“Oluchi is great to work with. Super smart and funny too. Her beauty is effortless and so she has a fantastic way of giving her best without it looking forced. And she understands the camera and clothes too, you can’t get better than that.”
WHO IS OLUCHI?
Oluchi Orlandi (nee Onweagba) made Africans proud worldwide when she won the prestigious title for the model competition Mnet's Face of Africa in 1998, which was organized by the South Africa subscription channel, Mnet in Collaboration with Elite Model Management who then awarded the natural beauty a three-year modeling contract that led to the beginning of whirlwind life as a highly sought-after fashion model.
With over a decade of experience in Fashion, Oluchi has graced the covers of Italian Vogue, i-D, ELLE, Untold, and Surface; she also was featured in Nylon, Marie Claire, Allure, and other national editions of Vogue around the world and has served as the face of campaigns for Victoria's Secret, Gianfranco Ferré, Gap, Express, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Duro Olowu, L'Oreal Cosmetic, Natures Gentle Touch to name a few. She was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue four times, from 2005 to 2008), as a Victoria's Secret model, and has walked the runways of Luca Luca, John Galliano, Christian Dior, Costume National, Chanel, and Giorgio Armani, amongst others, in London, Milan, Tokyo and Paris. She has worked with such notable photographers as Kelechi Amadi Obi, Steven Meisel, Nick Knight, and Patrick Demarchelier.
There's no denying that Oluchi Orlandi has become an African Fashion Icon. In 2007, not being the one to forget her past, she launched a modeling agency in South Africa called “O Model Africa” with the Shine group. O Model Africa remains dedicated to exposing, developing and delivering select portfolios of African Models to South Africa & International Clients for Catwalk shows.
Now in 2015, and still true to her passion for discovering, this New York University BA holder, wife and Mother of two is excited to continue her role as Host and Executive Producer on 'Africa's Next Top Model' - the prestigious modeling competition TV show and Tyra Banks Franchise. Cycle 2 of ANTM is in now in progress so stay tuned!