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Model of the Year Awards 2016

Posted by models.com | December 21st, 2016
Models.com 2016 Industry Awards

The Models.com Model of the Year (MOTY) Industry Awards are the voice of over 250 voters representing a wide range of the industry’s top professionals, including many of the industry’s top stylists, designers, photographers, editors, hair and makeup artists and casting directors, and a wide range of the next generation of the industry’s emerging creative talents. Participants include Katie Grand, Bethann Hardison, Edward Enninful, John Pfeiffer, Barbara Pfister, Benjamin Puckey, Hung Vanngo, Julie Ragolia, Angus & Noah, Duffy, Tom Van Dorpe and many more!

Fashion’s biggest fans also got in on the fun: the Readers’ Choice section offers an up-to-date and often surprising selection chosen by you, the MDC readers. The people have spoken – thousands of them in fact and their choices are every bit as exciting as those provided by insiders.

The awards are broken down in 10 categories as follows:

Model of the Year: Women

The singular face that defined the year as a whole with ubiquitous industry demand and presence. They distinguished themselves via top tier bookings with the best photographers, stylists and clients earning next-level visibility, making them 2016’s foremost star.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Tyrone Lebon for Calvin Klein

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Mert and Marcus for Vogue

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Harley Weir for i-D

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan

All MOTY Women Nominees

Model of the Year: Men

The singular face that defined the year as a whole with ubiquitous industry demand and presence. They distinguished themselves via top tier bookings with the best photographers, stylists and clients earning next-level visibility, making them 2016’s foremost star.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Mariano Vivanco for Fucking Young

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Josh Filauri for Reflex Homme

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Christopher Ferguson for Summerwinter Magazine

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Laura Coulson for ES Magazine

All MOTY Men Nominees

Breakout Star: Women

Like model of the year, the breakout star has had a substantial presence on the modeling scene, only their careers have just begun to take off in the past several seasons. As a newcomer to the fashion industry, these rising stars have racked up coveted campaigns and impressive editorial work in a short period of time and are set to leave a lasting mark on the industry.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Inez & Vinoodh for i-D

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Matt Jones for Elle Italia

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Timothy Rosado for Wonderland Magazine

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Bjarne Jonasson for Elle UK

All Breakout Star Women Nominees

Breakout Star: Men

Like model of the year, the breakout star has had a substantial presence on the modeling scene, only their careers have just begun to take off in the past several seasons. As a newcomer to the fashion industry, these rising stars have racked up coveted campaigns and impressive editorial work in a short period of time and are set to leave a lasting mark on the industry.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Teddy Iborra for Metal

Readers’ Choice


Photo by An Le for Balmain Hair Trend Book

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Polaroid from Tomorrow is Another Day

Readers’ Choice

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Photo by Bjorn Iooss for At Large Magazine

All Breakout Star Men Nominees

Social Media Star WOMEN

If the past year has taught us anything it is that every tweet, Instagram photo, and like adds up to a powerful presence within the world of fashion. These models have leveraged their followings into key bookings and heightened influence, inciting a media frenzy with each and every post.
Industry’s Vote


Photo from Instagram @gigihadid

Readers’ Choice


Photo from Instagram @emrata

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo from Instagram @harinef

Readers’ Choice


Photo from Instagram @kendalljenner

All Social Media Star Nominees

Social Media Star MEN

If the past year has taught us anything it is that every tweet, Instagram photo, and like adds up to a powerful presence within the world of fashion. These models have leveraged their followings into key bookings and heightened influence, inciting a media frenzy with each and every post.
Industry’s Vote


Photo from Instagram @iblamejordan

Readers’ Choice


Photo from Instagram @luckybsmith

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo from Instagram @lukasabbat

Readers’ Choice


Photo from Instagram @camerondallas

All Social Media Star Nominees (Men)

Humanitarian

Nothing is more important than giving back to the community and during the past year these models have inspired us all by putting charity first. Devoting their time, energy and celebrity to causes big and small, these women raise awareness and bring hope to those who need it most.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Will Davidson for Vogue Mexico

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Chris Colls for Vogue Mexico

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Inez & Vinoodh for i-D

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Russia

All Humanitarian Nominees

Adwoa Aboah

Model and activist Adwoa Aboah founded Gurls Talk, an online platform that focuses on women’s issues and provides a safe community of discourse aiming to empower girls. The foundation has plans to become a full-fledged charity.

