December '06
We're crazy in love with these new faces
By Joseph Tenni

Leah de Wavrin
French teen Leah de Wavrin is making her way through the model grid with ease. The lithe Libran has appeared on the covers of Numero, Jalouse and L'Officiel, and can be seen in the pages of 10 and Italian Vogue. Set to star in campaigns for Sportmax, Moschino and Sonia Rykiel, the Bob Dylan-loving Leah is likely singing "You're A Big Girl Now."

Diana Moldovan
Getting picked up at a nightclub wasn't so bad for Diana Moldovan, who, despite reservations, swapped digits with a scout who turned out to be the real deal. Since being discovered, the red-hot Romanian opened the Jil Sander in Milan in her very first season, while editorials include 10 (seen here), Italian Vogue, Teen Vogue, Oyster and Tank's fashion supplement. Look for demure Diana in the upcoming BluGirl campaign. Who wouldn't want to wake up to that?

Alana Zimmer
According to model lore, Canadian cutie Alana Zimmer has never left a casting without a job. These include Self Service, V and Pop. What's more, in her first season, she walked the elite runways of Chanel, Saint Laurent, Burberry, Chloé, Dior, Prada, McQueen and Galliano. While her biggest fan may forever be her mother, who makes a scrapbook of all her pictures, Alana is proving she's the first choice from many an important rolodex.

Maryna Linchuk
Belarussian beauty Maryna Linchuk is coming in from the cold. After appearances in the Paris, Russian and Italian editions of Vogue, the vivacious Virgo is now the face of Club Monaco, shot by Peter Lindbergh. She's also appeared in Numero with Greg Kadel and will be seen in yet another spread for Paris Vogue, this time lensed by Mario Testino. Born and raised outside Minsk, Maryna must be the talk of the town, with its population of 300.

Anna Mikhaylik
Model mom Anna Mikhaylik was one of the busiest newcomers this past season, walking for Costume National, Marc Jacobs, Marni, Givenchy, DKNY, Jil Sander, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Proenza Schouler and Lanvin. Anna, who still lives with her own mother in their homeland, clearly comes from Russia with a lot of love.

With a look reminiscent of fellow Canadian and model-of-the-moment Irina Lazareanu, avid dancer Kat Shandruk is stepping into the groove her own way. Another Kelly Streit discovery, Kat was scouted at the Calgary Stampede, Canada's biggest rodeo show, but she put the offer on hold until she graduated high school. Now the Virgo is taking the reins, shooting with Arthur Elgort and Thomas Schenk, and walking for Missoni, Moschino and Issey Miyake. Girl's got moves.

Pamela Bernier
Continuing in the Canadian vein, straight-A student Pamela Bernier is the latest to pan out from the north-of-the-border model goldmine. The leggy Piscean can be seen on the covers of French magazine and Canada's answer to Jane, Clin d’Oeil, and just confirmed Italian Vanity Fair. The future looks bright for this precious model.