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The Hot List (Men)
How The Hot List (Men) list works
The Hot List is a curated lineup of the most in-demand newcomers in the business. These are the guys who conquered the runways, snagged spots in the very best campaigns and lookbooks and made editorial waves in top tier magazines - all within a season or two. Consider this the scoreboard for fashion rookies and foreshadowing for the Top 50. These young lads are the future, the next generation, the first round draft picks of the modeling industry. Before you can make it to the big leagues of the Top 50, you prove your stuff here.

Abdulaye Niang
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Abdulaye Niang - Ph: Anne Menke for Vogue Netherlands Man F/W 18
Ph: Anne Menke for Vogue Netherlands Man F/W 18
New York:
DNA Models


Paris:
Marilyn Agency


Milan:
I LOVE Models Management


With his trademark dreads, this Staten Islander is instantly recognizable as soon as he hits the runway, which he has for Louis Vuitton, Dries Van Noten, Loewe, Fendi, Tommy Hilfiger, Y-3, Boss, and Coach, among many others. Early editorials in Love Magazine and ODDA led to the Fall 2018 cover of Vogue Netherlands Man and a recent appearance in Document by Jack Pierson, as well as ads for Gucci by Glen Luchford, Y-3 by Angelo Pennetta, and Zara by Craig McDean.
Alec Pollentier
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Alec Pollentier - Ph: Willy Vanderperre for CK Calvin Klein Spring 2018
Ph: Willy Vanderperre for CK Calvin Klein Spring 2018
Antwerp:
REBEL MANAGEMENT


When Raf Simons and Willy Vanderperre agree on someone, you know he’s a good bet. Both of them have been major supporters of their fellow Belgian since his back-to-back Calvin Klein runway exclusives for Spring and Fall 2018. He’s popped up in nearly ten campaigns for the brand since then, as well as in Document
Ali Latif
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Ali Latif - Ph: An Le for Balmain Hair Couture Spring 2018
Ph: An Le for Balmain Hair Couture Spring 2018
New York:
Q Model Management NY


Paris:
Bananas Models


London:
Models 1


Milan:
Next Milan


Scouted while working in a bakery in Paris, this Tunisian made his mark with a few notable runway appearances, including Haider Ackermann and Y/Project, a Balmain Hair Couture campaign this past spring and scoring a twofer with Steven Meisel this season in his campaigns for Coach and Versace.
Anton Jaeger
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Anton Jaeger - Ph: David Sims for Dior Summer 2018
Ph: David Sims for Dior Summer 2018
Cologne:
Tomorrow Is Another Day


This curly-haired German skateboarder was a consistent runway favorite throughout last year, from his début walk for Louis Vuitton through Dior Homme, Berluti, and Fendi. He hits his stride this season with a winning clutch of campaigns including Dior Homme by David Sims, Topman by Theo Wenner, Hugo by Harley Weir, and Y-3.
Anwar Hadid
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Anwar Hadid - Ph: Collier Schorr for HUGO F/W 18
Ph: Collier Schorr for HUGO F/W 18
New York:
IMG


Milan:
IMG Milano


Los Angeles:
IMG Los Angeles


Sydney:
IMG Australia


It was perhaps inevitable that the younger brother of Gigi and Bella would join the family business, and with his over two million followers on Instagram, it’s no surprise that the clients have been lining up to work with him. Early features in Teen Vogue, Nylon, Paper, and Vogue Homes led to Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss campaigns last year and makes his mark this season with ads for Tod’s and Boss again.
Cheikh Tall
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Cheikh Tall - Ph: Ari Marcopoulos for Gucci x Dapper Dan 2018
Ph: Ari Marcopoulos for Gucci x Dapper Dan 2018
New York:
DNA Models


Paris:
New Madison


Milan:
I LOVE Models Management


Los Angeles:
VISION Los Angeles


Scouted on Instagram, this lifelong Angeleno has already notched four Gucci shows in a row, along with Acne, Fendi, and an exclusive with Zegna plus major editorials with Collier Schorr for L'Uomo Vogue, Mark Kean for T, and Campbell Addy for i-D. Three Gucci campaigns, by Glen Luchford and Ari Marcopoulos, have made 2018 his breakout advertising year.
Christopher Einla
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Christopher Einla - Ph: Ralph Mecke for Cerruti 1881 Fall 2018
Ph: Ralph Mecke for Cerruti 1881 Fall 2018
New York:
VNY Models


