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These Are the Top Newcomers of S/S 2018

Posted by Stephan Moskovic | October 5th, 2017

Newcomers S/S 18

Each season Models.com assembles a list of the top achieving newcomers and models having their breakout moments tallied from the New York to Paris fashion weeks. Requirements for the honored position? For Spring / Summer 2018 there was no shortage of success stories who, between walking for the major brands, landing exclusives slots and securing pivotal opening and closing spots, shared in common their noteworthy seasons. Notice on the runway can be a springboard for girls booking sought-after campaigns, covers and editorials.

The Top Newcomers list is broken down in 2 sections:
Industry Selects
Models.com’s Top Newcomers

Industry Selects

This season we asked two of the industry’s most influential voices – an ultimate insider and a tireless advocate of diversity, both champions of models – for their selection of standout newcomers.

1st Season

Ana Maria Figueroa

Since Ana Maria’s debut at Prada’s resort show in May, this Dominican stunner has had her eyes on the prize for her first full season. Going on from London with Versus and Roksanda she went on to the remaining two fashion capitals with fervor landing Fendi, Missoni, Lanvin, Acne, Givenchy, Giambattista Valli and Hermes.


Source Instagram: @itsanamariafigueroa

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Hannah Claverie

Australian new face Hannah Claverie stepped onto the scene in Londontown with double bookings at J.W. Anderson and Christopher Kane before landing the show that’s launched a hundred careers, Prada. Her trip to Paris delivered fruitfully with walks for Dior, Loewe, Givenchy, Valentino and a closing spot at Nina Ricci. Who knew pretty could pack a punch?


Source Instagram: @hannahclav

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Hannah Motler

Hannah is the heavenly sprite that makes any runway a little more dreamy. Based on the across-the-board top bookings there isn’t a market that wouldn’t love to have Miss Motler. In New York Calvin Klein, Helmut Lang, Coach, Marc Jacobs came calling; in London J.W. Anderson, Versus (opened) Burberry; in Milan Prada, Fendi, Versace; in Paris Dior, Margiela, Dries Van Noten (opened), Givenchy, Valentino, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton. Basically the phones were ringing off the hook for this new arrival!


Source Instagram: @hannah_motler

Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Hannah Sprehe

Take note: Hannah Sprehe did the single-city boogie and nailed it. Starting her circuit late in Paris, the German jewel exclusively debuted her precious face for Saint Laurent. From there it was turns down the runway for Loewe, Givenchy, Giambattista (opened), McQueen, Chanel, Louis Vuitton. How do you say… crème de la crème.


Source Instagram: @hannah_sprehe

Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images

Kaia Gerber

We’re not keeping score but it’s safe to say that Kaia Gerber was the bonafide winner of fashion week. With certified opening spots with the gentry of luxury – Chanel, Fendi, and Alexander Wang were just a noteworthy few – along with walks for Calvin Klein, Burberry, Prada, Versace, Valentino and Miu Miu made sure she grabbed the best gigs with every pitstop. Rookie no more.


Source Instagram: @kaiagerber

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Kiko Arai

Can’t get enough of Kiko! This Miss Japan proposition (she won in 2012) was held in high regard for her debut season. She regimented her appearances to Calvin Klein, Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, Lanvin, Balmain and Givenchy, leaving us totally wanting more.


Source Instagram: @kikoarai

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Line Kjaergaard

It seems that every season another ineffably cool girl is added to the Danish model mafia, and this season that girl is without doubt Line Kjaergaard. Intense and straightforwardly striking, in her first season Line strode the catwalks of Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Jil Sander, Valentino and Chloe (not to mention many, many others) with the laser-like focus of a seasoned veteran. How’s that for hygge?


Source Instagram: @_linekjaergaard_

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Maryna Horda

There’s always a spot for a girl who just screams cute. We heard you, Maryna. The baby-faced, Belarussian beauty was an impeccable addition to A-listers Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Margiela, Valentino and Miu Miu for her first fashion month–and definitely not her last.


