Nigerian model Oluchi Onweagba isn’t your typical runway model, although she came from typical beginnings. As a young girl, she was completely out of touch when it came to fashion and beauty, but today she is one of the most well-known models who brings her African beauty to an international scale.
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New York – DNA Models
London – Storm Management
Claim to Fame: At age 17, Oluchi entered a “Face of Africa” beauty contest in her hometown of Lagos, Nigeria, after being encouraged by friends and family to do so. Not only did she enter the contest, but she ended up winning first prize, going on to become one of the most popular models from Africa.
Some of Oluchi’s accomplishments include the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (for 7 consecutive years!), Banana Republic, Vogue Italia, ELLE, Marie Claire and Gianfranco Ferre. Much like her predecessors Iman and Naomi Campbell, Oluchi never forget the humble roots she arose from, growing up in the suburbs of Lagos.
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She has used her platform to not only give back to her community, but to contribute to its economical growth and strength. The launch of Africa’s Next Top Model, where Oluchi served as a judge and executive producer, provided an opportunity for young women to explore careers in beauty and fashion while putting West African talent on the map. Since the show’s success, Oluchi hasn’t stopped making a difference; she’s gone on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in business while raising two beautiful sons. Major accomplishments all around for this Naija girl!
2. Talents Rep Africa America brought their headwear style
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3. Sexy gowns by @Keys_ Fashion
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4. Some of the most beautiful models were seen
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5. Nanya Couture made their presence known
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6. Ankara South Africa Prints and Fabrics
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7. Sandals by @SoulAnima
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8. Nina Bosch Earrings
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9. Designer Chu Yan introduced fresh spring colors
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10. More beautiful designs from Nanya Couture SA.
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11. An eye-catching opening by @StylebySA
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12. House of Saint Luke brought golden vibes
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13. Hand painted swimwear
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14. A little bubbly never hurt
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15. Nina Bosch Jewelry
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16. More sexy beach wear by Jade Ashleigh
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17. Natural beauty all around.
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18. Hair Beauty
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19. @Ephymol designs closed the show on a party note!
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Continue reading BEST IN SHOW: Johannesburg Was On Fire For South African Fashion Week
BEST IN SHOW: Johannesburg Was On Fire For South African Fashion Week
South African Fashion Week made headlines for all the right reasons this year. There were beautiful models, popping designs and rich colors that represented the Motherland. There were also a lot of new designers who had the opportunity to display their wonderful talents. Take a gander for yourself and see!