Do you think becoming a fashion model is an easy gig? All a model has to do is to look fabulous all the time, exercise regularly and watch whatever they eat. Right? This might seem easy to you, but what goes behind the scenes is a lot more.
From the early wakeups to continually remain in work for hours, handling huge fan following, and being regularly scrutinized by critics, a fashion model faces all. This tough industry keeps models on their toes all the time, but if they get enough exposure and excellent deals, it is equally rewarding too.
In this article, we all clubbing the top models who have proved their worth and managed to bag the top position in the list of 2019’s top 10 fashion models. These successful models grace the magazine covers and also become an inspiration for fashion designers.
The Americal supermodel and entrepreneur is Vogue’s cover girl for 36 times. From 2013 to 2015, she remained Victori’s Secret Angel. Her reputation proceeded as she managed her way to the top in the industry. She was discovered in 2005 at a charity fashion show in St. Louis mall. This charity show was for a friend who was fighting with Cancer. Since then, she walked the runways for the leading designers of the world and has never looked behind.
After being recognized, her debut catwalk was for Calvin Klein. In her first season, she also walked for Gucci, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, and Sonia Rykiel. Her career history is full of notable names and generous figures. She walked 31 runways in New York Fashion Week, 2008, where the opening walk was for Carolina Herrera, and the closing walk was for Marc Jacobs.
Karlie was seen in Lacoste, Yves Saint Laurent, Adidas, and Victoria’s Secret advertisements. After staying away from the modeling, for the past few years, the newly married supermodel joined Christy Turlington in February 2019 for Marc Jacobs's fall/winter show. Later she made her way to Paris for joining Hadid sisters in March 2019 at Off-White fall/winter show.
Karlie also focuses on her Kode with Klossy project that empowers girls between 13 to 18 age. This entirely free program gives a chance to the young girls to bring a change in their lives. Her philanthropic work was also honored in 2016’s 100 Most Influential People List in Times Magazine.
This supermodel also has a huge fan following of approximately 8.2 million followers on Instagram.
This fashion model is in the limelight since her birth. She has made her name by following her famous and elder sister Gigi’s footsteps, and become the most powerful model overnight. Bella walked the runway on several popular shows for Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Dior, and Alexander Wang. She is also seen on various magazine covers, but Victoria’s Secret runway was her most significant achievement.
Bella Hadid is also a face of Nike, Tag Heuer, Dior beauty, and Bulgari. With a huge fan following of more than 25 million on Instagram, brands find her more valuable. From Paris to Milan, London, and New York, she has walked in many shows and worked with many celebrity photographers.
Like her brother and mother, Bella Hadid is also fighting Lyme disease, an illness that results in fatigue, pain, and exhaustion along with other neurological problems. Even this painful Lyme disease could not stop her from rising in the fashion world. Along with her friend Kendall Jenner and sister Gigi Hadid, she is the new supermodel of the modern world.
Emily Ratajkowski joins Bella Hadid for high-fashion loofah on Tomo Koizumi's fall/winter 2019 show runway in February 2019 New York Fashion Week.
The South Sudanese-British model is an empowering female figure and also a designer. She began her career in 1995 at the age of 18 and is famous for breaking countless boundaries and stereotypes. In 1991 she fled to Britain for escaping from Sudan’s civil war. Her forceful escape leads her to suffer extraordinary losses.
It was her new home in London that gave her a chance to study Fashion Business and Technology. Soon after arriving in London at the age of 14, this South-Sudan beauty was discovered in South London Market by a model scout. Shortly after that, she made her debut in Tina Turner’s music video, “GoldenEye” for the theme song of James Bond film.
She has also been on the covers of various international magazines like Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and many others. Alek Wek also got the title of “Model of the Decade” previously. Her appearance was also seen in 2001 at Victoria’s Secret high profile Fashion show. She also participated in campaigns for Moschino, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Clinique, Moschino, Armani, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Fendi, Victoria Secret, and many others.
Since 2002, Alek is also the advisor of the US Committee for Refugees.
The Italian supermodel has graced many international magazines. Vogue, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Elle Italia, Cosmopolitan, and Harper’s Bazaar are some of the glossy papers among them. She has worked with the leading fashion houses, and the famous photographer’s camera has captured her modeling. Dolce & Gabbana gave her recognition, and from here, she is rising continuously in her life. From posing for L’Officiel to catwalks of Paris, New York, and Milan, her astonishing versatility is seen everywhere.
Valentino, Armani Jeans, Roberto Cavalli, Cesare Paciotti, Pollini, and Diesel, are some of the fashion mansions that promoted their collections with this supermodel’s images. From the year 2005 to 2008, Bianca walked the runway several times for various advertisement campaigns, and this leads her to make way to the Missoni’s favorite models list.
Bianca launched many perfumes and fragrances, including “Bellissima” by Blumarine, “Black XS” by Paco Rabanne and makeup collections by Guerlain, Christian Dior, and various others. Posing for Karl Lagerfeld’s Pirelli Calendar 2011, Vogue Italia couture supplements, Victoria’s Secret and Playboy are some of the iconic moments in her career.
