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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.
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


Hamburg:
Modelwerk


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.
Baba Diop
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Baba Diop - Ph: Cameron McNee for VMan Spring 2019
Ph: Cameron McNee for VMan Spring 2019
New York:
Red Model Management


Paris:
Marilyn Agency


London:
Next London


Milan:
d'management group


Make way for Baba! The talented New York artist continued his runway excellence for the recent F/W 19 season, booking top designers like Jil Sander, Jeremy Scoot and Kenzo. This spring he went to the next level by landing a campaign for Dolce & Gabbana.
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


London:
Storm Management


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


Los Angeles:
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.
David Yang
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David Yang - Ph: Craig McDean for Zara Men S/S 19
Ph: Craig McDean for Zara Men S/S 19
New York:
HEROES Model Management


Paris:
Elite Paris


London:
Models 1


Milan:
Why Not Model Management


Barcelona:
Uno Models


There is something about David... From his first appearance in Valentino in 2016 to his Bottega Veneta campaign in 2018, his work with clients like H&M, Zara and walking in shows like Balenciaga and Sies Marjan, all prove his cross brand irresistible appeal.
Diacaria Kreminta
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Diacaria Kreminta - Ph: Alasdair McLellan for Berluti S/S 19
Ph: Alasdair McLellan for Berluti S/S 19
Cologne:
Tomorrow Is Another Day


He first turned heads by walking for Balenciaga with his siblings in the middle of Bois de Boulogne Park. Diacaria's stealthy but super blue chip show bookings continued with Valentino, Hermès, Boss, Kenzo, and Margaret Howell along with editorials in Arena Homme+, Man About Town, T Magazine and a campaign for Balenciaga. With his charming look, it's no surprise that Kris van Assche chose this Parisian student as one of the faces of his refreshed image of Berluti.
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.
Finn Buchanan
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Finn Buchanan - Ph: Sharna Osborne for Dazed Spring 2019
Ph: Sharna Osborne for Dazed Spring 2019
New York:
HEROES Model Management


Paris:
New Madison


Milan:
Brave Model Management


A former circus student, this British teen had a major début in W last year photographed by Harley Weir before going on to walk for Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Coach, and Celine. A recent Dazed cover capped off a strong editorial run including i-D and Love Magazine twice, demonstrating his young and edgy appeal.
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 19
Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Calvin Klein S/S 19
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.
João Knorr
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João Knorr - Ph: Steven Meisel for Versace S/S 19
Ph: Steven Meisel for Versace S/S 19
New York:
Next New York


Paris:
Next Paris


London:
Next London


Milan:
Next Milan


Brussels:
Dominique Models


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.
Krow Kian
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Krow Kian - Ph: Collier Schorr for L'Uomo Vogue Feb 2019
Ph: Collier Schorr for L'Uomo Vogue Feb 2019
New York:
HEROES Model Management


Paris:
New Madison


London:
Supa Model Management


Milan:
Why Not Model Management


Already the star of his own documentary covering his transition, this Canadian has marked a number of firsts for a transgender male model this year, from starring on the cover of L'Uomo Vogue photographed by Collier Schorr to closing Louis Vuitton's Fall 2019 women's show. His new Louis Vuitton campaign and recent shoots with Mario Sorrenti, Willy Vanderperre, and Ethan James Green mark him as an editorial favorite with plenty of promise.
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
New York:
DNA Models


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.
Niko Traubman
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Niko Traubman - Ph: Hadar Pitchon for Behind the Blinds F/W 18
Ph: Hadar Pitchon for Behind the Blinds F/W 18
New York:
IMG


Paris:
Success Models


London:
Models 1


Milan:
d'management group


Barcelona:
View Management


Los Angeles:
STATE Management


This avid surfer made waves at Sies Marjan as an introduction to his ethereal beauty. Niko's melancholic face (with his perfect brows) quickly has made him a muse for brands like Etro and Sisley. As they say, there's no way to go but up!
Prince Nikolai of Denmark
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Prince Nikolai of Denmark - Ph: Marco van Rijt for Vogue Ukraine Man Spring 2019
Ph: Marco van Rijt for Vogue Ukraine Man Spring 2019
Copenhagen:
Scoop Models


Sixth in line for the Danish throne, this curly-maned teen made his modeling début at Christopher Bailey’s final Burberry show last February before opening and closing Kim Jones’s first outing at Dior Men the following summer. Covers by Brett Lloyd and Marco van Rijt have marked his initial editorial turns and he makes his first appearance in a campaign for Dior Men by Steven Meisel this season.
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 Models