Source Instagram: @marynahorda

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Matea Brakus

An exclusive debut for Matea at Yves Saint Laurent was all it took to take this budding newcomer to the casting forefront. From there her Paris was stellar walking in the collections that mattered from Chanel to McQueen to Loewe and a closing spot at Giambattista Valli.


Source Instagram: @browney.girl

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Oumie Jammeh

From dancehall to the runway everyone noticed Gambian new face Oumie this season. With her first full show season it was in London that she really picked up speed, racking up an endless roster of clients that read like Madison Avenue – Prada, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Givenchy and in the iconic Versace show, alongside her catwalk hero Naomi Campbell.


Source Instagram: @jammehoumie

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Roos van Elk

Another stunner to materialise out of nowhere and debut as a Prada exclusive, Roos’ S/S 18 mission was clear: only the best will do. In Paris, Saint Laurent, Chloe, Celine, Valentino, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton all fell under the spell of this mysterious meisje.


Source Instagram: @roosvanelk

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Runa Neuwirth

A classic brunette beauty from Frankfurt, Runa went from her first ever photo shoot in April to walking the Prada Resort runway in May. This season she started at J.W. Anderson in London and ended at Chanel in Paris (with plenty of hits in-between), making it clear that charming Runa is living her very own version of an overnight success story.


Source Instagram: @runaneuwirth

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Silke van Daal

The results are in for Dutch newcomer Silke van Daal. She is a certified show contender. She walked away from the Spring Summer 2018 runways with plenty of blue-chips to play with: Calvin Klein, Prada, Fendi, Versace, Dior, Givenchy, Valentino, to name a few.


Source Instagram: @silkevandaal

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Sophie Martynova

Serene stunner Sophie has had a debut season that could only be described as impeccable. This Russian rose was revealed at Calvin Klein in NY and continued on to walk for Coach, Marc Jacobs, Jil Sander, Dolce and Gabbana, and Miu Miu. Na Zdorovie!


Source Instagram: @sophiemartynova

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Xie Chaoyu

As of just a few months ago, Chaoyu was an elfin ingenue from southwestern China with absolutely no international modelling experience… and then she hit London. From J.W. Anderson to Prada to Givenchy, this pretty pixie’s iconic looks have proven irresistible.


Source Instagram: @xie.chaoyu

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Breakout Season

Aaliyah Hydes

Hailing from the Cayman Islands, Aaliyah Hydes finally caught her stride this season after an exclusive debut for Gucci F/W 17 in February, starting off this season at the grand finale of NYFW, Marc Jacobs. From there Hydes was moving on up with a strong London at J.W. Anderson and Burberry, a formidable Milan with Gucci and Bottega Veneta, and a smooth finish in Paris with Loewe, Celine, and Miu Miu. One in a million!


Source Instagram: @hunkybunky_

Photo by Jeff Spicer/BFC/Getty Images for The British Fashion Council

Adut Akech

Striking in presence, regal in demeanor, South Sudanese Adut Akech has been steady on the fashion elite’s radar with consistent exclusive appearances on YSL’s runways and ads. After closing YSL this season, she finally broke free from restriction with stellar spots at Lanvin, Off-White, Kenzo, Loewe, Alexander McQueen, and Miu Miu.


Source Instagram: @adutakechofficial

Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images

Alyssa Traore

Alyssa’s modelling journey started way back when she was scouted at the age of 11 in her hometown of Nijmegen, but her catwalking career dates back to Spring/Summer 2017. Now, with a year of full time modelling and travel under her belt, this diplomatic Dutchie has come into her own, and everyone from Raf at Calvin to Sarah at McQueen knows it.


