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Meet The Top 5 African And Caribbean Models On The Rise

The beauty, glamour and glitz associated with the modeling world is very enticing for some. It can be a lifelong dream or a means to other career paths.  Some work hard to get into the modeling realm while others stumble upon the opportunity.

Image of model Destiny “ohwawa” Owusu…photo credit: Brian Littrean

Here we have some of the hottest models making waves in the industry. Check out 5 of the hottest African and Caribbean models on the come up.

 Patricia Akello

Otherwise known as Tricia Kello, this 25-year-old Ugandan model signed with Muse Model Management Company. She began pursuing modeling after high school to no avail. A friend connected her with Joram Job Muzira and Akello was signed to the Joram Model Management Agency. This enabled her to be featured in the 2014 Kampala Fashion Week. After the event, Akello signed with South African agency Fusion Models. Subsequently, she walked in Berlin for the 2015 and 2016 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks.  In 2016, Akello signed with Muse and relocated to NY. She is also signed with Paris-based MP Management and German-based M4 Models Management concurrently.  In 2017, she appeared on the runway for NY Fashion Week and has been featured in Women’s Wear Daily Magazine and has worked for the Bottega Veneta brand.

It’s exciting to see the hustle from cradle to grave.  We can’t wait to see these young starlets climb to the top.

Miki Deo

The Tanzanian-born model is the first ever with vitiligo – a skin condition characterized by patches of white that appear on the skin due to loss of pigmentation. Unsightly for some, Deo hasn’t let it stop his stride. So far, Deo has worked with AfroPunk for a brilliantly designed black and white photo spread.  We can’t wait to see more.


Kai Newman

The 20-year-old Jamaican born beauty isn’t signed to not one or two or three but five modeling agencies! Newman’s abilities were discovered on her native island along with her best friend Tami Williams.  Newman has walked in runway shows for Calvin Klein, Giambattista Valli, Viktor & Rolfe Couture, and Diane von Furstenberg. Newman has also appeared in editorial spreads for Crash MagazineStylist Magazine UK, and has appeared in Forbes Magazine for the Jamaica Inside The Block edition.  Girl power.

Destiny “ohwawa” Owusu

The 27-year-old Ghanaian-American #isyourmelaninonfleek campaign starter and freelance model is currently not signed by any management company. However, this hasn’t stopped this young BOSS from working with W Magazine, The Lip Bar, Fashion Fair, Elle (online), and Huffington Post to name a few; she’s even hit the runway for VFiles for a show.  Her modeling career began as a favor for a friend of hers who wanted to include Owusu in her photoshoot; Owusu provided her own clothing and makeup. Much to her surprise, after posting pictures of her shoot online; it went viral. It was then that Owusu started taking modeling seriously.  Her stunning images on Instagram will wow you.

Ataui Deng

Also going by Ataui Deng-Hopkin due to her marriage to soon to be ex-husband Kortney Hopkin, a fellow model. Deng is a 26-year-old runway model from Khartoum, Sudan. The niece of trailblazing model Alek Wek, Deng has carved out a path of her own that isn’t overshadowed by her aunt’s success. Deng migrated to the U.S. in 2004 settling in Dallas, before being signed to Trump modeling agency and making her way to New York City.  Her career commenced in 2008 debuting for fashion heavy hitters such as Zac Posen, Jeremy Laing, and L’Wren Scott.  Since, Deng has appeared in Harper’s BazaarV, and Teen Vogue.


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