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Top 10 Black Young Models

These Black Young Models are killing the model scene shining their Black Girl Magic on the runways and in magazines. We have and continue to see a steady increase of black young models at  New York Fashion Week over the past few years.

There are only a handful of black models that have paved the way for these black young models today. Naomi Sims, for example, is known as the world’s first black supermodel. Naomi appeared on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal, November 1968.

Model, Beverly Johnson became the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of Vogue in 1974. Other top fashion super models include Selita Ebanks, Jessica White, Iman, Tyra Banks, and Naomi Campbell .

Black culture contributes enormously to the fashion industry, but we rarely get credit for it. Over 50 years ago, there would have never been this many young black models on the cover of magazines such as VOGUE and walking in well known High Fashion, Fashion Shows for designers such as Marc Jacobs. This list of black young models below are continuously breaking societies fashion standards and barriers.

And although the number of black models have increased, these black young models, as well as others are working every day to change the industry for the better.

1. Imari Karanja

Currently represented by…….

New York Next New York

Paris Next Paris

Milan Next Milan

London Next London

Copenhagen Unique Models

Imari’s very first fashion  show was  for Marc Jacobs.

2. Kyla Ramsey

Currently represented by…..

New York Muse Management

Paris Women 360 Paris

Milan Fabbrica Milano Management

London The Hive Management

Barcelona Traffic Models

Kayla Ramsey made her debut in 2019 in fashion shows for Louis Vuitton  Valentino Couture , Christian Dior (Paris).

3. Adut Akech

Currently represented by…..

New York The Society Management 

Paris Elite Paris

Milan Elite Milan

London Elite London

Barcelona Elite Spain

Copenhagen Elite Copenhagen

Sydney Chadwick Models

Adut Akech made her fashion week runway debut as a model in the Saint Laurent S/S 17 show.

4. Sacha Quenby

Currently represented by…

New York Women Management

Paris Women Management Paris

Milan Women Management Milan

London The Squad

Amsterdam Future Faces Model Mgmt

Brussels Dominique Models

Copenhagen Scoop Models

Sacha Quenby started her modeling career after being spotted by a model scout while shopping.

5. Yorgelis Marte

Currently represented by….

New York IMG

Paris IMG Paris

Milan IMG Milano

London IMG London

Barcelona Francina Models

Toronto WANT MANAGEMENT

Yorgelis Marte has been featured in fashion shows for designers such as YSL, Paco Rabanne, Nina Ricci, Valentino, Givenchy, Sacai, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton just to name a few.

6. Naomi Chin Wing

Currently represented by…..

New York Elite New York City

Paris Oui Management

Milan Monster Management

New York 28Models

Naomi walked her very first show for Saint Laurent in 2017.

7. Janaye Furman

Currently represented by…..

New York Ford Models

Paris Oui Management

Milan Why Not Model Management

Janaye Furman became the first black model to open for Louis Vuitton at their Spring 2018 runway show at Paris Fashion Week.

8. Maria Borges

Currently represented by……

New York IMG

Paris IMG Paris

Milan IMG Milano

London IMG London

Barcelona Uno Models

Cape Town 20 Model Management

Hamburg Mega Model Agency

Lisboa We Are Models

Los Angeles IMG Los Angeles

Sydney IMG Australia

Maria Borges became the first black model to walk in Victoria’s Secret’s annual show with her natural hair.

9. Blesnya Minher

Currently represented by…….

New York The Society Management

Paris Elite Paris

Milan Elite Milan

London Elite London

Barcelona Elite Spain

Copenhagen Elite Copenhagen

Lisbon Da Banda Model Management

Blésnya Minher made her debut as a model in 2016 at the Dior Spring / Summer 2017 Fashion Show.

10. Indira Scott

Currently represented by…..

New York DNA Models

Paris Oui Management

Milan Why Not Model Management

Indira Scott made her runway debut at Dior’s resort show of May 2019.
The fashion industry has made an even further effort to promote the inclusion and representation of black young models  in mainstream spheres. I am excited to see what this new generation of talented black young models will bring to the fashion industry.
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