This season's runways seemed to be full of Cinderella stories: a woman who was discovered on the street in Missouri as a young teenager walking for Proenza Schouler, a teenager who made a remarkable transition from a viral comedian on TikTok to an accurate high-fashion model, and a non-binary model strutted for several prestigious houses.
The move shows that the designers want to find and support exciting new talent. Some of the most exciting names were those of models who had just started a year or two before. Here is a list of five models who stood out in this season's fashion shows.
Wai Ki Chan
Age: 22 Agency: Society Hometown: Hong Kong Season Highlights: Khaite, JW Anderson, Louis Vuitton
Wai Ki Chan was born in New Zealand, but his family moved to Hong Kong when he was two. Chan had only tried being a model a few times when she was younger. While in college, her volleyball teammate, a model, told her she should try to become a model. At first, Chan agreed because she was interested in seeing the fashion world from a model's point of view. Today, though, she uses it to learn more about herself and her style through self-reflection and self-exploration. She thinks modelling is a way to make dreams come true, which not many careers can do. Since then, Chan has made a name for herself in the fashion industry by walking in Khaite, JW Anderson, and Louis Vuitton shows. She speaks English, Cantonese, and Mandarin very well.
Age: 18 Agency: Women Management Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark Season Highlights: Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Givenchy Instagram: @idaheiner
No one can stop this Danish beauty. Heiner is known for her sharp cheekbones and prominent brow ridge, which make her stand out on the runway. Heiner first appeared at a Louis Vuitton show and then went on to walk for Schiaparelli, Chanel, Alaa, and Fendi. With her dramatic look and vigorous walk, the 18-year-old quickly becomes a knockout in shows. She even has an Instagram fan page dedicated to her work, which is just one of the many things she has done recently.
Age: 18 Agency: IMG Models Hometown: Bay Area, California Instagram: @alexconsani
Alex Consani is no joke. The 18-year-old used to make funny videos for Gen Z on TikTok, but now she walks the runway for Alexander McQueen and Versace. Not bad for someone who started their Cinderella story on social media on a whim while COVID was locked down. Even though Consani walked down many runways during the fall 2022 season, this season proved that she is an accurate model. She was booked and busy. She walked for Roberto Cavalli, Boss by Hugo Boss, Burberry, Chloé, Copernic, and many others. What's the most incredible part? Consani still has time between gigs to show off her unique and catchy sense of humour on TikTok.
Amelia Gray Hamlin
Age: 21 Agency: The Lions Hometown: Los Angeles, California Season Highlights: Balenciaga, Vivienne Westwood, Diesel Instagram: @ameliagray
Amelia Gray has been modelling for a few years. This has been shown on past seasons of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, where her mother, actor Lisa Rinna, is a fan-favourite cast member. But her most recent jobs seemed to be a real high fashion breakthrough for the model, who now has more than a million followers on Instagram. As a model, Gray showed how she could change her form. She wore British grunge for Vivienne Westwood and later said on Instagram that the designer gave her the idea to get into fashion. Before that full-circle moment in Paris, Hamlin walked the runway for Richard Quinn, Balenciaga, and Tommy Hilfiger, looking great. This model is more than just her last name.
Age: 21 Agency: Francina Models Hometown: Barcelona, Spain Season Highlights: Prada, Acne Studios, Fendi Instagram: @schraderrolf
This 21-year-old, who is both Spanish and German, was spotted while walking around Barcelona one day. Since that lousy meeting, Schrader has become a good choice for shows. One of her best moments was at Acne Studios, where she wore a dress that took the trend of showing much skin to a whole new level.
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