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My girl Icy is guestblogging today….please show her some luv…
I’ll be back tomorrow!

Sup bellanaija readers. Happy Tuesday o my people o ha una dey. No I’m not fighting to be the fess to post on Bella’s blog today (considering I don’t even win prize- Bella you need to fix that) . Even better, I get to post on Bella’s Blog.. Omo das jes sexy lol … Ok ok I digress…. Woosssaaa

*Clears throat and gets serious*

I hope I do justice to Bella’s blog today as Tuesday is my favourite day of the week. Today I’m totally, utterly and completely zeroing in on MODELS. AFRICAN MODELS IN AMERICA. I was going to zero in on Nigerian Models but that will not do this entry justice. But as withmost things African. There are usually more Nigerians in the mix.

As a part-time model (4 years). Things have changed over the past 4-5 years and I have been a first hand witness to the influx of Nigerians, Ghanaian, Somalian, Zimbabwean, South African, Kenyan and many other Models of African Nationalities in America that have embraced the modeling industry. It’s not an easy profession and mehn, the dues you have to pay unless you get a nice fat check for one gig.

There is a new breed of Nigerian… excuse me, African Models. Yes we hear about the babz and blokes in South Africa in France, Milan, Japan. I’m talking about the breed of African models in American. Who are bold daring and fabulously African. They don’t hide it and their features more than give you a perfect indication of their heritage.

These men and women are with various agencies across America. From Elite to Ford to Wilhelmina to Click. I mean working models . There are a lot more that I know I am not aware of. Please feel free to tell us all in your comment and list other models you know of sorta doing their own thing in the background.

I have a question for you all though. (I’m assuming 80% of bella readers are Naija/African ppl)
What is your honest opinion about models. African models in particular. Do you think they don’t’ push the envelope like their counterparts. Is that hindering the success curve?

Here are some of the many models. Enjoy and have a fun-tastic day. RAWK ON PEEPS!!!

Name: Idele
Location: Chicago
Nationality: Nigerian
Agency: Elite Model Management

Name: Cherif
Location: Los Angeles
Nationality: Senegalese
Agency: LA Models – Major Models NY – Nu Talent

Name: Ajuma
Location: New York City
Nationality: Kenyan
Agency: Ford Models 1 London – Wiener Models Vienna

Name: Note
Location: New York City
Nationality: Liberian/Nigerian

Name: Kiara
Location: New York City
Nationality: Ugandan
Agency: Why Not Model Agency – Women Management

Name: Ade
Location: New York
Nationality: Nigerian
Agency: ORB Model Management

Name: Kaone
Location: Cape Town Everywhere Fashiony
Nationality: Botswanan
Agency: Zero Models

Name: Yomi
Location: New York
Nationality: Nigerian
Agency: Storm Models – Click Model Management

So what do you think of modelling as a career?

Does it contradict African culture and upbringing? Would you encourage your daughter to enter this industry? Let us know!

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