Model of the Year Awards 2019

Posted by models.com | December 27th, 2019
Models.com 2019 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 Edward Enninful, Katie Grand, Bethann Hardison, Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele, Melanie Ward, Carlos Nazario, Robbie Spencer, John Pfeiffer, Piergiorgio del Moro, Samuel Ellis, Barbara Nicoli & Leila Ananna, Duffy, Hung Vanngo, Thomas De Kluyver, Fara Homidi, Sil Bruinsma 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 11 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 2019’s foremost star.
Industry’s Vote


Vogue Italia by Paolo Roversi, 2019

Readers’ Choice


Vogue Japan by Luigi & Iango, 2019

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Vogue Paris by David Sims, 2019

Readers’ Choice


Vogue Italia by Mert and Marcus, 2019

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 2019’s foremost star.
Industry’s Vote


GQ Australia by Nathaniel Goldberg, 2019

Readers’ Choice


GQ Australia by Nathaniel Goldberg, 2019

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


i-D Magazine by Collier Schorr, 2019

Readers’ Choice


Puss Puss Magazine by Cass Bird, 2019

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


i-D Magazine by Daniel Jackson, 2019

Readers’ Choice


Heroine Magazine by Mariano Vivanco, 2019

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Vogue Arabia by Peter Lindbergh, 2019

Readers’ Choice


Vogue Arabia by Peter Lindbergh, 2019

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


Jil Sander F/W 2019 by Nigel Shafran, 2019

Readers’ Choice


Man About Town by Blair Getz Mezibov, 2019

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Vogue Hommes by Alasdair McLellan, 2019

Readers’ Choice


Vogue Hommes by Alasdair McLellan, 2019

All Breakout Star Men Nominees

Comeback of the Year

Absence makes the heart grow fonder and these beauties took extended breaks from the rigors of the modeling world only to return with a vengeance. Whether they opened a noteworthy show, or found themselves on the cover of a cutting-edge magazine, these comeback stars have proven themselves essential.
Industry’s Vote


Prada Cruise 2020 by Drew Vickers, 2019

Readers’ Choice


Prada Cruise 2020 by Drew Vickers, 2019

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Mac Cosmetics ‘Starring You’ by Anairam, 2019

Readers’ Choice


Mac Cosmetics ‘Starring You’ by Anairam, 2019

All Comeback 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


Instagram: @bellahadid

Readers’ Choice


Instagram: @naomi

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Instagram: @ashleygraham

Readers’ Choice


Instagram: @bellahadid

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


Instagram: @altonmason

Readers’ Choice


Instagram: @rafaelmiller

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Instagram: @lukasabbat

Readers’ Vote


Instagram: @altonmason

All Social Media Star Nominees (Men)

Best Street Style Women

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 women 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


Photograph by Melodie Jeng for Models.com, 2019

Readers’ Choice


Photograph by Melodie Jeng for Models.com, 2019

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photograph by Melodie Jeng for Models.com, 2019

Readers’ Vote


Photograph by Melodie Jeng for Models.com, 2016

Street Style Nominees

Best Street Style Men

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 men 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


Photograph by Melodie Jeng for Models.com, 2019

Readers’ Choice


Photograph by Melodie Jeng for Models.com, 2019

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Photograph by Melodie Jeng for Models.com, 2019

Readers’ Vote


Photograph by Melodie Jeng for Models.com, 2019

Street Style Nominees

Celebrity Crossover: 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


Dazed Magazine by Mario Sorrenti, 2019

Readers’ Choice


Vogue Magazine (US) by Tyler Mitchell, 2019

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Vogue Magazine (US) by Tyler Mitchell, 2019

Readers’ Choice


Vogue Magazine (US) by Ethan James Green

Celeb Model Nominees

Celebrity Crossover: 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


Vanity Fair U.S. by Emmanuel ‘Chivo’ Lubezki, 2019

Readers’ Choice


Rolling Stone Magazine by Ryan McGinley, 2019

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Rolling Stone Magazine by Ryan McGinley, 2019

Readers’ Choice


V Man Magazine by Blair Getz Mezibov, 2019

Celeb Model Nominees

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14 Comments to “Model of the Year Awards 2019”

  1. Fendo says:

    For your judges panel please consider adding a more diverse group of voices and that means thinking beyond black and white industry voters. Please let the black and white trend a thing of the past when 2020 arrives.

  2. Lily says:

    Really strange to see Xiao Wen Ju as a comeback queen as she hasn’t really been hiding under a rock, like ever. Raquel’s nomination for “best comeback” also annoyed me once again, she’s never gone away.

  3. Johnny says:

    That Zendaya cover is such an eyesore, what the hell.

  4. Young Lee says:

    All soooooooooooo boring!

  5. Kylie says:

    Who the hell voted for Kendall for Model of the Year? Delusion.

  6. Looligaan says:

    I think Kris Grikaite should have been consider for the model of the year shortlist.

  7. double m-by miguel says:

    I don’t know, I don’t like. And Naomi Campbell, Kendall Jenner, Nathan Westling, Alton Mason, Meghan Roche, Mona Tougaard, Jordan Barrett, Rafael Miller, Leon Dame, Hunter Schafer, Lindsey Wixson, etc, I can’t understand it, honestly.

  8. Dominica Brooks says:

    Smh, Finn Wolfhard should’ve won an award.

  9. James M says:

    These are all mostly either sympathy votes, pandering, or popularity votes. Very little of it rings true to what is happening in the industry.

  10. HAPP¨Y AND SUCCESSFULL NEW YEAR WORLD OF FASHION LOVE ELSA LAUREXOXOXOXOXO

  11. Karl says:

    Very disappointed with winners for most categories. Really wondering what it is they judge upon, even the readers though. Proves that it’s all so subjective.

  12. Karl says:

    Like the street style choices besides Adesuwa Aighewi are a complete joke. Like that didn’t even consider what these people truly wear and their aesthetic at all, including their originality. It’s a shame.

  13. CAMILA PATRICIA DOS SANTOS SILVA says:

    lindo o rafael miller parabéns <3

  14. Denison Harper says:

    Adut Akech and Naomi Campbell are excellent picks. From a purely aesthetic standpoint these two women knock it out of the ball park. First saw Ms. Akech on the Chanel and Fendi ads masterminded by the one and only Karl Lagerfeld himself. She instantly grabbed my attention, hope to see more of her on magazine covers. Naomi Campbell’s body of work speaks for itself no need to add anything there. Would have love to see more of Adowa Aboah, Anok Yai, Zaina Gohou Karen Joigny, Herieth Paul, and Aya Jones. Great picks for 2019! except for Xiao Wen Ju, Kendal Jenner pick and Tae Min Park choices.

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