After a pandemic-induced hiatus in live fashion shows, these are the models taking the catwalk by storm right now.

If, when you hear the word ‘model’, the first things that springs to mind are iconic images from the 1980s and 1990s of supermodels so ubiquitous we know their faces as well as those of our own family, then we’re with you. Kate, Naomi, Christy, Claudia, Cindy, Helena and Linda: they are still synonymous in our minds with those heady days of glamazonians and superwaifs ¬¬– partly because many of them are still working today, for which, we say hurrah. You may even have been on the ball enough to notice the generations that have come up behind them, the likes of Agyness Deyn, Lily Cole and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, followed by Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid amongst many others. But what of the most recent crop of up-and-coming models? The last two pandemic years have put the brakes on live fashion shows, but now that they’re back on, we’re in the mood to update our outmoded model knowledge by getting to know these soon-to-be fashion icons. These are the break-out rising stars of the catwalk to know in 2022.

Lila Moss




No, you’re not seeing double. This is the uncannily familiar Lila Moss, daughter of none other than uber model, Kate Moss and Dazed founder, Jefferson Hack. It was inevitable, then, that fashion was going to run strong in the genes, and so it has proved. At just 19, she has graced the covers of several international editions of Vogue (Italian, Japanese, Hong Kong) and recently landed her first British one, pictured here and shot by the great Steven Meisel, in which she is the absolute double of her mother. We predict great things. Follow Lila on Instagram here.


Barbara Valente




The Salvador-born, New York-based Barbara Valente is represented by Select and has walked for almost every major fashion house imaginable, from Bottega Veneta to Prada to Max Mara, as well as having been on the cover of Vogue Brazil. Despite her own striking looks, she told Vogue how much she is for inclusivity in the industry, saying of modern modelling, ‘It’s more inclusive, real people are now profiled. I see designers bringing street style to the runway and that’s incredible. To me, it all starts there.’ Follow Barbara on Instagram here.


Caren Jepkemei




Caren, who comes from Kenya, has only been in the modelling game since 2019. Despite the fact that we’ve had a global pandemic since then, she’s nonetheless starred in shows for many of the greats, including Balmain, Fendi, Saint Laurent and Valentino, as well as appearing on Italian Vogue’s cover. Follow Caren on Instagram here.


Georgia Palmer




As well as still modelling, Kate Moss also has her own eponymous modelling agency. One of its stars is Georgia Palmer, who has been modelling since she was scouted at 15. She says, ‘They sold me the dream and I was so into it, so I went ahead with the offer, and here I am!’ Happily, the dream translated to reality; her chameleonic androgyny has proved a major hit and she has modelled for Balmain and Marc Jacobs among many others. She made her British Vogue debut in 2017 and graced Vogue Italia’s cover – shot by David Sims – in 2020. Follow Georgia on Instagram here.


Quannah Chasinghorse




Twenty-year-old native American Quannah Chasinghorse appeared on Teen Vogue’s ‘Top 21 under 21’ list in 2020 – and no wonder. On top of having graced the covers of Vogue Mexico, Vogue Japan, Elle and V Magazine, she is also a fourth-generation land protector for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as part of the Alaska Wilderness League. She got her start in the fashion industry in 2020 when Calvin Klein chose her to appear in the brand’s one future #ckone youth campaign – something she juggles with appearing on panels to talk about climate change. She was called the breakout star of the Met Gala 2022 after she appeared on the red carpet in a Navajo-inspired outfit. Follow Quannah on Instagram here.


Loli Bahia




French-Algerian model Loli Bahia was one of the most stellar rising talents of this year’s Paris fashion week, having walked for Alaia, Paco Rabanne and Schiaparelli. At just nineteen, she’s fast shaping up to become one of the most in-demand models in the world, and was nominated as a breakout star in the Model Of The Year awards. Follow Loli on Instagram here.


Beyoncé Ambrose




Nineteen-year-old Antiguan newcomer Beyoncé Ambrose was always destined to have her name in lights based purely on the megastar she is named after alone. She’s walked for Valentino, Lanvin, and Proenza Schouler – and this is very much still the beginning. With a major in theatre from Georgia State University, we expect the rise and rise of this beauty. Follow Beyoncé on Instagram here.


Devyn Garcia




It is heartening to see the fashion industry putting its money where its mouth is in the pursuit of size-inclusive representation. While Floridian Devyn can hardly be labelled plus-sized, neither is she is the standard sample size either. Having made her name with the likes of Victoria’s Secret, the spring fashion shows brought her to a whole new audience as she walked for Chloé and Altuzarra. Follow Devyn on Instagram here.


América Gonzalez




Life could easily have gone in a very different direction for twenty-four-year-old Venezuelan model, América Gonzalez. She was into her second year at medical school when she was scouted and everything changed. She still plans to finish her medical degree – but for now, you can find her strutting the catwalks of Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Loewe and Prada. Follow América here.


Greta Hofer




Viennese Greta Hofer is only 21, and yet she already has an Italian Vogue cover and a Prada campaign under her star-studded belt. Gamine and chameleonic, she has walked for McQueen, Stella McCartney and Chloé amongst others. Follow Greta here.


By Nancy Alsop
June 2022

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