Paris:
16MEN


London:
Elite London


Milan:
Elite Milan


Barcelona:
Uno Models


Copenhagen:
Two Management


After making his mark as a Louis Vuitton exclusive for Spring 2017, this Estonian boxer earned a spot on our list of the top breakout runway guys of last year thanks to his turns for Bottega Veneta, Hermès, Craig Green, and Balmain among others. He follows up his ads for Moschino and Ports from last fall with a hat trick of Zara by Willy Vanderperre, Cerruti by Matthew Brookes, and Dirk Bikkembergs this spring.
Daan Duez
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Daan Duez - Ph: Chris Rhodes for McQ F/W 18
Ph: Chris Rhodes for McQ F/W 18
Antwerp:
REBEL MANAGEMENT


A longtime favorite of Willy Vanderperre’s, this fresh-faced Belgian opened Prada as an exclusive last June and has been lensed by him for Vogue Italia, Document Journal, Another Magazine, and Interview since. He makes his campaign début in Prada this spring and also walked for Raf Simons and Calvin Klein earlier this year.
Dylan Roques
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Dylan Roques - Ph: Philip Gay for L'Officiel Hommes January 2018 Cover
Ph: Philip Gay for L'Officiel Hommes January 2018 Cover
Paris:
16MEN


A Dior Homme favorite since he opened the house’s Fall 2016 show as an exclusive, this fine-featured Frenchman locks in his third campaign for the brand with the Spring 2018 Denim ads after being lensed by Willy Vanderperre and David Sims over the last two years. Editorials for T by Stef Mitchell, WSJ, and i-D by Vanderperre as well prove his wide appeal.
Edoardo Sebastianelli
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Edoardo Sebastianelli - Ph: Harley Weir for Salvatore Ferragamo F/W 18
Ph: Harley Weir for Salvatore Ferragamo F/W 18
New York:
VNY Models


Paris:
Success Models


London:
Supa Model Management


Milan:
Why Not Model Management


Balmain, Dries Van Noten, Tom Ford, and Berluti were all early fans of this soft-eyed Roman, whose continuing catwalk success for Hermès, Ferragamo, and Dunhill has translated into an impressive slew of campaigns for Fall 2018, with Ferragamo, Pal Zileri, and Aspesi all signing on.
Fernando Albaladejo
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Fernando Albaladejo - Ph: Lachlan Bailey for Calvin Klein Jeans S/S 18
Ph: Lachlan Bailey for Calvin Klein Jeans S/S 18
New York:
The Identity


Raf Simons is a designer who knows what he likes and, since early 2017, that has been this curly-haired Spanish architecture student. After closing the Fall 2017 Calvin Klein show, he has appeared in nearly every campaign for the brand, from watches and jewelry and underwear to both the Jeans and 205W39NYC runway line while under an exclusive contract. Simons’s close collaborator Willy Vanderperre has become a major supporter as well, shooting him for Dust, i-D, and twice for Vogue Italia.
Fisher Smith
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Fisher Smith - Ph: Mario Sorrenti for Document Journal
Ph: Mario Sorrenti for Document Journal
London:
d1 Model Management


Stellar runway appearances through 2017, from Raf Simons and Boss to Coach and a closing spot at Zegna, along with editorials by Mario Sorrenti and Collier Schorr have translated into this young American’s newfound status as a favorite of Gucci’s Alessandro Michele since first walking for the house this past February. After an appearance in Loewe’s Spring 2018 book, he’s showed up in three Gucci campaigns in a row, snapped by the likes of Ari Marcopoulos and Glen Luchford.
Jared Manhardt
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Jared Manhardt - Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Calvin Klein S/S 18
Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Calvin Klein S/S 18
New York:
IMG


