We all loved the designs and designers that walked down the runway the past couple weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris but what most of us don’t notice are the girls that carry those designs down the runway; Models. Of course we all know the iconic supermodels, some which have been blown to such a degree we sometime forget they were ever models to begin with, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Lisa Taylor. But we cant forget the iconic models of our own time, most of which are know for more than their long legs.
Karlie Kloss: The 6’1’’ soon-to-be Harvard graduate started her career at the age fourteen when she was discovered in St. Louis Missouri in a charity fashion show. The Chicago- born model came back to the big city to launch her career posing for a Scene Magazine but was quickly sent to New York to begin her career on the runway. Kloss quickly gained popularity for her mile long legs and amazing personality and became a Victoria Secret Angel, Juicy Couture ambassador and partied with every designer under the New York Fashion Week tents. But the model is not just known for her modeling ability, she is also the founder of Karlie’s Kookies, which are a dairy, egg and glutton free kookies and all the profits go to provide meals for children in need.
Erica Beha Fredriksberg: The 25 year old Danish model was discovered in her native country Denmark by modeling agents passing by. The 5’ 10’’ model made her debut in 2005 when she opened for Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton and Prada then continued to walk in Paris, Milan and London in Ready to Wear and Haute Couture for every brand from Chanel to the GAP. She’s the face of multiple campaigns from Hermes to Balenciaga to Isabel Marant. “The queen of cool” namesake has also been attributed to multiple fashion items from the Jill Stuart and Chloe Freja hangbags to Alexander Wang’s Freja Lace up boot.
Daria Werbowy: Saving the best for last, and my current obsession, me and along with every designer and fashion editor are obsessed with Daria Werbowy. The Polish-Ukrainian-Canadian model has definitely won the genetic lottery, growing to an skyscraping 5’ 11’’ at the age of fourteen. The model never seriously considered modeling but after been launched into the industry by a schoolmate’s mother she was determined to make it work. The model joined Elite Model Management and traveled from Canada to London to Greece but failed to achieve international success. After her first runway season was disrupted and canceled but the 9/11 attacks in New York City them model returned to Canada. After several months the model returned to industry in hopes of funding her school education. Werbowy soon became known for holding the record for opening and closing the most shows in one season. The 29 year old model is most known for her Lancome and Celine campaign, but is also known for her work with Valentino, Chanel, Missoni and almost ever other major fashion house. The model is also know for her rare exclusivity, after taking a sudden break and sailing most of the time during that break, the model is determined to make her campaigns work for her by allowing her to maintain a level of un-commitment since many brands cant afford for her to walk away
Each and every model has a unique and special story attributed to their success. Many models do more than was has been mentioned above, and the new wave models aren’t quite as.. dramatic as previous generations of model but many do attempt to make more of an impact than just walking down the runway wearing designer clothes.