From various countries in Africa, to south of the globe in Australia, these 10 black female models are changing the industry one fashion week at a time. Following the steps of Naomi Campbell, Beverly Johnson, Beverly Peele, and Tyra Banks, these millennials are soon to be a household name in 2015 in becoming fashion’s go-to black female couture trailblazers.With NY Fashion Week well underway, we thought it would be important to highlight these trailblazers in their own right. Get familiar!
  1. Maria Borges
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Named Forbes Africa Magazine’s top model of 2013, Maria Borges has taken the fashion world by storm since her raise in 2010. The Angolan born model has since graced the runways of Givenchy, Moschino, Victoria Secret and countless others in her five year career. And with agencies such as New York Supreme Management, Women Management Paris and Women Milan, representing her, it’s no surprise the 5ft 11in beauty has made the cover of Vogue Portugal, and advertised in H&M and Givenchy campaigns

Model Stats:

  • 22 years old
  • Represented by: New York Supreme Management, Women Management Paris, Women Milan, Elite Models London and Stockholm
  • Social Media:

Twitter: @Mariabo01940093

Instagram: @mariaborges28

  1. Grace Mahary
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This Winnipeg born beauty was first scouted by her now mother agency, Elmer Olsen Model Management, while with her mother at a shopping mall. It didn’t take long for her to enter and win the ELLE Canada Model Search in 2005 that catapulted her career to what it is today. From Eritrean decent, this model first landed her big break in Trey Songz, Invented Sex, music video which caught the eyes of many. Now in almost a decade of her career, Mahary has walked the runways of Victoria Secret, Chanel, Alexander Wang and countless other haute couture designers from Milan to Paris.

Model Stats:

  • 25 years old
  • Represented by: Elmer Olsen Model Management Canada, IMG Australia, Paris, New York and London
  • Social Media:

Twitter: @GraceMahary

Instagram: @gracemahary

  1. Senait Gidey
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Another Toronto native, Senait Gidey is quickly making a name for herself in the fashion community at the young age of 19. First making her fashion debut at the age of 16 by signing with Elmer Olsen Model Managment in Toronto, Senait has thus far modeled for Balmain, Ralph Lauren, and Burberry, and has been featured in fashion editorials such as Harpers Bazar UK and Vogue Italia.  Being the only black model in Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Fall/Winter 2013 presentation sparks a fire for the bright eyed model as she looks up to fellow East African super models such as Liya Kibede and Iman Abdulmajid as being inspirations for her growing career.

Model Stats:

  • 19 years old
  • Represented by: Elmer Olsen Model Management Canada, IMG New York, Paris and Milan
  • Social Media:

Instagram: @senaitgidey

  1. Imaan Hammam
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Born in Netherlands of Moroccan and Egyptian decent, Imaan Hammam is a young, fresh faced beauty quickly making a name for herself amongst industry heavy weights. Noted by American Vogues, Anna Wintour, as a face to look out for, Hammam has let her big, curly stresses walk for the likes of Alexander Wang, Hermes, Marc Jacobs, and many others. From her scouting in Amsterdam Central Station, the teenage model made her debut opening for Givenchy, which aided in her career to be one of the faces of the coveted American Vogue September issue.

Model Stats:

  • 18 years old
  • Represented by: DNA Modes New York, VIVA Model Management Paris, London and Barcelona, Why Not Model Management Milan
  • Social Media:

Twitter: @ImaanHammam

Instagram: @hammamimaan

  1. Melodie Monrose
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Beginning her career at the age of 18 in 2010, Monrose has many credits under her belt with being in the industry for five years. With her first dream of becoming a fashion designer coming to a halt after her discovery, the Martinique native is still very much involved in the fashion world. Having modeled for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Zac Posen, and Jeremey Scott, the 5ft 10in model shows her passion for fashion on the runways. As her career continues to grow, maybe her dream of designing could come into fruition in years to come.

