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“She’s ready to take on the modelling world” – 15 Year Old Chika Emmanuel is the Elite Model Look Nigeria 2010 Winner!

Every girl dreams of strutting her stuff on the catwalk and being admired by millions of other girls around the world but not everyone is fit to be a model or gets the opportunity to cat walk on any stage much less the Elite Model Look Nigeria 2010 Competition.

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Elite Model Look Nigeria 2010 Winner - Chika Emmanuel

Every girl dreams of strutting her stuff on the catwalk and being admired by millions of other girls around the world but not everyone is fit to be a model or gets the opportunity to catwalk on any stage much less the Elite Model Look Nigeria 2010 Competition.

As the 12 finalists of the Elite Model Look Nigeria 2010 competition took to the stage, all eyes were glued to the young girls who made it to the final round. With their hearts beating and blood pumping the girls started their cat walk unto the runway in swimwear by Melissa Odabash. Each contestant wore a unique bikini showing off her chiseled stomach and elongated limbs created specifically for the modeling world.

Elite Model Look 2010 Swimsuit Segment

The event which was hosted by the beautiful and exuberant Georgina Eku Edewor-Thorley, a former candidate of the hit series “Britain’s Next Top Model” shared in the excitement of the show stating that being a former contestant in a modeling show herself, she understood the pressures the girls were feeling and encouraged all contestants to give it their best in hopes of being crowned Number One. It was very easy to spot the crowd favorite even at the beginning of the show when the girls had barely entered the room. As with the last competition, the crowd favorite would also serve as the judges’ favorite.

In the next category of the competition, the girls modeled gorgeous dresses by Nkwo Onwuka, whose designs complemented the slender figures of each model. The Nkwo designs were not only chic but beautiful and her designs were definitely made for the runway as it left every girl in the room breathless and wanting more.

Elite Model Look Nigeria 2010 Finalists in Nkwo

In the next phase of the competition, the first half of the models wore designs by Vonne, whose edgy jackets should find a place in every Fashionista’s closet. The Jackets ranged from Edgy and Funky to Elegant and Sophisticated. It also gave the girls an opportunity to show off their personalities on the runway.

Elite Model Look Nigeria 2010 Finalists in Vonne

The other half of the models wore designs by MYA. Her dresses were sultry and flirty, giving the allure of a sexy night gown turned chic cocktail dress. At this point, the top six models were called to the front of the stage, leaving the bottom six in tears. I did feel for the girls, as they really gave it their best. They finally walked off stage as though their dreams had been completely shattered.

Elite Model Look Nigeria 2010 girls in MYA

The top six girls as chosen by the judges including Omoyemi Akerele, Lola Maja, Kelechi Amadi-Obi and Fauzi Fahm were called to the front of the stage. The top 6 were Chika Emmanuel, Abiola Adeyemi, Ebeledike Nwando, Delphine Okobah, Marvis Offor and Onyechi Anita.

At the final showing of the evening, the top six girls modeled gowns by Jewel by Lisa. The collection was the highlight of the evening as it transformed the girls from budding models to “Catwalk Queens” in their glamorous pieces. Georgina Eku Edewor said it best when she stated that “The girls sparkle but when you’ve been Jeweled by Lisa you definitely dazzle

Elite Model Look Nigeria 2010 - Top 6 in Jewel by Lisa

The Top 6 rock the runway in JBL

At the end of the night when the host called out the top three contestants – Chika Emmanuel, Marvis Offor (She was also a finalist in the 2010 Face of Africa Competition) and Nwando Ebeledike, you could feel the intensity in the room as the audience waited for the No.1 contestant to be announced and surely it was no surprise that the winner of this year’s Elite Model Look Nigeria 2010 competition is Emmanuel Chika. At the sound of her name, there was a standing ovation and cheers from the crowd as the 15 year old made her way to the front of the stage.

The magical moment...Chika Emmanuel is the winner!

It was her moment to shine and through her tears you could see her mouth and wave thank you to the judges and audience members who had been cheering for her since the beginning of the competition. In addition to her strong runway walk, unique look and good bone structure, this 5’7 model was definitely deserving of the title because she was definitely built for the runway. We wish you the best of luck and hope to see you on the international runways and magazine covers.

