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December 31st, 2011 by wayne | Girls, Model News
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Models.com Top Women of 2011

Some girls have all the “umph”, that crackle, the shimmer that keeps those key clients coming back for more, precisely because they have a gift for leaving behind a trail of truly memorable fashion images. That feat takes not only a unique beauty, it also needs a powerful personality and these 10 women certainly made their presence felt in 2011. 



Saskia de Brauw by Daniel Jackson for ID Magazine Winter 2011

Saskia de Brauw
The emerging “girl” story of 2011 was undoubtably that of Saskia De Brauw who catapulted out of the group Givenchy SS 11 line-up onto the covers of V, Vogue Japan, Vogue Paris and Vogue Italia, as well as subsequent campaigns for Versace and Chanel. As her style.com magazine profile articulated, this striking Dutch woman has a full sense of her possibilities. It’s as she said in a most memorable quote, regarding her runway performances: “I walk for them. You hear your inside and you hear your blood flow.”



Sui He by Patrick Demarchelier for V Magazine November 2011

Sui He
The explosive career momentum of Sui He, on the heels of her opening slot at Ralph Lauren FW 11 and the ensuing campaign, is the story of a girl who has modeled for four years, quietly learning her skill set. Sui He combined the impressive feat of that big advertising endorsement, with a balance of high end editorial bookings with the very best photographers like Love magazine with Solve Sundsbo, a multiple girl Vogue China with Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and a memorable W cover culminating in her Carine Roitfeld endorsement cover for the Model Issue of V Magazine. And what accounts for that consistency? Sheer star quality.



Candice Swanepoel by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia February 2011

Candice Swanepoel
That sexy-to-editorial cross-over path forged by Miranda and Alessandra? It wasn’t a trend, it was a needed phenomenon to keep fashion and models culturally engaging. The big 2011 winner in those sweepstakes was the South African VS beauty who boomed all the way from a February Vogue Italia cover to advertising mileage for Versace, Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren, even as she kept things sizzling for her core brand, Victoria’s Secret.  That impressive run proved that Candice’s glamour quotient keeps on being compelling.



Kati Nescher,  Polaroids Courtesy DNA/Viva

Kati Nescher
She is the hot story of the most recent season, coming off the SS12 Top Newcomers sweepstakes bagging beautiful Spring campaigns for Pringle and Vuitton. When this 27 year mother of a 2 year old stated to nymag.com‘s James Lim that “It’s not about age, it’s about personality” she issued a sentiment sorely needed in the modeling industry. That double booking in the Meisel camp also serves as a significant indicator that Miss Nescher, alongside her recently coined blue chip ad appeal, is being polished for a shimmering 2012 editorial run.



Joan Smalls by Hans Feurer for Vogue Paris October 2011

Joan Smalls
The leap into the Chanel campaign camp, countered by the big ticket Estee Lauder campaign and then the undeniable fabulousness of those editorials for V, Last, i-D, American Vogue and Vogue Paris made Joan Smalls in 2011, a sheer force of nature. Is it will to power? Compelling beauty? Whatever her secret, Miss Smalls continues to keep the blue chip brigade completely intrigued. Which means that girl now has more historic potential than ever before.



Zuzanna Bijoch by Terry Richardson for YSL Beauty Fall 2011

Zuzanna Bijoch
Polly Mellen, once said “Sometimes the girl has to be given time to find her style”. There is no truer expression of this sentiment than Zuzanna Bijoch, the 17 year old Polish stunner who in two short seasons has blossomed into one of the most coveted new girls of the moment. As a FW 11 campaign face of Louis Vuitton, Proenza Schouler, Chloe and YSL beauty as well as a Spring 11 face for Prada, Zuzanna’s elegant and sophisticated look has more than proven its luxury worth. But the critical thing about this photogenic beauty is that once she moves on set, Zuzanna is simply one of the best young models working today.



Hanaa Ben Abdesslem by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Vogue Paris November 2011

Hanaa Ben Abdesslem
The rise of this breakthrough Tunisian beauty has been a gentle bloom but 2011 was truly the year that Hanaa achieved maximum industry relevancy. That Lancome Visionaire ad nod was the campaign base that brought Hanaa’s V and Vogue Paris editorial support into sharp relief, even as she unveiled a very charming aspect of her gamine elegance in her models.comvideo interview. More importantly, this is a model in tune with the cultural significance of her career; one set to reach even more impressive heights in the coming year.



