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The fashion business is no cakewalk. For a model to gain the respect of designers, photographers, editors, and casting directors is no small feat; and when a girl is not only respected but also revered, she becomes a legend in her own right. The industry icons are models who have built stellar careers, they've snagged every cover, walked every show, booked every campaign, and lived to tell the tale. Before you can be a true supermodel, you have to become one of the industry's preferred stars and these girls are all bonafide favorites.

With at least 8+ years at blue chip level under their belts, and still currently working, they bring experience and professionalism to every job and never fail to elevate the image into the realm of art. These are the true model's models and their endless stream of power bookings reflects that.
Alek Wek
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Alek Wek - Ph. Karim Sadli for H&M
Ph. Karim Sadli for H&M
London:
Storm Model Management


Paris:
IMG Paris


Sydney:
IMG Australia


Hamburg:
Mega Model Agency


Milan:
d'management group


Always essential. Always exciting. Alek Wek is a model, activist, businesswoman and force to be reckoned with. Her fashion debut revolutionized fashion's concept of beauty and she continues to influence and impact.
Amber Valletta
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Amber Valletta - Ph: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot for Interview Sept 2013
Ph: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot for Interview Sept 2013
New York:
DNA Models


London:
Models 1


Paris:
Women Management Paris


The more womanly she becomes, the more beguiling she grows. Besides, she is one the great money machines of modern model times and one can rest assured that her bookings were not inexpensive. Ample proof that when great beauties grow up they acquire a priceless aura.
Angela Lindvall
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Angela Lindvall - Ph. Mert & Marcus for Iceberg
Ph. Mert & Marcus for Iceberg
London:
Select Model Management


Milan:
Women Milan


Hamburg:
Iconic Management


Stockholm:
Stockholmsgruppen


Paris:
Oui Management


New York:
The Lions


Barcelona:
Traffic Models


One of the great campaign champions of recent times, Angela Lindvall has slowly but surely evolved into that rare and coveted level where only supermodels dare to tread. Do you notice that her campaign work is almost always "only-girl", for the best clients, throughout her career. And she still maintains that quality.
Carmen Kass
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Carmen Kass - Self Service #32 PH Ezra Petronio
Self Service #32 PH Ezra Petronio
New York:
Women Management


Stockholm:
MIKAs


Hamburg:
Mega Model Agency


Barcelona:
Uno Models


Milan:
Brave Model Management


London:
TESS Management


Paris:
Silent


Copenhagen:
Elite Copenhagen


There is a feeling that fashion will always need and that is the ideal of an obscenely rich, ultra-sexy, super-woman pulsing with an almost dismissive beauty. Nobody gives that feeling better than Ms Kass and for that reason she remains one of the most bankable faces (and bodies) in the business right now. Just ask the raft of clients who continue to sign her on as being vital to their brands.
Elise Crombez
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Elise Crombez - Ph. Willy Vanderperre for Dior
Ph. Willy Vanderperre for Dior
New York:
DNA Models


Paris:
Elite Paris


Milan:
Why Not Model Management


Stockholm:
Stockholmsgruppen


Copenhagen:
2pm Model Management


Barcelona:
Uno Models


Brussels:
Dominique Models


Berlin:
SEEDS Management


London:
TESS Management


Tokyo:
Donna Models


Like a fine wine Elise just gets better with each passing year. From her legendary work with Prada and Steven Meisel, to her continued place among Raf Simons' favorites, the talented Ms. Crombez remains most wanted among the industry's top talents.
Eva Herzigova
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Eva Herzigova - Ph: Steven Meisel for Prada SS13
Ph: Steven Meisel for Prada SS13
New York:
One Management


London:
Storm Model Management


Paris:
Marilyn Agency


Hamburg:
Mega Model Agency


Copenhagen:
Scoop Models


Barcelona:
Traffic Models


Milan:
d'management group


From the moment she appeared as the Wonderbra girl in those unforgettable 90s ads, Eva Herzigova has had the attention of the entire world. Moving with ease from commercial work to the most exclusive of high fashion clients, Herzigova has had the kind of diverse and successful career most models dream about. Nearly 20 years later and she's still going strong!
Frankie Rayder
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Frankie Rayder - L'Officiel August 2014 Cover
L'Officiel August 2014 Cover
Paris:
IMG Paris


