Africa is a continent of many, many countries and cultures. There’s so much variety on the African continent that it can be difficult to choose just one thing to write about. But of course, there are always things considered “hot” in all the different regions.
The following is a list of African women who are breaking barriers and shattering stereotypes daily. These ladies are making the world a better place, from activists to entrepreneurs, while looking fabulous doing it. They’re CEOs; they’re influencers; they’re scientists; they’re singers-songwriters or chefs or artists. Some of them are even famous models. If you’re a black woman in Africa or abroad and you’re looking for a little inspiration, then this post is for you. This post provides you with a list of the hottest African women from different regions on this continent.
Table of Contents
- 1. Zozibini Tunzi
- 2. Jawahir Ahmed
- 3. Atong Demach
- 4. Joelle Kayembe
- 5. Adaora Akubilo
- 6. Dillish Mathews
- 7. Lupita Nyongo’o
- 8. Nonhle Thema
- 9. Thandie Newton
- 10. Miriam Chemmoss
- 11. Isha Sesay
- 12. Nadia Buari
- 13. Leila Lopes
- 14. Honorine Uwera
- 15. Lorraine Van Wyk
- 16. Nyasha Matonhodze
- 17. Genevieve Nnaji
- 18. Kandyse McClure
- 19. Ella Thomas
- 20. Megalyn Echikunwoke
- 21. Michelle Van Der Water
- 22. Ajuma Nasanyana
- 23. Fatima Siad
- 24. Helen Getachew
- 25. Yemi Alade
- 26. Jackie Appiah
- 27. Iman Abdulmajid
- 28. Yasmin Warsame
- 29. Saba Anglana
- 30. Samira Hashi
- 31. Tara Emad
- 32. Nelly Karim
- 33. Meriam George
- 34. Fawzia Mohamed (beauty Queen/Model)
- 35. Donia Hamed
- 36. Liya Kebede
- 37. Amleset Muchie
- 38. Behati Prinsloo
- 39. Semra Kebede
- 40. Thando Hopa
- 41. Tanit Phoenix
- 42. Zineid Obeid
- 43. Amina Allam
- 44. Fadoua Lahlou
- 45. Lesliana Pereira
- 46. Nyakim Gatwech
- 47. Adau Mornyang
- 48. Ataui-Deng Hopkins
- 49. Immaculate Aheu Deng
- 50. Manuela Mogga Matong (Miss World South Sudan 2013)
- 51. Sylvia Nduka
- 52. Candice Susan Swanepoel
- 53. Oluchi Onweagba
- 54. Agbani Darego
- 55. Rachel Mwanza
- 56. Joëlle Kayembe
1. Zozibini Tunzi
Zozibini Tunzi was born in 1993; she is a model and actress from South Africa queen who was crowned Miss Universe 2019 in Thailand. She is the first South African woman to win the Crown. She also is the only African woman to have ever won the title of Miss Universe. She is a qualified teacher for science, having obtained her diploma at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
2. Jawahir Ahmed
Jawahir Ahmed was born in 1991 in Logan, Utah, United States. She is a Somali-American model and beauty pageant titleholder who Miss Minnesota USA 2018 was crowned. Ahmed has participated in the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants and has served as a local contestant and host of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
3. Atong Demach
Along Demach is a businesswoman and beauty queen from South Sudan. Miss World South Sudan 2011 was her title. She’s the younger sister of Atong Anyiel, who also participated in Miss World South Sudan 2011. Since 2013 she has worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as a refugee protection officer in Uganda. In 2014, she was awarded the Order of Civil Merit by South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit. She also became an ambassador for the “No to Violence Campaign.”
4. Joelle Kayembe
Joelle Kayembe was born in 1994 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is a model and actress who won the title of Miss Congo 2015. She represented Congo at Miss World 2015 and came back as 1st runner up at Miss Congos. Kayembe has appeared in several television commercials that promote several brands like; Sprite, Nestle, Walkers, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and many others. She also starred in two movies, “the hunt” and “God’s angels,” before she was asked to join the Miss Congos competition.