Photo Credit: Kola Oshalusi | BellaNaija.com

50 Comments

  1. sexxie

    September 13, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Congrats to her! Starting early is always an advantage…God be wit her and always keep her.

  2. sholly babe

    September 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    She seem taller in pics….5’7 ? Too short for runway

  3. adenike

    September 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    15??? Whoa! I concur with Sexxie.. Naomi Campbell started same age;so the sky’s your springboard!

  4. Myne Whitman

    September 13, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I agree with Sholly, I hope her height won’t stand against her in getting jobs. She’s young too though that might be an advantage. Good luck to all of them.

  5. salama

    September 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Wow 15 year old? Hmmm dats cool

  6. Grace

    September 13, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Where are the PLUS SIZE MODELS!!!!!

    • Lola

      September 14, 2010 at 11:46 am

      Please be serious. There’s a place for everything.

  7. Ademola Salu

    September 13, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I hope she gets to d world standard level.
    Let’s not criticize but encourage

  8. U.J.U

    September 13, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I was there and believe me height won’t stand in her way …she’s Africa’s Kate Moss &has d right Attitude, Pinache&Fierceness.Was Shocked to learn she’s only 15…So much experience

  9. sholly babe

    September 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Wow! I never knew kate moss is that short….her looks and bone structures are very strong so the sky is her limit

  10. Yemi

    September 13, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I was there also.She is not that short. I took a picture with her and she was taller than me and i am 5.7. She is 5.8. At age 15 she is still growing. All the best.Great Show

  11. duke

    September 14, 2010 at 11:21 am

    know she was going to win, she was de best dat nite, but Was Shocked to knw she was jst 15, she had de x factor and wot was Marvis Offor doing there!

  12. nanaBoi

    September 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    na wa o!!.. dis camera man no try… see as em jus cut me comot for this pic..mstcheeew!

    • V

      September 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm

      LWKMD

  13. Demilade Omisore

    September 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Eku Edewor was in Britains Next Top Model SKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN??? Thats cool though.

    • My 2Penny's worth!

      September 14, 2010 at 11:50 pm

      Yes a very very shy spotty girl with terrible skin i must say she has matured gracefully and really grown into her look. She was actually decent as a model she photographed well, i hope she still models.

  14. Teefah

    September 14, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    MYA is back! wowsa!
    5 ft 7 is a lil short for runway but if Kate Moss did it so can Chika!
    I think the JBL and the MYA collection were the best of the night

    http://that1960chick.com/

  15. Teefah

    September 14, 2010 at 3:27 pm

  16. newyork

    September 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    oh my…really glad for her

  17. gbeborun

    September 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    she’s got a great bone structure, definitely supermodel material ,good luck to her.

  18. efe-tommy

    September 14, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I heart dis girl… I rooted for her from the day I saw her @ d sceening and the judges were right picking her… Go and conquer the world Chika…

  19. emeka nelson

    September 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Guess she merited it afterall………….

  20. aminatu

    September 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Natural beauty all the way…….i happy for her and may her journey be great……

  21. chike

    September 14, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    i trained her before n for the competition, saw it in her n knew she was going places, she has d zeal n was very eager to learn, n a big shout out has to go her parents for taking that leap regardless of her age. les support her people!

  22. saywot?

    September 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    m just a little curious… please, aw about chika’s schooling?

  23. wakiki

    September 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Chika can definately go places with that bone structure,the camera have to love for her to go as far as kate moss because she has this thing about her.My friends Nwando and Anita did well also kudos.Top six

  24. nala234

    September 14, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    @ saywot
    Thank you for asking that question because when people get into stuff like this they forget the future. I hope she finishes at least secondary school.

  25. Stylehousefiles

    September 14, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Hi Guys, here is an interview with Chika right after she won…and yes she still plans to continue her education.
    http://www.stylehousefiles.com/the-winning-look-chika-emmanuel-at-elite-model-look-2010/

    • saywot?

