- Illustrator & Model
- United States
- Member since 2022
Monica Ahanonu is an illustrator, model and creator based in Los Angeles. Many consider her an expert in color theory and vector illustration. Monica started her career at DreamWorks Animation where she honed her unique artistic style. Now as IMG Models’ first signed illustrator, Monica is emerging as a leading tastemaker in fashion while she continues to elevate her talents in illustration.
You will find Monica showcasing her signature style and doing capsule clothing collections, book illustration, package design, digital campaigns as well as on the red carpet for various events. Monica’s client roster spans brands in media, clothing, consumer products and publishing. She has recently worked with Vanity Fair, Gap, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Sephora, TIME, Sprite, Peloton, TOMS, Simon & Schuster, and Adobe .
Monica continues to innovate the digital space for Black artists. Her portraits and pop art make learning about people from other cultures, industries and backgrounds accessible. “Just because you’re different from the people around you doesn’t mean you’re not beautiful”, says Monica. “I believe in diverse beauty. It brings color and variation into the world ...and more excitement. I’m glad that I can bring that to light with my work.” Her fifth illustrated book, Black Icons in Herstory, was released in October 2022. Monica wants to make sure everyone honors their own uniqueness and beauty.
You can follow her work on Instagram at @MonicaAhanonu, and for her full client roster please visit www.mahanonu.com.