5. Adaora Akubilo
Adaora Akubilo is a Nigerian-American model. She was born in 1996. In 2007, Akubilo was one of the 12 finalists in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search, which aired on NBC. Adaora attended a Sports Illustrated interview at her hometown modeling agency, John Casablancas, in 2012. She was invited to appear on the show and traveled to Los Angeles to film the Sports Illustrated television show. She subsequently went on to appear in the Swimsuit Editions of Sports Illustrated in 2012 and 2013. In addition to Covergirl, Garnier Nutrisse, House of Dereon, Ray-Ban, Boden, Abercrombie, Mary Kay, Ulta, Burts Bees, and Avon, she has worked on campaigns for Covergirl, Garnier Nutrisse, House of Dereon, Boden, Abercrombie, Mary Kay, Ulta, Burts Bees, and Avon. In addition, new York Model Management has taken her on as a client.
6. Dillish Mathews
Dillish Mathews was born in 1990. She is the winner of the 2013 Big Brother Africa’ The Chase winner’. Dillish is the only South African to have won any of the Big Brother Africa shows. Before Big Brother, Dillish had gained popularity in Nigeria for her charity work at the Lagos Children Hospital. She has since started her charity foundation, which focuses on providing medical treatment and care to children in need all across Africa. This is not Dillish’s first time to make the list of 100 most beautiful women in Nigeria; she was ranked 86th on Pulse’s ‘100 most beautiful people in Nigeria 2013’ list.
7. Lupita Nyongo’o
Lupita Nyongo’o was born in 1983. She is a Kenyan and Mexican actress. She is regarded as a fashion icon, and she is regarded as the gorgeous woman in Hollywood. She became famous for her role in “Twelve Years a Slave.” Lupita has a net worth of 10 million dollars. She has appeared in several television series and movies. She played the role of Patsey in “12 Years a Slave,” which won an Oscar for best picture. Lupita is now signed with Wilhelmina Modeling Agency. She has worked with the photographers Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Paolo Roversi, and David Sims. Lupita is also regarded as an activist for women’s rights, and she has participated in several campaigns to end child slavery.
8. Nonhle Thema
Nonhle Thema is a popular television presenter and actress. She was born in 1981 in Pretoria. Ms. Thema holds a BA degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Johannesburg. She holds a BA degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Johannesburg. Ms. Thema is also known for her role as Anele in the South African romantic comedy “Moshoeshoe’s Children” (2008), directed by John Trengrove. She has since gone on to star in three separate films.
9. Thandie Newton
Melanie Thandiwe Newton Parker OBE is an English actress. She was born in 1972 in Brixton, London. She is best known for her role as Computer hacker Athena in the television series The Invisibles and her portrayal of Dr. Daniela Rice in the science-fiction action film G. I Joe: The Rise of Cobra, a box office success and launched her career to international prominence.
10. Miriam Chemmoss
Miriam Chemmoss is a multi-talented artist who hails from East Africa. She has a talent for drawing and a passion for fashion. Her artwork consists of fashion photography, illustrations, painting, and general art. She is currently working with brands such as Apple, Facebook, and Colgate-Palmolive, to name a few.
11. Isha Sesay
Isha Sesay was born in 1976. She is a British journalist of Sierra Leonean descent. She currently works as a news presenter for ITV and is the main reporter on Channel 4 News. Isha Sesay also reports and presents Channel 4 and More4 news for Channel 4 News and More4. Sesay was announced as a newsreader for Channel 4 News in November 2012. From September 2011, she had been a main and relief newsreader and reporter on the ITV News at Ten and ITV News along with Ivan Yates and Julie Etchingham.