Paris:
Premium Models


London:
Supa Model Management


Milan:
Why Not Model Management


Barcelona:
Uno Models


Toronto:
Elmer Olsen Model Management


After appearances on the runway for Tim Coppens, Louis Vuitton, and Valentino in January 2017, this angular American was locked in by Raf Simons, who had him exclusively for his own label and his first show at the helm of Calvin Klein. Fall 2017 campaigns for Calvin Klein Jeans, CK, and the newly renamed 205W39NYC line —all by Willy Vanderperre—soon followed, and he repeats in the brand’s new Pre-Spring ads as well.
Jeenu Mahadevan
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Jeenu Mahadevan - Ph: Paolo Roversi for L'Uomo Vogue October 2018
Ph: Paolo Roversi for L'Uomo Vogue October 2018
New York:
DNA Models


Paris:
Premium Models


London:
Elite London


Milan:
d'management group


Sri Lankan by way of Norway, Mahadevan has walked for a slew of shows from Burberry and Givenchy to Boss and Alexander McQueen since his start in the summer of 2017. Editorials by Paolo Roversi for L'Uomo Vogue, Ethan James Green for Vogue Hommes, and Kristin-Lee Moolman for Allure have rolled throughout 2018, and his ads for H&M, Fendi, Benetton, and Adidas this year mark him as a rising star.
Jin Dachuan
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Jin Dachuan - Ph: David Sims for Boss Fall 2018
Ph: David Sims for Boss Fall 2018
New York:
Wilhelmina New York


Paris:
Elite Paris


London:
Next London


Milan:
Elite Milan


Barcelona:
Elite Spain


Beijing:
Instar Model Management


Beijing:
Instar Model Management


Copenhagen:
Elite Copenhagen


An industry veteran since making his runway debut in 2013 at Prada, this sharp-featured Chinese has worked steadily for years, from walking for Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Gucci, Jil Sander, and Burberry to a run of notable editorials in nearly every Chinese fashion magazine. This past spring marked his campaign debut for Dolce & Gabbana, which he has followed up with ads for Tod’s and Boss by David Sims.
João Knorr
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João Knorr - Ph: Joseph Sinclair for Victor Magazine
Ph: Joseph Sinclair for Victor Magazine
New York:
Next New York


Paris:
Next Paris


Milan:
Next Milan


Hamburg:
Modelwerk


With his platinum buzz cut and toned physique, it's no surprise this Brazilian was quickly scooped up by Versace, who booked him as a Fall 2018 exclusive for his first-ever runway show. Moschino and Balmain quickly jumped on board as well, along with quirkier labels like Junya Watanabe, Issey Miyake, and Thom Browne, demonstrating his versatility. Spots in Vogue Italia by Steven Klein, Fucking Young!, and VMan have landed him his first campaigns for Fall 2018, as part of Versace's army of models and Tom Ford's sleek shots.
Jose Luis Lucero
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Jose Luis Lucero - Ph: Inez and Vinoodh for Dsquared2 S/S 18
Ph: Inez and Vinoodh for Dsquared2 S/S 18
New York:
Red Model Management


Paris:
Metropolitan / M Management


London:
AMCK Models


Barcelona:
Uno Models


This boyish Brit popped up on runways everywhere from Jil Sander and Y-3 to Lanvin and Dior Homme last year, joining the Raf Simons stable for his namesake line as well as Calvin Klein this past February. With campaigns for DSquared by Inez and Vinoodh and Lanvin by Collier Schorr this season, he establishes his continuing appeal.
Kalib Besher
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Kalib Besher - Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Calvin pre Spring 2018
Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Calvin pre Spring 2018
New York:
Next New York


Paris:
Next Paris


Milan:
Next Milan


Los Angeles:
Next LA


Three Calvin Klein campaigns in a row last year were a stellar start for this Atlantan, who also landed the Theory ads by Oliver Hadlee Pearch and a Zara lookbook earlier this year. This Fall finds him covering 10 Men by Benjamin Lennox and off to a stellar runway season with Ferragamo, Monse, Prabal Gurung, and Matthew Adams Dolan on his list.
Keiron Caynes
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Keiron Caynes - Ph: Clara Balzary for Gucci Cruise 2017
Ph: Clara Balzary for Gucci Cruise 2017
Cologne:
Tomorrow Is Another Day


