At this very moment, these five minutes, the modeling industry seems transfixed by the spawn of privilege (Kendall, Gigi, Cara, Smiths). But that's hardly stopping a slew of trailblazers from edging into the business on the basis of merit and intrigue. Brooding trans-model Hari Nef is the latest such challenger, having recently signed with the gold standard of agencies, IMG.
The 22-year-old Massachusetts native and Columbia graduate shared the news with her Instagram followers. “I can't verbalize how thrilled i am," she wrote with a tinge of irony (because how could she verbalize it?), "to be joining the @imgmodels family thanks are due to @ivanmbart for his generosity and vision.” Ivan Bart is IMG's managing director, who took to Twitter with exclamatory glee: “Today begins our journey with @harinef. This girl's future is so bright; the guys got knocked out behind her!”
Though still fledgling, with only Hood by Air, Selfridges, Eckhaus Latta, and Adam Selman under her belt, Hari Nef has mystery, acerbity, and an exploding Instagram presence on her side. Not to mention the steely gaze of Stella Tennant, the gothy vibe of Siouxsie Sioux, and the mannish mane of Dorothy Parker.
In one's debut modeling gig, one wants to stand out. Enter Lineisy Montero, who stole the Prada show — a Milan exclusive — with, among her many other charming traits, a baby afro.
The 19-year-old Dominican isn't the first to sport the 'do, but for Prada, whose influence on the fashion world is like none other, it's a coup. The brand inexplicably went 15 years without a single black model on its runway, not since Naomi Campbell in 1997. It took Jourdan Dunn in 2008 to break the spell, and from then on it's been relaxed, straight black hair.
Following Prada, Lineisy walked for a number of shows in Paris, including Céline, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, and of course Miu Miu. And she'll go on to do all kinds of amazing things. But she'll always be remembered for her natural hair at Prada in 2015. She was, in effect, a doppelganger of her idol, Lupita Nyong'o, who by the way wore Prada to the Oscars. The house seems to be making up for lost ground.Read More