12. Nadia Buari
Nadia Buari was born in 1982. She is a Ghanaian actress. In 2006, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2009, she won the Ghana Movie Awards for Best Actress. In 2014, she was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in Ghana by the Sofitel Afrik Best Beauty Awards. At the 2015 BET Awards, she was nominated for Best Female Artist in Africa. She has appeared in films like The Evil Within (2014), (2015) (2016) (2017) (2018)
13. Leila Lopes
Leila Lopes was born in 1986. She is a Bamboula actress, television host, model, and beauty queen who has won Miss Angola UK 2010, Miss Angola 2010, and Miss Universe 2011 beauty pageants. The first African woman to win a beauty pageant, Lopes was crowned as Miss Angola 2010. Her beauty won the hearts of many people, who voted for her to represent Angola at Miss Universe 2011. Before winning Miss Universe 2011, Lopes was a model and television host. She crowned Miss Angola UK in 2010 at the age of 24. She won the pageant in London in 2010. This led to her competing in the Miss Universe 2010 pageant, where she finished among the top 15.
14. Honorine Uwera
Honorine Uwera is a famous model in both African and Western media. She is the face of the luxury brand Hugo Boss, was featured in several adverts and is ranked one of the top models in Africa. Uwera was born in 1985 in Zambia. She grew up in her native country but moved to Berlin at age 19 to pursue her career after winning a modeling contest.
15. Lorraine Van Wyk
Lorraine Van Wyk was born in 1982 in London, South Africa. She is a South African Actress who had lead roles in South African television shows like “Generations,” “The Wild,” and “Saved.” She also had minor roles in “Scandal!”, “Isidingo” and the Zulu language soapie, “Saudi’ Snaysi. Her film career includes her portrayal of Gina in the short film, ‘A Mother’s Love.’ Van Wyk started her career in modeling, appearing in print and television commercials for brands like Coca-Cola. She began her acting career when she won the lead role of Zandile Makapan in the popular television series Saudi Snaysi.
16. Nyasha Matonhodze
Nyasha Matonhodze is a Zimbabwean-British fashion model. She was born in Zimbabwe in December 1986. She is a former Miss World Africa and a former Miss Zimbabwe. She has been on the cover of magazines such as “Essence” and “Vibe Italia.” In 2012 she participated in the British reality television show “Ladette to Lady.” Matonhodze is from Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. Her modeling career began in 2005 when she entered a competition organized by the magazine “Essence” and won.
17. Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve Nnaji was born in 1979. She is a Nigerian actress, producer, and director. She is one of the most prominent actresses in Nigerian cinema. She won a Best Actress award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2013. Nnaji was born in 1979 to a Nigerian father and an English mother. She grew up with her two sisters and two brothers on the Island of São Tomé off the coast of Gabon in West Africa. In 1996 she moved to Lagos, Nigeria, to study biochemistry at the University of Lagos.
18. Kandyse McClure
Kandyse McClure was born in 1980. She is a South African-born Canadian actress, perhaps best known for her work on the hit TV series Battlestar Galactica. She has featured in films like “The Core,” “The Butterfly Effect 2”, and “Madame X.” Kandyse McClure got her break when she was cast to play the role of Tory Foster in the re-imagined version of Battlestar, which aired on TV.
19. Ella Thomas
Ella A. Thomas was born in 1981. She is an Eritrean American actress, model, and producer. She is best known for starring as Leila in the television series The Forgotten on ABC. She also had roles in Stomp the Yard, Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming, Akeelah and the Bee, Tamara’s film debut Suspicious Activity, and Clifford’s Big Movie. She attended Lesher Middle School for seventh-graders through eighth-grade students. Thomas graduated from Los Angeles’s Crenshaw High School after spending three years at Charter Oak High School in Covina, California.
20. Megalyn Echikunwoke
Ebubennem Megalyn Ann Echikunwokewas born in 1983. She is an American actress, known primarily for her roles in television and film. She is best known for her roles as “Mia Toretto” in The Fast and the Furious film series and her recurring role as “Sophia” on the NBC sitcom Undateable. She was born in Philadelphia to a Kpelle (Gbe) family. Echikunwoke is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She made her acting debut in 2000, playing “Princess Lela” in Spike Lee’s film Bamboozled. Her other roles include “Lacy” on the series Just Shoot Me!, “Leah” on the Fox sitcom Do Not Disturb, and “Katherine” in the film The Last Kiss. She also appeared on an episode of Crash.
