Recently recognized as Top 100 Women in Africa, Tanzanian supermodel, Flaviana Matata, (29) is one bold black beauty to behold.
In 2007, she became the first Tanzanian to represent her country on the world stage, with a pretty low haircut at the Miss Universe pageant. Having been placed sixth overall everyone couldn’t help but talk about how gorgeous she was & thereafter, quickly got signed by one of the most prominent modeling agencies, Wilhelmina Models, based in New York.
Flaviana’s international career really took off in 2009 featuring an illustrious portfolio. She’s walked the runways of New York, Paris, Tokyo and London, modelling for Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Tommy Hilfiger, Top Shop, Diesel & Tory Burch, just to name a few of her amazing works.
For all her prominence, what’s never left her is an eternal modesty. “I’m very thankful to my agents because they believe so much in me. As a model you can’t do it by yourself, you have people behind you.”
But beyond modeling, Flaviana is also a humanitarian and entrepreneur. While she can still be seen in fashion campaigns & editorial shoots all over the world, she’s building a reputation for herself as businesswoman and philanthropist in East Africa.
In 2011, she founded the Flaviana Matata Foundation (FMF), a non-profit organization that helps empower young, orphaned girls in Tanzania through education, training, and micro-finance projects to improve their livelihoods. She’s hosted an honorary event for her organization with friend, mentor, entrepreneur & hip-hop mogul, Russell Simmons.
Last year, she also launched her own nail polish line called LAVY. The first shipment sold out in two weeks showing that this top model is business savvy, and poised for a successful future as an entrepreneur.
We won’t say we are crushing on Flaviana because she’s black & beautiful but because she’s gone on to make her country proud in so many ways. So many reasons why she is one model to admire in the fashion industry.