The fashion glitterati flocked to Paris a few weeks ago as top designers sent their haute couture garments down the runway.
While we fell in love with the frothy dresses and divergent designs, we were more excited to see so many African beauties model the pieces. Adut Akech Bior made history by becoming the second African model to serve as a bride in Chanel’s Haute Couture Fall 2018 show and also close the show. While Maria Borges, Mayowa Nicholas among others continued to wave the diversity/inclusivity flag.
Check out the most stand-out Instagram moments African models shared from Paris Couture Week 2018 — some fresh faces, and others a few seasons in.
Shanelle Nyaise’s Fierceful Walk for Iris van Herpen Runway
Maria Borges’ Breath-Taking BTS Clip at Ralph and Russo’s show. (She closed the show)
Adut Aketch Bior Closing Valentino Fall 2018 Couture Show
Wow another magical moment last night closing the @maisonvalentino fall 2018 haute couture show. @pppiccioli I have no words honestly, bravo you will never fail to amaze me. I’ve said this so many times and I will always continue to say it you are one of the most talented, visionary genius I have ever met. I’m always so proud of you with everything you do and I have the most love and respect for you. @pppiccioli thank for making me feeling and look like the most beautiful flower princess 👸🏾and closing your breathtaking show. Thank you to you #joemckenna #patriziapilotti and the whole team for having me and always making me feel apart of the family. I love you all a lot 🧡🧡👏🏾✨ Makeup mama @patmcgrathreal Hair by @guidopalau ❤️😘
Adut Akech Bior Closing Chanel Bridal Couture Show
@chanelofficial fall2018 haute couture bride closing the show!!! 👰🏾😩 Wow where do I even begin. After opening the last Chanel cruise show, I honestly didn’t think it could get any better but I was wrong because I just closed this one. There is no amount of words that can express what this moment means to me. The beauty of having a dream, is watching it come to life. Cannot believe I just made history by being Chanel’s second black couture bride, this is one of my most proudest achievement!!! @karllagerfeld @amandaharlech @aurelieduclos and the whole Chanel team thank you so much from the deepest bottom of my heart for once again believing in me. It was a life time honour being the chosen bride to close your beautiful show in the MOST breathtaking dress I have ever seen in my life. This was just a special moment that I will always remember and cherish for as long as I live. Thank you to everyone who has stuck by my side and continuously always supporting me. You guys really motivate me to thriving for my towards my dreams everyday. Knowing that I am an inspiration to someone is of the best feeling you could endure as a humanbeing. To the young girls and boys who look up to me I want you guys to know no matter who you are, where you come from or what you have, as long as you have a dream it is achievable as long as you put in hard work, give it your all, stay dedicated, determined and most importantly never give up because you will make that dream a reality at some point. Makeup by @tompecheux Hair by @sammcknight1 This is for the dream chasers! ❤️🙏🏾✊🏾😘
Assa Baradji Walking Bare-Faced for Giambattista Valli
Tricia Akello, Sabah and Alek Wek Link Up Backstage at the Schiaparelli Show
Mayowa Nicholas Walking For Maison Valentino
Akiima Getting Her Makeup Done by Pat McGrath Before the Maison Valentino Show
Adesuwa Aighewi Walking For Dior Couture
Cindy Bruna and Maria Borges Closing the Georges Hobeika Show