21. Michelle Van Der Water
Michelle Van Der Water is a South African native-born in 1978 in Cape Town. She is a model, actress, presenter, and beauty pageant titleholder. Michelle started as a model. However, she quickly found herself signing on for other modeling assignments. Eventually, she decided to venture into acting. As a result, she became the Miss South Africa 2006 titleholder, which preceded her in winning the Miss World 2006 title.
22. Ajuma Nasanyana
Ajuma Nasanyana was born in 1985,. She is a Kenyan model. She has worked with Victoria’s Secret and Carlos Mines. She has also won the title of Miss Tourism World Kenya. She graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Degree in Marketing and Sales. Ajuma also studied at the University of East Africa and Kasarani International School. She has worked on various advertising campaigns such as Bianco Ciao, Victoria’s Secret, TVC Network, and Assoluta. Ajuma Nasanyana has featured in “FHM Magazine” and other African models such as the Tanzania-born model Hiwot Bilis.
23. Fatima Siad
Fatima Siad was born in 1986. She is a Somali-American fashion model. She came in third place on Cycle 10 of America’s Next Top Model. She currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She walked the runway for Wanda in 2008. She is currently signed with Mirabella Model Management and Elite Model Management.
24. Helen Getachew
Helen Getachew is an Ethiopian beauty pageant winner who was named Miss Universe Ethiopia 2012. She worked as a model and appeared in 2013, 2014, and 2015 campaigns for Gigalight skincare products. In addition, Getachew has been actively involved in making the Ethiopian hair products Gladwell Beauty so popular.
25. Yemi Alade
Yemi Eberechi Alade was born in 1989. She is a Nigerian Afropop singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. In 2013, she released a controversial song, Johnny, collaborating with Nigerian artist Wale. In 2014, the singer was nominated for several awards, including MTV Africa Music Awards and Nigeria Entertainment Awards. In addition, she has been featured across many magazines, including the international edition of Rolling Stone magazine.
26. Jackie Appiah
Jackie Appiah was born in Canada in 1983. She is a Ghanaian Canadian actress. Her role as Precious in the 2009 film “The Secret Life of Bees” got her noticed, and she continues to pursue acting as a full-time profession. Some of her other notable works include “A Cinderella Story” (2005) and “Yelling to the Sky” (2007). She won the Young Artist Award for Best performance in an upcoming film.
27. Iman Abdulmajid
Iman Abdulmajid was born in 1955. She is a Somali-American fashion model, actress, and entrepreneur. She is one of the most successful and influential models ever. She is also my #1 choice for the world’s most attractive women list. Iman is also my inspiration and motivation since she is a female entrepreneur who inspires me. She has become an icon for modern women by defying stereotypes. Iman was born in Somalia to a Somali father and Swedish mother and grew up in Kenya and Saudi Arabia, moving to the United States.
28. Yasmin Warsame
Yasmin Abshir Warsame was born in 1976. She is a Canadian model and activist of Somali origin. Warsame was named one of Glamour magazine’s “Best-Dressed” of 2003. Her work for the Somali diaspora promoted the acceptance of her culture, and she helped create awareness about Somalia’s famine in 2004. She was invited to meet with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan during his visit to Somalia and became an ambassador for the International Medical Corps, which feeds children in Africa. Warsame is also an entrepreneur and recent star of the TV series “Shades of Blue.”
29. Saba Anglana
Saba Anglana was born in 1970. She is a Somali-Italian actress and international singer. She is considered one of the most prominent Somali actresses in the world. In addition, she is a very successful international singer. England has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and musicals. She is the daughter of Somali parents living in Canada.
