|Date of Birth:
|December 22, 1982 (41 years old)
|model and beauty queen
What is Agbani Darego’s Net Worth?
Agbani Darego is a Nigerian model and beauty queen who has a net worth of $3.7 million. In 2001, she was named Miss World. She was Miss World’s first black African winner. Abonnema-native Darego was the sixth of eight children to be born into a household in Lagos. When her family relocated to Port Harcourt when she was two years old, she was raised in D-Line.
Darego was sent to boarding school at the age of 10 in an effort to keep her away from her mother, who was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Darego had gone to the Bereton Montessori Preschool and Elementary School. Before dying two years after her daughter joined boarding school, her mother, Inaewo, owned a clothing store and a rice trading business.
Darego has talked about how the loss prepared her for challenges in the future. Despite her traditional father’s advice, Darego, a young woman who wanted to be a model, entered the M-Net Face of Africa modeling competition. However, she was not chosen as a finalist.
Darego studied at the Federal Government Girls’ College in Abuloma. She joined in the University of Port Harcourt after finishing her secondary education to study computer science and mathematics.
Darego won the title of Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 2001. Contrary to common perception, Valerie Peterside, who had participated in the competing Miss Nigeria contest, was not replaced by Darego when she was deposed.
She participated in the Miss Universe pageant a few months later, when she placed seventh overall and made history by becoming the first Nigerian to reach the top 10 semi-finalists. During the swimsuit competition, she was the only top 10 competitor to don a covert maillot rather than a revealing bikini.
She was the first indigenous African to win Miss World in November of that year (Past winners Penelope Coelen and Anneline Kriel, both of South Africa, are of European descent, and Antigone Costanda, who represented Egypt in 1954 is of Greek heritage).
In her own country, Darego’s victory was warmly received, and during her one-year reign, she made MFR appearances, goodwill trips, and scheduled appearances in support of the pageant.
Before winning the MBGN, Darego appeared in print advertisements for the retailer Collectables. Following her win as Miss Universe, she received an invitation from Naomi Campbell to take part in Frock ‘n’ Roll, a charitable fashion show in Barcelona. Shortly thereafter, she obtained a modeling contract with Trump Model Management in America.
Only the second Black model, after Vanessa Williams, to secure a three-year contract with L’Oréal, she was signed by Next Model Management’s London and Paris offices shortly after her reign as Miss World. Additionally, she was captured on camera by renowned American portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz for Vogue.
Additionally, she has performed on the catwalk for companies including Avon, Christian Dior, Sephora, Target, and Macy’s. Darego has worked with a wide range of fashion houses, including Gianfranco Ferre, Tommy Hillfiger, Ralph Lauren, Marc Bouwer, Oscar de la Renta, and Marc Bouwer. She has also been covered by magazines like Elle, Marie Claire, Allure, Trace, and Stitch.
Darego has appeared in commercials for Gentle Touch hair products alongside the actress Oluchi and acted as the international face of Arik Air. She has also been featured on the front covers of TW Magazine, Complete Fashion, Mania, ThisDay Style, Genevieve, and True Love.
Darego has participated in judging panels for various modeling, fashion, and pageant competitions, such as Elite Model, Look Nigeria in 2012 and 2014, Miss World 2014, Miss England 2002, Mr. Scotland 2002, and others.
She began the style and fashion reality show Stylogenic on Nigerian television three years after unveiling her denim line, AD by Agbani Darego, which features jeans, outfits, sunglasses, and luggage.
The Council of Chiefs of Lagos granted Darego an honorary chieftaincy in the wake of her election in 2001. At the time of her investiture, she was one of the youngest chiefs in the country.
Darego left the University of Port Harcourt because of her hectic work schedule, but after moving to New York and signing with Next Model Management, Ford Models, and Trump Models, she enrolled at New York University to study psychology. She graduated in May 2012 after enrolling there.
In a ceremony performed in Marrakesh in April 2017, Darego wed Ishaya Danjuma, the lifelong partner of General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, a billionaire. They were blessed with a boy in September 2018 and will have a second child in December 2020.
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