AN EVOLVING STANDARD OF BEAUTY IS OPENING THE DOOR FOR A MORE INCLUSIVE MODELING INDUSTRY. HERE ARE 5 UP-AND-COMING MODELS YOU SHOULD BE FOLLOWING!
By Kaitlyn Rose
I absolutely love seeing models that are defying traditional standards of beauty...Like the ones with unorthodox smiles or features frequently labeled as flaws. Many brands and agencies are changing it up, by accentuating models that are more than just fitting in the typical “model-type” category. With models being super influential staples of representation in our culture, they set the tone for how consumers not only see a brand, but also how consumers view themselves and the world around them. The realm of fashion and modeling has changed tremendously over the years, and the industry is still inching its way to a more diversified pool of models.
As we head into spring, we’re freshening up our feeds with some of the most stunning newcomers who are truly blossoming in ad campaigns and on the runway. Here are 5 up-and-coming models from all over the world, that you should definitely keep an eye out for this year.
Carmen Lee Solomons
@carmen.solomons Agency: Above and Beyond Group, Photogenics LA, Storm Model Management London You’ve probably seen this model with the fiery red hair and striking eyes at least once on Instagram. Hailing from South Africa, Carmen has been booked for Fenty Beauty, Kendall + Kylie, Fashion Nova, and more. Mekhi Lucky
@officialmekhilucky_ Agency: St. Claire Models As seen in campaigns and shows for top designers such as Laquan Smith and Phillip Plein, rising star Mekhi stands out from the crowd. Nicknamed “Prison Bae” from a mugshot that went viral a few years ago, Mehki continues to grow in his modeling career. How can anyone ignore those beautiful eyes? Jore Marshall
@joremarshall Agency: Storm Management LA Curve model Jore is newly signed and has been killing it. She’s been featured on the runway and in promos for Savage x Fenty by Rihanna, and you can expect to see her in many more campaigns. And, she’s also a professional dancer! Krithika Reddy
@krithikasreddy Agency: Freelance Krithika is a self-made South Asian model who is an activist and health enthusiast. Vocal about her passions and philanthropic endeavors, this model has appeared in campaigns ranging from Kim Shui to Bobbi Brown to Dior. Image: Krithika Reddy For Kim Shui Devonte Stewart
Agency: Skorpion Management, Two Management
Model and gamer, Devonte Stewart came on to the scene with a cool and electric energy. With a face full of freckles and a blunt blonde ‘do, Devonte has booked gigs with major brands such as Puma and Converse.
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