The journey to super model status is a long and windy road. Being discovered, signed and added to a popular agency’s roster, doesn’t guarantee your success—luck, timing and the relevancy of your look do. And for colored faces, the odds of winning are even slimmer. But there’s something about the silhouette of a lithe brown beauty cascading down a designer runway, decorated in couture fashion, that certifies why we deserve a permanent spot on the catwalk.
We applaud designers like Hermès, Bottega Veneta and Naeem Khan for sprinkling their F/W 2012 presentations with brown and yellow faces—the runway has not seen this much diversity since the seventies—hopefully the multicultural trend is here to stay.
Veronica Webb, Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks and Alek Wek, paved the way for the new brown girls to shine, meet 12 ethnic models you need to know now!
“If my mother wasn’t behind me, I would not be this far in my career.”
Known For: Pout, Hair, Legs
Designer Runways: Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy
Editorials: Vogue, Times T Style, i-D
Hometown: New York, NY