About Ace Models

Ace Models is South Africa’s Premier modeling academy and offers a unique and profitable opportunity to suitably passionate and experienced individuals.

Our franchises benefit from 12 successful years Ace Models has been in existence.

Ace Models was founded in 2005 by renowned business woman and award winning entrepreneur Joani Johnson. Joani is also a former Mrs South Africa.

Ace Models Team


 Ace Models SA has achieved enormous success in the past and is the fastest growing modeling academy of its kind. Ace Models currently has a massive national footprint with over 17 franchises in South Africa and Namibia which includes the following:

1. Namibia (with various sub-branches)
2. Cape Town City Bowl
3. Century City
4. Paarl
5. Mossel Bay
6. George
7. Knysna
8. Bloemfontein
9. Welkom
10. Vanderbijlpark
11. Alberton
12. Jhb South
13. Jhb North
14. Carnival City
15. Delmas
16. Witbank and Middelburg
17. Nelspruit


CEO and Managing Director:

Joani Johnson


Founder and CEO Joani Johnson is a well-known business woman and entrepreneur in South Africa with over 20 years experience in the industry. She has been nominated and won various awards including 'Africa’s most influential women in business and government'. She is also the CEO of Mrs South Africa and was crowned Mrs South Africa in 2009.

Joani has her degree in media studies and corporate communication and is currently studying towards her MBA.

"It is so fulfilling to be part of Ace Models SA and have the platform to inspire and empower. I
can guarantee you that while empowering others, you will become empowered and while
teaching, you will learn so much,” – Joani Johnson


Anri Powell



Managing Director Anri Powell has been the owner and Director of the Bloemfontein franchise for the past five years and has recently joined forces with Joani Johnson as the Managing Director and Co-Owner of Ace Models South Africa. Anri has won “Franchise of the Year” for the past 3 years and uses her expertise and experience to invest and build up our other franchises. Her hands-on experience has added incredible value to the Ace
Models brand.

"You truly become your dream and live your best life with Ace Models SA" - Anri Powell




Over the years we have launched numerous models on highly successful national
and international careers and focus on empowering the youth of SA by teaching
them life skills, grooming and building self-confidence.

 Mrs South Africa 2017


Success Stories

While Ace Models focus is to empower the youth, we also teach young individuals all about the modeling, pageant and media industries and have had many success stories over the years including most recently Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (Miss SA 2017), Chane Husselman (International Model) and Lizelle Ezterhuizen (Miss Namibia).