Karlie Kloss by Craig McDean for American Vogue June 2011

Karlie Kloss
Runway Karlie! Check. Editorial Karlie! Check. All-American Karlie… Soigné Karlie… Yup, prior to 2012 this St Louis native had all the bases covered. But Sexy Karlie ? And a sizzingly sexy Karlie at that too! Who saw that coming? Mr Meisel did and that Vogue Italia story was a game changer that touched off an amusing lnternet storm about retouching and removed pictures. Thank God for the truth of video and in any case that Kloss stomp down the VS runway signed, sealed and delivered this girl into the 2011 winner’s circle.



Fei Fei Sun by Steven Meisel for Louis Vuitton F/W 11

Fei Fei Sun
She is now an epitome of modern, cool, effortless elegance.  Amongst the rush of Chinese models moving onto the market, Fei Fei has transcended trends to simply be one of the must-book girls when clients are looking for a model who makes a picture simultaneously chic and contemporary. With a campaign range that covers cK1, Vuitton, Lane Crawford, DSquared2 and Valentino, Fei Fei’s striking beauty also ignited in 2011; several stand out editorials in Vogue Italia, i-D, W, Vogue China, Vogue Paris and American Vogue, prove that this girl is far from a fad. She’s blossomed into a essential fashion fixture for all the right forces.


Arizona Muse
Any discussion of rising star 2011 models conducted without Arizona Muse is like a Paris Vogue cover without chic. And speaking of Paris Vogue covers, the ascension of Miss Muse onto its cover ranks ensured that the early hype of this girl was beyond justified. With Self-Service, Fendi, American Vogue and David Yurman keeping her in rapid fire mode, expect Arizona to lock her place in the Top Models all star club in the upcoming year.


 

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69 Comments

  1. Caio says:

    Where’s Raquel? Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, McQueen, Alexander Wang, H&M, Shiseido, Chloé, Gucci and a Vogue Italia’s cover is not enough?

  2. Josh says:

    I really don’t like Arizona, but I’m surprised she didn’t make this year’s list. She is definitely one of the most in demand models. Anyways, I’m so happy that Joan is on your list!!!!!!

  3. Lapin says:

    Fei Fei Sun is a stunner. Very versatile on the runway, editorials and campaigns. I’m looking forward to see one day she’ll get a beauty campaign because he beauty deserves one. 2012 will be her great year as it already start off with the covet Valentino advertisement.

  4. Louise says:

    Gisele, Raquel, Arizona?? hahahahahahaha …

    Kati??Zuzu, Sui He, Hanna?? not

    NO MODELS.COM

  5. l. dupont says:

    Sui is such a stunner. Heck, all these girls deserve to be on this list

  6. Trudi says:

    Great article Wayne, only a small correction: Kati wasn’t in Prada SS12 campaign. She’s heavily rumored to be in Celine though.

  7. anlabe says:

    Wow, I want to like this list but when I read the title I instantly thought of the two girls that had the most succes last year and those are Arizona Muse and Daphne Groeneveld. Without them this list isnt right. I would like to see an explanation as to why they werent included.

    I really like the other picks though, although Candice looks out of place. Her succes wasn’t that major.

    Anyways, happy new year

  8. anlabe says:

    Oh and Kati Nescher shouldn’t be on this list. Her succes counts for 2012 and she is NOT in the Prada campaign.

  9. R says:

    Sui He deserves a beauty contract!

  10. Hotmodel says:

    Candice swanepoel totally angelina jolie

  11. lot says:

    Good list, however Daphne and Abbey are missing :( two of my favourites this year!

  12. Ting says:

    Great list .. Candice, Sui He, Joan & Sasika rocked 2011 for sure..

  13. Will says:

    Where’s Raquel? Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Hugo Boss, McQueen, Alexander Wang, H&M, Shiseido, Chloé, Gucci and a Vogue Italia’s cover is not enough? [2]

  14. marika says:

    I’m surprise too that Arizona isn’t in the list, even if i don’t like her (too).

  15. Nik says:

    Seriously Wayne, where is Arizona?? She had the best year of any new model, hands down!!! Its more than obvious she was the standout star of the year! (Is it 6 Vogue Covers for her in 2011??)

