Over the last few weeks, Black Opal Nigeria has been searching for the next face to star in our Christmas beauty campaign shoot. From an application of thousands, 20 girls were selected to partake in a social media vote which resulted to 10 girls being picked to attend the casting day on Monday 7th November 2016 at Ayo Van Elmar Fashion Cafe, Oriental hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Casting day overview: 

On arrival, the beautiful ladies shared with us their definition of beauty and showed us a hint of their personality. The judges also let us know what they were looking for in the next face of Black Opal.

Before meeting the judges, the ladies were coached on model etiquette by Fashion walk consultant and Creative Director at Complete Fashion Magazine, Smart Courage. He reiterated the differences between editorial models and runway models and gave them tips on how to stand out from the crowd by having your own signature pose just like the top models of the world.

Our judges:

Emmanuel Oyeleke (@emmanueloyeleke) – Renowned Beauty photographer and Creative Director at EOP studios.

Lillian Paul (@lillianopaul) – Renowned Lagos based make up artist, beauty consultant and Black Opal Ambassador.

Lola Maja (@lolamaja) – One of Nigeria’s top special effects (SFX) make up artists and renowned beauty expert.

Isio Dela-vega (@isiodelavega) – Top model and interior designer.

Onah Nwachukwu (@onahlucia) –A seasoned journalist in the fashion and lifestyle industry is the Group Editor-in-Chief of True Tales Publications, whose mainstay magazines include, BeautyBox, Complete Fashion and HINTS. She has also been the Editor of International celebrity and lifestyle magazine, HELLO Nigeria.

Each of the ladies went on to meet the judges separately and were judged on 4 characteristics:

  • Confidence
  • Facial Structure
  • Definition of beauty, and
  • Poses

From these characteristics, the top 3 were selected – Oluwatosin Amoo, Amaka Oguike and Maryam Salam.


Maryam Salam emerged as the overall winner and the next face of Black Opal Nigeria. The judges collectively agreed that she was the most confident and fulfilled all their criteria.

Maryam will star in the next Black Opal campaign shoot alongside two other models and also receive a pamper session. The best part? She will be featured on the cover of the December edition of BeautyBox Magazine.

Black Opal Nigeria is proudly supported by: BeautyBox Magazine, Complete Fashion Magazine, Genevieve Magazine, Kamdora, Exquisite Magazine, LoveWeddingsNG, Aweni Organics, RnR Luxury, Beautifully nappy, Tori Ara, Youtopia Beauty, My Nubian roots, We naturals, Roses and Thorns Fashion Company, Gbenga Artsmith, Ayo Van Elmar, Arcadia Mobile TV.

Watch the casting overview: