At a time when the world needs to smile, these girls were brightening up the catwalks. As we say every season, every issue of i-D, every day – it’s the people that bring the clothes to life. Here are some of our favourite new personalities to break out...
25-year-old beauty Radhika is from Kerala, India. Beginning her season with Vetements in January during their haute couture spectacular, and this season walking for the likes of J.W.Anderson, Loewe, and Ann Demeulemeester, we are excited to see where she's heading. One of her greatest loves? "Cinema. Especially the French new wave, Italian neorealism and the glory years of Indian cinema between the 40s and 60s. I draw a lot of inspiration from the history in general because it feels like a fairy tale to me. I relate to those times. Everything was more authentic."
A new queen of cool. Korean born Sohyun has a bad-ass pixie cut, amazing lips and an equally cool model BFF, EZ. Fun and fabulous, these girls are bringing a whole lot of 'tude to catwalks such as Alexander Wang, Balenciaga and Miu Miu.
Manami hails from Tokyo, Japan and loves dancing. Spotted in a cafe in Tokyo whilst chilling to The Cools, she hasn't looked back since. Shooting campaigns for McQ, opening for Ryan Lo and walking Balenciaga - Manami is a force. Her take on life? "It's like Bruce Lee said in Enter the Dragon: 'Don't think - feel.' Try not to view yourself through someone else's filter." Preach, girl.
Dominican Republic born Hiandra has already graced the pages of i-D, styled by Alastair McKimm and photographed by Daniel Jackson. A new Saint Laurent star, Hiandra opened their autumn/winter 17 spectacular, and stole the show walking for Valentino and Chanel, too.
Amber is just one of many models who regards having their hair cut by Guido as a career-defining moment. And Amber hasn't looked back since. UK born and Toronto bred, Amber studied media and communications before getting into modelling full time. Appearing in campaigns for Céline and Burberry, this English rose has been busy owning the catwalks in NY, London, Milan and Paris.
Crediting her family as the thing that inspires her the most, Manuela is a home-loving gal. Born in the Dominican Republic, Manuela kicked off her amazing season in London walking for J.W.Anderson and Versus before non-stop shows at Milan and Paris. There's even snaps of her and her family enjoying the sights of each fashion capital - that's true inspo right there.
From the Brazilian town of Fortaleza comes the beautiful Aira. Starting the season by taking a turn for Raf Simons' Calvin Klein debut (perhaps the chicest start of all?) she went on to rule the runways of Coach, Erdem, Versace and more. Though she's a catwalk queen in the making, Aira is also a total Brazilian beach babe, natch. "The beach is what inspires me the most! I like being surrounded it by nature, hearing the sound of waves crashing on the coast, it makes me feel at home."
Another Dominican girl, Elibeidy's fun personality and amazing walk means she's set for stardom. Gucci, Prada, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton and more - what next for this star? Elibeidy says "My job allows me the great opportunity to work with so many creative individuals that continually inspire me. It's really uplifting when models and designers are able to collaborate together to create beautiful work." <3
Brazilian born Samile is never short of a sunshine smile. After her making her debut during spring/summer 17, this season Samile upped the ante and featured in YEEZY, Marc Jacobs, Roksanda, and Off-White. With a fierce walk and banging attitude, Samile says "I have many things that inspire me. But the model that inspires me the most is Naomi Campbell."
Dutch model Laurijn actually first grabbed our attention last season when she was a Prada exclusive, but this season saw her walk basically every single show in Milan (from Prada to Fendi to Missoni and more) and in Paris, she owned those sparkly Saint Laurent boots. Laurijn and her big blue eyes are set for stardom.
Text Bojana Kozarevic