Every season, countless new faces come down the runways, pop up in ads and editorials, or make other noteworthy appearances that get the fashion world talking. Unfortunately with the fast pace of the modeling world, the majority of those new faces seem to be forgettable, bland, or whitewashed. But there are always exceptions, and exceptions are often where the magic happens. Here’s our selection of some of the most captivating faces of the moment:
We hate to say it, but it’s rare that America’s Next Top Model will produce an actual “top model.” That’s not the case with Africa’s Next Top Model, which Ugandan-born Aamito Stacie Lagum won just over a year ago. Since then, Lagum has been featured in a slew of high-profile editorials, as well as in shows for Bottega Veneta, Paul Smith, Lanvin, and many more. Oh, and she also opened both Balenciaga and The Row, while she currently stars in the latest Marc Jacobs ad campaign. With her strikingly elegant features and undeniably polished persona, the industry should definitely keep an eye on this rising star.
It’s kind of annoying how the industry tends to constantly draw comparisons. Despite constant talk about the similarities between Aamito Lagum and her, Achok Majak has her own unique appearance, which is the perfect balance of tough and alluring. It’s this look that’s earned her spots in the resort shows for Alexander Wang and Gucci, and we’re sure to see more of her in the near future.
Let’s face it, Amilna Estevão is cute. But that doesn’t mean she’s commercial or childlike, rather representative of a sort of positive energy. Those good vibes follow her down the runway, as seen in her appearances in shows for brands like both of the Wangs (Alexander and Vera) and Giambattista Valli. Felinesque features and a killer strut have – and will continue to – helped this 16-year-old Luanda, Angola native launch an already-impressive career.
Karly Loyce’s name has been thrown around a lot in the discussion of the fashion world’s gradual acceptance of natural black hair. Aside from Karly’s comely kinky coiffe, the Parisian model’s face is nothing short of immaculate. And although Ms. Loyce hasn’t blown up quite yet, with her appearances in the fall 2015 Céline show, in the Kenzo resort 2016 lookbook, and on the cover of i-D, it won’t be long before she does.
Although she hasn’t quite burst on the scene like some of the others on this list, Karol Santos has a look worth seeing. Scouted while selling coconuts in her hometown in Brazil, Santos caught our attention when we came across some of her recent print work. And it wouldn’t be out of reach to say that we could see her for clients like Givenchy, Versace, and even Victoria’s Secret. Mark our words, you’ll be seeing more of this face in no time.
Everyone lost their minds when they saw Lineisy Montero come down the runway at the fall 2015 Prada show, and it’s no surprise; the Dominican model’s beauty is nothing short of otherworldly. Meanwhile, just like Karly Loyce, her representation of often-underrepresented natural black hair became a crucial point in fashion. Montero’s been virtually ubiquitous ever since, making turns at Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Balenciaga, Dior Haute Couture, Atelier Versace, Givenchy (should we go on?), covering Teen Vogue alongside Imaan Hammam and Aya Jones, and starring in the latest Prada campaign. It’s safe to say that Lineisy Montero’s having quite the moment, and here’s to hoping that won’t slow down anytime soon.
It’s even less likely for a male new face to get our attention than a female. But Michael Lockley (no, not the football player) broke the mold, first debuting at the fall 2015 Louis Vuitton show and going strong ever since. Lockley appeared in i-D just before the spring 2016 menswear shows, where he dominated the catwalk for labels like Tom Ford, Jil Sander, Neil Barrett, Missoni, Etro, Haider Ackermann, Kenzo, and Paul Smith. Pretty impressive, no? With a boyish yet androgynous charm and a pretty incredible head of hair, Michael Lockley is golden.
We first came across Pooja Mor on the Instagram account More Models of Color, which showcases – you guessed it – a variety of models of color both established and new. Ironically enough, Mor was discovered on Instagram herself. Since then, she had a pretty major debut at Louis Vuitton’s resort 2016 show in Palm Springs, and there’s no doubt that her trajectory will continue upwards from here. It’s exciting to see another beautiful South Asian woman finally being represented in the fashion world, proving that Bhumika Arora doesn’t have to be the only one. And perhaps the most exciting part: Pooja Mor is still working towards her degree in engineering.
Let us know what you think of these rising stars!