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Amanda Murphy:
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.

Amanda Murphy:

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.

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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.”

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Excerpt from “Hit Girls”, Vogue US May 2007, written by Jonathan Van Meter (via modellove)
Hedvig Palm:
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.
 

Hedvig Palm:

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 Hoarau:
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!

Pauline Hoarau:


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!

hautekills:

Sasha Pivovarova, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Karlie Kloss, Alla Kostromichova, and Frida Gustavsson at the fitting for Giambattista Valli f/w 2010

rafsminion:

Balenciaga F/W 2013

rafsminion:

Balenciaga F/W 2013

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:
Success-  
Saskia de Brauw- I was so happy when I saw this because Saskia’s recent work is phenomenal, i mean, she was everywhere, and her being an older model makes this all the more impressive.
Liu Wen- Okay so I don’t really like Liu as a model but I was really pleased to see her breaking yet another boundary for asian models. Asian models were predominant on the board this year with Sui He, Fei Fei Sun, Chiharu Okunugi, Xiao Wen Ju, Tao Okomoto, Ming Xi and Tian Yi all in the top 50.
Vanessa Axente- This girl is so beautiful it is unreal. I love seeing her face even if she is everywhere and her talent is boundless. So happy that she is up there.
Arizona Muse- Arizona has done literally nothing this season so it was appropriate that she move down (I might be a bit biased but i dislike her so…)
Cora Emmanuel- Cora is basically a little baby and only came in last year so seeing her in the stakes was pretty amazing, watch her rise people.
Abbey Lee Kershaw- all time favourite model of mine who has hardly worked this year and yet is still holding number 12. Teaching.
Kate Upton- respect to her for breaking into the high fashion boards at this ranking. 
Cara Delevingne- Undeniably a hard worker, despite my (still present) criticism, I am happy for her.
Disappointment-
Magdalena Frackowiak- I love Magda and its so sad to see her move, she is such a sweetie and she deserves higher. Although she hasn’t booked many campaigns this season…
Lindsey Wixson and Daphne Groeneveld- Both these models deserve higher, they are both internationally recognised even if you don’t know their names and they both got the biggest H&M campaign this year. I think that they should be coming in at around 19.
Karlie Kloss- Has done far more work than her ranking suggests, I would say that she should be coming in at 6.
Huge lack of black models- There were four black models in the whole board, only one of them coming above 29. Massive lack.
Edie Campbell- Lots of Campaigns? Yes. Talentless? Yes. Am I annoyed? Yes Yes Yes.
Frida Gustavsson- Sheer perfection, i wish she was still on here.
Barbara Palvin- I was really surprised that Barbara was not featured on here :/ Do you think she should have been? She has been doing quite a bit of work, what with her L’oreal and VS stuff, a lot more than Ruby Aldridge or Crystal Renn.
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 :)

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:

Success-

  • Saskia de Brauw- I was so happy when I saw this because Saskia’s recent work is phenomenal, i mean, she was everywhere, and her being an older model makes this all the more impressive.
  • Liu Wen- Okay so I don’t really like Liu as a model but I was really pleased to see her breaking yet another boundary for asian models. Asian models were predominant on the board this year with Sui He, Fei Fei Sun, Chiharu Okunugi, Xiao Wen Ju, Tao Okomoto, Ming Xi and Tian Yi all in the top 50.
  • Vanessa Axente- This girl is so beautiful it is unreal. I love seeing her face even if she is everywhere and her talent is boundless. So happy that she is up there.
  • Arizona Muse- Arizona has done literally nothing this season so it was appropriate that she move down (I might be a bit biased but i dislike her so…)
  • Cora Emmanuel- Cora is basically a little baby and only came in last year so seeing her in the stakes was pretty amazing, watch her rise people.
  • Abbey Lee Kershaw- all time favourite model of mine who has hardly worked this year and yet is still holding number 12. Teaching.
  • Kate Upton- respect to her for breaking into the high fashion boards at this ranking.
  • Cara Delevingne- Undeniably a hard worker, despite my (still present) criticism, I am happy for her.

Disappointment-

  • Magdalena Frackowiak- I love Magda and its so sad to see her move, she is such a sweetie and she deserves higher. Although she hasn’t booked many campaigns this season…
  • Lindsey Wixson and Daphne Groeneveld- Both these models deserve higher, they are both internationally recognised even if you don’t know their names and they both got the biggest H&M campaign this year. I think that they should be coming in at around 19.
  • Karlie Kloss- Has done far more work than her ranking suggests, I would say that she should be coming in at 6.
  • Huge lack of black models- There were four black models in the whole board, only one of them coming above 29. Massive lack.
  • Edie Campbell- Lots of Campaigns? Yes. Talentless? Yes. Am I annoyed? Yes Yes Yes.
  • Frida Gustavsson- Sheer perfection, i wish she was still on here.
  • Barbara Palvin- I was really surprised that Barbara was not featured on here :/ Do you think she should have been? She has been doing quite a bit of work, what with her L’oreal and VS stuff, a lot more than Ruby Aldridge or Crystal Renn.

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 :)