Mona Tougaard: As a new model, following the first string of major brand bookings with more major bookings by major photographers is a decisive step in forging robust years ahead. That’s the reason Mona’s Meisel-lensed Max Mara campaign means so much on top of her others: having a Meisel shoot in your back pocket never, ever, hurts.
Aaron Philip: Needless to say it’s been a big year of opening the doors of inclusivity and representation for Philip, who is gender non-conforming and lives with quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Between walking her first show to a Paper Magazine cover it’s all happening right now.
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swipe — closing @willienorrisworkshop last night – my first runway & first time closing a show. i’m honestly speechless for so many reasons… if you know me you know that Willie Norris is a deeply special and present person in my life both professionally and personally. he has endless heart, talent and grit. he is real as fuck. i love him with my whole heart. couldn’t be happier to have done this with him. my hands were shaking and my heart was beating out of my chest. i hope that my first show goes to show that runways and fashion collections with people like me in it can be possible and there should be more things and opportunities like this everywhere within the fashion industry/world. thank you. ❤️ @elitenyc @richiekeo ??
Tess McMillan: Okay there may be more models in the to-be-mentioned editorial, but for some reason it seems the most cool for Miss McMillan whose fiery redhead burn has been low and slow. It’s a pace that paid off, an Annie Leibovitz shoot for American Vogue is one to file away under: “bragging rights”.
La’Shaunae: And then there was La’Shaunae. Or at least that’s what those who were in the complete dark about the model will say after discovering the unapologetic plus-sized model of color through Dazed 100 after she ranked number one like bright the light of of a star being born.