Posted by Fashion Editor at Large

The first time I saw her at last season's Louis Vuitton show, it didn't register with me quite how much 18 year old Zimbabwean born Nyasha Matonhodze looked like a young Michelle Obama. However, the 5 foor 11 inch tall model catwalking on many a London Fashion Week runway over the last few days has confirmed it. The tilt of her chin and set of her mouth brings to mind Michelle. After leaving Zimbabwe as a child, Nyasha moved to Northampton, England and began her modelling career after coming second in a local model competition. These days she is a favourite of Katie Grand, and appears in the GILES pre-fall lookbook.  I wonder if her increasing success has something to do with the Michelle O visual connection? How long until there are few supermodel versions of Kate Middleton, I wonder?

Nyasha on the Unique runway yesterday

Nyasha in the March 2011 edition of Teen Vogue

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