New York:
The Lions


Munich:
LOUISA MODELS


Frankie Rayder came rocking back this season with ads for Roberto Cavalli , Stella McCartney and Pinko while nestling in as one of the 14 cover girls of V magazine's September extravaganza. Welcome back Frankie.
Gemma Ward
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Gemma Ward - Ph: Emma Summerton for Vogue Australia December 2014
Ph: Emma Summerton for Vogue Australia December 2014
New York:
IMG


London:
IMG London


Paris:
IMG Paris


Sydney:
IMG Australia


Milan:
IMG Milano


Absence makes the heart grow fonder and Gemma Ward’s disappearance from the scene only made the fashion faithful want her more. With comeback appearance opening Prada and each bit of new work serving to remind us of how essential she is, Ms. Ward always leaves em’ wanting more.
Helena Christensen
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Helena Christensen - Ph: Paola Kudacki for 25 Magazine
Ph: Paola Kudacki for 25 Magazine
New York:
One Management


Milan:
d'management group


Barcelona:
View Management


The Danish beauty with the expressive gaze and artistic spirit has done it all as a model. Time spent as a VS Angel - check. Starring in the sexiest music video ever - check. Gracing the cover of every magazine imaginable - double check.
Jamie Bochert
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Jamie Bochert - Ph: Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia August 2012
Ph: Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia August 2012
London:
Next London


New York:
The Lions


Paris:
Oui Management


The patent-pending glare, the nonchalant refinement, the time spent fronting a rock band - Jamie Bochert is one of the coolest girls ever to set foot in fashion. In her decade long career Jamie has served as both model and muse to some of the industry's power players, when Steven Miesel, Marc Jacobs and Karl Lagerfeld look to you for inspiration you've earned icon status.
Karolina Kurkova
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Karolina Kurkova - Ph. Inez and Vinoodh for Donna Karan
Ph. Inez and Vinoodh for Donna Karan
New York:
One Management


London:
Storm Model Management


Milan:
d'management group


Stockholm:
Stockholmsgruppen


Eventual supermodeldom was always in the cards for Ms Kurkova. Karolina has always been able to book the most mass market of campaigns while maintaining an unbroken high prestige editorial pace. Like one observer shrewdly noted "Karolina Kurkova is two models in one body." And what a body that is!
Kirsten Owen
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Kirsten Owen - Tse S/S 13 Campaign by Yelena Yemchuk
Tse S/S 13 Campaign by Yelena Yemchuk
New York:
One Management


London:
Select Model Management


Paris:
Oui Management


Milan:
d'management group


As a model with one of the all-time great editorial careers Owen has worked with every photographer and label worth mentioning and her work (most notably those unforgettable Vogue Italia covers and Versace ads) has stood the test of time. With an exciting career resurgence introducing the androgynous beauty to a whole new generation Owen stands as an enduring icon of edgy, uncompromising fashion. 
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Nadja Auermann
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Nadja Auermann - Ph: Luigi & Iango for Vogue Germany November 2014
Ph: Luigi & Iango for Vogue Germany November 2014
New York:
DNA Models


London:
Models 1


Paris:
IMG Paris


Known for her platinum blonde hair and endless legs, Nadja has intrigued and inspired legendary photographers ever since her debut in the early 90s. A fearless femme fatale who perfected standoffish sexuality, Nadja’s presence in front of the lens has never wavered. As evidenced by her two recent Vogue covers, Nadja is back and as sexy and dangerous as ever!
Shalom Harlow
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Shalom Harlow - Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Jason Wu
Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Jason Wu
New York:
DNA Models


An unforgettable name, an unforgettable face, and a talent for embodying characters that makes her the queen of method modeling, Shalom Harlow is the total package. Photographers adore her, clients can't get enough, and designers consider her not just a model, but a muse for the ages.
Abbey Lee
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Abbey Lee - Ph. Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent Paris
Ph. Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent Paris
New York:
Next New York


