"Tasha de Vasconcelos, born in Mozambique, is supermodel and actress. Today, she has been the image in particular of fashion houses and jewelry : Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Balenciaga, Van Cleef & Arpels.

Tasha de Vasconcelos has been engaged since 1996 in the domain of health in Africa since (Nelson Mandela Children's Fund). Appointed Goodwill Ambassador by  l'UNICEF en 1999, she founded in 2006 the AMOR foundation dedicated to maternal health and infantile in Africa astral region of her birth (Malawi, Mozambique). The Fondation AMOR has notably opened  a first maternity hospital in Malawi in 2009 (Kasese), a second in 2013 (Zomba), a third in 2014 (Machinga) and fourth in 2015 (Thyolo)."

In 2016, Tasha de Vasconcelos has been appointed as a UN Women Global Champion for Planet 50-50 by 2030.

Tasha de Vasconcelos was born in Beira, in Mozambique, the daughter of engineer, Fernando João de Vasconcelos Mota e Cunha, a descendant of King Alfonso III de Leäo, member of one of Portugal’s oldest families, and her British mother, Jacqueline, a descendant of a King of Scotland of the XI century, and of a family from the north of France.

However at only 8 years old, Tasha had to face the cruelty of the civil war and a revolution, which tore her country apart, followed just five years later by that of Rhodesia - now Zimbabwe - where they had fled. At 13 she and her family moved first to Portugal, and then on to Canada.


First student at the University of British Columbia, she began her supermodel carrier in New York where she started working with Michel Comte, Peter Lindbergh, William Klein, Albert Watson, Patrick Demarchelier and Steven Meisel.

​They immortalize for the covers of major international magazines: Vogue, Elle, and Tatler, Paris Match, or campaigns (qui font le tour du monde): Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, Van Cleef & Arpels, Dolce & Gabbana perfume… and catwalks for Lacroix, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent…

But Tasha’s true vocation is in her humanitarian work.

After special missions in 1996 for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in South Africa, UNICEF named her Goodwill Ambassador, first for children suffering from malnutrition in Bolivia in 1999, then for childhood victims of war in Algeria.

As Special Campaigner for Children she worked in Mozambique with UNAIDS,in 2006, campaigning against HIV/AIDS in Africa, and in recognition of her humanitarian work she has received a special UNESCO award, in 2005.

In 2006, her foundation AMOR – Aide Mondiale Orphelins Réconfort was born.

On the 15th April 2009 Tasha opened Amor’s first project, a maternity unit in Malawi, financed, built and equipped entirely by AMOR.

In 29th April 2009 Tasha de Vasconcelos was named as the official Ambassador of L’Institut Pasteur (Download the press release) a first for this renowned international leader in medical research.

On the 8 Mars 2010 (International Women’s day), President José Manuel Barroso gave to Tasha de Vasconcelos her new mission as ambassador for  European Union for humanitarian causes.

"Beauty as a weapon"

Autobiography published by Michel Lafon


With Ms. Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women

2010 saw the publication of her autobiography “Beauty as a Weapon” published by Michel Lafon and she was also the subject of a documentary “La belle humanitaire” devoted to her and her humanitarian work.

In 2013, she was officially appointed Malawi Honorary Consul to Monaco.




CONDENAST Glamour Beauty / Humanitarian award

Humanitarian work

1996:   Humanitarian mission with Nelson Mandela, Pretoria, South Africa

1999:   UNICEF humanitarian mission, Bolivia

2000:   UNICEF humanitarian mission, Algeria

2005:   UNESCO Humanitarian honour bestowed by secretary-general

2006:   UNAIDS mission to Mozambique

2006:   March: founded AMOR (Aide Mondiale Orphelins Reconfort) to reduce maternal mortality and help orphans and children worldwide through health care and education, especially in Africa.

2009:   15 April: opened first AMOR maternity hospital in Kasese, Malawi with HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

2009:   27 April: appointed first Ambassador for Institut Pasteur (where the AIDS virus was first identified) Paris, France.

2010:   8 March: appointed Humanitarian Ambassador for the European Union to combat poverty and social exclusion, Brussels, Belgium.

2010:   November: Speaker, Women’s Forum, Deauville, France.

2011:   March: Speaker, International Women’s Day on behalf of refugees in Iraq.

2011: CONDENAST Glamour Beauty / Humanitarian award

2012:   June: further address at Villepinte, France, on behalf of Iraqi refugees.

2013:   Appointed Honorary Consul of Malawi to Monaco

2014:   speaker on ‘Audacity’, Cité de la Réussite, La Sorbonne, Paris, France.

2015:   Official partnership with AMOR and Monaco Princely Government

2015:   Joint project for girls school with the Vatican

2016: 7 January: officially appointed as a UN Women Global champion for Planet 50-50 by 2030

Visiting and meeting with Armando Guebuza, President of the Republique of Mozambique

2009 Ambassador Pasteur Institut

2010 Ambassador European Union for Humanitarian Causes

International Woman's Day speech

Concrete help given through AMOR

2007:   Collegio Infantil: orphanage providing practical help to mothers and orphaned children, Beira, Mozambique.

2009:   First maternity hospital in Malawi in Kasese in association with Lifeline Malawi

2010:   Mobile outreach clinics established in Malawi

2012:   Nandumbo eye clinic established, Nanthomba, Malawi

2013:   22 tonnes of medical and paediatric equipment sent to Malawi

2013:   Second maternity hospital in Malawi in Zomba

2014:   First school in Malawi, Nanthomba Primary School, opened in Liwonde in association with Help Malawi

2014:   12 cartons of medical equipment delivered to Queen Elizabeth Hospital , Blantyre Malawi

2014:   Exchange partnership and training programme with Princess Grace Hospital and AMOR 

2014:   Third maternity hospital in Malawi in Machinga

Recent TV and other media

2010:   ‘La Belle Humanitaire’ 52 minute documentary, France Television

2011:   Autobiography, ‘Beauty as a Weapon’ published, Michel Lafon, Paris, France

2013:   Sky News report from London, UK

2013:   Monaco television special report from Africa

2013:   Sky News report from Monaco

2013:   CCTV China, Special Report

2014:   Monaco television special report from Monaco

2014:   CNN special report, live from London, UK

2014:   ‘Arise Africa’ TV special report, live from London, UK

2014:   TVC News Live Africa special report

2014:   CCTV China , Special report Newshour

2015:   “Monaco Television special report”