January '03
Monthly batch of hot new models to feast your eyes on
By Joseph Tenni
Mateja Penava

This jetsetting teen is soaring with ambition. The latest Croatian sensation, Mateja had an incredible first show season in Paris, having walked for everyone from Miu Miu and Prada to Ann Demeulemeester and Yohji Yamamoto. Watch her use the runway for takeoff.
Yasmin Warsame

Born in Somalia and raised in Canada, Yasmin now resides on Planet Fashion. She was one of the hot newcomers this past show season, where she almost stole the show at Chanel. Look out for her in the Chanel Allure campaign and in forthcoming issues of Italian, British and American editions of Vogue, shot by Steven Meisel.
Petra Kvapilova

Prague pin-up Petra is moving on up! With a major editorial in Numéro and an Armani A/X campaign about to come out, 2003 looks set to be a huge year for Petra. We predict this Czech will bounce straight to the top.

Canadian teenager Stam is on fire. This blazing beauty was the winner of the LA Look Model Search in 2002 and has gone on to grace the pages of German Vogue, Paper and Elle. Sassy Stam is about to appear in the new campaigns for Cerutti and Miu Miu, and has upcoming editorials in Italian Vogue, Pop, British Vogue. Burn baby, burn!
Reka Ebergenyi

Nothing can stop Budapest beauty Reka. She was one of very few newcomers in Victoria's Secret's recent runway show and has already appeared on the cover of Wallpaper. Reka's Hungary for success.
Iris Strubegger

This German teen went from walking down the street in New York, where she was working as an au pair, to Calvin Klein's runway. Since her chance discovery, Iris has appeared in i-D, The Face and Another. Iris can't put a foot wrong.
Nicole La Liberte

The fashion world will soon be singing the praises of this French national. The freckle-faced former dancer is a favorite of Ellen von Unwerth and has appeared in Interview and Nylon, as well as the cover of French Photo magazine, shot by David LaChapelle. If you miss her in her numerous editorial appearances, try to catch her belting out songs at various dive bars in the East Village.