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The Faces of the Season

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The spring 2016 ready-to-wear shows have just concluded, and with each season comes a brand new crop of fresh faces. Sure, the industry is still a bit behind in terms of diversity, making for less than interesting castings across the board. However, there were a few positives that stood out. On one hand, newcomers who debuted last season, at the resort 2016 shows, and at the fall 2015 haute couture shows really shined; Lineisy Montero walked more shows than anyone else, while girls like Karly Loyce, Amilna Estevão, Pooja Mor, and Aamito Lagum also racked up some seriously impressive résumés this season. With the exciting success of these fascinating models transcending more than just one season, they’ve paved the way for even more captivating beauty during the latest show circuit. Cue the latest group that really broke through this season, some with previous modeling experience, others who took their first steps on the runway at the start of Fashion Month.

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On Our Radar: Aya Jones

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Casting at the spring 2015 ready-to-wear shows was beyond atrocious, with too many whitewashed lineups of forgettable faces. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few standouts. Take, for example, Aya Jones N’Guessan.

Aya first grabbed our attention when she walked exclusively for Prada in Milan. Surprisingly one of the more impressive casts of the season (see Gemma, Malaika, Stam, Lara, Issa, and more), it would be easy for any new face to get lost in the mix. But that’s the thing: Aya’s not just another new face. With a virtually immaculate appearance, reminiscent of early 90s Naomi and a touch of FKA Twigs, this stunner is bringing real beauty back to the runways; no shade to any other models of the moment, but how often do we see a human being this beautiful?

Not surprisingly, her turn at Prada got a lot of other designers’ attention when Paris Fashion Week rolled around. The world was blessed to see Aya Jones at Nina Ricci, Paco Rabanne, Maison Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, Sacai, Giambattista Valli, Sonia Rykiel, Valentino, and Miu Miu (did we miss any?). To debut halfway through the show circuit and garner so much buzz is pretty impressive, so we can hope that big things are ahead for this gorgeous rookie.

Check out some more photos of Aya Jones N’Guessan below, and let us know what you think of this new face!

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On My Radar: Malaika Firth

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While reviewing the Prada spring 2014 menswear collection, I couldn’t help but notice one of the few stunning females featured in the male-dominated show; Kenyan-born, UK-based model Malaika Firth instantly grabbed my attention. I can’t remember the last time I was this fascinated by a new face, as I can rarely distinguish individuals from the stampede of models that debut each season. But Malaika’s youthful elegance and fresh features make her a seriously captivating subject. Apparently she’s been in the business for a couple of years now, and I’m shocked that she hasn’t taken off sooner. Let’s hope that the Prada show was just the beginning of a fantastic career path for Firth. I’m excited to see where this potential star will go.

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On My Radar: Suzane & Suzana Massena

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I’m not exactly sure where these Brazilian twins came from or where they’ve been all of my life, but these are a couple of new faces I could definitely be interested in. Thanks to the wonderful miss Naomi Campbell, this intriguing Instagram post (above) gives us a look at the stunning sisters. Apparently, they’ve also starred in an editorial styled by Anna Dello Russo with Dutch model Mirte Maas (below); in my opinion, they completely stole the spotlight. Let’s hope that we get to see a lot more of the Massena twins in the near future.

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