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MAJOR! Nigeria’s Davidson Obennebo is the Worldwide WINNER of Elite Model Look 2016



davidson-eliteHe won!

Elite Model Look Nigeria 2016 winner Davidson Obennebo has won his place on the global stage as he emerged as the grand winner at the worldwide finale in Lisbon.

This is a major accomplishment as the Elite Model Look competition is considered the gold standard in the fashion world.

Elite World, the world’s leading model management company revealed the grand winners of Elite Model Look 2016, who were selected today, during the evaluation of a committee made up of Elite agents, international model icons Isabeli Fontana, Alex Lundqvist and Andrés Velencoso, as well as prominent fashion industry figures.

From the 62 finalists, hailing from 36 countries the world over, one girl and one boy – 15-year-old Jana from Czech Republic, 178cm and 20-year-old Davidson from Nigeria, 190cm – were proclaimed overall winners.

Davidson captured the collective attention of the jury with his promising talents. The first model of colour to win Elite Model Look, Davidson embodies the core of Elite World, which prides itself in pushing boundaries, celebrating individuality and extoling personality. Elite Model Look is not only reflective of society, but also an instigator for change, by encouraging each and every model’s individuality as a path for multiculturalism.

Jana and Davidson will receive contracts worth a guaranteed 150.000 Euros and 50.000 Euros respectively. The Top 15 Winners, 10 girls and 5 boys, 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 girls, and 20.000 Euros minimum for the boys.

Davidson had this to say about his victory;

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, @eml_int, @elizabeth_elohor, @lauraokah, @ruben_rue and most especially God. Thanks everyone.

Established in Paris in 1972, Elite is known for discovering and launching the career of some of the most famous models in the world. Since 1983, Elite Model Look and its annual model scouting competition allows Elite to discover the most in demand new faces, thanks to its unrivalled scouting network. The goal is not to find perfection, but individuality. At its core, the Elite Model Look contest gives participants vital tools to unlock their own potential, enabling each girl and boy to find their unique charisma and talents, setting them apart as models. The Elite Model Look contest has discovered some of the most recognizable names in the industry, such as Cindy Crawford, Gisele Bündchen, Fei Fei Sun and Sigrid Agren.

This year, as ever, scouting began in early spring, with hundreds of castings held around the world. Thousands more applied through a global application on Facebook. For each National Final, the very best applicants competed for the chance to represent their country at the World Final held tonight.

Held in Lisbon in front of 3,000 people, the thrilling event mixed both runway and live performances from international music artists. Broadcast to a further 27 million viewers worldwide via television and online streaming, the show invited spectators into a new world order. As VIP guests, fashion industry figures and celebrities arrived to grace the Elite World red carpet, models prepared for an evening of spectacular performances. Our finalists found themselves on the threshold of a new universe: that of Elite World, which is one of fantastical virtual content, fused with live performances from David Carreira, Breakbot, Kungs and D.A.M.A.

This year’s contestants were joined onstage for the finale catwalks by a star-studded cast of alumni of Elite Model World, as well as industry modelling talents, namely Egor Antonov, Cristi Isofii, Mariano Ontanon, Alessio Pozzi, Steven Teddy Chevrin, Robin Decaux, Benajamin Benedek, Barbora Podzimkova, Irina Djuranovic, Nyasha Matonhodze, Tami Williams, Sasha Luss, Jess Picton-Warlow, Marilhea Peillard, Yasmin Wijnaldum, Sabrina Muller. These top models hand on the relay to a young generation of models starting out in their careers.


  1. Tru

    November 24, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Congrats. Go forth and be great.
    (And may I add, Such Fantastic Abs)

  2. That-I-May-Fly

    November 24, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    He’s so lush….aaaaah! Congrats to him and everyone who helped him get there.

  3. Marian

    November 24, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I just want to copy and paste his abs. Congrats dude!! Continue to shine

  4. wale

    November 24, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    After he must hav suck dicks to win…nothing to congratulate him on

    • Nedu

      November 24, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Wales u are a disgrace. There is a reason why u are poor. You have hate, jealousy and envy in your heart. #disgusted

    • Mondela

      November 24, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Wale does have a point tho..most of these guys that partake in pageants,contests and stuff are always gay.

  5. artklub

    November 24, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    why does he have a chain around his neck? i hope thats not why he won….

    • artklub

      November 24, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      whoever put that slave chain on his neck is an a**hole! and he is dumb for letting them do it.

    • artklub

      November 24, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      black skin is not a curse please!


    November 24, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    If you were following the elite 2016 camp, he had a photoshoot last week and that is where the picture came from. Its called FASHION 🙂 Why can’t you just congratulate him for putting Nigeria out there??? So because he won means he is GAY or slept with someone ??? This is ELITE not MR NIGERIA OR MBGN. The competition has been on for over 30 years and has a good reputation.

    • Not A Human Pet Chihuahhua.

      November 24, 2016 at 11:58 pm

      “”It’s called FASHION”” but it’s the black African guy who had the chain and padlock put around his neck.

      That image is straight out of slavery days. Just look up pictures of slaves, on the slave ships, on their way to the slave ships, at the slave markets; it’s straight out of slavery and EVERYONE knows it, most especially those who (he allowed to) put it on him.

      He better go find Sunny Neji’s song: “”Sunny no be Bingo”” and make it his anthem.

      And why won’t people ask sex for win questions when S&M/bondage sex has been openly an inspiration for “”FASHION”” and S&M/bondage sex-themed clothes have walked the runway and been displayed in photoshoots?

      This is the spirit and influence controlling those whop rule and work in the fashion industry in the West and it is getting a hold on a few here in Nigeria and in Africa who desperately want to have the recognition and success from the West. Those who call the shots, those he’ll be working with, have all these depraved, perverted sexual inclinations, beliefs, practices and lifestyles. What are the odds that sooner rather than later, he gets propositioned, given an ultimatum, or even sexually assaulted?

      Please, be real.

      Slavery is laid out as the path for him, be it as a fashion whore, he does anything and everything editorially they tell him to, no matter how demeaning, and/or, he gets initiated into their world of deviant sex (and drugs). If he is not prepared to do any of that, then, the watchword is REJOICE WITH CAUTION, KEEP YOUR EYES WIDE OPEN, HAVE A GOOD LAWYER/AGENT, READ ALL THE FINE PRINT, NEVER SIGN ANYTHING THAT THEY SAY YOU JUST MUST SIGN RIGHT AWAY BUT TAKE ALWAYS TAKE EVERYTHING HOME AND READ FOR YOURSELF AND WITH YOUR LAWYER, DON’T BE DEWY-EYED, LEARN ALL YOU CAN ON EVERY FRONT FROM EVERYBODY GREAT AND SMALL, AND BE THE GUY WITH THE PLAN, FROM DAY ONE.

      And, does the article actually say the white girl, the top female, gets 150,000 euros, and the black African guy, the top male, Davidson, gets only 50,000 euros?

      I don’t even want to talk about that. This guy should just have some spine/backbone and healthy sense of self-worth and self-respect from day one and stand up for himself.

      And, for the every black and African person whilst he’s at it. Enough rubbish.

  7. ikeh Christopher

    November 26, 2016 at 6:24 am

    we are proud of u bro ,keep the flag flying

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