You’ve seen their faces on the runways of Paris or possibly noticed them in a center spread. If you haven’t, you will soon enough. These rising stars represent us; the multicultural woman, busting through the seams of a sometimes unchanging fashion industry.
Clutch takes a brief look at some of the women who are making fashion a bit lively – proving that diversity really is a beautiful thing.
1. Aminata Niaria – IMG
Career Highlight: Strutted her stuff in the 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
2. Gracie Carvalho – Marilyn Agency
Career Highlight: Featured in two consecutive DKNY ad campaigns (F09 and SS10).
3. Jeneil Williams – New York Model Management
Career Highlight: Vogue Italia’s “All Black” issue in 2008.
4. Joan Smalls – IMG
Nationality: Puerto Rican
Career Highlight: Equally successful in ad campaigns (six to date) as she is during fashion week.
5. Kinée Diouf – New York Model Management
Career Highlight: Being the muse of Lanvin’s Creative Director, Alber Elbaz.
6. Lyndsey Scott – Click Agency
Career Highlight: First black model used in the Calvin Klein Fall 2009 show – exclusively.
7. R’el Dade – Marilyn Agency
Career Highlight: Exclusively booked for the 2009 Valentino Couture show.
8. Rose Cordero – Supreme Agency
Career Highlight: One of the cover girls for V magazine’s September 2009 issue.
9. Shu Pei – Next
Career Highlight: Walked in over 40 shows during the Spring/Summer 2010 collections.
10. Tao Okamoto – Supreme Agency
Career Highlight: Ralph Lauren Fall 2009 print campaign.
WILD CARD: Amber Rose– FORD Models
Nationality: Cape Verdean and Italian
Career Highlight: Spread in Elle’s October 2009 issue styled by Boyfriend Kanye West.