  16. Marty says:

    I agree with Lapin, Fei Fei is honestly the silent star.
    I love every bit of her she’s my favorite ALSO Hanaa

  17. jake says:

    2011 was the year of karlie kloss. i predict 2012 will also be here year, and rightly so! girl has it all.

  18. tko says:

    fei fei & sui he. YES YES YES!
    hanna, no way!
    wheres Abbey & Arizona?????

  19. Ryan says:

    Daphne, Raquel and Arizona should have been added to the list to for being generally everywhere!

  20. Amna says:

    Go Hanaa ! She deserves it !

  21. david says:

    KATI, KATI, KATI MY GOD A TRUE SENSATION! HER EYES TELLS YOU A STORY! JOAN SMALLS AMAZIN!

  22. Kim says:

    Fei Fei is definitely the star and the most versatile of them.

    And Karlie? She’s been in demand since….2009.

  23. miguel says:

    The year most boring in the history of fashion.
    Saskia de Brauw, Karlie Kloos etc…”Top models”???.

  24. carola says:

    Always loved Candice, pre-VS I always knew she would be big.

    Joan is remarkable, she’s such a pro and she’s only been modeling for like 3 or 4 years?

    Kati is absolutely gorgeous, love “older” girls like her and Saskia.

    And Sui He is SO sexy, I hadn’t seen such a sexy model in a long time.

  25. guest says:

    daphne? lindsey anyone?

  26. dreamsoflenny says:

    Joan Smalls! Can’t wait to see what she’ll nab in 2012.

  27. Lily says:

    Most of the posters seemed to miss the point. This is about the newer, fresher ladies, it’s not such big news that Raquel has hogged a handful of campaigns.
    I am biased as usual, but I think Kirsi should’ve had an honorable mention at least, who else at the moment can do only Vogue UK and VI, an ID cover and land MJ and Celine campaigns, while being selective because of school.

  28. jane smith says:

    JOAN JOAN JOAN my #1 model. You deserved more than that.

  29. GP says:

    They put Arizona at the last min? Love the list.

  30. anlabe says:

    @ Lily,
    then why are Karlie and Joan on the list? And Fei Fei?
    They are all in the business longer than Arizona and Daphne.
    But I agree about Raquel.

  31. Gav says:

    Adore Joan and Candice

  32. IS THIS IT? models review says:

    I’m a super fan of Kati – the same way I’m not of Arizona I guess…

  33. Kade says:

    Where are Daphne Groeneveld and Lindsey Wixson???

  34. jonna says:

    Sasha Pivovarova should be one of them.

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  36. Michele says:

    Of course Raquel,Gisele,Isabeli,Moss etc ALWAYS have great years. DO they really need to be ranked for everything? I think this is more a “break-out year” list, not an icons list. ;)

  37. saywhatuneed says:

    Out of the girls I think Karlie,Candice,Joan are gonna have an even bigger 2012. Maybe Arizona too.

  38. Junior says:

    I was hoping to see Emily Baker! And where’s Gisele and Raquel?

  39. Joe says:

    I Love Sui He , Zuzanna Bijoch and Fei Fei Sun !!!!!

  40. Alyssa says:

    Sui, Saskia, Hanaa, Zuzanna, Kati???? They don’t belong in this list. Karmen Pedaru is missing.

  41. R Elizabeth says:

    Where’s Raquel? Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Hugo Boss, McQueen, Alexander Wang, H&M, Shiseido, Chloé, Gucci and a Vogue Italia’s cover is not enough? [3]

  42. tessa says:

    Joan, Candice and Saskia definitely belong on this list. The others could be up for debate. It’s such a grey area. Karlie may also belong there as well. Zuzanna not so much. And, some of the others are couldve went to any number of girls IMO.

  43. pab says:

    People Gisele and Raquel are “hors concours” I presonally would not want to see them ranked with new models, lol (no offense). Yes Gisele had more covers than any model this year (well every year she does) and Raquel was the campaign queen of 2011 but that does not mean they should be on this list. This is a list for up and coming models!!! Not icons!

