US$150 000 contract for Nokia Face of Africa winner

edition will receive a three-year, US$150 000 modelling contract from Elite Model Management New York.

Head of M-Net Local Productions, Carl Fischer, welcomed Elite’s involvement in the Nokia Face of Africa project.

“Elite’s pedigree speaks for itself ‘ the agency represents some of the biggest names in the fashion world, and will help us put African models on the international map,” says Fischer.

Executive director at Elite Model Management New York, Cathy Gould, said the agency’s involvement with Nokia Face of Africa was a step towards building a strong relationship between Elite and the African continent.

“Elite Model Management New York is excited to be part of the Nokia Face of Africa initiative again and is delighted to add Africa to our scouting network,” she said.

Meanwhile, Nokia Face of Africa 2005 winner Kaone Kario continues to grow in catwalk status.

The energetic young model ‘ who was signed to Storm Models as a part of her prize package ‘ recently moved to Zero Models in Cape Town and is continuing to win fans for her dynamic presence and go-getting attitude.

The first episode of the Nokia Face of Africa 2006 model search will be broadcast on M-Net on July 23, with the final broadcast live from Sun City in Johannesburg on M-Net on August 13.

Founded in 1971 by John Casablancas and originally based in Paris, Elite relocated to New York after six years.

Throughout the years, Elite has maintained its position as one of the undisputed leaders in its field, launching the careers of icons Stephanie Seymour, Cindy Crawford, Demi Moore, Cameron Diaz, Andie McDowell, Linda Evangelista, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Tyra Banks, among many others.

With over 30 years of experience, processing over five million bookings, Elite remains at the forefront of the industry. ‘ New Ziana.

June 2006
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