Janita Francis and Raphael Olaiya have been crowned the Top Models of Colour 2011.
Janita won the Female Top Model of Colour while Raphael won the Male Top Model of Colour at the Top Model of Colour (TMC) competition held on 3rd December 2011 at Porchester Hall in West London.
TMC competition is held every year and is open to both female and male models of Asian, African, Caribbean, Hispanic, Oriental, and Mix Heritage decent.
4 male and 19 female models took to the catwalk, displaying a vision of style and class in their elegant dresses and sharp suits. The models conveyed passion and eagerness while showing off their modelling skills and were extremely confident on the runway, all with qualities of great supermodels.
Janita said she had been dreaming of becoming a Top Model of Colour but wasn’t sure she could make it. She was shocked to be announced the female winner because there were many other beautiful contestants. “For me it is a dream come true and the beginning of even greater things to come,” Janita said.
Raphael, who could not believe he had won, said: “Being slightly shorter than all of the other male contestants, I thought I was at a disadvantage especially when the modelling industry wants men to be a minimum height of 5.11 plus. I am ecstatic and overwhelmed at winning and I will do TMC proud.” TMC creatorand creative director Sola Oyebade felt that this year’s was one of the toughest competitions because of the outstanding qualities of the contestants. Anyone of them could have won, he said.
Each year TMC competition attracts fantastic and committed models determined to become Top Models of Colour.
TMC is not just a one off competition based on what contestants do on the night of the grand finale. They are assessed throughout rehearsals and are prejudged based on the portfolios they have to produce. There is also a private swimwear prejudging round. “This is done to ensure that it is a fair competition and that the best person wins,” Mr. Oyebade said.
TMC is produced by Mahogany Productions in association with Mahogany Model Management. The competition aims to give models of colour exposure within the fashion industry.