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Oluchi Orlandi

Oluchi Orlandi formerly known as Oluchi Onweagba was born on 1st August 1982. She is a Nigerian supermodel, television personality, and entrepreneur. She is known for exposing the world to Africa as a source for supermodels. She is beautiful and also very intelligent. Oluchi graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's degree in management. She struggled with body image as a teenager, but things took a turn when she was encouraged to try out for the "Nokia Face of Africa" competition. The judges loved her, and she won a $150,000 and a three years modeling contract with Elite Model Management. Oluchi moved to New York and her career skyrocketed.

She worked with famous photographers such as Steven Meisel, Nick Knight, and David LaChapelle, and walked runways in Paris, Milan, and New York. She quickly rose to supermodel status, and in 2002 she became a member of the elite Victoria's Secret angels. In 2005 she married Italian Fashion designer Luca Orlandi and began a four year stint in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She has since used her success to open a modeling agency in Africa for the next generation of aspiring African models.

Early Life

Oluchi Onweagba was born on August 1, 1980, in Lagos, Nigeria. She grew up with her parents and siblings in Lagos. Her father was a civil servant and her mother was a nurse.

She struggled with her self-image as a teenager and thought she was too thin.

At the age of 17 her friend convinced her to give modeling a try. She tried out for the "Nokia Face of Africa" competition and won.


Oluchi won the "Nokia Face of Africa" competition in 1998 and it launched her modeling career. Part of the prize was a modeling contract with Elite Model Management.

She made her debut on the runway in 1998. It was for designer Marc Bouwer.In 1998, she was selected as the cover girl of Nars Cosmetics.In August of 1998 she was photographed by Steven Meisel for the Italian cover of Vogue.

In September, 1998 she walked the runways in Paris, Milan, and New York for world-class brands like Gucci, Chanel, and Christian Dior.                                                                                                                                                                  

She became the face of the new Gap campaign in 1999 and also did another Vogue shoot with Steven Meisel.

Later on, she graced the cover of the British magazine Surface.

In 2001, she did a runway appearance for Christian Dior in Paris and in February 2002, she walked for the Victoria's Secret fashion show, she returned to Africa to participate in the first annual Cape Town Fashion Week in 2003.

Year 2004 was a huge one for Oluchi and she started by signing a contract with Cover Girl and in March she walked in the John Galliano fashion show in Paris and the Kenneth Cole and Tommy Hilfiger shows in New York.

Later in the year, Oluchi did print work in 2004 for Lancôme. She also did catalog work for Victoria's Secret and Bergdorf Goodman.

She made her film debut in 2004, playing the girlfriend of a character in the movie ‘After the Sunset’.

In 2005, she did her first shoot for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. This was her first of four straight years in the magazine.

She launched her own modeling agency in Africa in 2008. Named OModel Africa, it has offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

She currently serves as host and judge on the reality show Africa's Next Top Model.

Achievements and awards

One of Oluchi's biggest modeling milestones is her work with Victoria's Secret. To be in their annual fashion show just once is an achievement in itself, and she walked the runway 7 straight years.

Another one of her big achievements was her work with Sports Illustrated. She appeared in their swimsuit issue for four consecutive years from 2005 to 2008.

In 2008 she opened her own agency in Africa called OModel Africa. Her goal is to use the exposure her career gave Africa to make careers for aspiring African models.

In 1998 Oluchi won the Nokia Face of Africa competition. This got her a $150,000 contract with Elite Model Management.


Personal Life & Legacy

In 2005 she married Italian designer Luca Orlandi. The couple has 2 sons together.

She does charity work in Africa with LEAP Africa and NIPRO. She has lent her image to their campaigns free of charge.

Net Worth

Oluchi is estimated to have a net worth about $2.5 million. She has amassed her net worth through her modeling work, as well as her modeling agency and hosting gig on Africa's Next Top Model.






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