Born and raised in Tanzania, Flaviana Matata’s modeling career kicked off after she was scouted in New York while attending a charity event in 2010.
During her illustrious career has walked the runway for major brands and designers, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Jason Wu, Rachel Roy, Charlotte Ronson, Tory Burch, Diesel, Vivienne Westwood and has appeared in campaigns for Topshop, Selfridges Beauty, Sony, Aritzia, Clarins, Kenzo, Ken- neth Cole, Express, Warby Parker, Aerie Real(American Eagle lingerie), Diesel and Edun.
Flaviana has graced the pages of countless magazines, including Forbes, Vogue, Grazia, Es- sence, Nylon, Glass, Arise, L’Officiel Paris, Elle, Marie Claire, Interview Magazine and i-D.
Throughout her storied career, she has worked with an impressive roster of photographers, including Mario Testino, David Sims, Patrick Demarchelier, Russell James, Nick Knight, Fadil Berisha, Josh Olins, Rankin, and Victor Demarchelier to mention a few.
In addition to modeling, Flaviana has a lengthy list of philanthropic ventures, including her Flaviana Matata Foundation, which empower young girls in Tanzania through education. She is an Angel Ambassador of the Diamond Empowerment Fund and has worked as a Goodwill Ambassador for Tanzanian charity Mitindo House. She’s also worked with Life project for Africa, Malaika for Life, Usher New Look, Malaria No More, SOS Village and the Hassan Maajar Trust.
Flaviana is also a successful businesswoman. She is the founder Lavy Products, a line of non-toxic, cruelty free nail polish that’s available in more than 60 stores in six countries.
Flaviana currently lives in New York City.