30. Samira Hashi
Samira Hashi was born in 1991. She is a Somali-British model, social activist, and community worker based in London. She was named one of “The Top 10 Most Beautiful Women on the Internet” by the Huffington Post. Hashi is also a member of ‘Girls Not Brides,’ which aims to empower young girls and prevent child marriage in Kenya. The organization ‘Young Women’s Project’ works with at-risk young girls in South London.
31. Tara Emad
Tara Emad was born in 1993 in Egyptian. She is an Egyptian actress and model. She is best known for starring in the 2017 American action comedy film “The Cabin” and the 2018 American action thriller film “Avengers: Infinity War.” She has made several appearances in FUK, BEST Magazine, Men’s Health Magazines, and CLEO. In addition to acting, she is a model as well as an Instagram influencer.
She has been featured in publications such as Forbes Middle East. She is also a certified instructor at Boston University’s International Modeling & Talent Association program. Tara is well known for her roles in “Akher Sa’a” and “Al-Nokbtah Wahda.” She is also known to be one of the most beautiful faces in Egypt.
32. Nelly Karim
Nelly Karim was born in 1980. She is an Egyptian actress, model, and ballerina. She is known for her roles in films such as Gharam (2013), Mena (2012), and Al-Sa’a (2012). She also starred in two films directed by Joanna Klobucka: “Search” and “God’s Gift” (2009). Nelly has served as a judge on TV shows such as “Stars of Ballet” and “Supermodel Egypt.” She has also danced and choreographed for musical and theater productions.
33. Meriam George
Meriam George was born in 1987 in Cairo, Egyptian. She is an Egyptian beauty pageant titleholder and 1st runner-up at Miss Supertalent. She represented Egypt in Miss Universe 2005, Miss Intercontinental 2005, and Miss Earth 2006. She is also known as a professional and saleswoman for “Selecta” and “Raisin.” Meriam is also known as a television host, press, enter, and actress. She appeared on various television shows such as “Sekta El Ghorba,” “Al-Sa’a Wa Al-Dahshara,” “Al-Ekhbariya A’lam al-Manhaj.”
34. Fawzia Mohamed (beauty Queen/Model)
Fawzia Mohamed was born in 1983 in Cairo, Egypt. She is an Egyptian beauty queen and model who has crowned Miss Egypt in 2006. She is the first black woman to have won the title in the history of Miss Egypt. Fawzia Mohamed gained fame when she participated in a well-known TV program during Ramadan (“sah”) and The final aired on June 26, 2003. Since then, she has become a household name and one of Egypt’s most famous public figures. Fawzia Mohamed appeared in films such as “Al-Hob fi Amrika,” “Eskandaria,” and “Lazim ya Zalzala.” She was also featured alongside Egyptian actors Mohamed Sobhy and others.
35. Donia Hamed
Donia Hamed is a model from Egypt. In 2010, she crowned Miss Egypt Universe. Her second job is at the stock exchange. Miss Universe 2010 was her first competition. She was born in Egypt in 1989. She is a model, TV host, and actress. She has been featured on several TV shows, including “The Winner,” “Al-Woot Al-Omriya,” “Al-Mateniya Al Ihsan,” “Waqt Wa Asrar.”
36. Liya Kebede
Liya Kebede was born in 1978 in Ethiopia. She is a model, designer, actress, and philanthropist. She is best known for her role in the 2006 Italian film “The Devil Wears Prada” as Meryl Streep’s assistant. Liya Kebede also appeared in the movies “World War Z,” “Flight,” “The Girl on the Train,” “The Light Between Oceans.” Liya Kebede has become famous thanks to her modeling career.
37. Amleset Muchie
Amleset Muchie was born in 1978 in Addis Ababa. She is one of the most successful Ethiopian actresses, TV, theater, and media personalities. She is known as the beauty queen of Ethiopian cinema and one of the most beautiful women in Ethiopia. She is a big social media celebrity and active on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Amleset Muchie started her career as a theater actress at Addis Ababa University Theater, where she played roles such as funny characters such as “Snow White” and “Two Sisters.”