London:
Next London


Paris:
Next Paris


Milan:
Next Milan


Copenhagen:
2pm Model Management


Sydney:
Chic Management


When Abbey Lee stepped onto the scene she instantly created a demand for laid back ultra-chic Australians and quickly became the industry’s go to girl for cool. In the years since she’s experimented with hair colors and looks, but has retained her trademark attitude and in demand status. As longterm face for multiple fragrances including Gucci’s Flora and Versace’s Yellow Diamond, Abbey Lee is always present even when she’s off making action flicks with Hollywood bigwigs. 
Agyness Deyn
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Agyness Deyn - Ph: Scott Trindle for i-D
Ph: Scott Trindle for i-D
London:
Select Model Management


Milan:
Why Not Model Management


Paris:
Oui Management


New York:
The Lions


With her pixie crop and bleached blonde hair, Agyness Deyn came to define cool for the 00s. The Mancunian modeling sensation racked up an impressive array of work with everyone from Burberry to Armani, all while garnering the kind of press recognition not seen since the days of the supers. Though she's added acting to her repertoire, Aggy remains an icon of rebellious chic.
Arizona Muse
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Arizona Muse - Ph: Richard Bush
Ph: Richard Bush
New York:
Next New York


London:
Next London


Paris:
Next Paris


Milan:
Next Milan


Los Angeles:
Next LA


Copenhagen:
2pm Model Management


Barcelona:
Sight Management Studio


Sydney:
Chic Management


Hamburg:
MODELWERK


The fashion world just can’t get enough of Arizona Muse, her inch thick brows and gamine presence. Since reinventing herself with that oft-imitated signature bob, Ms. Muse has scooped up every campaign under the sun including superstar signifiers like YSL, Chloe, Fendi and Vuitton. Throw in a few well-placed covers for the likes of i-D, Dazed & Confused, Self Service and every Vogue under the sun and you have the makings of a model moment.
Cameron Russell
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Cameron Russell - Ph: Steven Meisel for Prada Resort 2014
Ph: Steven Meisel for Prada Resort 2014
London:
Models 1


Paris:
Oui Management


New York:
The Lions


Milan:
d'management group


Consistent work with the industry’s top names means that Cameron’s powerful beauty is never out of season and her intellect never fails to intrigue. Strength and a sophisticated sensuality may be what initially draws clients to Cameron, but her articulate, creative, and thoughtful point of view is what keeps them coming back for more, and more, and more.
Candice Swanepoel
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Candice Swanepoel - Ph. Matt Jones for i-D
Ph. Matt Jones for i-D
New York:
IMG


London:
IMG London


Paris:
IMG Paris


Barcelona:
Elite Barcelona


Copenhagen:
Elite Copenhagen


Hamburg:
MODELWERK


Sydney:
IMG Australia


Munich:
Munich Models


As a bombshell with a bang Candice has the unique position of being at the top of the sexy market and the very top of the high fashion editorial market as well. Her winning smile and flawless body have made her a favorite of designers with a body conscious edge and photographers looking to capture sensuality. With a Vogue Italia cover, a Victoria’s Secret contract and a consistent presence in editorial Candice has the best of both worlds. 
Caroline Trentini
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Caroline Trentini - Ph: Steven Meisel for Miu Miu
Ph: Steven Meisel for Miu Miu
London:
Next London


Paris:
Elite Paris


Milan:
Elite Milan


Stockholm:
Stockholmsgruppen


New York:
The Society Management


Barcelona:
Elite Barcelona


8 years ago Caroline Trentini leaped into the pages of American Vogue and the magazine hasn't been the same since. A perennial favorite of Anna Wintour, Steven Meisel, Craig McDean, David Sims, Patrick Demarchelier and every designer under the sun; Caroline has made her mark and is in it for the long haul.
Coco Rocha
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Coco Rocha - Ph. Todd Barry for Bazaar Australia
Ph. Todd Barry for Bazaar Australia
New York:
Wilhelmina New York


