John Casablancas very own Adaora Akubilo has been turning heads and making the news as of late. With her second year running as one of the 17 models of Sports Illustrated models 2013 Swimsuit Edition, Adaora makes a stunning statement with her shoot in Namibia, photographed by Kayt Jones. The concept of this years’ Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition was to have photo-shoots on every continent of the world, including Adaora in South Africa.
Born in Windsor, CT, Adaora moved to Nigeria at the age of 6. There she spent her teenage years before at the age of 16, she moved back to Connecticut. At that point, she joined John Casablancas Modeling Agency of Hartford, which blossomed her modeling career to what it is today.
In 2007, Adaora Akubilo appeared on NBC as one of the 12 finalists in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search. Even though Adaora was eliminated in the second week of the competition, she clearly didn’t let that stop her from pursuing her dream of modeling, and Sports Illustrated did not forget her. In 2012, she appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model and returned to Sports Illustrated this year.