With only a few months to go the the biggest African fashion extraganza in London, Africa Fashion Week London 2013, Gambian/Senegalese model Regina Manneh emerged as the winner of the Face of AFWL 2013 competition after a fierce race on Facebook, with Nasai Forna and Vanessa Simpson taking the second and third places respectively.
Raised in Denmark, Sweden, Ivory Coast and lived in Dubai, the UK-based 24-year-old model and Interior Design student speaks English, French, Danish, Swedish and Wolof. Modelling since 2009, Regina has walked at Los Angeles Fashion Week and Dubai Fashion Week.
Regina’s role as Face of Africa Fashion Week London will see the model represent the event on all promotional material and social platforms. She will also have the opportunity to represent the organization at major African fashion and entertainment events in the UK as well as model on the runway at AFWL 2013 taking place 1-3 August 2013 at Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, London.
“I cannot thank enough all the well wishers who voted for me around the world. I am lucky to win because all the other contestants are all very beautiful young men and women who can represent Africa very well. I am honored to compete with them and wish them all the best and continued success in their modeling careers. I am happy to be part of young aspiring African models to make a breakthrough in the industry. Thank you Africa Fashion Week London for providing us a platform to showcase our beauty and modelling ambitions,” said Regina of her win.
Face of Africa Fashion Week London 2012, Edith Uba not only took part in the promotional shoot at the venue for the event Spitalfields Market but also modeled over the two days of the show and following AFWL 2012 she was signed to one of the top UK modeling agencies Strike Models.
“We are very delighted to have another deserving young woman to represent this year’s event and we do hope AFWL will provide Regina Manneh an equally fruitful platform for her career as it did for last year’s winner Edith. We look forward to Regina representing Africa Fashion Week London in the UK and beyond,” said Ronke Ademiluyi, the founder and CEO of Africa Fashion Week London.
Following the unprecedented success of their sophomore event in August 2012 which attracted over 20,000 visitors over two days, in a bid to grow bigger, AFWL has not only expanded to three days but also moved to a bigger venue, Old Truman Brewery F Block.
With Mrs. Fifi Ejindu, the Nigeria-based architect and businesswoman and Yinka Shonibare MBE, the London-based globally celebrated Nigerian fine artist as patrons, this year’s event is set to see 100 designers on the runway and over 100 exhibitors spread across Old Truman Brewery’s massive indoor space. Once again, Africa Fashion Week London is set to be the biggest fashion event across Europe showcasing African and African-inspired fashion.
Africa Fashion Week London 2013 is also accepting applications from designers who wish to showcase on the runway and/or exhibit their merchandise over the three-day exhibition. To participate in AFWL 2013 as a designer or support the event as a sponsor, please email [email protected]by