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15 Runway Models of Color To Watch

Samille Bermanelli

We love catwalk queens like Joan Smalls, Liu Wen, and Adriana Lima, but also get super excited to see fresh faces on the runway. Many fashion houses have been accused of lacking diversity in their casting, so we’ve paid special attention to models of color featured in the shows. From New York, London, Milan and Paris there’s been some great talent this past season — here are 15 models of color to keep an eye on.

1. Hiandra Martinez

Martinez opened the first Anthony Vaccarello-designed Saint Laurent show as an exclusive, and it’s easy to see why the Dominican model got that coveted spot. Her look and walk exude sexiness and toughness — a true embodiment of the designer’s signature style.

Ysl show 2017 paris Thanks

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2. Lameka Fox

Fox was scouted by mega-model agency IMG on Instagram, so there’s no doubt that she’s gorgeous. She also has an awesome walk that landed her in shows Paco Rabanne, Topshop, and Thakoon this past season.

3. Halima Aden

Halima Aden has been unstoppable since walking her first runway show for Yeezy Season 5. Wearing a hijab and rocking her flawless skin, the Somali-American model made waves in the best way and has since booked more high-profile shows.

4. Marie Fofana

Hailing from Senegal, Fofana was a runway fixture in New York, Milan and Paris walking shows such as Rochas, MSGM and Altuzarra. With her luminous mahogany complexion and high cheekbones she was absolutely breathtaking.

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5. Selina Khann

Khann’s glossy black hair and perfect features have landed her campaigns with Ralph Lauren, Macy’s and Lacoste in the past, but she also makes quite the impression sauntering down the runway. We spotted her at Rebecca Minkoff looking boho-beautiful.

Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2017

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6. Tatiana Elizabeth

We first saw this glowing goddess at the all-WOC show for Maki Oh and fell for her hazel eyes and endlessly long legs.

7. Crystal Noreiga

Pretty much no one can pull off sequins, plaid, logo shirts and face paint but somehow Noreiga mentioned to do it all and still look incredible at Ashish.

8. Alanna Arrington

Arrington’s bouncy curls and killer bod have catapulted her onto both commercial runways (Victoria’s Secret) and also dozens of high fashion defilées. This season she walked Prabal Gurung, Jeremy Scott and Off-White to name a few.

stripes for dayzzzzzzz for look #2 🌈🌈🌈 @itsjeremyscott

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9. Samile Bermanneli

This Brazilian stunner had an extremely busy and successful fashion month. We spotted her at Marc Jacobs and Yeezy in NYC, Etro in Milan (pictured) and Off-White and Mugler in Paris.

Yesterday for @etro tkss guys the show was amazing ❤

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10. Hannah Shakespeare

This British babe walked for the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Issey Miyake, but didn’t let runway fame get in the way of a few fun backstage moments.

@isseymiyake__ this morning ❤️😄

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11. Rina Fukushi

Whether she’s in an oversized hoodie, a pink pleated dress, or a fur coat, the Japanese model owned each outfit. We expect to see much more of this versatile beauty.

12. Barbra-Lee Grant

This Jamaican model graced Emilio Pucci, Mulberry and Jonathan Simkhai with her signature strut and gorgeous gams.

13. Brittany Noon

This Antiguan beauty has been hailed as the next big thing in fashion with her baby-doll face and sylphlike figure.

14. Yoon Young Bae

Whether she’s rocking all white at Burberry or decked out in all-black at Sportmax, Bae always commands onlookers’ attention. Keep your eyes peeled for this Korean It-girl.

15. Nicole Atieno

She’s only 20 years old but has already walked Gucci six times! Enough said.

Fashin Fashun💃 thanks for the snap @melodiejeng after #guccifw17

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