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Model of the Year Awards 2015

Posted by models.com | December 18th, 2015
Models.com 2015 Industry Awards

The Models.com Model of the Year (MOTY) Industry Awards are the voice of over 250 voters representing a wide range of the industry’s top professionals, including many of the industry’s top stylists, designers, photographers, editors, hair and makeup artists and casting directors, and a wide range of the next generation of the industry’s emerging creative talents. Participants include Katie Grand, Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele, Bethann Hardison, Edward Enninful, Emma Summerton, John Pfeiffer, Barbara Pfister, Benjamin Puckey, Hung Vanngo, Julie Ragolia, Lotta Volkova and many more!

Fashion’s biggest fans also got in on the fun: the Readers’ Choice section offers an up-to-date and often surprising selection chosen by you, the MDC readers. The people have spoken – thousands of them in fact and their choices are every bit as exciting as those provided by insiders.

The awards are broken down in 11 categories as follows:

Model of the Year: Women

The singular face that defined the year as a whole with ubiquitous industry demand and presence. They distinguished themselves via top tier bookings with the best photographers, stylists and clients earning next-level visibility, making them 2015’s foremost star.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Inez and Vinoodh for Vogue Paris

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Mikael Jansson for Calvin Klein

All MOTY Women Nominees

Model of the Year: Men

The singular face that defined the year as a whole with ubiquitous industry demand and presence. They distinguished themselves via top tier bookings with the best photographers, stylists and clients earning next-level visibility, making them 2015’s foremost star.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Mario Sorrenti for Tom Ford F/W 2015

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Mario Sorrenti for Tom Ford F/W 2015

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Craig McDean for Prada Luna Rossa Sport Fragrance 2015

Readers’ Choice


Polaroid by MP Paris

All MOTY Men Nominees

Breakout Star: Women

Like model of the year, the breakout star has had a substantial presence on the modeling scene, only their careers have just begun to take off in the past several seasons. As a newcomer to the fashion industry, these rising stars have racked up coveted campaigns and impressive editorial work in a short period of time and are set to leave a lasting mark on the industry.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Daniel Jackson for Teen Vogue August 2015

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Ben Rayner for Wonderland September 2015

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Karim Sadli for Sandro F/W 2015

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Terry Richardson for Le Monde M Magazine March 2015

All Breakout Star Women Nominees

Breakout Star: Men

Like model of the year, the breakout star has had a substantial presence on the modeling scene, only their careers have just begun to take off in the past several seasons. As a newcomer to the fashion industry, these rising stars have racked up coveted campaigns and impressive editorial work in a short period of time and are set to leave a lasting mark on the industry.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Paola Kudacki for Hercules Universal F/W 2015

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Paola Kudacki for Hercules Universal F/W 2015

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Brent Chua for Manifesto October 2015

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Willy Vanderperre for Dior Homme S/S 2015

All Breakout Star Men Nominees

Comeback of the Year

Absence makes the heart grow fonder and these beauties took extended breaks from the rigors of the modeling world only to return stronger than ever. Whether they opened a noteworthy show, or found themselves on the cover of a cutting-edge magazine, these comeback stars have proven themselves essential.
Industry’s Vote


Photo from Zoolander 2 movie poster

Readers’ Choice


Photo from Zoolander 2 movie poster

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage, Versace S/S 2016 Show

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage, Versace S/S 2016 Show

All Comeback of the Year Nominees

Social Media Star WOMEN

If the past year has taught us anything it is that every tweet, Instagram photo, and like adds up to a powerful presence within the world of fashion. These models have leveraged their followings into key bookings and heightened influence, inciting a media frenzy with each and every post.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Mikael Jansson for Calvin Klein

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Mikael Jansson for Calvin Klein

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK

All Social Media Star Nominees

Social Media Star MEN

If the past year has taught us anything it is that every tweet, Instagram photo, and like adds up to a powerful presence within the world of fashion. These models have leveraged their followings into key bookings and heightened influence, inciting a media frenzy with each and every post.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Mario Sorrenti for Tom Ford F/W 2015

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Mario Sorrenti for Tom Ford F/W 2015

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo: Instagram @shaundross

Readers’ Choice


Photo: Instagram @chico_lachowski

All Social Media Star Nominees (Men)

Humanitarian

Nothing is more important than giving back to the community and during the past year these models have inspired us all by putting charity first. Devoting their time, energy and celebrity to causes big and small, these women raise awareness and bring hope to those who need it most.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Miguel Reveriego for Vogue España June 2015