London:
Models 1


Barcelona:
Uno Models


Copenhagen:
Elite Copenhagen


Hamburg:
Model Management


Whether she’s sharing a hilarious tweet or Irish dancing down a runway, Coco Rocha brings a welcome dose of energy and wit to every project she takes on. With covers for Vogue Italia, Numero and countless others she’s proved herself as a high fashion commodity, but the fearless star is equally interesting off-duty. With hosting gigs for The Face, Entertainment Tonight and MTV’s VMA red carpet Rocha is delving into lucrative new territory as a multi-media personality.
Crystal Renn
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Crystal Renn - Elle Ukraine March 2014 Cover by Sarah Silver
Elle Ukraine March 2014 Cover by Sarah Silver
New York:
Women Management


Paris:
Elite Paris


London:
Elite London


Stockholm:
Elite Stockholm


From her tenure as the best known plus size model on the planet, to her current status as a top model du jour Crystal Renn has charted out a unique career that has made her an essential part of the fashion industry. A favorite of directional designers from Karl Lagerfeld to Jean Paul Gaultier, Renn is known for her skillful posing and dramatic good looks. As a model, author and now a photographer she’s proven herself a remarkable talent.
Daria Strokous
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Daria Strokous - Dior Beauty Fall 2013 by Steven Meisel
Dior Beauty Fall 2013 by Steven Meisel
New York:
Women Management


London:
Select Model Management


Milan:
Women Milan


Paris:
Women Management Paris


Barcelona:
Traffic Models


Stockholm:
Modellink


Copenhagen:
Scoop Models


As the official face of fashion’s new minimalism Daria Strokous’ austere beauty is favored by the creme of the designer crop - with Raf Simons, Willy Vanderperre and Steven Meisel in her corner the ultra-luxe beauty has racked up an enviable array of work from Dior campaigns to sexier fare for La Perla.
Freja Beha Erichsen
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Freja Beha Erichsen - Ph: Inez & Vinoodh for Vogue Australia Sept 2014
Ph: Inez & Vinoodh for Vogue Australia Sept 2014
New York:
IMG


London:
IMG London


Paris:
IMG Paris


Sydney:
IMG Australia


Milan:
IMG Milano


Copenhagen:
UNIQUE DENMARK


Munich:
LOUISA MODELS


Brussels:
Dominique Models


As the reigning queen of androgynous cool, Freja Beha consistently delivers an attitude that appeals to discerning men and women worldwide. Sure she's breathtakingly beautiful, but what really makes Freja an icon is her ability to convey nonchalant charm and make every outfit look easy. Whether she's in Prada, Saint Laurent, Valentino, or serving as the newly appointed ambassador for Maybelline, Freja simply radiates cool.
Hilary Rhoda
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Hilary Rhoda - Ph. Santiago and Mauricio for Models.com
Ph. Santiago and Mauricio for Models.com
New York:
IMG


Paris:
IMG Paris


The quintessential All-American beauty - graceful, versatile and enigmatic - three qualities fashion can't resist. You'll always find the stunning Ms. Rhoda in ads for beauty giant Estee Lauder and in the pages of top tier publications like American Vogue, Vogue Italia, Numero, Vogue Japan and more.
Jessica Stam
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Jessica Stam - Ph: Cover Girl
Ph: Cover Girl
New York:
IMG


London:
IMG London


Paris:
IMG Paris


Sydney:
IMG Australia


Copenhagen:
2pm Model Management


Milan:
IMG Milano


Tokyo:
Bravo Models


Barcelona:
View Management


Wham, bam, thank you Stam! The girl with the unforgettable face has amassed an impeccable body of work that speaks for itself. Vogue Italia covers, Miu Miu ads, editorials in every magazine worth naming - Stam came in at the top of the game and has remained there ever since.
Jourdan Dunn
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Jourdan Dunn - W Magazine February 2014 by Patrick Demarchelier
W Magazine February 2014 by Patrick Demarchelier
New York:
Women Management


