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Who’s that girl? Who is that chiselled man? The next Mayowa Nicholas? The next Tidiou M’Baye? As New York Fashion Week swings into action, we are never short of new faces and emerging talents. So we are taking a look at the African breakout faces to watch this season.

Aube Jolicoeur

Since experiencing a breakthrough last year at Marc Jacobs’s spring/summer 2018 show, 26-year-old Haitian newcomer Aube Jolicoeur has been on a roll, racking up work with industry legends like Steven Meisel, Fabien Baron, and Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. She is now on track to be one of autumn/winter 2018’s top girls.

Blésnya Minher

Bottega Veneta F/W 2018 Show

Age: 20
Nationality: Angolan

A worldwide exclusive is a big deal for any model, but landing two worldwide exclusives for the same brand is practically unheard of. Not so for Minher, the Luanda-based talent who launched her career with Calvin Klein, and has since gone on to make her mark since the spring/summer 2017 runways – namely for Christian Dior, Miu Miu and Valentino. She also featured in the latter’s recent ad campaign.

Rachide Embaló

Dunhill F/W 18 Men’s Show

Age: 20

Nationality: Guinea-Bissau

As though carved from pure, faultless obsidian, Rachide’s beauty is overwhelming perfection. Originally from the West African country of Guinea-Bissau, a former Portuguese colony, Rachide was scouted a mere 3 months ago at an education fair in Lisbon, where he grew up. Fresh off the Lanvin F/W 16 runway — a very auspicious start to a very promising career — Rachide is still in school but available for direct bookings in Paris. Keep watching this young one… the potential is palpable!

Imari Karanja

Tom Ford F/W 18 Show

Age: 16

Nationality: USA/Kenyan

At just 16 years old, US-born Kenyan teen Imari Karanja is gracing the international modelling circuit. Imari got signed by Metropolitan Modelling Agency in Paris in 2016 and then got her first introduction into high fashion during the New York Fall Fashion Week 2017. She concluded her first fashion week in Paris by walking for Christian Dior, Loewe, Giambattista Valli and Hermes. She will definitely be the model to look out for as her young career blossoms into much bigger things,

Oumar Diouf

Bottega Veneta F/W 2018 Show

Age: 20
Nationality: Senegalese
Diouf’s deep brown eyes and pointed cheekbones make the New Yorker and Premium Models alum stand out. Though he made his debut last summer in New York City, his first European appearance came this season during London’s menswear shows, where he walked for Qasimi, Daniel W Fletcher and Pronounce. More to follow in New York this year!

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