  44. Modellobellp says:

    I LIKE LIST BUT NOT LOVE IT,THERE ALOT OF THEM THAT ARE NOT MEMORABLE AT ALL. IF I CAN DO THE LIST OVER IT WOULD BE FEI FEI, SASKIA, ARIZONA,DAPHNE,LINDSAY W, CANDACE, JOAN, SUI, SASHA, FREJA, DARIA S,KARMEN P, and KARLIE,..ZUZANNA AND KATIE COULD HAD DONE MORE TO BE IN MY LIST MAYBE NEXT YEAR BUT NOT THIS ONE…

  45. Modellobellp says:

    ALSO, I FORGOT ABOUT THE OBVIOUS, KATE MOSS WAS VERY MEMORABLE WITH TWO FRENCH VOGUE COVERS, AND OF COARSE HER ICONIC RUNWAY REDEBUT AT VUITTON!! THAT WAS TRULY AN UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT!!

  46. kika says:

    I love Zuzanna and Fei Fei Sun!!!!!!!

  47. KimFlorida says:

    yeah…where is Karmen Pedaru???

  48. Gav says:

    @KimFlorida- So true, Karmen went A-tier in 2011. Love her.

  49. tessa says:

    i agree karmen pedaru belongs there more than zuzanna and some of the others. she was by far a top girl. her and joan and arizona stand out for me.

  50. Josh says:

    If this list doesn’t include include Icons, then mine would be: Joan Smalls, Arizona Muse, Karlie Kloss, Karmen Pedaru, Daria Strokous, Saskia de Brauw, Candice Swanepoel, Daphne Groeneveld & Aymeline Vilade

  51. peterModelObsessed says:

    You guys overlooked the Fact that the Biggest Silent Superstar is………….

    CANDICE SWANEPOEL!!!

    She’s really is the silent Killer….walking year after year in the background at the VS SHOW, to become their no.1 MegaModel (Let’s face it, she is!!! )………….she did this without a solid high fashion cred like Gisele, Tyra, Alessandra, etc….

    she’s basically a nobody and shoot to the very TOP!

  52. Nik says:

    I think so too Josh.

  53. tessa says:

    candice is on the list already. i do agree that she was a stand out this year, but primarily because of VS. she’s been doing some high fashion, but she’s not quite as versatile…yet. i love candice too.

  54. Karlieklossness says:

    Modellobellp took the words from my mouth! Seriously that is the most accurate list with the icons included!!

  55. peterModelObsessed says:

    @ Tessa

    The FACT is….”you’re basically a Nobody if you’re not a Victoria’s Secret Angel”. That’s the reason why models like Gisele, Ale, Adriana, Tyra and Heidi were so famous…..and models like Karlie etc wants to jump in…..

  56. Rose says:

    Karlie Kloss is <333

    I was hoping to see Raquel tho.

    http://thankyouvision.blogspot.com

  57. Annie says:

    The Arizona-cover is so stunning!

    Arizona Muse has one of the best smiles. Lovely.

  58. anonymous says:

    Yay 2 asians at the top! Thanks for the smallest inkling of diversity.More power to Joan & Jasmine too.

  59. pp says:

    of those models, I think the best are the asian

  60. Antonio Barros says:

    Karlie Kloss was my favorite this year! This girl is unstoppable!!!

    http://www.thesingular.net
    http://www.ftourist.com

  61. ebencipe says:

    Daphne G should be on the list… Fei Fei deserves a make up campaign.. Her exotic asian face is beyond beautiful…

  62. Eric says:

    I think Daphne Groeneveld is missing in this list. I love Saskia, Candice, Joan and Karlie!

  63. cerys urie says:

    Im only 13 but i love all this modeling looks so good, all my friends tell me i should go into modeling, on my normall pictures i look ok i guess, but my photography pictures i’ve done for art and stuff seem to be really good, cause i love clothes, hair, shoes, makeup. I just have no idea where to start by the way i live in a country called Wales a place called Cwbran.

  64. tessa says:

    @peter

    i undrstand. VS just equals commercial success for most. Giselle did fashion and commercial best. i think candice and joan have that potential

  65. Nádia says:

    I think this list is not that accurate imo. I believe Lindsey W. and Daphne should be here, even if I don’t love them. Some of the girls here seemed quite irrelevant comparing to others. this is my opinion

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  66. matilda says:

    yes! congrats to Candice for making the list! Love her, she’s amazing! :D

  67. Ginevra says:

    Where is Gisele??

  68. sarah Garcia says:

    Joan has a great year and she is the superstar.

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