hails from Angola and is one model to watch this 2014. Starring in campaigns such as Legion: An army of beauty and a few others, she was also part of theFall/Winter Campaign for Banana Republic. She has walked the runway for luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton and has also been seen working with award-winning designer Elie Saab. Join her Facebook page:  Roberta Narciso

Roberta Narciso – (Image Credits: LEGION)

4, Malaika Firth:- This Kenyan beauty shot to the limelight when she became the first black person sinceNaomi Campbell in 1994 to clinch a Prada campaign. She has since walked the runway for several high profile houses and at the moment is the face of Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign. Malaika celebrated her birthday last month and we can’t wait to see the next campaigns she gets featured in. She has a gorgeous look and is presently 1 of my favourite African models in the world. Connect with her onInstagram@malaikafirth

Zen+Top+ten+African+Models+Zen+Magazine+Africa+Feb+2014 Malaika Firth – (Image Credits: Fashion
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5, Liya Kebede:- This iconic Ethiopian model returned in spectacular form this year with her runway turn at NYFW. With 17 years under her belt, she doesn’t look like she is ready to stop and God knows we don’t want her to stop either. One of Zen Magazine Top 10 African women of the year, Liya has practically worked with all the biggest names in the fashion industry. She is currently the face of Prabal Gurung’s Spring Summer 2014 collection and was previously named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most influential people in the world. Follow her on Instagram@liyakebede

Zen+Top+ten+African+Models+Zen+Magazine+Africa+Feb+2014Liya Kebede – (Image Credits: Destination Iman)


6, Candice Swanepoel:- The South African born Victoria’s Secret model has done it all. Candice has walked the runways for some of the world’s biggest brands like Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartneyand Chanel. She has also scored some of the biggest covers in the world from Vogue Italia to Vogue Brazil and has starred in campaigns for Swarovski, Gucci, Diesel and many more. She has made theForbes Top 10 earning models list and is currently the only African model to wear the $10 million Fantasy Bra by Swiss jeweller Mouawad. Follow her on Instagram@angelcandices

Zen+Top+ten+African+Models+Zen+Magazine+Africa+Feb+2014 Candice Swanepoel – (Image Credits: Victoria Secrets)

7. Maria Borges:- Angolan born bombshell, Maria Borges continues to prove her star power, head lining campaigns with Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic and Givenchy to name a few. Most recently, she was at the  NYFW strutting her stuff beside Erykah Badu for Richard Tisci’s much talked aboutSpring Summer 2014 collection. Follow her on Instagram@mariaborges28

Zen+Top+ten+African+Models+Zen+Magazine+Africa+Feb+2014Maria Borges – (Image Credits: Bellanaija)

8. Betty Adewole:- Nigerian-British stunner and face of Tom Ford Beauty has previously worked for luxury brands like Maison Martin Margiela, Emmanuel Ungaro and Issey Miyake. She was also at the 2014 NYFW in New York and in February got featured in Net-a-Porter’s “The Edit” Magazine. Follow her on Instagram: @bettyadewole

Zen+Top+ten+African+Models+Zen+Magazine+Africa+Feb+2014Betty Adewole – (Image Credits: Karen Millen)


9, Fatima Siad:- This Somali-born runway favourite of mine first came into the limelight after placing 3rd on the 10th cycle of ‘America’s Next Top Model‘. Since that very day, Fatima has evolved into a top model in her own right. She has participated in campaigns for Avon, Ralph Lauren and cosmetics giantPantene. Fatima has walked for some of fashion’s most coveted designers including Ralph Lauren, Dries Van Noten, Hermes and many others. This year, she has already stormed the runways at New York Fashion Week and the London Fashion Week. Follow her on Instagram@fatimaiad

Zen+Top+ten+African+Models+Zen+Magazine+Africa+Feb+2014  Fatima Siad – (Image Credits: Fatima Siad)

10, Anais Mali:- 1 part Chadian and 1 part Polish, the French born Anais Mali made an enviable debut into the world of fashion‎ participating in the hit L.A.M.B presentation in 2009. The stunning Anais has gone on to work with some of fashion’s most consistent names including Vivienne Westwood, Betsey Johnson, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang and the list is endless. She has also made coveted features in. I.D Vogue Italia, Vogue, French Vogue and a few others. ‎Fashion watchdog Style.itpreviously named the willowy model one to watch this 2014 and I honestly agree with them. Follow her onInstagram@realanaismali

Zen+Top+ten+African+Models+Zen+Magazine+Africa+Feb+2014Anais Mali – (Image Credits: Vogue USA)

Something exciting is happening in the fashion world and one thing is certain, African models are part of that movement. Amid the hustle and bustle, they strive, they inspire and we love them. Please feel free to connect with them, support them, and to all aspiring models out there, these are the models you need to follow and learn from.


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