The Rise of The Nigerian Supermodel

‘Fashion Season’ is upon us. Lagos Fashion Week is gearing up for it’s seventh cycle next week to be closely followed by the GTB Fashion Weekend which kicks off soon after. Both fashion events have grown in strength from year to year and have successfully contributed to placing Lagos firmly on the map as the fashion capital of Africa.

We’ve managed to successfully carve out and claim our place on the fashion calendar - solidified by Conde Nast’s decision to send out Vogue journalists to capture and report on the yearly anticipated events. If Vogue are interested - the fashion world is listening! We’ve been hailed as the city to watch and our emerging designers as inspirational and forward thinking. The rise in media coverage and increased interest in our fashion events has further served as a platform to catapult our raw-talent models from the local catwalks on to an international stage guided by their supportive Mother agencies based in Lagos.

For the first time, Nigerian models are breaking barriers worldwide like never before - ten years ago Oluchi was the only name we heard commanding international runways.  In 2018, there’s a list and the resume is impressive - from opening shows at Hermes SS/19 to Victoria Secret Model Castings, our girls are taking over.

These are the  Faces to Watch:

ANYA EKUNG

Age: 17
Height: 181cm
Agency: ISIS Models (Lagos), MP (Paris), MP (Milan), Premier (London)

2018 Highlights: Getting booked for Dior Exclusive F/W18

Instagram: @ekunganya

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AYOBAMI OKEKUNLE

Age: 19
Height: 172cm
Agency: Few Models (Nigeria), IMG (New York), IMG Paris (Paris), IMG London (London)

Highlights: Featured in the August 2018 issue of British Vogue UK.

Instagram: @ayobamiokekunle

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BOLA EDUN

Age: 21
Height: 178cm
Agency: Few Models (Lagos), Elite (New York), Marilyn Agency (Paris), Blow Models (Barcelona), Select Model Management (London)

2018 Highlights: Walking in six shows at the S/S19 shows: TOME, Diane Von Fursternburg, 3.1 Philip Lim, Jonathan Simkhai, Natasha Zinko & Peter Pilotto.

Instagram:@bola.edun

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IBUKUN SAMMY

Age: 18
Height: 180cm
Agency: ISIS Models (Lagos), D1 Model Management (New York, MP(Paris), MP(Milan)2018

2018 Highlights: Shooting the Loewe S/S19 Campaign in the Dominican Republic

Instagram: @ibukun_sammy

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IMADE OGBEWI
Age
: 23
Height: 178cm
Agency: ISIS Models (Nigeria), Muse Management (New York), Premier ( London), Francina Models (Barcelona), Photogenics (LA), Brave Model Management (MIlan), Silent (Paris)

2018 Highlights: Being listed as a part of Nigeria’s Creative Golden Age’ in W Magazine + opening the show for Hermes S/S19 at Paris Fashion Week.
Instagram: @imade.ogbewi

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JEFFREY OBED

Age: 19
Height: 188cm
Agency: Beth Models (Lagos), Select (London), Elite (Paris), D Management Group (Milan)

Highlights: Making his runaway debut at London Fashion Week walking for Iceberg S/ S19.
Instagram: @blackjeffobed

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OLAMIDE OGUNDELE
Age: 23
Height: 178cm
Agency: 
Few Models (Lagos), IMG (New York), IMG Paris (Paris), IMG Milano (Milan), IMG London (London), Uno Models (Barcelona), Boss Models (Cape Town)

2018 Highlights: Featured in the Marc Jacobs Box Bag F/W 2018 campaign.

Instagram: @olamideogundele

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RUTH AKELE
Age
: 18
Height: 182cm
Agency: Few Models (Lagos), Select Model Management (London), Marilyn Agency (New York), Marilyn Agency (Paris), MUGA Model Management (Hamburg)

Highlights: Walking in seven shows at the S/S19 shows: Loewe, Esteban Cortezar, Thom Browne, Nicopanda, Marta Jakubowski, Etam & Ottolinger.
Instagram: @akeleruth

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TOBI MOMOH

Age: 19
Height: 178cm
Represented by: Beth Models (Lagos), Elite (Paris)

2018 Highlights: Winner of Elite Model Look 2017.

Instagram: n/a

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