Afiya is a Fashion Model, Actress, Entrepreneur, Host, and Charity Enthusiast. Hailed as a top supermodel, Brooklyn born and NYC-based Afiya Bennett was discovered at age 18, when she competed on Naomi Campbell’s hit show, The Face, on #TeamNaomi. Bennett has since gone on to exceed all expectations in the fashion industry.
From staring in elite campaigns for Estee Lauder, Laura Mercier, Tom Ford Beauty, Givenchy Beauty, Neutrogena, Fenty Beauty, Saks, Nine West, Nike, MAC Cosmetics, and Express. Afiya has built a very impressive portfolio. She has been featured in editorials/Covers for Elle Magazine, Vogue Italia, Harpers Bazaar Brasil, Grazia Russia/Croatia, L’officiel India, Glamour Magazine South Africa/ U.K, Marie Claire U.S./Indonesia, InStyle Magazine, Essence and SELF.
Afiya was the Global Brand Ambassador for Fiji Water for over 4 years, taking Fiji worldwide and acting as the spokesperson and headliner of their new #FIJIFIT Sports Cap Launch in NYC.
When Afiya isn’t busy traveling across the globe on various photoshoots, she spends her time blogging; sharing lifestyle tips on fitness, beauty, modeling, fashion and overall style. Afiya is also an active participant in multiple charity organizations, walking in the annual Breast Cancer Walk, delivering blankets to babies in Neonatal Intensive Care, and the partaking in the Make-a-Wish foundation, granting wishes to terminally ill children. She has also donated and supported charities both locally and internationally for Habitat for Humanity, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and Amfar which brings awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDs.
In 2018, Afiya expanded her brand, adding host and actress to her resume. Afiya hosted the 2018 Make-A-Wish Gala in NYC, the Ocean Drive Magazine Event during Miami Swim Week, and the FIJI Water x Soul Cycle Launch Event. She scored her first movie credit in ANON, released in theaters earlier this year, starring Amanda Siegfried and Clive Owen.
In October 2018, Afiya took her first stab at entrepreneurship by launching her own luxury hat line, “The Afiya Collection” available online. In launching the line, Afiya hopes to inspire the next generation of children to chase after their dreams.
Being raised by two incredible parents who work as educators, Afiya is a strong believer in the value of education. In that spirit she recently completed her Bachelors degree in Media and Business Management at Arizona State University.
Agency: Women Model Management
MEDIA CONTACT: 1st Look Models
12 thoughts on “About Me”
I have been inspired by how you have worked hard to pursue your modeling career, since before The Face up until now. I am an aspiring model that has been trying to break into the industry for sometime now. It’s very difficult as you may already know, but not impossible to achieve. I thought I should reach out to someone who’s already in the industry for some advice. You seem like an open person, so I figured you would be perfect.
First of all, how do you keep your skin so glowing and blemish free?! I’ve never seen you with a single spot on your face! Lol
I’ve been trying to reach out to photographers to shoot with in order to improve my book, some are really expensive and to be quite honest, I can’t afford it. And others, well, I don’t even get a response. Before you were signed to Marilyn or even became a contestant on the Face, how did you find photographers that were willing to work with you?
I have visited quite a few agencies open calls here in NYC but haven’t gotten that one YES yet. A lot of them seem to like my look but they say I need to be at least 5’9″ (i’m 5’8″) I know there are a lot of successful models out there that are my height, so I was a little puzzled right there. Some suggested I go to a few other agencies but they don’t hold open calls, so how do you get to meet with them?
So here’s my next question. How were you able to meet with agencies that didn’t hold open calls such as Wilhelmina and of course Marilynn?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Ps: congrats on everything you have accomplished so far. You are truly an inspiration. Keep working hard!
Are you from Ghana?
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No I am not from Ghana. My family is from Saint Thomas, but I was born and raised in New York.
when I first saw your name, I thought you were a Ghanaian. because of ur first name.
“Afia” as it’s spelt here is name given to a girl born on Friday
I thought she was a Ghanaian too. Because her first name sounds like a Ghanaian name. She’s is super beautiful and I just love everything about her. I can’t stop looking at her pictures on instagram. She’s an inspiration.
Hello dear Afiya,
I’m a writer from Paris, and I\’m publishing a book in december about Pharrell for Didier Carpentier publishing company. http://arts-savoirs.editions-carpentier.fr
It will be published in all the french stores. It includes interviews of Cris Cab, SWV, Billionaire etc.
It\’s not a biography, but the impact of Pharrell in different fields and the study of his work (lyrics etc.).
I\’d like to ask You a couple of questions regarding your work for Snoop, is it possible?
Thank you for follow me on Instagram (wwwswphoto) i visit your instagram profile and your website… Its really really beautyfull.
Whenever you come to Switzerland, please contact me and then we can look forward for a Photoshoot.
Thank you for visiting my blog and for the like. Best wishes to you and blessed be. 🙂
Hey, thanks for visiting my blog. You’re amazing!!
Thanks for visiting.
Hi Afiya – I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for following me and giving me some support. It’d be great to know what pulled you towards by site but I understand if you’re a busy ‘gal. Anyway all the best with the modelling. Stunning photos and love your cheekbones! Erm? – Wow! – Take care in the Big Apple! 😉
Hi Afiya, thank you for visiting my instagram profile! It feels really good everytime i see you liked my photos. You and Sharam are an inspiration for me because of everything you accomplished being a black model and for being so real and humble. I hope to meet you one day in NY!