Lisboa:
We Are Models


Rotterdam:
MAX 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.
Rodrigue Durard
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Rodrigue Durard - Ph: Paul Wetherall for L'Uomo Vogue Feb 2019
Ph: Paul Wetherall for L'Uomo Vogue Feb 2019
New York:
Fusion Models


Paris:
Metropolitan / M Management


London:
The Squad


Milan:
Elite Milan


Copenhagen:
Scoop Models


Hamburg:
Modelwerk


Zurich:
METRO Models


A teaser image released by Kris van Assche as the first look of his new Berluti appointment made the industry take notice of this French beauty. It's no surprise to see his aristocratically elegant face on the cover of L'Uomo Vogue, in work for Alexander McQueen and in multiple editorial shoots.
Simon Bornhall
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Simon Bornhall - Ph: Craig McDean for Zara Man S/S 19
Ph: Craig McDean for Zara Man S/S 19
Paris:
16MEN


London:
IMG London


Milan:
IMG Milano


Barcelona:
Uno Models


Stockholm:
Stockholmsgruppen


You can't miss this Swedish beauty with his signature beauty mark who rocked our socks since his exclusive debut at the Prada Spring 2018 show. The most prestigious men's shows have booked him including putting him in their campaigns (Prada and Lanvin). Zara has booked him twice assuring his continued rise.
Tae Min Park
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Tae Min Park - Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Prada S/S 19
Ph: Willy Vanderperre for Prada S/S 19
New York:
Next New York


Paris:
Bananas Models


London:
Next London


Milan:
Elite Milan


Tokyo:
Bon Image Corp.


This impeccable South Korean doesn't need any introduction with fans of the runway. His show debut last year? Booking an exclusive in Milan for Prada AND an exclusive in Paris for Dior Homme ended with a Calvin Klein exclusive on a trip across the Atlantic. Such a monumental debut is rarely heard of for the male models. A top notch trifecta of shows as his start and his rock star street style has us enthralled (as well as his cut glass cheekbones). His momentum continues this year by booking 4 campaigns this season. Need we say more?
Tamsir Thiam
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Tamsir Thiam - Ph: Brett Lloyd for Ludovic de Saint Sernin S/S 19
Ph: Brett Lloyd for Ludovic de Saint Sernin S/S 19
New York:
Red Model Management


Paris:
Bananas Models


Milan:
Independent Model Management


Tamsir, the Italian born model of Senegalese descent, with a to die for profile has ruled the runway since his debut at Ermenegildo Zegna a year ago. With continuous support from Zegna, Gucci, Fendi and new buzzy designer Ludovic de Saint Sernin, the momentum builds every day. Two back to back Valentino campaigns by Juergen Teller seals the deal that Tamsir is definitely a model on the rise.
Wellington Grant
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Wellington Grant - Ph: Steven Meisel for Coach Fall 2018
Ph: Steven Meisel for Coach Fall 2018
New York:
Wilhelmina New York


Paris:
Elite Paris


London:
Wilhelmina London


Milan:
Elite Milan


Barcelona:
Uno Models


Tokyo:
Donna Models


After an auspicious debut at Raf Simons' epic Blade Runner-inspired Spring 2018 show, this Portlander notched a major season this past summer, walking in Virgil Abloh's first outing at Louis Vuitton and starring in a pair of Steven Meisel's campaigns for Coach and Givenchy. After repeating in Coach's holiday ads, it's clear the floppy-haired poet is quickly becoming an industry favorite.
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)
Xu Meen
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Xu Meen - Ph: Thurstan Redding for Love Magazine
Ph: Thurstan Redding for Love Magazine
New York:
IMG


Paris:
IMG Paris


London:
IMG London


Milan:
Why Not Model Management


Los Angeles:
IMG Los Angeles


In just over a year in the industry, this fine-featured Korean has become a face to watch thanks to his striking editorials and powerful show presence. Louis Vuitton has locked him in for a pair of lookbooks and Steven Meisel is clearly a fan as well, having lensed him for both Givenchy's and Versace's Fall 2018 campaigns.
Zachary Norton
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Zachary Norton - Ph: Edd Horder for models.com
Ph: Edd Horder for models.com
New York:
Red Model Management


Paris:
Bananas Models


London:
Next London


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.