Models of the moment take the fashion industry by storm

Katie Ellis, Campus Life Editor
September 4, 2014

As New York Fashion Week kicks off in the Big Apple, models from across the globe will be flocking to Lincoln Center to suit up in designs from the spring/summer 2015 collections before audiences filled with A-list celebrities, designers, and magazine powerhouses. The industry’s top models will be walking in some of the most high-profile shows, while others will continue to grow their careers by staring in fall’s most buzzed about ad campaigns.

There’s no denying that industry favorite Jourdan Dunn, model of the moment Kendall Jenner, and up-and-comer Lottie Moss are three of the hottest models in fashion today. With their careers taking off, these women will be putting their best feet forward as they continue their journey to fashion domination.

Jourdan Dunn is a veteran in the modeling world having started working at just 15 years old, when she made her runway debut walking for Marc Jacobs. Now 24, Dunn has been at the center of numerous headlines for her life on-and-off the runway.

In 2008, she experienced one of the best years of her career when she was named “Model of the Year” at the British Fashion Awards and turned the catwalk upside-down when she became the first black model to walk for Prada in over a decade. The It-Brit continued modeling in shows for top designers like Valentino and Ralph Lauren, but her career was almost derailed in 2009 when she discovered that she was pregnant.

That didn’t stop Dunn from striving towards her goals, and the support of the fashion industry remained firmly behind her with a cover of “Teen Vogue” in Nov. 2009 and a trip down the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier that same year when she was nearly seven months pregnant with her son, Riley.

Her career has only skyrocketed since then with an appearance at the 2012 Summer Olympics when she modeled alongside fellow British supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss and a role in Beyoncé’s “Yoncé” music video in 2013. This year has also been good to Dunn who was named Maybelline New York’s newest face, became a spokeswoman for YSL, and made history as the first black British woman to be on Forbes’ top-earning models list.

While most people may know her as Kim’s little sister and one of the stars of E!’s hit reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Kendall Jenner is quickly making a name for herself as fashion’s model of the moment. Modeling isn’t new for Jenner who began her career with a print ad campaign for Forever 21 in 2010, and followed up that success with a walk down the runway for Sherri Hill’s prom dress line.

With three sisters who have made millions on their Kardashian Kollection clothing line, it’s no surprise that she would partner with her sister Kylie to start a label of their own, Kendall & Kylie, sold exclusively through PacSun. This business venture has kept the model busy for the past few years, but in February 2014, she made her first appearance as a high-fashion model on the catwalk for Marc Jacobs.

Her appearance didn’t go without controversy with many people abuzz about the revealing sheer top she modeled for the designer, but she continued walking her way through Fashion Week with a spot in Givenchy’s fall show, and even a trip down the Chanel Haute Couture runway in July.

She landed her first gig with “Vogue” in their #VogueInstaFashion spread on their website where she worked fall’s hottest looks like a seasoned pro in a series of selfie inspired images. Jenner has kept her high-fashion streak going with editorials in “Love Magazine,” and a coveted spot on the September issue of “Teen Vogue.”

Storm Model Management knows talent when they see it, which is why it comes as no surprise that they signed Kate Moss’ little sister, Lottie, to their agency. The 16-year-old bears a striking resemblance to her sister in her early modeling days, and has begun her career by following in Kate’s footsteps by signing on to do a Calvin Klein ad campaign, which launched the elder Moss into the spotlight in the 90s.

“Teen Vogue” profiled the up-and-comer for their April issue, where she cited Kate as one of her inspirations for getting into the business, and “W” magazine was quick to feature her in an editorial for their May issue, but as her star continues to rise, there could be a very high-profile cover on the horizon. Speculation is running wild that the Moss sisters will be featured on the December issue of UK “Vogue,” as the first ever sister duo to grace the cover.

Dunn, Jenner, and Moss are prime examples of where the future of modeling is headed, and as fashion’s insiders keep a watchful eye on their every move, there’s no doubt that their star power can only go up from here.

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