Source Instagram: @alyssatraore

Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images

Ansley Gulielmi

Ansley’s runway record is finally catching up with her winning coolness. Since she opened Marni F/W 17 she’s been bagging bookings, but Spring Summer is her trophy season. Sies Marjan, Prada, Marni, Chloe, Loewe, Givenchy, Valentino and Alexander McQueen were all part of her most stellar performance yet.


Source Instagram: @ansleygulielmi

Photo by Peter White/Getty Images

Aube Jolicoeur

With her impish stare and distinct strut, Haitian Aube Jolicoeur took no prisoners for SS18. From her Yeezy debut last year she came back full force starting with Marc Jacobs and going on to the show of all shows this season – the retrospective, supermodel heavy, Versace. From there it was smooth sailing with showings at Marni, Saint Laurent, Altuzarra, Acne, Givenchy, Giambattista Valli, and Miu Miu. Magnifique!


Source Instagram: @iamaube

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Felice Noordhoff

Prada fave Felice Noordhoff started this season with a bang with an opening slot at J.W. Anderson and strong London roster with Simone Rocha, Versus, and Topshop. She went on to Milano adding Alberta Ferretti, Fendi, Max Mara, Missoni, Dolce & Gabbana and yes, Prada to the list. Paris cinched the deal with too many shows to count – Dior, Margiela, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton just to name a few.


Source Instagram: @felicenova

Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images

Fran Summers

Yorkshire bred Fran Summers easily nabbed a girl-of-the-season spot. Her memento from her breakout season will be all the newfound buzz she surely kicked up strutting down top runways. Starting in London with a J.W. Anderson exclusive the bobbed beauty went on to walk the best like Prada (exclusive), Dior, Saint Laurent, Chloe, Loewe, Givenchy, Céline, Valentino, McQueen, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton. Phew!


Source Instagram: @fransummers

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Gisele Fox

Fresh face and freckled, Gisele Fox had notable appearances at Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, and Calvin Klein this season but a closing spot for Prada broke editors necks. From there her score card got a little lengthy – Fendi, Jil Sander, Missoni, Dior, Margiela, Lanvin, Carven, Haider Ackermann, Givenchy, Valentino, Hermes, and Miu Miu.


Source Instagram: @giselejfox

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Heejung Park

Heejung Park has flexed her modelling chops with editorials in her native South Korea since 2015 but this season is where she got her stride on the runway. After back-to-back bookings for Louis Vuitton this year — first Paris and then Kyoto — this fringed globetrotter turned up at NYFW with slots at Sies Marjan and Marc Jacobs. From there it was on to the other fashion capitals with Erdem and Peter Pilotto in London; Fendi, Ermanno Scervino, and Bottega Veneta in Milan; and Dries Van Noten, Chloe, Kenzo, Rick Owens and again, LV in Paris.


Source Instagram: @hello_kijeong

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Justine Asset

French model Justine Asset has been on the brink of a breakthrough for a few seasons and made her grand leap at NYFW with Calvin Klein, Jason Wu, Carolina Herrera, and Fenty x Puma. You have to respect her hustle as she showed no signs of slowing down through the circuit – Christopher Kane, No. 21, Versace, Rocha, Altuzarra, Hermes, and Chanel all had the doe-eye beauty flaunt their new designs.


Source Instagram: @justine_asset

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Mia Brammer

Brazilian blonde bombshell. The alliteration is necessary to describe this breakout star that stepped it up this season since her exclusive debut for Prada’s men show in January. Nine months later in New York she turned up in Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors, Coach, and Calvin Klein before heading to walk for Europe’s fashion elite – Burberry, Prada, Valentino and Alexander McQueen were just a few from her heavy-hitting roster.


Source Instagram: @_miabrammer

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Nina Marker

Danish babe Nina Marker’s market value just went up. Her killer good-looks made maximum impact on the premium runways of Fenty, Coach, J.W. Anderson, Fendi, Versace, Saint Laurent and Givenchy. Needless to say, Nina is so on the rise.


