Model of the Year Awards 2020

Posted by models.com | December 22nd, 2020
Models.com 2020 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 this year included Katie Grand, Bethann Hardison, Anita Bitton, Carlos Nazario, Melanie Ward, Zoey Grossman, Piergiorgio del Moro, Samuel Ellis Scheinman, Barbara Nicoli & Leila Ananna, Campbell Addy, Brianna Capozzi, Hung Vanngo, Ben Grimes, Emma Wyman, Jorden Bickham, and many more.

Fashion’s biggest fans also got in on the action: the Readers’ Choice section offers an up-to-date and often surprising selection chosen by you, the MDC readers. The Models.com community has spoken, with tens of thousands of members pushing choices that are every bit as exciting as those provided by insiders.

Finally for the first time ever and to celebrate our 20th anniversary (we’re getting up there!), the Models.com staff will be presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award, given to models that have exceeded in outstanding achievements in their career.

The awards are broken down into 6 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 2020’s foremost star.
Industry’s Vote


American Vogue January 2021 by Annie Leibovitz

Readers’ Choice


Vogue Japan August 2020 by Luigi & Iango

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


i-D Spring 2020 by Daniel Jackson

Readers’ Choice


Vogue Hong Kong February 2020 by Zoey Grossman

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 2020’s foremost star.
Industry’s Vote


Office Magazine F/W 2020 by Ibra Ake

Readers’ Choice


Office Magazine F/W 2020 by Ibra Ake

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


L’Uomo Vogue February 2020 by Sølve Sundsbø

Readers’ Choice


Salvatore Ferragamo S/S 2020 by Harley Weir

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


American Vogue April 2020 by Tyler Mitchell

Readers’ Choice


Vogue Japan August 2020 by Luigi & Iango

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Louis Vuitton F/W 2020 by Nicolas Ghesquière

Readers’ Choice


Vogue Italia February 2020 by Paolo Roversi

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


Louis Vuitton Men F/W 2020 by Tim Walker

Readers’ Choice


Vogue España April 2020 by Gorka Postigo

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Prada Resort 2020 by Drew Vickers

Readers’ Choice


Versace Dylan Blue Fragrance 2020 by Harley Weir

All Breakout Star Men Nominees


Social Mover of the Year

These are the people who looked beyond social numbers and used their heightened platform to change the world for the better. Whether it was organizing within their community or bringing awareness to vital issues, these leaders were a powerful presence in a year that was full of strife.
Industry’s Vote


American Vogue April 2020 by Tyler Mitchell

Readers’ Choice


Vogue Italia September 2020 by Mark Borthwick

Runner Up
Industry’s Vote


Vogue Polska December 2020 by Anja Rubik

Readers’ Choice


Vogue España July 2020 by Nadine Ijewere

All Social Mover of the Year Nominees


Lifetime Achievement Award

For the first time ever and to celebrate 20 years of Models.com, our lifetime achievement award is presented to the supermodel who exceeds all levels of success, as permeable in pop culture as they are in the fashion scene. With her long-storied career, Naomi Campbell continued to remain relevant this year by fully embracing the digital sphere whether it was viral moments in hazmat suits or linking up with Beyonce, high profile interviews with her “No Filter” series, or connecting with her millions of fans and subscribers. Her continued championing for models and creatives of color did not let up this year, as she continues to showcase the true strength of the term longevity.


American Vogue November 2020 by Ethan James Green

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