A runway favorite since his first Spring 2016 season, Caynes followed up his runway success with campaigns for Craig Green and Topman and an early appearance in Dazed. With runway appearances for Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Hugo Boss, Raf Simons, and Berluti this year, he enters the blue-chip arena with his colorful Pre-Fall 2017 Gucci campaign by Glen Luchford.
Kohei Takabatake
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Kohei Takabatake - Ph: Tom Sloan for GQ UK Style S/S 18
Ph: Tom Sloan for GQ UK Style S/S 18
New York:
IMG


Paris:
Bananas Models


London:
IMG London


Milan:
CREW Model Management


One of the clear breakouts of the young year, this classically handsome Japanese had a stellar début season last summer, closing Prada and walking for Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, and Valentino as well. His runway streak has continued so far this year as he has added campaigns by Willy Vanderperre for Prada, Steven Meisel for Coach, and Lachlan Bailey for Calvin Klein alongside.
Lennon Gallagher
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Lennon Gallagher - Ph: David Sims for YSL Fall 2018
Ph: David Sims for YSL Fall 2018
New York:
DNA Models


Paris:
Success Models


London:
Models 1


Fashion’s fascination with famous progeny continues with the son of Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher. The heavy-browed Brit made his debut in 2016 in Love Magazine shot by Alasdair McLellan and has been an editorial favorite since in front of the lenses of Josh Olins and Collier Schorr. Saint Laurent has become his biggest fan of late, booking him exclusive for their Spring 2018 show and having him front the latest campaign by David Sims.
Malick Bodian
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Malick Bodian - Ph: Paolo Roversi for Vogue Hommes S/S 18
Ph: Paolo Roversi for Vogue Hommes S/S 18
Paris:
Success Models


Easily one of 2018’s breakout runway stars, having walked for everyone from Louis Vuitton and Valentino to Givenchy, Burberry, and Dior Homme, this sharp-featured Senegalese was discovered on the streets of Nice by casting director Piotr Chamier, who promptly placed him in a shoot by Jack Davison last year. Editorials in Vogue Hommes, Document, and L’Uomo Vogue have followed, and he makes his campaign début this season in Versace’s star-packed ads and Dior's first men's campaign, both by Steven Meisel.
Max Barczak
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Max Barczak - Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Calvin Klein Main Label F/W 18
Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Calvin Klein Main Label F/W 18
New York:
Wilhelmina New York


Paris:
Elite Paris


Milan:
CREW Model Management


Barcelona:
Uno Models


Copenhagen:
Scoop Models


Hamburg:
Modelwerk


Hong Kong:
sun esee model management


This wavy-haired Pole has been a runway favorite ever since his début opening Prada’s Spring 2016 show as an exclusive a few years ago. Key editorials in Wonderland, Another Man, Hercules, and ODDA came soon after, and he follows up a Topman lookbook and Bally’s Fall 2016 campaign with Willy Vanderperre’s Zara ads from last Fall.
Noah Luis Brown
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Noah Luis Brown - Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Calvin Klein F/W 18
Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Calvin Klein F/W 18
New York:
DNA Models


Paris:
New Madison


Zurich:
Visage Management


A former ballet dancer and fashion design student, this sharp Swiss broke out in a big way opening Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2017 show as an exclusive. He quickly made the leap to campaigns with the French house’s Fall 2017 ads by Steven Meisel, who also shot him for Vogue Italia as well as this season’s brand-new Louis Vuitton and Versace campaigns.
Oliver Houlby
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Oliver Houlby - Ph: Ralph Mecke for Cerruti F/W 18
Ph: Ralph Mecke for Cerruti F/W 18
New York:
DNA Models


Paris:
New Madison


London:
Supa Model Management


Milan:
d'management group


Copenhagen:
2pm Model Management


One of our breakout show guys of 2017, this young Dane was barely off the runway as a Prada exclusive at the Fall 2017 show before his campaign for the Italian brand shot by Willy Vanderperre made its mark. Quality wins out over quantity as a few important editorials have brought him to Steven Meisel’s latest campaign for Louis Vuitton.
Oliver Sonne
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Oliver Sonne - Ph: Steven Meisel for Loewe S/S 18
Ph: Steven Meisel for Loewe S/S 18
New York:
VNY Models


