Recently many companies have opted for black people to showcase their collection. Even though black is beautiful, most black models have been known to be women who have taken a great step in showcasing their rich skin tone in sports, modelling, and entertainment. Nevertheless, the 21st century has given rise to African American male models who pose a great and favourable competition to the women and more so the white skin colour.
Over the years, black has not been a popular skin tone in the modelling stage. However, with the rise in young talents, there is the emergence of black modelling agencies to uplift and uphold the richness provided by the skin colour. Not only have these agencies made a big step in promoting modelling for the black people, but also given rise to celebrities who have been able to inspire both the African boy and girl child. Here is a list of top models who have shown their expertise in hairstyles, body shape, menswear and even sports and entertainment sector.
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10. Tyson Beckford
Tyson is among the top black American models with beards. In 2014, Tyson was named as the most successful male by Vogue Magazine. In his early years, he had made massive success in the industry partnering with companies such as Soul Artist Management (New York) and D’ management group (Milan). He was named ‘Man Of The Year’ by Cable television music channel in the year 1995.
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9. Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou is a celebrated African American top model and actor. Taking both acting and modelling as a career, Hounsou has been able to gain extensive popularity and becoming more successful in his old age.
His career started in 2004 when he was announced as the new Calvin Klein underwear model. After that, Hounsou has appeared in some well-rated television films such as Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Captain Marvel (2019) and gained awards such as Academy Award for Best-Supporting Actor and a nomination for Golden Globe awards.
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8. Bakay Diaby
Bakay Diaby is among the top black American celebrities that have been seen as a rising compelling young talent. In his career, Diaby has worked with agencies such as Next New York (New York), Milk Management (London), Bananas Model (Paris), Trend Model Management (Barcelona) and Why Not Model Management (Milan). Furthermore, Diaby is among the models that represent international companies that try to match the male black tone beauty with their products such as Gucci.
7. Corey Batiste
Corey Batiste has the ideal skin tone for most menswear. Based in New York, Batiste has provided the best for fashion agencies like VNY models (New York), New Madison (Paris), and Slight Management Studio (Barcelona). At only 29 years, Corey is yet to reach the peak of his career, with still more awards to add on his shelf before giving way to more new young talent.
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6. David Agbodji
Born in Paris on May 8, 1987, David Agbodji is an African American supermodel based in New York. He preferred art classes more than modelling in the early years. However, when David started modelling in 2008, he signed with companies that made his popularity rise to greater heights. He was named the face of Calvin Klein in 2010.
In 2013, David featured in several editorials with the inclusion of Harper’s Bazaar, Hercules and MFF Magazine. Recently, his ideal black skin and perfect body have enabled him to be ranked as one of the top male models in the world.
5. Lance Gross
Lance Gross is one of the top African American celebrities who are doing amazingly well in the industry presently. He was born on July 8, 1981, in Oakland, California. In 2018, Gross made appearances as a recurring character in “A Surprise for the Paynes”, “Revelation of Payne” and “A Confrontation of Payne” episodes, to mention a few. Lance gross is now a family man with two kids, one daughter named Berkeley Brynn Gross and one son named Lennon Lorin Gross.
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4. Rob Evans
Igniting his career in 2010, after an absolute walk for the Givenchy Men’s 2011 spring/summer collection, Rob Evans has become a renowned black male model. Ranked 25th in the recent male model rankings shows how his handsome face and well-built body have returned tribute to him. Majorly his popularity rose when he made an appearance on American Next Top Model show in the years 2012 and 2013. Aside from his modelling career life, Rob is a fitness coach as well as an energetic boxer.
3. Fante Prince
Fante Prince is one of the black male models with beards. He is one of the sought after top African male models due to his natural looks that starts from his natural hair, and beards. He is also known for modelling in African-made clothing. Fante does not shy away from showing off his curly natural hair as well as his masculine physique.
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2. Adonis Bosso
Being the model of the year award in the year 2015 list as runners-up, Adonis Bosso does not only prove he is a top talent in Africa but also in the world. Some of the agencies he has worked with include DNA models (New York), MP Paris (Paris), Sight Management Studio (Barcelona), I Love Models Management (Milan), and Stockholmsgruppen (Los Angeles).
1. Victor Ndigwe
Being one of the most presently sought after handsome black male from Nigeria, Victor Ogonna Ndigwe is also a top model in Africa and the world at large. Having worked with black male model agency from Africa and abroad like Beth model management Africa (Lagos), Elite Copenhagen (Copenhagen), Elite Milan (Milan), Soul Artist Management (New York), MP Stockholm (Stockholm) and Elite Spain(Barcelona) makes Victor one the famous black models.
Now you have a complete list of African American male models in the year. Did your favourite model make it to the list? Let us know in the comment section below.
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