Source Instagram: @ninamarker

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Sarah Dahl

Another great Dane? Sarah looks promising. The downright gorgeous gal worked hard this fashion month and the results are very, very flattering–Calvin Klein, Jason Wu, Coach, J.W. Anderson, Simone Rocha, Prada, Versace, Louis Vuitton.


Source Instagram: @sarahdahll

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Sarah Fraser

Breakout star Sarah Fraser and her peroxide pixie made waves with her best season to date starting off at Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta and Delpozo. She hit the mark in Milan with Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and MSGM before Maison Margiela, Carven, Sonia Rykiel, Acne, and finishing strong with Balenciaga.


Source Instagram: @sarahfraser6

Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images

Sasha Komarova

Sasha’s been busier than ever this season commanding our attention and checking off bucket-list shows. The blonde beauty could be seen, or rather, could not be missed, walking shows like Calvin Klein, Marni and Valentino. Her crowning achievement? A major opening at Alexander McQueen. Carry on!


Source Instagram: @blondie_721

Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Shanelle Nyasiase

South Sudanese by way of Nairobi, Kenya, Shanelle’s poise and complete composure brought grown-up glamour to the catwalks of Miu Miu (for the third time), McQueen, Balenciaga, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs. This season Shanelle played a distinct part in delivering black power to the runway.


Source Instagram: @shanellenyasiase

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Sijia Kang

Sijia’s not unseasoned, but she’s finally hit her show stride touching down in all four capitals. The exquisite Chinese model showed she’s got a bonafide gift walking and wowing for the likes of Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin and Valentino.


Source Instagram: @kangsjia

Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images

Theresa Hayes

We first saw Theresa Hayes last year September with an exclusive spot for Louis Vuitton S/S 17 and then again next F/W season. It was a promise that Hayes was ramping up to take off. Well, she’s flying high after walking shows like Riri’s Fenty, Tommy Hilfger, Dior, Saint Laurent, Chloe, Off-White, Valentino, Miu Miu and, of course, Louis Vuitton.


Source Instagram: @theresahayesofficial

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10 Comments to “These Are the Top Newcomers of S/S 2018”

  1. szonline88 says:

    Where is Katrin Zakharova page in model’s base? She has 11 shows in this season, including tops (Balmain, Elie Saab, Stella McCartney)

  2. George says:

    Aleyna Fitzgerald has booked more shows than some of these girls and this was her first season. Opening for Armani and also booking a Balmain campaign… where is she?

  3. HAICE says:

    Gorgeous Gisele Fox, you go girl <3

  4. double m-by miguel says:

    I love the selection in this list, my favorite new faces of this season:
    Gisele Fox, Oumie Jammeh, Roos van Elk, Fran Summers, Sijia Kang, Theresa Hayes, Naomi Chin Wing, Aube Jolicoeur, Shanelle Nyasiase, Ansley Gulielmi, Sasha
    Komarova, Xie Chaoyu, Hannah Sprehe, Matea Brakus.
    Rose Daniels, Elysa Gorczevski, Myrthe Bolt, He Jing, Katerina Zub, Amelleah Thomas, Helena Linda Soares, Iana Godnia, Lena Hardt, Alicia Holt, Lex Herl.

  5. Sms says:

    What about Maria Clara???? 30 shows this season -.-

  6. Andre says:

    A well assembled list , pretty accurate i might add . G job guys. Who is strong and meant to stay in this business will grow and become impressive , who’s a one hit wonder will shortly become dust in the wind . Is what is great about this business . I can see few strong faces who will live on for yrs and yrs to come .

  7. frederic Pierre Le French says:

    Hello. Que des fillettes en mutation. C’est vraiment domage au moment ou le corps change beaucoup d’entre elles seront gapillees par vos soins et les grandes marques..

  8. D says:

    You forgot to include Aleyna Fitzgerald!

  9. LCS says:

    Soem Brazilian girls are missing like Elysa Gorczevski, Fernanda Oliveira, Linda Helena, Victoria Schons…