Though far from ideal, 2017 saw some form of rise in the number of black models on mainstream international catwalks, including at  the column-inch-grabbing Victoria’s Secret show. For many apt reasons, we crowned the Nigerian teen Mayowa Nicholas – our current print edition Cover star, as our Model of the year. But that did not preclude many more who would have made the cut if we had to. As we look forward to the time when diversity in the fashion and beauty industry  will become a non-news-story worth highlighting hopefully starting with 2018, here are some of our favourite black models that made their mark in the past year.  Celebrate them we do. And here are some of the favourite runway looks they rocked. (Photos – AFP)



reGina Jane

reGina Jane Jere is a Zambian-born London-based journalist and founding Editor of the New African Woman magazine the sister-publication of the New African magazine of which she was the Deputy Editor for over a decade. The mother of two juggles a wide-range of editorial and managerial duties, but she has particular passion on women’s health, education, rights and empowerment. She is also a former Zambian correspondent for Agence France Presse, and a former Africa Researcher at Index on Censorship. She writes extensively on a wide range of issues, from politics to women’s rights, media and free speech to beauty and fashion

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