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Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Iman, Tyra Banks Helped In The Success Of My Show –Oluchi Onweagba Says
Nigerian International supermodel Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi, in
an interview with Kisua Magazine, has lauded the efforts of American
Television Personality, fashion model Tyra Banks and Top Beauty
Cosmetics Company Iman, for their fantastic moral support and in taking
pride in her (Oluchi), for her initiative to making the African version
of Africa’s Next Top Model show possible.
“My genuine passion for
‘fashion Africa’ inspired me to do the show. After so many years in the
business, I wanted to help other models and entertain Africans with
what goes on behind the scenes in the fashion industry. It took several
months of hard work to produce the first cycle and at the end of episode
one I actually got emotional and cried on the show, which surprised me.
I rarely cry. The eventual winner Aamito from Uganda is beautiful,
smart, determine, driven and committed. She’s currently getting her work
papers to relocate to New York. And I received fantastic moral support
from Tyra and Iman, who were both proud that I took the initiative to
make the African version possible”. The mother of two stated, when she
was asked what prompted the ‘Africa Next Top Model show.
very excited about the current interest in African fashion. The fashion
industry has a history in Europe and the US and now finally it is being
taken seriously in Africa as well as champion designers in each country
and love to explore new talents coming through. It is very important
that African designers become globally successful. The fashion model
further stated on her view about African fashion.
Onweagba- Orlandi won the inaugural M-Net Face of Africa model search TV
show in 1998, she was whisked from Lagos to New York and within a year,
she graced the cover of Vogue Italia and shot with Steven Meisel. Since
then she has landed covers of I-D, Surface, Pop and Elle and campaigns
for L’Oreal, Clinique and H&M; been a Victoria’s Secret Angel and a
Sports Illustrated pin up and walked for everyone from Chanel and Donna
Karan to Xuly Bët and Tiffany Amber. Along the way, she has picked up a
business degree, become a parent of two with her husband, Italian
designer Luca Orlandi, and set up modeling agency O Model Africa in
South Africa. And now, she has put this wealth of experience into
masterminded her own model talent show, called ‘Africa’s Next Top
Model’. The first cycle took Tyra Banks’ internationally successful
franchise across Africa in search of girls who, like Oluchi 15 years
before them, could make it internationally.
Aside from Africa’s
NTM (Next Top Model), American Vogue has been Oluchi’s proudest moment
to date. The tall black beauty who is also exploring some personal
projects, is currently working on pre-production of cycle two of the
show (African Next Top Model), she promises that the season 2 will be
bigger and more structured