You will probably recognise Chicago-born model Amanda Murphy from her recent turn as star of Prada’s fall 2013 campaign, amongst supermodels such as Christy Turlington or Cameron Russell. If you don’t, then you soon will as she is clocking up her work rota quickly and prestigiously. Amanda started modelling in 2009 when it was suggested to her by friends and she has since signed with IMG in New York, Paris and Milan. She stands at a height of 5’9” and has a day job as a radiology technician.
Since Murphy grew her hair long, work has been coming thick and fast. She has booked two Prada campaigns and an Oscar de la Renta lookbook. As well as this, Amanda has walked for brands such as Lanvin, Hèrmes, Loewe, Chanel and Topshop along with a Proenza Schouler exclusive in New York. Her editorial work is very impressive with covers ranging from i-D Magazine and Vogue Italia to editorials for British Vogue and Dazed & Confused.
What I find so amazing about Amanda is her ability to seamlessly blend in as a newcomer. When i saw her Prada campaign (and I had never seen her before then) I thought that hse must be some supermodel, reclining across a throne with Christy Turlington and the like. She is a classic yet unconventional beauty and I am really happy to see her rise.
One day at IMG I am interviewing Sasha. She is 22. Grew up in Moscow. One gets the sense that, more than others’, her life has been utterly transformed by modeling. She is so nervous about being interviewed-partly, I think, because her English is not so good- that she has printed out a list of questions that I sent her agent so that she could be prepared.
She wrote her answers out on the paper, and now she is reading them aloud to me, her hands trembling. I have to fight the urge to hug her. But all of the nerves disappear in an instant when I throw her a question that isn’t on the printout. Do you want to be a supermodel? I ask. She looks at me with that face and stares out from those Prada ads and says in her thick accent, “In Rrrussia, vee have proverb: Only bad soldiers don’t vant to be general.”"
Hedvig Palm is a cello-playing, catwalk strutting, swedish model who has been modelling since 2010, when she was scouted in a restaurant near her home. She stands at a height of 5’10” (as reported by her agency) and is signed to next model Management.
Since her debut she has walked for the likes of JW Anderson, Louis Vuitton, Prada, acne and many others. She has also appeared in editorials for i-D magazine,Harpers Bazaar, Russh, Elle and Vogue. Palm has also starred in lookbooks for brands such as Christopher Kane and Cos.
Hedvig is completely wonderful because yes, she is a blue eyed, blonde haired beauty but she is very different with her rugged feature and thick lips and nose. She looks like she could have come right out of the imagination of a pre-raphaelite artist. She is fantastic and I totally love her.
Pauline is a french model originating form Reunion island, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. She is 19 years old and was scouted when she came seventh in the elite Model Look competition. Elite signed her up immediately and she is now signed to Elite in Paris, Milan, London and Barcelona, as well the Society in New York. Pauline stands at a height of 5’11.5” (so reported by her agency).
Pauline has walked many shows this season (spring 2014) in all four cities, her show resumé includes brands such as Ermano Scervino, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Jason Wu and Rodarte. As well as this, Pauline has appeared in many magazines from Numero Tokyo and Harpers Bazaar to Interview and Elle. This young model is quickly rising up the fashion scene and you should expect to see a lot more of her in years to come!
I really love Pauline, she has such lovely features and she is very beautiful but for me, there is something missing, she doesn’t quite have the star quality/confidence that one can see in many other models. despite this, she still seems to be getting a steady flow of jobs so well done her!
Sasha Pivovarova, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Karlie Kloss, Alla Kostromichova, and Frida Gustavsson at the fitting for Giambattista Valli f/w 2010
Top 50 Models Ranking- My reaction.
Personally, I am very happy with the roundup of the top models for this year, it is accurate, reasonable, and a few of my favourites are very high on the list making the ranking all the better. Last years lineup was quite disappointing as I think that Karlie should have topped Joan in the stakes, having done a lot of VS work and generally broadening her audience so that she became more of a celebrity than a model. Joan hit the top spot again this year and this time, I think it is well deserved. So, here are my thoughts:
So yeah, I think that is it, keep in mind that this is just my opinion and please don’t bash me for it :) Feel free to tell me what you thought of the ranking this year, send me a message, I would love ot hear from you :)