At Fashion Week, the world was introduced to a crop of impossibly gorgeous Black models--and we couldn't be more thrilled! From newcomers like Melodie Monrose (left) to more established stars like Joan Smalls, here are our picks for the top catwalk queens of the week.
Not only was the Phillip Lim 3.1 show one of the most heralded of the season, it featured one of the most gorgeous newcomers in all of modeldom: Herieth Paul. Discovered at a casting call two years ago, the 16-year-old Tanzanian model is quickly become a runway fixture with her impossibly long limbs, adorable natural ‘do and intense gaze. She’s the one to watch this year!
At Badgley Mischka, the look was retro 1930s curls and pastel, kewpie doll makeup—and no one worked it better than newcomer Melodie Monrose. The leggy Wilhelmina model is causing quite a stir with her glass-cut cheekbones, flawless mocha skin and expressive eyes. Melodie, you’re officially one of our FW favorites!
At Tracy Reese, it’s pretty fair that 19-year-old supermodel Lyndsey Scott stole the show in her nerd chic glasses and “good girl” ensemble. We love that she topped off the moment with a cheeky grin!
At the Carolina Herrera show, all eyes were on Senegalese beauty Aminata Niaria as she graced the runway with her signature elegance. A white men’s oxford never looked so sexy!
Derek Lam’s show was full of sexy spring pieces, but the real showstopper was French model Anais Mali. With her high cheekbones, creamy skin and almond-shaped eyes, the half-African/half-Polish newcomer is quickly making a name for herself. Go Anais!
If Ataui Deng looks familiar to you, it’s because she’s supermodel Alek Wek’s niece! The 19-year-old Texan brought the house down with her fierce stomp at Costello Tagliapietra. Here, she strikes a pose backstage at the show.
In almost a blink of an eye, Joan Smalls has become a runway darling! After penning a “Model Diary” for ESSENCE.com a couple seasons ago, the fledgling superstar took a star-making turn on the Givenchy Couture catwalk that sent her career soaring. These days, she’s one of the most sought-after runway models in the world, and she appears in major editorials and campaigns.