Alek Wek

Alek Wek campaigns as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for human rights with a focus on refugees, women and children, as a former Sudanese refugee herself. She is the ambassador for the H&M Conscious Foundation and also raises awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Cameron Russell

Cameron uses her platform through social media to stay outspoken on a range of social issues and campaigns for community activism. Previously, she organized a a march with People’s Pilgrimage and went to the UN’s COP21 climate change convention to oversee the unprecedented negotiations.

Christy Turlington

Founded the maternal health organization Every Mother Counts in 2010 and has directed and produced a documentary “No Woman, No Cry” to raise awareness to the challenges faced in maternal health worldwide. She continues greatly to advocate for those causes associated.

Doutzen Kroes

This year Doutzen worked in collaboration with the Elephant Crisis Fund to create the #KnotOnMyPlanet social media campaign (featuring herself and other supermodels) that called attention to the poaching of elephants and promoted preservation efforts.

Herieth Paul

Since she started modeling, Herieth Paul has donated a percentage of her income to help children at her mother’s orphanage back in her native Tanzania. She hopes to one day move back and start a special education school for children with disabilities.

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss created charity initiatives Karlie’s Kookies, which provides meals with sale proceeds to those in need around the world and Kode with Karlie, which helps create coding education programs in high schools and scholarships for female teens.

Liya Kebede

As founder of the Liya Kebede Foundation, Liya works to advance safe motherhood and pregnancy throughout Africa. Her clothing line LemLem also supports traditional weavers in her native Ethiopia in an effort to preserve their rich history.

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell has supported numerous amounts of charities fighting breast cancer, poverty, and AIDS throughout the world including helping raise money for UNAIDS, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, and Feed The Children.

Natalia Vodianova

Natalia’s Naked Heart Foundation builds playgrounds for disadvantaged youths throughout Russia and she has most recently released Elbi, a micro-philanthropy app in partnership with 31 charities. Natalia is also involved in several other foundations including Hear the World and the Tiger Trade Campaign to stop trade in tiger parts and products.

Sara Ziff

Sara’s tireless work at The Model Alliance, especially for child models; giving models a voice and a safe haven, along with campaigning against labor abuses in the modeling industry deserves acknowledgement.

Toni Garrn

Toni’s work with Plan International has garnered financial support for girls through the world in an improvised, uneducated state through various fundraising events.

Best Street Style

The sidewalk is the new catwalk and these models bring fashion to the streets with outlandish and eye-catching looks that have made them the girls to watch for off-duty style. Some have taken their street style prowess one step further, broadening their horizons by acting as stylist on editorial shoots.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Melodie Jeng for Models.com

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Melodie Jeng for Models.com

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Melodie Jeng for Models.com

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Melodie Jeng for Models.com

Street Style Nominees

Celebrity as Model: Women

Celebrities have become an unavoidable presence in luxury advertising, but certain stars are every bit as captivating as the models. Putting their posing skills to good use (often honed during their career beginnings as models) and bringing with them an air of Hollywood glamour, these are the celebrities who play the role of model with ease.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Emma Summerton for Teen Vogue

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Simon Emmett for Esquire UK

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Steven Klein for W Magazine

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Steven Klein for W Magazine

Celeb Model Nominees

Celebrity as Model: Men

Celebrities have become an unavoidable presence in luxury advertising, but certain stars are every bit as captivating as the models. Putting their posing skills to good use (often honed during their career beginnings as models) and bringing with them an air of Hollywood glamour, these are the celebrities who play the role of model with ease.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Nathaniel Goldberg for Numéro Homme

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Thomas Whiteside for GQ Style

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Willy Vanderperre for Dior

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Nathaniel Goldberg for Numéro Homme

Celeb Model Nominees

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40 Comments to “Model of the Year Awards 2016”

  1. Rocio says:

    Stephen james

  2. Daphne says:

    Harry Styles for male celebrity model

  3. Samanta says:

    Model of the year : kendall jenner

  4. Natalie says:

    I have no idea why they’d vote Gigi the best social media star year after year. Besides the fact that she flaunts her famous boyfriend on it, it’s very basic.

