The Graduates: Riley Montana

Posted by Stephan Moskovic | September 9th, 2015

The Graduates
Pt.6 Riley Montana

Class of 2015 is now in session! The buzziest girls from the MDC Hotlist have worked their way onto the Top 50 landing top covers, major campaigns and leaving their mark on the fashion scene. Emma Tempest captures the glowing aura of these girls of the moment exclusively for Alexandra Elizabeth, Aya Jones, Kayla Scott, Madison Stubbington, Maja Salamon, Riley Montana, Sarah Brannon, & Vittoria Ceretti discuss their dreams, career highlights, and meteoric rise in modeling.

Photography by Emma Tempest for

Emma Tempest is represented by Jed Root (New York)
Stylist Camilla Pole
Creative Director Stephan Moskovic
Makeup Artist Kanako Takase
Hair Stylist Rita Marmor (Streeters New York)
Manicurist Holly Falcone
Retouching by Morph
Producer Diane Lucille Suarez

Riley MontanaNext New York

Where are you from? How were you discovered?
I’m from Detroit, Michigan. I moved away to LA for two years. First year and half, I worked a regular job and finally I got to the point where I needed to pursue what I moved there for. I got signed to an agency there and the first 6 months I was just working on my book. After that, I moved to NY hoping to get signed to an agency. The rest is history!

What has been your proudest moment so far in your modeling career?
Givenchy was my first major campaign and I was nervous because it was my first job and I didn’t really know the business too much. It was a great experience and everyone was so nice and chill. My W Cover was amazing too because it was able to be with such big girls and it inspiring to see how they worked but also how humble they were.

What is one thing no one would ever guess about you?
I can sing! I grew up in the church so I started when my Grandmother found out and put me in a choir. She sent me to vocal lessons and everything.

What is one thing you would like to do next?
I want to do it all! I’ve done a lot but I haven’t done the most I think I can do. I want to be the top girl and I know I have a lot of talent within me to show. I don’t want to limit myself!

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One Comment to “The Graduates: Riley Montana”

  1. Onin says:

    Riley is beautiful! Love the black and white portraits too.