Model of the Year Awards 2017

Posted by models.com | December 21st, 2017
Models.com 2017 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, Melanie Ward, Bethann Hardison, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Ellen Von Unwerth, John Pfeiffer, Mariano Vivanco, Hung Vanngo, Sebastian Faena, Angus & Noah, Piergiorgio 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 – tens of thousands of them in fact and their choices are every bit as exciting as those provided by insiders.

The awards are broken down in 9 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 2017’s foremost star.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Steven Meisel for British Vogue December 2017

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Inez and Vinoodh for Vogue Italia June 2017

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Steven Meisel for Alberta Ferretti S/S 2017

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan November 2017

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 2017’s foremost star.
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Steven Klein for Interview Magazine

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Michael Schwartz for El Pais Icon Magazine

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Ellen von Unwerth for Paper Magazine Fall 2017

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Ellen von Unwerth for Paper Magazine Fall 2017

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 Steven Meisel for Versace S/S 2018

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Steven Meisel for Versace S/S 2018

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Marcus Ohlsson for Fenty Beauty

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Nicola Formichetti for Free Magazine F/W 17

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 Cass Bird for WSJ

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Franco Pagetti for Dolce & Gabbana Eyewear S/S 17

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Willy Vanderperre for Jonas/12

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Justin Campbell for Tings 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 @cameronrussell

Readers’ Choice


Photo from @bellahadid

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo from @harinef

Readers’ Choice


Photo from @chrissyteigen

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 @lukasabbat

Readers’ Choice


Photo from @neelsvisser

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo from @jmeeksofficial

Readers’ Vote


Photo from @luckybsmith

All Social Media Star Nominees (Men)

Humanitarian

This year, instead of voting on humanitarian efforts, Models.com is celebrating twelve models working to change the world in a separate feature:



These Were the Social Justice Leaders of 2017

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’ Vote


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 Jean Paul Goude for Vogue Paris Dec 2017

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Mario Testino for American Vogue July 2017

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Alasdair McLellan for W Magazine August 2017

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Jean Paul Goude for Vogue Paris Dec 2017

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 Willy Vanderperre for Dior Homme

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Christian Oita for Wonderland Magazine Spring 2016

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photo by Nathaniel Goldberg for Numéro Homme F/W 16

Readers’ Choice


Photo by Willy Vanderperre for Dior Homme

Celeb Model Nominees

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20 Comments to “Model of the Year Awards 2017”

  1. Oyeteju says:

    I’m really proud of Adwoa Aboa, and Cameron Russell.. They helped me.. But I didn’t see Ebonee Davis in any of the nominees, WHY???!!

  2. Maca says:

    Yaaasss Teddy Quinlivan❤️

  3. nalyssa says:

    Proud proud proud if kaia

  4. nalyssa says:

    Proud proud proud of kaia

  5. Nemboi says:

    So proud of Gigi and Bella. Congratulations to everyone and all the nominees ❤️❤️❤️

  6. E says:

    I am so glad Kendal Jenner is nowhere in this list. Or any kardashian for that matter. The fame is finally dying out. Good. They have no talent

    • A says:

      Most models are young, skinny and tall (there are a variety of faces out there) and Kendall fits the bill! Sure maybe she wouldn’t have been as successful as she is or even broken into the industry without being associated with the Kardashians, but you can’t be mad at her for following her dreams.

  7. Rupali says:

    Bella ❤❤❤❤❤

  8. Rupali says:

    My fav. Bella ❤❤❤❤❤

  9. Timmy says:

    I understand for the need of a “reader’s choice”….but its always so disappointing what people choose.

  10. Gabe says:

    Nobody going to mention that Cameron Dallas won model of the year? yikes.

  11. 哈哈哈 says:

    Love Vitto

  12. sunny says:

    @Rogier Bosschaart

  13. Francisco says:

    I do not agree with the public’s choice …
    it’s so commercial, so mediatic, Kaia gerber and presley gerber, they do not impact me as much as other or other highly charismatic models, in short, it’s a clearly popular vote, that is boring, hahaha
    Bella Hadid is so unhuman, cold, people only project themselves for their success and fortune.
    adwoa aboah away the best model, beautiful, friendly.
    lacked nice models like Rianne von Rompaey

  14. Abby Zacky says:

    Cameron Dallas a model? ohh im so sorry i dont know about it, pardon me…

  15. Méropée says:

    Seriously the picture it’s not Vittoria

  16. Jeremy says:

    The reader’s choice is a joke

  17. Sandra says:

    Hello I am from Spain, I would like to be a model that I have to do?

  18. micah says:

    HELLO im from philippines

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