January '05
Monthly batch of hot new models to feast your eyes on
By Joseph Tenni

Mona Johannesson

The first "new Kate Moss" of the year is Swedish stunner Mona Johannesson. Discovered by IMG's Sweden scout (who also gave us Model Mania star Madeleine Bloomberg two years ago), the diminutive baby-Kate has everyone talking. She's just shot British Vogue with Patrick Demarchelier, and has appeared in Pop, Italian Vanity Fair and Italian Vogue twice. We'll have a second helping, thank you.

Poised to ignite this year, Olesya is the latest Russian to whack at what's left of the Iron Curtain. The combustible, singularly-named former Soviet can be seen in Oyster and i-D, with many more appearances in the pipeline. Watch this space.
Charlotte Gove

A mere sapling, Charlotte Gove is popping up in all the right places. The green teen can be seen in Dazed & Confused, British Marie Claire and Nylon, and stars in campaigns for Alberta Ferretti and Top Shop. Good, Charlotte.
Sasha Beznosyuk

A favorite of Ellen von Unwerth, Ukrainian sensation Sasha Beznosyuk is the blonde du jour of the monde de mannequins. (Pardon our French.) With the latest Guess campaign behind her, Sasha can't be stopped.

There's no neutralizing Swiss Miss Denise. In the short time she's lived in New York, the Matterhorn-tall blonde shacked up with a German rock star and has been living the rock 'n' roll lifestyle in the suitably bohemian Chelsea Hotel. With guts like that, Denise will be winning the world over in no time.
Inguna Butane

We have a lot of lovin' for a Latvian. Since hopping to Women in mid-November after a false start with Next, Inguna Butane has been picking up jobs like dropped money, among them Italian Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, i-D and Surface, as well as campaigns for Armani Jeans and L'Oreal.
Britt Thorsey

Modeling since she was twelve, all-American Britt Thorsey is unsinkable. As other girls gulped water (bless their hearts), the star athlete held her own during the sinking-ship-themed L'Officiel shoot that garnered her the cover, alongside agency stable-mate and former Model Mania star, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. We're gonna go for the obvious here and say: What a splash!