Every new season, new models soar through the ranks to become ‘It’ girls who are staples on runways and campaigns. But now that the modelling industry is made up by a mélange of Insta-girls to second-generation stars, there’s no telling where fashion’s next top model will be hailed from. And that’s the exciting part.
This Fashion Week Spring 2018 season shows no shortage of promising talent. Some making their Fashion Week debuts, and some a few seasons in. Below, from Cindy Crawford’s doppelgänger to Rihanna’s gap-toothed muse, scroll down and meet the class of new models on the rise.
Seen on catwalks of: Saint Laurent, Prada, Fendi, Burberry, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Versace, Fenty x Puma, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Moschino, Coach
Why you’ll keep seeing her around: Kaia Gerber — a.k.a. the carbon copy of ’90s supermodel Cindy Crawford — has taken over runways, and headlines. This Spring 2018 season is the 16-year-old’s Fashion Week debut. And within several runway strides, Gerber established herself as current model on demand. Scoot over, Kendall Jenner.
Seen on catwalks of: Helmut Lang, Marc Jacobs, Fenty x Puma, Jeremy Scott
Why you’ll keep seeing her around: With her buzzy shaved head, a generous tooth gap, and a name you won’t soon forget, Slick Woods (née Simone Thompson) is here to stay. Her big break came when she was featured in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 2 lookbook, and it didn’t take long for her punchy persona to infect everyone from Raf Simons to Marc Jacobs. Also being Rihanna’s go-to muse should tell you something.
Seen on catwalks of: Dior, Gucci, Fendi, Versace, Marc Jacobs, No. 21, Missoni, Max Mara, Sportmax, Coach, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Diane Von Furstenberg, Derek Lam, Self-Portrait
Why you’ll keep seeing her around: Recently, Quinlivan came out as transgender during New York Fashion Week via a CNN exclusive. Prior to that, the assumed cisgender model had walked hundreds of shows, starred in editorial in Vogue to LOVE, and worked with just about every photographer imaginable — so it was a news bomb to the fashion industry. Yet, with Quinlivan’s confession, came waves of support from industry insider friends, from Nicolas Ghesquière to Pat McGrath. In just a short few weeks, she’s now the ‘It’ model whose runway appearance counts can rival that of Bella Hadid’s.
Seen on catwalks of: Balenciaga, Dior, Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Toga Archives, Roksanda Ilincic, Mary Katrantzou, Margaret Howell, Sharon Wauchob, Derek Lam
Why you’ll keep seeing her around: Shujing first took a stab at modelling four years ago as a runner-up in a Chinese agency’s contest. It wasn’t until last year that the mullet-haired model made her Fashion Week debut, walking for Givenchy and Balenciaga. As it turned out, that wouldn’t be her only collaboration with Demna Gvasalia. She was further propelled to modelling stardom when the designer tapped her to star in the house’s Spring 2017 campaign lensed by Harley Weir.
Seen on catwalks of: Burberry, Simone Rocha, Chalayan, Preen, Topshop
Why you’ll keep seeing her around: The elfin-faced model was the first female model signed to Kate Moss Agency — yes, the Kate Moss. Reigate is the daughter of Rosemary Ferguson — ’90s supermodel and a close friend of Moss’. Once a show-stealer as Moss’ flower bridesmaid, the tween and her long, ethereal blonde curls are now staples of the best London Fashion Week shows.