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK December 2015

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo: Forbes Life Africa October 2013 Cover

Readers’ Choice


Photo: Forbes Life Africa October 2013 Cover

All Humanitarian Nominees

Alek Wek

Alek Wek campaigns as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for human rights with a focus on refugees, women and children, as a former Sudanese refugee herself. She is the ambassador for the H&M Conscious Foundation and also raises awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Cameron Russell

Cameron has actively supported global climate change through her determined efforts this year. After organizing a march against climate change with People’s Pilgrimage across the Brooklyn Bridge in October she went backstage at the United Nation’s COP21 climate change convention in Paris to oversee the unprecedented negotiations.

Jacquelyn Jablonski

Since her brother’s diagnosis with autism, Jacquelyn has tirelessly dedicated her support to autism charities. This year she brought out the stars for A Night for Autism a silent auction benefiting Autism Speaks.

Josephine Skriver

The daughter of a gay father and a lesbian mother through IVF, Josephine has been a longtime supporter and spokeswoman for the Family Equality Council. Her activism came to wider attention this year after she spoke out in response to remarks by Dolce & Gabbana against same-sex parents and children born through IVF.

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss created charity initiatives Karlie’s Kookies, which provides meals with sale proceeds to those in need around the world and Kode with Karlie, which helps create coding education programs in high schools and scholarships for female teens.

Liya Kebede

As founder of the Liya Kebede Foundation, Liya works to advance safe motherhood and pregnancy throughout Africa. Her clothing line LemLem also supports traditional weavers in her native Ethiopia in an effort to preserve their rich history.

Natalia Vodianova

Natalia’s Naked Heart Foundation builds playgrounds for disadvantaged youths throughout Russia and she has most recently released Elbi, a micro-philanthropy app in partnership with 31 charities. Natalia is also involved in several other foundations including Hear the World and the Tiger Trade Campaign to stop trade in tiger parts and products.

Petra Nemcova

After surviving the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Petra founded the Happy Hearts Fund, which works to rebuild schools in areas affected by natural disasters. To date, the organization has invested nearly $15 million for 122 schools across the Americas and Asia.

Sara Ziff

Sara’s tireless work at The Model Alliance, especially for child models; giving models a voice and a safe haven, along with campaigning against labor abuses in the modeling industry deserves acknowledgement.

Toni Garrn

Toni’s work with Plan International has garnered financial support for girls through the world in an improvised, uneducated state through various fundraising events.

Best Street Style

The sidewalk is the new catwalk and these models bring fashion to the streets with outlandish and eye-catching looks that have made them the girls to watch for off-duty style. Some have taken their street style prowess one step further, broadening their horizons by acting as stylist on editorial shoots.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Melodie Jeng for Models.com

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Melodie Jeng for Models.com

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Melodie Jeng for Models.com

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Melodie Jeng for Models.com

Street Style Nominees

Celebrity as Model: Women

Celebrities have become an unavoidable presence in luxury advertising, but certain stars are every bit as captivating as the models. Putting their posing skills to good use (often honed during their career beginnings as models) and bringing with them an air of Hollywood glamour, these are the celebrities who play the role of model with ease.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Craig McDean for Dior Magazine N.11 Fall 2015

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Mario Testino for Vogue UK

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by David Sims for Dior F/W 15 Accessories Campaign

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Craig McDean for Dior Magazine N.11 Fall 2015

Celeb Model Nominees

Celebrity as Model: Men

Celebrities have become an unavoidable presence in luxury advertising, but certain stars are every bit as captivating as the models. Putting their posing skills to good use (often honed during their career beginnings as models) and bringing with them an air of Hollywood glamour, these are the celebrities who play the role of model with ease.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Alasdair McLellan for i-D Winter 2015

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Alasdair McLellan for i-D Winter 2015

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Terry Richardson for GQ Style (UK) F/W 2015

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Terry Richardson for GQ Style (UK) F/W 2015

Celeb Model Nominees

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46 Comments to “Model of the Year Awards 2015”

  1. carol says:

    Many readers don’t know anything about fashion and models.

  2. TARZAN says:

    KIND OF A JOKE LIST.

