Male models to watch in 2016

Sanele Xaba by Dokta Mo-yo

Gone are the days when male models played a low key role in the world of fashion. The rise of the male model has been a surging trend, the world over, for many years and the South African runway is no different. MS. MBALI MVELASE introduced us to some of her favourites, in no particular order. 


Samuel Mukhuwana


His unique stump is reminiscent of Ms. Karlie Kloss and the jaw bite he does on the runway and photographs is just the cherry on top. He is currently on Cell C billboards across South Africa, recently walked at SA Menswear Week (SAMW) and has appeared on editorials for MAXIM and Invert Magazine. Mr Mukhuwana is definitely on the come up and we are on the front seat to watch him rise.

Samuel Mukhuwana
Photographer / SDR Photo


Kweni Maye


There is nothing “boy next door” about this Nigerian born young man, from his looks and haircut, to his walk and just about everything else. He was one of the most booked models at this year’s SAMW. An ORANGE CULTURE favourite, Mr Maye appears in their look book and opened the brand’s SAMW show a few weeks ago.

Kweni Maye
Photographer / SDR Photo


Sean McCollet


Fast becoming one of my favourite runway models, Mr McCollet has such a confident and powerful walk. His charisma on the runway is exactly what every designer wants in a model, that ability to sell the garment.  He made his runway debut at S.A Fashion week, walked this year’s SAMW – opening and closing the show for Augustine – and scores some off runway work too, currently appearing in a campaign for a leading insider.

Photographer / SDR Photo


Toyin Oneyene


Mr Oneyene’s look is very high fashion, and I could even go as far as saying he is our very own Adonis. His runway walk is fast paced with very little hand movement, allowing the garment to really shine. He was recently on the cover of GQ and GQ Style magazines and is also a Lukhanyo Mdingi favourite – appearing prominently in their look book.

Rich Mnisi
Photographer / SDR Photo


Eugon McNeil


Undoubtedly one of the most successful models to come out of the country, Mr McNeil follows the likes of Candice Swanepoel and Behati Prinsloo in terms of international recognition. He has walked at Fashion Weeks in New York, Paris and Milan and has modelled for Markham and Woolworths, all at the tender age of 20. With those striking eyes, reminiscent of Mr Tyson Beckford, this year is definitely the year that he will move from being just a model to being a household name.


Photographer / Fashionisto


Fuaad Abdool


The long jet black hair and the piecing black eyes are the reason why Mr Abdool is on the list. He has appeared in Augustine’s look book, has walked S.A Fashion Week several times and is also a Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and recently, SAMW alumnus.


Kim Gush
Photographer / SDR Photo


Arshad Dean


When it comes to Mr Dean it’s all about the jaw-line and cheekbones. The S.A Fashion Week favourite is in the latest fashion editorial for Destiny Man showcasing his posing skills.  It is those posing skills that landed him in Soviet’s look book and we are pretty certain that will see this young man in more editorials in 2016.

Photographer / SAFW


Sanele Xaba


As the first male model living with albinism and working in South Africa, Mr Xaba is undoubtedly a trail blazer. Whether it be on the runway or editorials, he always has this incredible way of making the photo look larger than life. He recently opened for Palse Homme at SAMW and was one of the most profiled models this season, appearing on the covers of the Sunday Times and City Press, among others.

Photographer / SDR Photo

Feature Image / Dokta-Moyo

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