London:
Storm Model Management


Milan:
Women Milan


Hamburg:
MODELWERK


Paris:
Women Management Paris


Barcelona:
Traffic Models


Copenhagen:
Elite Copenhagen


Fashion darling Jourdan is a haute multi-tasker if there ever was one. With covers for Vogue Italia, British Vogue, i-D and American Vogue Jourdan has risen to the very top and frequent campaign work for a diverse set for brands from ultra-luxury labels like Balmain and Burberry, to high street faves Topshop and Express prove that she appeals to all sides of the market. Add in her popular cooking series ‘Well Dunn’, newly minted beauty contract for Maybelline and role as a spokesperson for sickle-cell awareness and you have a truly well-rounded star.
Kasia Struss
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Kasia Struss - Photo: Mert & Marcus for Miu Miu S/S 2011
Photo: Mert & Marcus for Miu Miu S/S 2011
New York:
Women Management


London:
Storm Model Management


Milan:
Women Milan


Paris:
Women Management Paris


Barcelona:
Traffic Models


Hamburg:
Mega Model Agency


Her show runs from NY through to Milan and Paris are nothing short of impeccable and consequently every blue chip option imaginable is log-jammed on Kasia's charts. She's one of fashion's most coveted and among the most consistently in demand.
Lily Donaldson
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Lily Donaldson - End S/S 2014 by Craig McDean
End S/S 2014 by Craig McDean
New York:
IMG


London:
Storm Model Management


Paris:
IMG Paris


Sydney:
IMG Australia


Stockholm:
Stockholmsgruppen


Milan:
IMG Milano


An English rose with attitude to spare! Lily Donaldson’s pristine looks have graced the pages of Vogue, Bazaar and W for years and she shows no signs of slowing down. In recent years Donaldson’s work has edged into more commercial territory with power bookings for H&M, Aldo and Swarovski proving her versatile visage can add a touch of class to any client’s campaign. 
Magdalena Frackowiak
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Magdalena Frackowiak - Ph. Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue China
Ph. Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue China
New York:
DNA Models


London:
Models 1


Paris:
Elite Paris


Milan:
Elite Milan


Munich:
Munich Models


Stockholm:
Elite Stockholm


Hamburg:
Model Management


Barcelona:
View Management


Stockholm:
Modellink


Copenhagen:
UNIQUE DENMARK


Tokyo:
Donna Models


A favorite of top tier photographers and a girl committed to creating iconic imagery, Magdalena Frackowiak sets the bar high. With campaigns for Prada and Ralph Lauren in the bag, as well as a steady stream of impeccable editorials, Magdalena is a girl on fire.
Sigrid Agren
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Sigrid Agren - Photo: David Sims for Sportmax F/W 13
Photo: David Sims for Sportmax F/W 13
Paris:
Elite Paris


Milan:
Elite Milan


Stockholm:
Modellink


New York:
The Society Management


Hamburg:
Model Management


London:
Elite London


Copenhagen:
Elite Copenhagen


Stockholm:
Elite Stockholm


Barcelona:
Elite Barcelona


Munich:
Munich Models


Blonde, beautiful and incredibly elegant, Sigrid Agren epitomizes modern refinement and has been embraced by prestige brands. Chanel counts of Agren across a variety of product lines, even enlisting her to star opposite Brad Pitt in their heavily hyped campaign for Chanel No. 5.
Tao Okamoto
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Tao Okamoto - Ph. Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Japan
Ph. Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Japan
London:
Premier Model Management


Paris:
Elite Paris


Milan:
Why Not Model Management


Milan:
Why Not Model Management


Tokyo:
Donna Models


New York:
The Society Management


Copenhagen:
Scoop Models


Barcelona:
Traffic Models


Munich:
Munich Models


Capable of switching from cool tomboy to red carpet ready starlet in the blink of an eye, Tao Okamoto occupies a rare space in the world of fashion. As the biggest model come out of Japan in recent memory Tao has graced the cover of numerous magazines including Vogue Japan where she was the first Japanese model on the front page in over a decade. Campaign wise she’s served as the face of everything from traditional brands like Ralph Lauren to cutting-edge house Kenzo. While she remains a presence in the world of fashion Tao is doing big things cinematically starring back to back summer blockbusters