  5. lans says:

    Dear Models,
    ZAYN should have been nominated on looks alone, his cheekbones could cut anybody. The outfits and street style he has been rocking this year as a breakout star need to be acknowledged. The world sleeps on (minorities) including Middle Easterns & Asian men + artists, creators and actors. He is not only a spokesperson for that but he stands up for MALE mental health issues, an issue that has been hush hush. Please give him recognition in the future.

    from a fan of the culture, music and art

  6. hector says:

    bella deserved model of the year, she was everywhere to couture shows, too ready to wear sporty american brand’s, bella the top model and gigi the brand/celebrity

  7. nat says:

    Kendall slays everything!

  8. Arrie says:

    I don’t agree with the industry’s vote this year, and even more after I read who’re the ones who voted, you should get more people from the industry to vote, these names are not enough and it doesn’t really reflect the industry’s choice

    • Manneqinn says:

      I think you didn’t read the part
      “…over 250 voters representing a wide range of the industry’s top professionals…”
      It’s right on the first paragraph

  9. kmee says:

    always disappointed ….

    • Taimis says:

      Same here, the glorious days of Real models are gone. Before, only designers photographers, fashion editors can declare who’s ‘it’ and who’s not. Now, instagram is the new voice.

  10. Gisela says:

    Harry styles best celebrity model (menos)

  11. Najah says:

    I’m not happy. Matthew Noszka should have won. Hands down. If you don’t know who that is write his name on instagram and show some love to my baby.

  12. Eduardo says:

    The only category Gigi, Kendall and Bella Belong is the celerity as model, they havent work as much or havent so much campaigns as a lot of real models, that have been working so hard since 15, 16 to actually see success now. Unfortunately even Chanel booked like 8 celebrities for the pre-fall collection show. Disappointing the magic of this industry also relied on the exclusivity of the brands.

  13. En says:

    Why wasn’t Harry Styles nominated for Celebrity as model? That shoot was so successful, I really don’t understand your choices

  14. Ces says:

    Strongly disagree, model of the year award belongs to GIGI alone!!!!

  15. Dee says:

    2016 is totally Bella’s. And yes, zayn is totally rock everything but he never even notice.

  16. Claudio Pasquini says:

    Pietro Boselli truly deserved to win the Men’s Social Media Star Award. I’m just so proud that he was nominated, better luck next year. He’ll come back stronger and win Male Model of the year!!

  17. Fanny says:

    Harry Styles for Celebrity as Model: Men

  18. Lily says:

    I would’ve seen Tatjana as a legend with the others but thank you nevertheless for finally accepting her as an icon at least. Now I’m just waiting for Yasmins turn 😉

  19. cindi says:

    Why is the world so obsessed with the Kardashian-type personalities so much? Those Kendalls and Gigis would be nothing if they didn’t have famous name or from a famous family.

  20. Cherry says:

    I think kendall should win for socila media star as will and model of the year and celebrity model too

  21. Zoe says:

    What a joke.

  22. JJH says:

    SNSDsone0805

  23. Francis Rose says:

    What ever happened to Max Barczak, Sven de Vries, Laurie Harding, Pierro Mendez, Rhys Pickering? Does the inustry just drop people that quickly?

  24. Kim Smitj says:

    Kendall Jenner should be TMOY

  25. Kim Smith says:

    Kendall Jenner has the BEST TMOY look overall.

  26. nina says:

    Zayn should have been nominated in the Celebrity as a model category. His magazine covers have been amazing this year (+ he’s the new face of Versus Versace).

  27. Abby Zacky says:

    Cool, i love the results

  28. Ellen says:

    Shame that the majority of the models these days of famous parents. Goes to show that it’s not what you know but who you know. How do the hard-working models without famous parents make it big?

  29. Gisele says:

    Where is Wen Liu?

  30. Julian says:

    how can I) vote for the Social Media Star Nominees?

  31. Chiu says:

    Ming Xi!!my idol!

  32. 路过酱油 says:

    目测在座的大半是中国人哈哈哈
    刘雯

  33. Models.com me hace reir tanto jajajajajajajajaja

  34. Anna says:

    In most categories industry choice sucks…. Readers choice is best. Chico won… nothing else matters.
    Francisco Lachowski❤❤❤

  35. I have got on street style that is the best I have seen! Taupe undertone, house shoes, handy bag with over-size change bag, secuins on bodice in black dress with 2 sashes and roll up purple cap , long blond hair, purple secuin jacket, Normandy Streets WWII Karen Hall Designs 2017

  36. 哈哈哈 says:

    I think Carmen Kass should be getting into the Legend List.

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