New York City-based Ghanaian-German model Afua Boni was born Judith Afua Serwaa Owusu-Afriyie. Discovered at 14 by photographer Martina Schilling in Saarbrucken, Germany, she exploded onto the European scene doing major magazine covers by the turn of the century.
Seven years later, she re-launched her career in Los Angeles as the face of the Wilson Tennis campaign, in print magazines, in coffee table books, in music videos, during NY fashion Week, and in several charity events.
Standing at a graceful, lean and athletic 5-foot-10 inches with her 34-25-35 frame, brown-eyed Boni has succeeded in redefining the meaning of sexy feminism with her dedicated focus on African renaissance, new world spirituality, and intellectual depth.
Be it modeling for tastefully sensuous nudes, strutting her fine stuff on the glitzy catwalks, or just establishing her unforgettable presence in videos, industry insiders seem to agree that Boni has seamlessly picked up the mantle from where Josephine Baker, Grace Jones, and Tyra Banks left off: with her short black hair, confident steps and outspoken point of view, she is definitely poised to take beauty and brains to the next level.
Besides her modeling demands, Boni is looking into producing new reality and talk shows that reflect the unique experiences of Africans in the diaspora, star in major, groundbreaking feature films around the world, and lend her voice to the advocacy of empowering young disadvantaged women.
In Africa – certainly in her native Ghana – she is being touted as the next humongous thing. World, meet Afua Boni.