Model Stats:

  • 22 years old
  • Represented by: NEXT New York, Paris, London, and Milan, Uno Models Barcelona
  • Social Media:

Twitter: @MelodieMonrose

Instagram: @melodiemonrose

  1. Leomie Anderson
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From the fashionable streets of London, Leomie Anderson was scouted at the age of 14 on her way from school. Reluctantly becoming a model in her early years, the stated tomboy made the choice to break into the industry at a young age and hasn’t looked back since. Noted for her wide eyes and full lips, Anderson not only enjoys strutting down the runway for notables such as Moshino and Jeremy Scott, and gracing campaigns for Top Shop; she also enjoys running her website, crackedchinacup.com, where she uploads beauty, hair and personal videos.

Model Stats:

  • 19 years old
  • Represented by: Premier Model Management London
  • Social Media:

Instagram: @leomieanderson

Website: crackedchinacup.com

  1. Diandra Forrest
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Recognizably the face in Kanye West’s Power music video and Beyoncé’s Pretty Hurts, Diandra Forrest is making the fashion world know the name behind the face. From always being stopped by passerby’s in her home town of Bronx, New York, Forrest is familiar with attention. Being teased and being called “Casper” because of her Albinism was hard growing up for the 25 year-old model, but she later channeled her differences by embracing her uniqueness and putting it into print and on screen. Having walked for Jean Paul Gautier and Vivienne Westwood, and gracing an editorial feature in the 2010 May issue of Glamour Magazine, the African American, fair skinned model continues to break down barriers in the fashion world and society.

Model Stats:

  • 25 years old
  • Represented by: Elite Model Management New York, IZAIO Management Berlin
  • Social Media:

Twitter: @DiandraForrest

Instagram: @diandraforrest

  1. Ajak Deng
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Closely resembling model icon Alek Wek, Ajak Deng is a model all on her own. The Sudanese born, Melbourne-raised model comes from a past of pain yet triumph. Fleeing from her origin of Sudan during the Sudanese war, and losing her mother to malaria at the age of 12, Deng and her 6 siblings took refuge in Australia where the soon-to-be model developed her craft. Knowing that she should put her 6ft stature to good use, Deng knew that modeling would not only aid in her career, but her family as well. Being noted in walking for Louis Vuitton and Chanel, and gracing campaigns for Top Shop, KENZO, Kate Spade, and Calvin Klein, the well-established model still faces racial issues in the fashion industry that she consistently fights to break.

Model Stats:

  • 25 years old
  • Represented by: IMG New York, Australia and Paris
  • Social Media:

Instagram: @ajak_deng

  1. Ashley Turner
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This British born model is making her way into the modeling industry one runway at a time. With African American and Portuguese decent contributing to her daring green eyes, Turner is on the fashion radar and walking her way into fashion houses as fashion weeks continue to approach her with innovative collections. Recently walking for Rag and Bone Fall/Winter 2014 and power house Carolina Herrera for their Fall/Winter 2014 show, Turner is turning heads and is a model to look out for in fashion weeks to come.

Model Stats:

  • Represented by: Supreme New York Management, Woman Management Paris, Elite London
  • Social Media:

Instagram: @officalashleyturner

  1. Binx Walton
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With football being her first love at the age of nine, Leona “Binx” Walton later grew to like the idea of modeling and signed with Next Model Management at the age of 17. In her first season Walton walked for Marc Jacobs and from there caught the eyes of many. Just three years shy of her career, the 5ft 10in gazelle has walked for the likes of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne, Alexander McQueen and notable others. Also, the performing arts graduate is already the face of Céline and has graced the covers of British Vogue, Dazed and Confused, and The Document.  

Model Stats:

  • 19 years old
  • Represented by: Next Model Management New York, Paris, Milan, London, and Los Angles, AMAX Talent Nashville
  • Social Media:

Twitter: @WaltonLeona

Instagram: @binxwalton