Priscilla Shote crowned Top Model of Colour

Priscilla Shote has scooped the Top Model of Colour (TMC) Season 7 title. Priscilla made TMC history by being the first ever commercial model (under 5.8) to win the TMC title.

Priscilla was truly shocked to be announced as the Season 7 winner since the competition was fierce.

Priscilla Shote, the Top Model of Colour 2013

She, however, fought her way through to triumph. After going through a yearlong competition and fending off over 2,500 competitors she eventually emerged as the winner.

TMC strives to raise the profile of models of colour so that seeing a diverse range of men and women on the covers of magazines, in catwalk shows and in advertising campaigns will become common place.

The theme of season 7 finale was “rock the runway” which had a very edgy, street, rocking feel to the event which was jointly produced by Mahogany Events and Fashions Finest, led by Deborah St. Louis.

An amazing, original, hand produced backdrop of graffiti art was produced by VanDali’sm Art while brilliant entertainment was provided by BREIS (breeze) who is a dynamic Hip Hop lyricist based in London.

There was also an outstanding performance by Sebastian Blake, an extraordinary 22 year old singer/songwriter from Brighton.

Two fantastic fashion shows were held on the night by Chanelle and Ben who were contestants on Rihanna’s reality TV show “Styled To Rock”.

Compliments must be given to the styling team led by Malaika Mwaniki, the head stylist, MINK London who did the makeup and Adeline Hair & Beauty who did the hair for all of the contestants and the models.

Deciding the winner of the TMC Season 7 title was a tough decision for the judges led by Mr Gorgeous – one of the UK’s top makeup artists, who was supported by Angel Sinclair – the CEO of Models of Diversity, Anya James – top supermodel, Raheem Quadri – top Asian Fashion Week promoter and Sonia Munafo – top stylist.

Priscilla didn’t have words to express how she felt after winning the prestigious title.

TMC creator & creative director Sola Oyebade was very excited at the outcome of the finale. He said: “This will be a very challenging year for Priscilla particularly as she is strictly a commercial model and a commercial model has never won TMC before and it would be interesting to see how well a commercial model would do in this highly competitive industry which is highly unforgiving to black models generally not to mention a black commercial model, but I have complete faith in her that she will do extremely well.”