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 incrediblyÂ 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.