There’s no doubt in anybody’s minds that South Africa is home to some of the most diverse and beautiful people. It seems that the international world of fashion is finally taking note of what South Africa has to offer. International exposure is increasing, and more and more familiar faces are being spotted on international runways, campaigns and collaborations. We are taking a look at three powerhouse women making it big in the industry!

Carmen Solomons


This is one face you would have definitely recognised on the international scene; there is no denying that Carmen Solomons has featured in some of the biggest and most popular celebrity level collaborations.

Her signature freckles and hair colour have made her a dream for editorial creativity. One of her latest Instagram posts shows her in the new campaign for the Cardi B x Fashionva collaboration (next to the queen herself!).

CARMEN SOLOMONScroll further down her page and you see her showcasing the one and only Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty range. Carmen’s page is full of mouth dropping international features that will leave you in awe of her success.



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Summer Thompson is a name that most people know; the gorgeous South African model who’s walked in New York fashion week. Summer is signed to agencies in LA, Germany and South Africa (of course).

Summer ThompsonYou’ve most definitely seen her in local campaigns, such as Woolworths, Young and Lazy and Marie Clare, but this beauty has travelled all over to feature in international campaigns.

Summer ThompsonSummer even featured in i-D alongside Frank Ocean and opened the Nina Tiari show at New York fashion week (as well as walking in many other shows).

Summer ThompsonMorgan Shelly


If you follow fashion, you’ll most definitely know this name; Morgan Shelly, the South African model signed to an abundance of agencies.

Morgan Shelly

Morgan’s successful career has taken her all over the world, from London, to Spain, to France, to Portugal, to morocco, the list goes on!

Morgan Shelly Morgan has featured in countless editorials for international brands, campaigns for brands such as Loveday London and featured in magazines such as Cosmopolitan France. This blue-eyed wonder shows no signs of slowing down!

Morgan ShellyThese ladies are most definitely doing South Africa proud with their international success. There are so many more local models doing incredible things, such as Mieke Visser, Sanele Xaba, Eugon McNeil and Paul Mwesigwa. Many of these models has featured in iconic international features which put them on the map. It’s important to follow and support fellow South Africans, so get on social media and show them some love!

Who is your fav South African model? Let us know in the comments below!

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