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South Sudanese Shanelle Nyasiase, a model and a mentor

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The breakout Ethiopia-born, South Sudanese model has caught the industry’s eye and walked in over 50 shows for the likes of Chanel, Givenchy and Gucci.

Originally South Sudanese, Nyasiase was born in Ethiopia and raised in Kenya, where she lived in a small house with 12 cousins. Soon after taking local modelling jobs to support herself, Nyasiase was introduced to mother agent Ingrid Tamborin, who connected her with Women Management in New York and MP Management in Paris and Milan.

Standing at five feet 10 inches with skin the colour of midnight, Shanelle Nyasiase, is at the peak of her career.

She was recently nominated by Business of Fashion, an online magazine for the global fashion industry, as one of the top 500 people influencing fashion.

But life has not always been a smooth ride for this young South Sudanese model. Long before realising her dream career in modelling, Shanelle had heard about how difficult it was for young black women to make it as international models.

But that did not stop her. Today she is among the top international supermodels appearing in shows for acclaimed fashion designers including Versace, Balenciaga, Valentino, and Gucci. Or being the face of British fashion house Alexander McQueen for the past two years.

“Being nominated as one of the top 500 people in the Business of Fashion was such a surprise and an honor. Fashion has always been my passion but it’s also my business and to be recognized and included in such company was a dream come true,” the 23-year-old Shanelle said.

“This year has been good for me and my highlights include modeling for Marc Jacobs, the Miu Miu fashion show in Paris and Versace ready-to-wear collection showcased in Milan, Spain, and the Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2019/2020 in Paris Fashion Week. I was also in the Tommy Hilfiger fashion show in New York,” she added.

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