      September 17, 2010 at 6:26 pm

      thanks for that excerpt… just read it…i feel better that she atleast finished high school.. getting the college degree can come at any time…again, thanks for the enlightening…

  26. eniola

    September 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    if oluchi can,if she’s smart enuf,she would.but she looks very experienced and confident. just out of curiosity,z there modelin age like we have football age?very happy for her thou.

  27. Omada

    September 15, 2010 at 1:55 am

    15? wow! its good to start early o, like Kimora (i think she was 13) , so by the time you are 25, you’re a veteran. congrats girl!
    however, i hope she has a good support system and a positive mentor, so she learns how to positively deal with the pressures of the modelling world (some chicks turn to drugs), cos it can be tough!

    congrats once again! wish u all the best!

  28. jenny

    September 15, 2010 at 11:57 am

    congratulation girl keep it up?and ride on

  29. efed

    September 15, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Woah, 15 is a great age and kudos to her and Elite. I hope they will get her the gigs cos at 5’7, she would be struggling hard to get them!!!

  30. onthesubject

    September 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Poor girl…she is still in puberty n will struggle to maintain her weight …may she not end up having an eating disorder

  31. BUMATA

    September 15, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I agree with the age thing. I thinkshe is too young.

  32. ADA

    September 16, 2010 at 11:54 am

    lool too young??? u start modeling when you are you are young not old, thats how modeling works. 🙂 Naomi started when she was 14 and alot of famous models 2. The age for modeling is between 13-18yrs. Thats the perfect age. Models dont start when they are older. Guys do your research. 15 is perfect and i see her going places. Good luck girl

  33. zennynyc

    September 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    awww she’s soo pretty …

  34. JJ

    September 17, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Bella Naija. Where are the photos of the guests who attended the event?

  35. THE AMAKA

    September 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    she does have the best look from the top 6 finalists, so she deserves the crown.

    the swimsuit picture the first one, the girl on the far right (wearing orange/peach) has a banging body!

  36. THE AMAKA

    September 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    and she is young but looks 21! she is hot though, and hope she goes far in the modelling world.

  37. Gam

    September 18, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    And someone is asking me why 30somethings are chasing her age-mates

    • saywot?

      September 22, 2010 at 4:35 am

      i know rite!!! speaking of which, that seems to be the new trend!!

  38. Toyin

    September 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    She looks gorgeous but i have serious issue with her being 15yrs old! Na wah o for people. “Naomi Campbell started when she was 13 (abi is it 15)” – and nobody can stand her cos she is a b*tch. But who can blame her, she learnt early that the whole world is more interested in her body and the illusions she creates by strutting it, than in the real her. I don’t know what parents are thinking of letting their 15 yr olds jet around the world with their clothes half-off. There’s more to life than money and fame……Miley Cyrus, Lindsey Lohan, Michael Jackson etc should have taught us that. They are obviously famous cos even ppl like me have heard of them…… but at what cost?

    Anyway, i wish her the best and i hope the person she is deep inside is not derailed this unnecessary exposure to the ugliness that is behind the scenes of the world of modelling.

  39. jaywon

    September 25, 2010 at 4:48 am

    thats a good start girl,just keep it up cos i believe u are going places.u ar so……….beautiful

  40. Femiluv

    September 27, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Wow!! She definitely looks fierce!! 15 isn’t too young, I just hope she stays true to herself. Yep, she’s definitely still growing – probably for the next 2-4 years.

  41. Grace

    September 28, 2010 at 12:43 am

    I agree with her being too young. Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and the rest that started at young ages became successful but now we hear of their drug problems, anger issues e.t.c. I think this is as a result of being exposed to some things at very young ages.

  42. Davido

    October 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    @Omada,Toyin, Grace, you all have a good point! Chika has a lot of potentials and will definitely go far. I pray God keeps her from the dangers young girls are exposed to in the glitzy industry!

  43. Ndubuisi sunaldo basil

    March 31, 2011 at 8:54 am

    All the contextant perform very well, infanct, it was incredible, but chika emmanuel, there is nothing special atlook in her. She is more than what we think she is.

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