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Check out these African girls repping at the 2010 M-NET Face of Africa TV series!

Supermodels Iman and Oluchi & fab South African designer, David Tlale will be judges in the Finale!

Other judges include Nduka Obaigbena (founder  Arise Magazine & ThisDay Media Group),  John Kaveke (one of Kenya’s leading designer), Helen Jennings (Arise Magazine Editor-in-Chief) and Josie Borain (South Africa’s first Supermodel).

The 2010 Face of Africa Finale is taking place this coming Saturday, February 6th. The face-off (pun-intended) will be broadcast live from the Eko Hotel Exhibition Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. We caught up with one of the judges Helen as she prepared to head to Lagos, Nigeria for the finale!

FaraiToday.Com: About ten or so girls are competing for the Face of Africa award, the award that launched the modelling career of Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi….as one of the judges, what are you looking for in the next Face of Africa model?

Helen: We’ll be looking for runway and high fashion editorial appeal – do they have the height, figure, transmutable beauty and strong personality to cut in on international runway.

FaraiToday.Com: The contestants are from different parts of Africa, different African countries…is it possible to find a girl who would be a representative of the diversity that is Africa?
Helen: No one girl can represent the diversity of African beauty, that’s impossible. But one girl can do her part by making her own unique look work globally and representing her own country with pride.

FaraiToday.Com: Arise Magazine is really at the forefront of raising the standard in profiling African Fashion, African Designers…..I see that you & Mr. Nduka are judges, how did this come about?

Helen: M-NET approached ARISE as the perfect media partner for the event. We’ll both be judges, I cover the competition and interview the winner in the magazine and the winner will also model at the ARISE African Collective Part III show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York later this month. As ARISE is dedicated to promoting African fashion and culture around the world, we’re happy to be part of Face Of Africa.

FaraiToday.Com: You work out of the Arise offices in London, England and you have been involved in fashion & the arts for a long time and are very respected….how do African models/girls measure up with the rest of the world, in particular the West – where most of these girls have set their eyes on?

Helen: It’s true, the standard in modelling is set in Europe, where African/black models are under represented for various and complicated reasons. The ones that do make a name for themselves, such as Kinée Diouf (the latest ARISE cover girl) measure up in every way, as each issue of ARISE and Vogue’s Black Issue last year prove. The challenge now is to get more of them in magazines and on runways so that the debate of racism in fashion can finally be put to bed.

FaraiToday.Com: You will be judging with the legendary & iconic model, Iman, supermodel Oluchi, Arise Africa Fashion Designer of the Year, David Tlale, Mr. Nduka etc – should the girls be nervous, as in “be scared, be very, very scared?”

Helen: Of course not! They just need to be themselves and do their best. It will be a great night.

FaraiToday.Com: Yes, it will be an awesome night! Best wishes to you and to all the contestants! Thank you Helen & safe travels to Nigeria!

Here are the Top 12 Contestants for the 2010 MNet Face of Africa competition.

19 year-old Benedicta Tweneboa-Kodua of Accra, Ghana

21 year-old Blessing Bassey of Lagos, Nigeria

22 year-old Diana Nekoye of Kakamega, Kenya

18 year-old Ernania Manuel of Maputo, Mozambique

21 year-old Esperanca Vemba (nicknamed Hope) of Luanda, Angola

21 year-old Lilian Mduda from Tanzania

22 year-old Lukando Nalungwe of Kabwe, Zambia

20 year-old Marvis Offor from Delta State, Nigeria

19 year-old Nardos Abebe of Ethiopia

Rozana Hall from Harare, Zimbabwe

22 year-old Thembi Kobedi from South Africa

23 year-old Tholakele Dlamini from Harare, Zimbabwe

The 2010 M-NET Face of Africa Finalists!

The winner will receive US$50 000 from M-Net plus a modeling contract with O Model Africa, which is helmed by the first Face of Africa winner Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi.

farai – who has written posts on Farai Today.

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  • Nikky

    Rozana all the way. let ’em haters say all they want, but rozana is apparently the face of africa

  • joan

    hi o model africa…first of all, you are doing such a great job viewing us with so much excitement and enthusiasm.i really adore the work that you produce and hence would like to become one of your model.i am very pssionate about modelling and forseeing myself working with such a wonderful company would mean the world to me.many thanks keep up the good work :)

  • Coily Hair

    Good for them, I wish them all the best of luck, they are all beautiful!

  • Nnena nwaenyi

    de girl are wonder i will be there next year

  • Xxxlaideizzlexxx

    when is the date of the next face of africa i/e 2011

  • Salome Lugadiru

    i would like to appear on face of africa

  • Githomo21

    this girls are plain none should win .this thing should be scrapped

  • Githomo21

    this girls are plain none should win .this thing should be scrapped

  • faiza kendi

    please let us know when is the next face of africa i.e 2011.i,d love to participate..

  • Danny Alfred

    Thank God for those that made it and those to ry again