38. Behati Prinsloo
Behati Prinsloo was born in 1988 in Namibia. She is a model from Namibia. She was the first Pink contract model in 2008, and in 2009, she was named a Victoria’s Secret Angel. She has appeared in a total of nine Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows. She has taken part in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, including its controversial 2002.
39. Semra Kebede
Semra Kebede was born in 1987 in Nigerian; Her ethnicity is Ethiopian. Currently, she is an actress and model. Among her latest movies are “Africa United” and the play “Late Marriage.” Kebede also started an international career in 2008 after she was ranked among the top 10 models of the world by the financial magazine Forbes.
40. Thando Hopa
Thando Hopa was born in 1989 in Sebokeng. She is a South African model, activist, and lawyer. She is the first woman with albinism to be on the cover of Vogue South Africa. She is also the first albino model to walk the runway of an international fashion week.
Thando Hopa has also created the “Fashion for Change” Platform, which aims to empower people in her community through art and fashion. Thando Hopa launched in November 2017 in Jo’burg in South Africa, a new NGO which aims to empower youths in the Limpopo Province with skills in different trades. This NGO is called Smangele Youth Outreach Foundation (SYOF).
41. Tanit Phoenix
Tanit Phoenix was born in 1980. She is a South African fashion model, actress, and makeup artist. She is well known for her involvement in the reality show ‘Big Brother Africa.’ Phoenix was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. She has been modeling since she was young and has also worked as a dancer. Phoenix has also worked as a TV presenter on E! Africa’s Saturday Night TV show and hosting the Channel O Television show The Ghetto Report with author Lindiwe Mapaila. Tanit Phoenix is currently working with Ladylyn Fashion and Modeling Agency.
42. Zineid Obeid
Zineid Obeid was born 1985 in Casablanca, Maroc. She is an actress, singer, and dancer. Zeid Obeid played in her first film, “Kouta,” in 2013. She played the role of Fatima Ezzahra, a character of hope and change for Moroccan society. She also starred in the new topical “My friend Sami” where she plays the role of Noor, an activist who does not hesitate to act for social justice or defend her best friend Sami.
43. Amina Allam
Amina was born in Morocco in 1993. Amina is a well-known and well-liked celebrity who is well-known for being an Instagram star. She is a model as well as a designer. She has been on the cover of various magazines, including Elle, Grazia, and more. She has also appeared in the pages of high-fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She is one of the few women who can be referred to as a supermodel because she has style and grace, which many other models lack. Amina is a model and entrepreneur. She owns her fashion label, which she calls “the Allam sisters.” Some of these lines include “Tunzi,” “Amina,” “Asma,” and others.
44. Fadoua Lahlou
Fadoua Lahlou was born in 1987, is a Moroccan fashion model who became the winner of the Elite Model Look Morocco 2003 contest. She represented Morocco at the 2003 Elite Model Look World Final. Elie Saab’s mother discovered her, and she gave Lahlou her big break by inviting her to walk for her son’s show during Fashion Week in Tangier. She has walked for Balenciaga, Kenzo, Dior, Chanel, and Chloe, among others.
45. Lesliana Pereira
Lesliana Pereira was born in 1987 . She is an Angolan model and beauty pageant titleholder. She has crowned Miss Angola in 2008 and represented her country in Miss Universe 2008 on August 23, 2008, in Nha Trang, Vietnam.
46. Nyakim Gatwech
Nyakim Gatwech was born in 1993 in Sudan. She is an activist of the White Revolution of South Sudan. She is one of the girls who appeared on Miss South Sudan Top Model, founded by South Sudanese American model Maya Naum. As a modeling contest, it was held on February 2, 2012. She won first place in this contest and broke away from many challenges that have made her famous worldwide.
