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Vanessa Axente. Portrait courtesy of Viva Model Management

The girl that opens a Prada show automatically earns a swell of attention. When the suspected instant star overlaps that FW 12 opening achievement with subsequent opening berths for Celine and Valentino as well as slots in the Givenchy, YSL and Dior shows in Paris you know you have a true contender for breakout star of the season. This 16 year old Hungarian beauty is now perfectly positioned for maximum editorial and campaign relevance.

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  1. Not on the guest list says:

    It’s just me or skipping NY and start in London or Milan is becoming a trend among new faces???

  2. Vera Luijendijk says:

    She didn't closed YSL, Elza Luijendijk opend and closed YSL in Paris!

  3. elisa says:

    Vanessa did not closed YSL! Elza Luijendijk opens and closed YSL!

  4. miguel says:

    Beautiful eyes! blue blue. Beautiful smile.

  5. Gigi says:

    Where does it say she opened or closed YSL? I read she just got a slot. Love vanessa, and melissa stasiuk also for the list.

  6. gizella_pimentel says:

    skip new york because she’s too young. cfda imposed

  7. eek says:

    Yeah, I think hitting Paris before NYC is definitely the trend now, especially girls from Europe where their mother agencies or European agents would move first to get them in the shows. We saw it with Lara Mullen and Erjona in prior seasons. If she’s 16 she would not have been too young for NYC unless she just had a birthday in the past month. She’s Hungarian so her reps in Europe probably just had a jump start on getting her on the runways first before DNA.

  8. leo says:

    she has something similar with Gisele before the nosejob and the golden hair…

  9. Liz says:

    Most promising newcomer! Good luck Vanessa!

  10. Bob says:

    Beautyful! She has perfect face&body to be a superstar!

  11. amby says:

    her face is perfect for sapto djojokartiko’s delicate bridal collection!


    looking forward to see more of her in the upcoming months, that Prada opener slot is really a major breakthrough for her :)

  12. Ali says:

    Looks totally plain here.

  13. Robert says:

    Even the major girls skipped NYC and London this season. But let’s face it, all the important designers are Parisians and Milanese. NYC shows are too packed and don’t really get attention, only shows worth doing in NYC are Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, Diane Von Furstenberg(what else honestly)?

  14. Tutut Adinegoro says:

    nice picture…

  15. IS THIS IT? models review says:

    Certainly a good model with remarkable and undeniable qualities, but… well, despite her (very) good season made of blue chip shows I’m still not a huge fan of her, just that. I mean, a model I quite like, but nothing less, nothing more – at least now.

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  17. Xander Fuentez says:

    Ava Smith Official twitter page ——> @modelAvaSmith.

  18. sajjad says:

    lovely smile

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