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Samantha Gradoville Image courtesy of IMG NY

There are those who argue that the opening slot at Prada is no longer the sure star-making platform it used to be. But guess what… ignoring a Prada opener is incredibly  disingenuous when every agent in modeling would still give his left arm to see his girl in that spotlight. The girl in the spotlight this season is Samantha Gradoville, the 20 year old Nebraskan beauty who might be familiar to certain West Coast model watchers. The exciting thing about the presence Ms Gradoville brought to the Prada runway was that it was the frisson of a resolved young woman as opposed to an anonymous little girl. New decade, new model aesthetic at Prada? We fully expect Samantha to rock that platform to its maximum potential.

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  1. lenore says:

    about time! Sam is major.

  2. See Like Me says:

    ali stephens meets lily donaldson. there is only one ali stephens!

  3. Bryce says:

    Doesn’t get any better than this. Samantha is perfect. She’s going to blow up!

  4. lynn says:

    She has similar facial features to Meghan Collison and Ali Stephens.
    She looks cool!

  5. glunge says:

    she’s got a great body for clothes and for lingerie.
    commercially appealing face. relatively mature. quite humble.
    amazing walk.

    and she’s with img.

    if she can work the camera then we might have a long-distance runner here. her tests and early editorials are average so far – we shall see in a few months what else comes up.

  6. superstar23 says:

    Biggest and BEST surprise of the season!

  7. eeek says:

    “But guess what…ignoring a Prada opener is incredibly disingenius when every agent in modeling would still give his left arm to see his girl in that spotlight.”

    Tell that to Katlin Aas’ agent. Where was she this season after opening just 2 seasons ago?

  8. charlotte says:

    that is the point EEEK, sure its true, every girl who opens Prada doesn’t become Sasha Pivovarova.. for each Suvi there is a Katlin (who for the record I don’t think her career is over..) or an Adina, but you can’t deny no matter how anyone belittles opening Prada.. that every agent/model wants that opening slot.

  9. kim says:

    eeek,
    I agree with your comment, you make a very good point there

  10. The Minx says:

    She’s beautiful, and I loved all the models at Prada this season.

  11. wills says:

    I’m dying! Where did img find this girl?! she’s going to be the next big thing, mark my words.

  12. All about Models says:

    Samantha is of course good, but she’s in my eyes not super new. Anyway gorgeous at Prada. Bright future for her
    http://allaboutmodels.blogspot.com/

  13. heathcliff says:

    Does anybody remembers Samantha at YSL last season?

  14. Mango says:

    She is lovely

  15. Katie says:

    They do this every season, and say ”she’s new, she’s new” and make a big song and dance on how well the girl has done on her first season, when infact she’s far from new. I will say though that she’s beautiful in print, I just don’t think she translates well on the runway.

    [I’d appreciate it if you’d stop deleting my comments Models.com]

  16. Laura says:

    Ahhh Sam! I knew her way back when. I always knew she would be a star. Congrats Sam! You deserve it!

  17. don Pete says:

    LOVEEEE! she has such an amazing face

  18. Anna says:

    Who cares if she is new or not. It’s so dumb how the industry judges about how “new” a girl is. When the models should get even MORE respect when they have did their rounds and been working hard to get to the top. Go Sam!!! :)

  19. Pony Ryder says:

    Even before the shows in Paris, Samantha is THE newcomer of this season! While it is reasonably arguable that in the past few seasons the booking for Prada has not been as exclusive as it had been in the previous seasons, in Samantha’s case it will very likely prove to be as important as it was for the former Prada superstars.
    Samantha has an advantage over the other new girls and newcomers, because she has been working steadily for a few seasons already, and both her career and her new success have been gradually developed, making her own image and path more secure than that of all the other new girls on the scene, who could easily get lost in the madness surrounding them after the show season.
    In addition, Samantha can easily make the transition to the more lucrative commercial bookings, securing her future both financially and creatively.

  20. silverandgold says:

    @ katie

    are you blind?! how is this not “translating well”?!
    http://imageupper.com/i/?S0700010090021D267223520268133

    shes FLAWLESS!

  21. michellesnow says:

    I am so happy she is finally getting the recognition she deserves. She is down to earth and drop dead gorgeous! the perfect combination.

  22. iwillbethere says:

    How is she different from any other white girl?? I don’t get it.

  23. Katie says:

    @ SILVERANDGOLD No, I’m perfectly well sighted but thanks for your interest in my eye sight ! As I said for me she doesn’t come across as well on the runway as she does in print. The same can be said for many girls, Cato Van Ee for example in my opinion looks great in print, but on the runway she leaves a lot to be desired. Samantha’s look just doesn’t work for me , are you really telling me that the IMG image we see above bears any resemblance to the Samantha we’ve just seen at Prada? In print, she’s absolutely strikingly beautiful, on the runway I’d have to look twice to even take her under my notice.

  24. Alina says:

    Classic beauty? Love.

  25. starlina says:

    to eeek and others thinking that Katlin time is over:

    her mother agency as well as clients are doing everything to persuade her doing FW, but Katlin thinks that school and her private life at home is more important than all those Pradas…

    So don’t tell unless you know the real story =)

  26. maureen says:

    she didnt do any other shows in milan

    she was a prada exclusive then right? :)

  27. MSD says:

    Nexct LA
    IMG NY, London and Milano
    Major in Paris…

    Let’s see in what network she will end up……

    Weird combo I would say.

  28. PixMagazine says:

    Gorgeous!!!! Changes for Prada!!Beauty is the tendency

  29. Jamme Alexander says:

    We knew Samantha was going to go a long way when she was 13 at Nancy Bounds modeling agency in Omaha, Nebraska! Goodluck girlie your gonna blow up sooooo big very soon!!:)

  30. allan says:

    Samantha is perfect

  31. michellesnow says:

    nymag is saying samantha is milan’s top model ^-^

    http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2010/03/samantha_gradoville_is_milans.html

  32. YJ says:

    she IS PERFECT!!!!

  33. Robert says:

    GORGEOUS!!!!!!

  34. ACG says:

    Sam’s a G-O-D-D-E-S-S ! I’ve fallen in love with you!

  35. OMG says:

    so good looking

  36. Rigel_So says:

    Beautiful

  37. jake says:

    looks like a mix of anja and natalia to me

  38. artsy says:

    MORE THAN CUTE LUV THE POSE
    GREAT HAIR
    SHE SHOULD WIN

  39. Fashion says:

    vow…….. what an eyes she has!!!!!

    Is there any special word to express her beauty??? if so then please tell guys….

  40. Bailey says:

    Shes gorgeous times 10 does any one else besides me smell a Victoria’s Secret Angel Contract for Samantha in the future??

  41. hi says:

    she looks like “Anja Rubik”

  42. Sergey says:

    very sexy lady!

  43. Justice says:

    she is very BEAUTIFUL!!

  44. Craig says:

    Very Beautiful, next top model

  45. Claudia says:

    amazing!!

  46. Alexander says:

    mmmm…..sweet face….what about body….

  47. Daniel Domika says:

    She have somting.. very cool end she cann be a new top model .. very good …

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