Davidson Obennebo has won his place on the global stage as he emerged as the grand winner at the worldwide finale in Lisbon.

This is a major accomplishment as the Elite Model Look competition is considered the gold standard in the fashion world.

Elite World, the world’s leading model management company revealed the grand winners of Elite Model Look 2016, who were selected today, during the evaluation of a committee made up of Elite agents, international model icons Isabeli Fontana, Alex Lundqvist and

Andrés Velencoso, as well as prominent fashion industry figures.

From the 62 finalists, hailing from 36 countries the world over, one girl and one boy – 15-year-old Jana from Czech Republic, 178cm and 20-year-old

Davidson from Nigeria, 190cm – were proclaimed overall winners.

Davidson captured the collective attention of the jury with his promising talents. The first model of colour to win Elite Model Look, Davidson embodies the core of Elite World, which prides itself in pushing boundaries, celebrating individuality and extoling personality. Elite Model Look is not only reflective of society, but also an instigator for change, by encouraging each and every model’s individuality as a path for multiculturalism.

Jana and Davidson will receive contracts worth a guaranteed 150.000 Euros and 50.000 Euros respectively. The Top 15 Winners, 10 girls and 5 boys, will receive a two-year contract with the Elite worldwide network. For the other Top Winners, the contracts are guaranteed at 50.000 Euros minimum for the girls, and 20.000 Euros minimum for the boys.

Davidson had this to say about his victory;

Where do I start from,words can’t describe how overwhelmed I feel,I still can’t believe what happened on the night of 23rd November in campo pequeno Lisbon Portugal,a legend was born and history was made, I want to thank everyone who made this possible, my mum, my family, my friends, @eml_int, @elizabeth_elohor, @lauraokah, @ruben_rue and most especially God. Thanks everyone.

A LEGEND IS BORN

Established in Paris in 1972, Elite is known for discovering and launching the career of some of the most famous models in the world. Since 1983, Elite Model Look and its annual model scouting competition allows Elite to discover the most in demand new faces, thanks to its unrivalled scouting network. The goal is not to find perfection, but individuality. At its core, the Elite Model Look contest gives participants vital tools to unlock their own potential, enabling each girl and boy to find their unique charisma and talents, setting them apart as models. The Elite Model Look contest has discovered some of the most recognizable names in the industry, such as Cindy Crawford, Gisele Bündchen, Fei Fei Sun and Sigrid Agren.

This year, as ever, scouting began in early spring, with hundreds of castings held around the world. Thousands more applied through a global application on Facebook. For each National Final, the very best applicants competed for the chance to represent their country at the World Final held tonight.

Held in Lisbon in front of 3,000 people, the thrilling event mixed both runway and live performances from international music artists. Broadcast to a further 27 million viewers worldwide via television and online streaming, the show invited spectators into a new world order. As VIP guests, fashion industry figures and celebrities arrived to grace the Elite World red carpet, models prepared for an evening of spectacular performances. Our finalists found themselves on the threshold of a new universe: that of Elite World, which is one of fantastical virtual content, fused with live performances from David Carreira, Breakbot, Kungs and D.A.M.A.

This year’s contestants were joined onstage for the finale catwalks by a star-studded cast of alumni of Elite Model World, as well as industry modelling talents, namely Egor Antonov, Cristi Isofii, Mariano Ontanon, Alessio Pozzi, Steven Teddy Chevrin, Robin Decaux, Benajamin Benedek, Barbora Podzimkova, Irina Djuranovic, Nyasha Matonhodze, Tami Williams, Sasha Luss, Jess Picton-Warlow, Marilhea Peillard, Yasmin Wijnaldum, Sabrina Muller. These top models hand on the relay to a young generation of models starting out in their careers.