Oh what a year can change! Kingston, Jamaica glamazon Tami Williams has become a Vogue mainstay, a regular on campaigns for Valentino, Calvin Klein, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana, and has walked in every high fashion show you can imagine. Discovered at 12 when she entered a modeling competition, she dreamt of being a model since she was a prepubescent. “When I was really young, I would look through magazines like Vogue and see the Naomi’s. I would ask my mother agent what Vogue was and after him explaining it to me, I thought, for sure I’ll be in it one day!” And the big dreamer certainly has on numerous occasions, along with spots in W and Another Magazine. Since her exclusive debut walking for Alexander Wang, she’s gone onto charm the industry with her lanky, long frame and brilliant gap-toothed smile. What’s the next goal she wants to achieve? “After, I want my own line, clothing or cosmetic; but, also I want to be the face of a cosmetics brand. That’s the goal—and I want to do Victoria’s Secret! My fingers are all crossed!”
The next frontier for these former Hot List members has arrived! Now part of the Top 50, these girls of the moment have hustled their way through countless hours on the runway and in front of the camera for their spot but this year their recognition is with a twist – the guys are in on the action. Sebastian Kim captures candid portraits of these model muses for this special story shot exclusively for Models.com. Styled by Vanessa Chow in New York black we take a brief look into the humble beginnings and meteoric rise of this year’s graduating line-up of Bella Hadid, Greta Varlese, Jing Wen, Lineisy Montero, Marjan Jonkman, Tami Williams and Jordan Barrett.
Photography by Sebastian Kim for Models.com
Sebastian Kim is represented by Management + Artists + Organization
Model Tami Williams
Text by Irene Ojo-Felix