47. Adau Mornyang
Adau Mornyang was born in 1994. She is a Top Australian model and beauty pageant finalist. She was featured on the cover of “Vogue South Africa” and was chosen as a Miss Universe pageant finalist in 2013. She is the first and only African woman to be selected as a Miss Universe pageant finalist. Vogue SA chose Adau Mornyang for their May 2013 issue and chose her again in 2014 for their Winter 2014 issue. She was also featured on the cover of “Johannesburg Vogue” in 2015, on the cover of “Harper’s Bazaar Australia,” on the cover of “India Vogue.” She was featured on the cover of “GQ South Africa” in 2016.
48. Ataui-Deng Hopkins
Ataui-Deng Hopkins, also known as Ataui Deng, was born in 1991. She is a Sudanese American model. She became famous through her modeling work. She is one of the most recognized models to emerge from Sudan, and she has been featured in several fashion magazines such as ‘Fusion’ and ‘Essence.’ Ataui-Deng Hopkins (Sudanese American Model)
49. Immaculate Aheu Deng
Immaculate Aheu Deng was born in 1986. She is a South Sudanese beauty queen and fashion model. She is not only Miss South Sudan 2009 but also the winner of the global Crown. Deng represented South Sudan at the Miss Earth 2009 beauty contest in Manila, the Philippines, on December 18, 2009. She was appointed as Miss Earth South Sudan 2009 by the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir. During her reign as Miss Earth South Sudan, she promoted peace and unity with an important speech about peace and war, mostly followed by citizens of Africa.
50. Manuela Mogga Matong (Miss World South Sudan 2013)
Manuela Mogga Matong is a 24-year-old South Sudanese model and beauty queen. She was selected as Miss World South Sudan in 2013. In the same year, she represented South Sudan in Miss World 2013 in Bali with a message of peace. She was the first representative of her country in an international pageant after South Sudan became independent.
51. Sylvia Nduka
Sylvia Nduka was born in 1992. She is a former Nigerian beauty pageant winner and entrepreneur. Nduka won the title of Miss Nigeria 2012 and was crowned the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 2013. She represented Nigeria at Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow, Russia, placing in the top 20.
52. Candice Susan Swanepoel
Candice Susan Swanepoel was born in 1988. She is a South African model and philanthropist. She is known for her work with Victoria’s Secret, appearing on the 2011 and 2012 covers of their annual themed issue in 2011 and 2012, respectively. In addition, she was the highest-paid model in the world in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Aside from modeling, Candice Swanepoel is also known for her philanthropy work. She has ties to South Africa Designers Against AIDS (SADAF) and The Lunchbox Fund. She is also a PETA advocate for animal rights.
53. Oluchi Onweagba
In the year 1980, Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi was born. She is a Nigerian model who currently resides in New York City. She grew up in the Lagos outskirts and won the “The Face of Africa” contest when she was 16 years old. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and later attended Columbia University for her Masters’s in Business Administration.
54. Agbani Darego
Agbani Darego was born in 1982 in Nigeria. She is a Nigerian fashion model. She has appeared on many runways, print ad campaigns, and done pictorials for fashion magazines. At the age of 17, she was named Miss World. She would later be named African Model of the Year by American Black fashion designers in 2004. She is one of the most recognized and highly respected models in Africa – and internationally.
55. Rachel Mwanza
Rachel Mwanza was born in 1997 in Congo; She is a Congolese actress best known for her portrayal as Komona in the 2012 film War Witch. Rachel Mwanza is a young actress nominated for the best actress award at African film awards after she starred in War Witch, a war drama about a young girl who finds herself caught up in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
56. Joëlle Kayembe
Joëlle Kayembe was born in 1983 in Congo and currently lives in France with her husband and children. Her first major appearance in a magazine came in 2005, after which her career took off in leaps and bounds. Despite being on the cover of many high fashion magazines, Kayembe is best known for her modeling work. Although she is N° 1 on the list of the 100 Most Beautiful People of the World by FHM Magazine, N° 2 on the list of “50 Hottest” by GQ Magazine, she is one of those women who has had great success as an actress.