After being signed by IMG Australia, she consistently represents them in her runways, editorials, and campaigns. Once, the thin girl and little rebel is now a successful supermodel and has her face portrayed in various posters of the world. She is also the super mother who’s priority is her daughter. Bianca stays engaged in taking initiatives to help children. She is also an active feminist and shows her interests in politics too.
Pat McGrath, the make-up artist, has discovered this plus-size model on social media and asked her to be a model of her beauty line. Since then, her career skyrocketed, and she has appeared in Elle, American Vogue, and Wonderland magazine editorials.
After being recognized, she stuck to the roots and remained active with her social media presence. She documents her style and journey in her social media account. Through her Instagram following, fronting campaigns for Nike, Glossier and Fenty Beauty, and her appearance in editorials Elle, Teen Vogue, and Allure, she became an outspoken voice for plus-size models. She became a beacon of positivity for young women and men and is also an International Girl crew’s positive member.
This PatMcGrath and Rihanna beauty have always lived life with her own rules.
Kendall Jenner, the television personality and American fashion model, was a reality TV star and is also a part of the Kardashian clan. She turned to the modeling and has made a name in the fashion modeling industry. After featuring in various commercial modeling photoshoots and ads, Jenner got a break in 2014 seasons. She walked the runway for many famous fashion designers during Paris, Milan, and New York Fashion Weeks.
Kendall rose to fame and became one of the most demandable models in the world and also appeared on the Teen Vogue cover. She is also part of Harper’s Bazaar fashion movement, “Social Media Modelling,” and Vogue’s “the Instagirl era.”
She has campaigned for top brands Fendi, La Perla, Adidas, and various others, and is also Estee Lauder’s face. In 2018, she fulfilled her dream of walking on the runway of Victoria’s Secret show. With more than 92.1 million followers, she became the most luxurious model in the world. Kendall is famous for posting career updates and celebrity selfies frequently for her social media followers.
An ad campaign shared by this fashion influencer will reach more viewers in comparison to other outlets because of her huge fan following. This makes her the most approachable model for campaigning different products.
The sensual looks and captivating eyes of Emily DiDonato grace the international magazine's covers. A family friend recognized her talent, and she became the face of the Maybelline New York and represented it for seven years.
In August 2009, she walked the runway for Victoria’s Secret, Chanel, Givenchy, Balmain, and countless runways of high-fashion. Her appearance was also seen in campaigns of Miu Miu, Calvin Klein, and Oscar de la Renta. It was her talent and unique looks that made her the top newcomer of Vogue Germany.
It’s her unique looks that lead modeling contest judges urge Gemma Ward to enter in the fashion world. Soon after that, an agency of Perth, Australia signed her, and Gemma’s modeling career started from there. In no time, her modeling reputation reached new heights.
From that time she has appeared in Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein and Balenciaga campaigns, her unique looks inspired a trend in the industry. This leads her to find success in her modeling career. On Vogue cover also, she is the youngest model. Gucci, Yves Saint-Laurent, Prada, and Christian Dior are some of the top brands that Gemma has joined.
After taking a break from the modeling, she came back to the fashion world at Milan Fashion Week Prada show in Summer/Spring 2015. She continued her comeback in the fall/winter 2019 season and appeared in Etro's fall/winter 2019. Gemma was also seen in the 50th-anniversary show in February 2019 Milan Fashion Week.
Like Shanina Shaik, her fellow Australian model, Gemma also turned to acting. Gemma starred in movies – Pirates of the Caribbean and The Strangers.
She is the beautiful combination of her Lithuanian-Australian mother and Pakistani-Saudi Arabian father. Born in Melbourne, she made a significant mark in the fashion industry. Shanina Shaik, the hottest names in the fashion industry, rose to fame with Victoria’s Secret catwalk.
Though she is in the industry for years before getting the recognition that gained her international fame. After moving to New York, she started booking modeling gigs. NewYork turned out to be a game-changer in her career as her cultural background seemed interesting to clients. Her strong Australian accent also gets appreciated. In 2008 she appeared in the show, “Make Me a Super Model,” and was declared a runner up of the show.
Shanina got appreciated for her work ethic and versatility as she takes both commercial and high-fashion jobs. She walked at the runway for New York Fashion Week after being represented as IMG models and also starred in advertisements for Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, and Victoria’s Secret.
Xiao Wen Ju
The official modeling career of Xiao Wen Ju began in 2010 after being recognized in China and signed as IMG models. She is a lovely asset to the modeling industry because of her humor and energetic actions.
She is the first Chinese model to be Marc Jacob's face and the fifth for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Xiao also posed for Vogue, i-D Magazine, Elle, and Numero magazines. After being recognized with Marc Jacob's break, she also modeled for Sephora, Lane Crawford, and Christian Dior.
Her beautiful features and incredible talent made her an inspiration for many of the aspiring fashion personalities like her.
The fashion industry is tough, and getting a break here is the first and important step to the rising ladder of popularity here. Though there are many models in the fashion industry, the supermodels listed in this article got that break and rose to fame in their modeling career.