  3. Emily says:

    HAHA Carol, indeed. 🙁

  4. Prado says:

    I’m so disappointed with this list. The pole has only been out for like a week and the result is already in, right during the holiday season where people are out and about having vacation. Models.com couldn’t even start at the beginning of Decemeber and ends at the end of the year. This is pure joke from models.com

  5. kt says:

    what’s the point of this ranking? we all know its all about instagram/facebook followers and it doesnt matter who’s best. It’s quite sad

  6. GP says:

    It’s a joke really.

  7. Yayori says:

    Its very mainstream… its indeed about the social media, now that seems more important than working with the right people, and that’s why no one remains exciting for a long period anymore. People outside the fashion world don’t care about many artistic and conceptual aspects regarding castings and aesthetics, just about fame.

  8. diaboliqueguan says:

    Gigi might be getting some jobs lately, BUT she is really plain compared to the other REAL fashion and magazine models. That UK Vogue cover and story is so bad. She should just stick to Sports Illustrated and bikini stories. And kundull kartrashian… everything about her is 100% BS. Just look at the Dec US Vogue story.. she looks so YUCK in it, how can Anna Wintour even approved?? No wonder that Dec issue is so thin, noone is buying!

  9. clados says:

    I’m pretty sad, that currently the presence on instagram and facebook is more important than everything else. Kendell Jenner is surely pretty, but i don’t get this kardashian-hype. I’m from Europa, i often can’t understand the US-trends anyway. Here i think, there are hardly any people, who are interested in the Kardeshian-way of living…

  10. jbo says:

    This poll has clearly ruffled a few ‘fashionable’ feathers but matter of the fact is that this poll is a clear representation for whats going on in the fashion industry. The top fashion houses are of course multi dollar/pound businesses that need to thrive commercially. The only way to tap into the biggest market possible, to reach the eyes of millions, is to use the most accessible. the supermodels, turned into actresses, turned into musicians, and now currently turned into social media sensations. The Billions of people that will never see this poll may not know about fashion, but they are the ones buying it. From fragrance to couture, the hard sell starts somewhere. You may not like it guys… but Kendall, Gigi and Bella are viable commercial guaranteed success, that equals money. Models.com, should now be shot down for this.

  11. jbo says:

    *NOT…. Models.com should NOT be shot down for this! hahah

  12. Carlos says:

    Where is Gisele!?

  13. Prudence says:

    Lawdddd, I do not agree with 97% of the results. Could yall have been more obvious with the Gigi and Kendall wins? The constant exposure of those two girls will ruin their careers. Stop forcing them down our throats.

  14. Lily says:

    Raquel had a comeback? When did she actually go away?

  15. B says:

    Meh…………………….

  16. Derek says:

    LIU WEN. Totally agree with this one !!! love her cool styles and sweet dimples

  17. Roberto says:

    PLEASE READ: A fair selection process consists of judging people on the their ability to do the job not on the basis of their family celebrity status. It’s extremely unfair. Yes, I think Kendall Jenner, Gigi & Bella Hadid are gorgeous girls but are they being granted the jobs fairly ? Don’t try to argue and say this is the way the industry is going its actually pathetic and a slap in the face to the many young male and females that sacrifice so much for this industry. Everyone needs to be more of a individual and stop trying to follow the trend.

    I find this very offensive to females: Yes, I think Andreja Pejic is an amazing male model, but he isn’t a female so how is he being listed under the female category. You can’t be more offensive to females. Stop, comparing a natural born male to a natural born female. If, you want to create a category called
    androgynous do that.

    It’s discouraging and painfully obvious that Kendall Jenner didn’t work for her modeling career. TRUE STATEMENT. All, other girls attend castings and suddenly Kendall Jenner confirms VS.

    PS: My hope is that the industry recovers from all of this social media hype. There are so many models that buy their followers and its obvious, so I don’t understand why it’s about how many followers a model has.

    Speak Up people and be a voice.

  18. Michelle says:

    OMG, what a bunch of rubbish. I can just imagine a bunch of self serving ‘industry people’ brimming with so much self importance that they actually think they are seriously doing something important. Here’s the scenario; “What are you doing today?, Oh I can’t talk, I’m a casting person (or industry try hard trying to win brownie points) and I’m way too busy trying to stop the abuse of endangered indigenous Peruvian heirloom vegetables, posting videos of dancing cats on Facebook with me in the background wearing groovy glasses AND voting for Model Of the Year!!”. What a J-O-K-E!