Paris:
Marilyn Agency


London:
Elite London


Milan:
I LOVE Models Management


The good genes are clear in this young Dane, who happens to be the nephew of the legendary Helena Christensen. His Spring 2018 campaign for Loewe by Steven Meisel was released nearly as soon as he made his runway début closing JW Anderson last summer and he made a striking appearance on the cover of Vogue Hommes by Inez and Vinoodh in the fall.
Rachide Embaló
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Rachide Embaló - Ph: Brett Lloyd for Neil Barrett S/S 18
Ph: Brett Lloyd for Neil Barrett S/S 18
New York:
DNA Models


Paris:
Metropolitan / M Management


London:
The Squad


Milan:
CREW Model Management


Barcelona:
Uno Models


Hamburg:
Kult Model Agency


Lisboa:
We Are Models


Stockholm:
MP Stockholm


Born in Guinea-Bissau and raised in Lisbon, Embaló was an early blue-chip favorite with a Zara lookbook straight out of the gate. Zegna, Balmain, Y-3, Hermès, Thom Browne, and Canali have all booked him for their runways since, while Willy Vanderperre and Brett Lloyd lensed him for, respectively, Zara's and Neil Barrett's Spring 2018 campaigns. An early preview of his Spring Loewe campaign by Steven Meisel shows his 2019 to already be off to a great start.
Salomon Diaz
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Salomon Diaz - Ph: Daniel Jackson for Calvin Klein White Label Spring 2018
Ph: Daniel Jackson for Calvin Klein White Label Spring 2018
New York:
Soul Artist Management


Milan:
I LOVE Models Management


Barcelona:
Uno Models


Copenhagen:
Two Management


Hamburg:
SPIN Model Management


Los Angeles:
Two Management


With his sharp features and toned body, it’s not hard to understand why this Colombian was quickly snapped up for a Calvin Klein Underwear campaign by Willy Vanderperre last summer. He repeats for the label again this spring in the brand's White Label ads along with Tom Ford’s shots for his fragrance Eau de Soleil Blanc by Steven Klein.
Willow Barrett
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Willow Barrett - Ph: Hannah Moon for Versus Versace F/W 18
Ph: Hannah Moon for Versus Versace F/W 18
New York:
DNA Models


Antwerp:
REBEL MANAGEMENT


This edgy young Londoner has been a catwalk star since his start in the Fall 2016 season for Alexander McQueen, walking for everyone from Dior Homme and Coach to Boss and Dries Van Noten. One of our breakout runway faces of 2017, he’s also made key editorial appearances in Dazed, Document Journal, and Another Man and landed notable campaigns for Craig Green in 2016 and Neil Barrett last year. He continues his run this season with Hanna Moon’s Versus ads along with Zara’s men’s campaign by Craig McDean.

Represented by Rebel Management (Antwerp)
Zach Norton
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Zach Norton - Ph: Edd Horder for models.com
Ph: Edd Horder for models.com
New York:
Red Model Management


Paris:
Bananas Models


London:
AMCK Models


Milan:
d'management group


Barcelona:
Uno Models


With his mop of wavy hair, this young Brit has been a runway standout since starting as a Burberry exclusive for Fall 2016. He’s walked for Dior Homme, Calvin Klein, JW Anderson, Off-White, and Craig Green among others and popped up in Nylon and Dazed in the two years since. He breaks into the big leagues this season with two major campaigns, Willy Vanderperre’s for CKCALVINKLEIN and Daniel Jackson’s for Topman.
Zhengyang Zhang
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Zhengyang Zhang - Ph: Harley Weir for Hugo Boss S/S 2018
Ph: Harley Weir for Hugo Boss S/S 2018
New York:
IMG


London:
IMG London


Milan:
IMG Milano


Los Angeles:
IMG Los Angeles


A former dancer, this longhaired and androgynous native of China had a strong run of editorials last year, including W Magazine by Steven Meisel, Vogue by Gregory Harris, Dazed by Ethan James Green, Teen Vogue by Daniel Jackson, and HERO. His move into top campaigns including H&M and Hugo by Harley Weir this season marks him as one to watch.