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The African edition of Next Top Model recently came to a close and Ugandan beauty Stacie ‘Queen’ Aamito claimed the crown.

Aamito beat out 11 contestants from eight different countries—including three women from Nigeria and two from South Africa—to become Africa’s first-ever Top Model winner. The 20-year-old won a contract with New York-based agency DNA Model Management, an endorsement deal with P&G, a one-year contract as ambassador for South African Tourism, along with $50,000 in prize money.

After her win Aamito told reporters, “I would like to thank everybody for their support and for believing in me. It is a dream come true for me and it is truly awesome.”

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Africa’s Next Top Model is the brainchild of supermodel Oluchi Onweagba. Onweagba, who’s married to Italian designer Luca Orlandi, has been in the business for over fifteen years, gracing runways for designers like Victoria Secret, Christian Dior, and Giorgio Armani, and snagging covers for publications like Italian Vogue, i-D, Elle, and Surface.

Africa’s Next Top Model was a hit with viewers and many are hopefully this will help catapult African models to international success.

Watch the season finale below:

  • Ivory

    Those finalist are prettier than all of the NTM on Tyra’s show. Oluchi is an angel sent from heaven.

  • ScriptTease

    …and she’s actually black. Good for her!!!!

  • http://nubiahbella.wordpress.com Nubiahbella

    She was my favorite from the start, although there were prettier girls, I found her face to be very interesting and is model material!

  • SayWhat

    Congrats! I hope that good things happen to the runner ups as well.

  • WhatIThink

    Love my African beauties but can’t you see there is an agenda here? Not one has any of the THOUSANDS of natural African hairstyles that African people are known for.

    Seriously.

    Sorry I have to SMDH for that.

    Remember being a model means your body is a canvas for somebody else’s ideas and image they want to promote. Which is fine as long as you understand it and begin to promote some of your own images and ideas of your own. Meaning Africans have their own beauty and diversity of their own from history. African cultures have been promoting these through rites of passage often featuring elaborate rituals involving make up and attire since time immemorial. This shouldn’t be “lost” in trying to assimilate into the white Eurocentric dominated fashion industry.

    But what I do like is that a lot of these models are chosen for their “exotic” features, cheekbones, eyes and other features that just show how diverse Africans are.

  • Ebony

    In the face is a little too strong,but from the neck down she looks amazing

  • http://gravatar.com/geenababe geenababe

    Good for her

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