Angolan model, Maria Borges, was born and raised in the country’s capital of Luanda during a civil war. At only 11-years-old, Maria lost her mother. Her then 16-year-old older sister took over the role as Maria’s caregiver, leaving the two girls to depend on one other during years of violent warfare and conflict.
Maria initially entertained the idea of modelling simply as a means to earn extra spending money and save for University. She participated in the Elite Model Look Angola competition in 2010 and placed in the top ten. Though she didn’t win, she scored the attention of a local model scout who quickly placed her in an overseas agency. After her first few modelling opportunities, Maria’s sights fixed on New York and the no-longer-unrealistic plan of following in the footsteps her idol, Naomi Campbell.
The top model hit the streets of New York City sprinting. She booked 17 shows in her first New York Fashion Week season, dispelling any doubts industry professionals harboured about the newcomer. In her second season, she became a Givenchy exclusive.
Perhaps most notably, Maria became the first-ever model to walk the runway of Victoria’s Secret annual show with her natural hair. Under the encouragement of British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief, Edward Enninful, and Riccardo Tisci, Maria decided to sport her short, natural afro in her third year walking the show. The following year, two models followed suit on the VS runway. Maria’s unabashed move to embrace her natural beauty is only one feat in her overall goal to inspire women namely those struggling to find themselves represented.
Maria has appeared in beauty campaigns for Givenchy, Bobbi Brown, L’Oréal Paris, Maybelline, Tommy Hilfiger, C&A and H&M. In 2016, Maria became a global ambassador for L’Oréal, signing a multi-year deal spanning across hair, makeup and skincare products.
To date, she has walked the runways of Givenchy, Tom Ford, Balmain, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, Elie Saab, Marchesa, Yeezy and Victoria’s Secret to name only a handful.
Thelma Azasoo, Is Currently In Egypt Ahead Of The 2018 Edition Of Top Model Of The World To Represent Ghana.
Fast rising model from Ghana Thelma Azasoo, is currently in Hurghada, Egypt, ahead of the 2018 Top Model of the World, this time not to represent Ghana alone but West Africa
The young, beautiful, intelligent and talented model has so far received notable recognitions such as Photo Model of the Universe Ghana 2018, Princess of the Globe Ghana 2018, Princess of Africa and Miss Charm categories at Princess of The Globe which was held in Turkey earlier this year.
TOP MODEL OF THE WORLD is an annual event organized by the World Beauty Organization SA with participation from over 40 countries. This is one of the most prestigious and family-oriented competition in the world for models and offers great opportunities, this year’s edition is slated for 6th December to 16th December.
Thelma was sponsored by Amina Coue, First Choice Beauty and Hair, Mantse Impressions, Superman and SROK. The event will be hosted at Meraki Resort the first clubbing resort in the Middle East. Located in the heart of Hurghada with the biggest beach on the Red Sea (2.6km). MERAKI will capture the bohemian souls into an “all-in” experience.
The determinated amazing model has always had the winning spirit, aiming for things that would land her at the top.
“I am excited, it is a great honorand I will surely make Ghana, West Africa proud. Remember to stay locked on myofficial Instagram handle @miz_themy forall the scoop and updates in the coming weeks.” She said.
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IMAGES: Ghana’s Most Beautiful 2017 Queen Zeinab Graduates From The University
Ghana’s most beautiful 2017 Queen Zeinab Abdul Mumin has successfully completed the University of Development Studies.
The 23-year-old Queen said goodbye to the school after four years of studying Developmental Education and graduated with a Second class upper.
She was also awarded by Dean, Faculty of Education for Creativity and Innovation with a special citation which applauds her for using her crown to Educate the masses on Maternal Mortality.
In an interview, she said her ambition is to unite Ghana under one umbrella to promote the beautiful culture with peace and prosperity in order to achieve developmental goals.
“My ambition is to unite Ghana under one umbrella to promote the beautiful culture with peace and prosperity in order to achieve developmental goals. My immediate goal and mission for the crown are to address maternal health and mortality in her home region. I majored in college in developmental education. I will use my training to help encourage and educate mothers, midwives, and maternity health personnel in modern medical practices, which can reduce maternal mortality and promote maternal and child health. I bring a team of supporters and organizations with me to accomplish this most worthy task.” She said.
In 2017 Ms Zeinab, registered the Ma Yurlim Foundation in to serve as the primary vehicle to undertake all projects under her auspices related to reducing maternal mortality and promoting child health in Northern Ghana.
Ms Zeinab on November 19, 2017, at the Accra International Conference Center, beat off a stiff challenge from other beautiful ladies to emerge the winner of the prestigious GMB.
The gorgeous Zeinab went home with the bragging right, dragging along the enviable and coveted Crown in an Erata Motors sponsored KIA Sportage, chauffeured from Accra to the Northern region with GHS12,000 cash.
Duaba Serwaa (Designer Of The Week)
Nelly Hagan-Aboagye is the initiator behind Duaba Serwaa. A womenswear brand that mergers texture, comfort, yet elegant and refined. Nelly had started the brand as a jewellery wear brand and soon expanded into clothing.
A successful clothing line plus participation in international fashion runways like the Mercedes Benz fashion week in Johannesburg, Milan’s fashion night out. The brand boasts a strong African colour and design scheme, showcased in the print choice and unique shapes and figures.
The brand is the architype of class and grace, with effortless fusion of tradition and trends and colour palette that is bright and commands attention. Nelly was connected with the ethical fashion initiative.
She was mentored in Burkina Faso where she learnt about the ethical fashion process. There to mentor her were the likes of Franca Sozzani, Simonetta Gianfelici and the Ethical Fashion Initiative team.
Model Of The Week – David Agbodji
David Agbodji born in Paris on May 8 1987 with black hair and brown eyes. His parents are from Togo and he lived for 10 years in Moscow before the family moved to New York. Studying art at college he always had drawn pictures for his father and he saw this as a career more so than modelling.
A friend then asked him to model some of his clothes while he was in college and the girls at the fashion show went mad for him. He never looked at modelling as a long term career, just a way to work through college and earn some money.
David’s got as much energy as New York City itself. Aside from photography, he’s also passionate about playing basketball and his travels have seen him learn to speak four languages. As it turns out, David keeps his body chiseled by practicing martial arts, something he’s done for years.
In 2008 David signed with Re: Quest Management in New York and went on to be signed with Success Models Paris, Elite Toronto, Click LA, I Love Models Milan, Next London, Unique, Copenhagen and Sight Management Studio Barcelona.
David, in 2009 appear in 2 editorials for GQ magazine and he debuts at the opening and the closing for Calvin Klein in Milan. 2010 saw David become the face of Calvin Klein and he appears in editorials in V, Interview and French Vogue, GQ Style, V Man, 10 Men and on the cover of Numero Homme. He models designs by Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton and Tommy Hilfiger.
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