  19. Davis Icon says:

    hmmmmm, Ill have to give those choices some thought…………………W

  20. MDC Reader says:

    I’m not even surprised if the readers pick Kendall, Gigi and Cara. When a publication as big as Vogue continues to endorse these so-called “models” instead of those who works hard without connections whatsoever–don’t even bother to make this vote. And there’s no need to include a Social Media category. It’s stupid. Even if you’re a monkey who walks runway, if you have 10 mil followers you’ll win it. Tbh i lost my faith in MDC since they list girls like Cara and Kate Upton in their New Supers list. Embarrassing.

  21. Gih says:

    Kendal, Gigi and also Cara in this list show how much media influencies people’s mind. Despite i really consider them social media stars instead of supermodels. I have more respect for Cara like a model, despite she’s a media star like Kendall and Gigi than i have for Kendall that is more a reality show celebrity that suddenly turned model and the Hadid’s sisters too.

    And Justin Bieber in the man choice, seriously? SMFH.

  22. fshn says:

    Kendall, Gigi, Lucky Blue, Cara, Justin Bieber, Ansel Elgort I already expected this

    Congrats to Anna Ewers tho, my favorite is Humanitarian Award, I think all of them are the winners of this category

    <3 from Indonesia

  23. Parnos says:

    These awards are amazing! There should also be a section for ‘Best Model booker of the year’, that would be a good addition as well as best ‘model card designer ‘. And also best Model that works out.

  24. kg says:

    total b.s. ..kendall ang gg? wtf? seriously..they are not high fashion models at all..not blue cheap materials..yuck

  25. Parnos says:

    I mean to say the best fitness / work out type of model that has the most instagram followers.

  26. Lance says:

    Guys,
    Get over yourselves. You know know nothing about fashion. Girls like Cara, Gigi , Kendall are in fashion today. Just like at one point Kate Moss hit not being very tall. These girls are gorgeous, unique, smart . They have a voice and more importantly they sell. If you are a magazine editor you want someone who will actually make readers buy the magazine and not some very unhappy opinionated people who love to complain about other successes but will actually never buy anything. Again get over , this is what fashion is now. Kudos to models.com for doing this and providing us with real and current results. Congrats to Gigi , Kendall and all the others .

  27. Kate says:

    Derek Zoolander?! LMAO!!! This is a bad joke…

  28. Jayn says:

    sick of looking at Gigi and Kendall’s name like they are the queens of this industry. Don’t know what modellng means anymore now that everything is determined by instagram followers.

  29. nomi says:

    I’m so sad about this. Kendall, Bella and Gigi aren’t supermodels. They are very good social media workers. Back to the reality, please.

  30. miguel says:

    At this moment the male models are superior to the girls, agencies, quality and quantity. The supermodels it’s ended, definitely. The future belongs to the male models?

  31. nicky says:

    I don’t no about models and fashion a lot. But in my mine ,I think CARA have chaming around her.

  32. Jose'-Joanne says:

    what happened to River Viiperi? No taste for Real Working Male Models? Seriously Zoolaander? What a freaking JOKE!

  33. christina says:

    I was hoping for more Imaan Hammam, she’s an amazing model and she’s so gorgeous.

  34. Zest says:

    Disappointing and awful! Stop being slaves of media!

  35. Patpathos says:

    Are they kidding? The top male models must be marketed to gay men. The hottest international model I know is Paul Kelly! He may be gay, I have no clue but I know a lot of women who think he’s the hottest thing ever!

  36. Mica Argañaraz debió ser la Modelo del año. No la nominaron por que no quieren que gane una modelo latina.

  37. Mica Argañaraz fue la mejor modelo del 2015 superando en trabajos a todas. Kendall y Gigi no trabajaron tanto durante el 2015. Solo ganaron por ser famosas, no por sus trabajos en desfiles, portadas y editoriales.

  38. johnamor says:

    girls and women love male models . and I think MCClain Driver and Sam Evans are the next male supermodels because they have the superlooks superpersonality,super professionalism . Sam is also forging out a film career and I think MCClain could be the next Tom Cruise. Bella in my opinion is more model, than Gigi. But Celebrity SELLS Fashion too. Beauty sells more than sex in my opinion. Zoolander Movies is a must for every male !model!

  39. johnamor says:

    sorry typo. MCLain Driver; male model. He could become the next male super model ,

  40. abdishakur says:

    i have been dreaming since my childhood that one day i will be amodel star and i am still waiting my chance

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