Hadiatou BahDiscovered at the age of 14, Hadiatou Bah is a beautiful commercial, editorial and print model born and based in New York. Hadiatou’s mother was born in Ivory Coast, while her father was born in Guinea. Her mother moved to Guinea in 1984 to live with her father before they later both travelled to America to relocate permanently. Hadiatou has always been a tall girl and even at an early age, she started playing basketball with her friends though something more natural was right around the corner for her to truly explore her talents. In 2005, she got discovered as a model by Model and Talent Management in Atlanta and over the last couple of years, she has modelled for top designers like Lisa Nicole Cloud and Project Runway’s Rafael Cox. She later worked with a few international brands such as Clairol, Soft-sheen Carson, Dark and Lovely, African Pride and Bronner Bros. Through Soft-sheen Carson, Michelle Obama’s hairstylist, Johnny Wright, graced her for one of his hair classes. Her most recent features have been on CBS Atlanta and, in an upcoming movie called Need for Speed. “It has been an incredible experience for me,” she tells us. “Been able to work with top professionals from the photographers to the Makeup artists and to the designers in the industry doesn’t only motivate you, it also brings out the best in you and I am very optimistic on the future ahead of me.” Some of the amazing professionals in the photography industry she is talking about are Kareem QuowWe worked with Kareem on our February cover 2013 featuring Melissa Kyelem‘, Drexina Nelson of DNProductions, Leo Marshall of Leo Marshall Photography and Steve Azzara, whose pictures have been seen on America’s Next Top Model.

For now, Hadiatou is currently unsigned, and is enjoying the freedom of working with various brands though we know it won’t be long before 1 of those agencies in New York sign her up. She has great strength and is standing tall at 5 ft 11 inches which in modelling, is considered “a perfect height“. Most successful models we have come to love and adore are around the 5 ft 10 – 5 ft 11 mark. British supermodel Naomi Campbell is a 5’10, the world’s highest paid model Gisele Bundchen is 5’11, and even top entrepreneur and supermodel IMAN’s height is measured at 5’10. Hadiatou is a very determined young girl and would really love to do more runway work. “I definitely want to do more runway and commercial jobs because I believe both areas are my strengths in modelling.” With a promising future ahead of her, Hadiatou Bah is 1 name destined for stardom!

Photography by Kareem Quow
Make Up: Dakyissa Hall
Hair: Brandy Andrews
Stylist: Raeven Murphy