16 Black Models That Totally Slayed The Runway In 2016

The #Blackgirlmagic we witnessed on the runway and beyond this year.

Crystal Tate Dec, 14, 2016

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South Sudanese model Mari Agory has appeared in various fashion editorials and walked runways for designers including Rick Owens, Bottega Veneta and Balenciaga. She is definitely a model to watch!

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Eighteen-year-old multiracial model Alana recently walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016 with her natural curly hair in full effect, and she modeled in her first New York Fashion Week this past February where she opened the Altuzarra Fall/Winter show.

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Spanish-Dominican model Afrodita did a few runway shows in her home country of Spain before she walked Balenciaga’s Spring 2016 show in Paris. Since then, she has appeared on the runway for Hermés, Elie Saab and Zac Posen among others.

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At just 14, Angolan model Amilna Estevåo won Elite Model Look Angola 2013, and since then, the now 17-year-old model has taken the modeling world by storm. Having already walked for Moschino, Fendi and Alexander Wang, she is destined for supermodel status.

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Selena Forrest made her exclusive runway debut for Proenza Schouler’s Spring/Summer 2016 show. Selena soon became known for her unconventional “boyish” walk in dozens of runway shows, and was even featured in DKNY’s fall 2016 ad campaign.

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Lameka Fox, who was signed to IMG Models after a scouting campaign on Instagram, made her debut at Marc Jacobs resort 2016 runway show. Also appearing in a Tommy Hilfiger campaign alongside Gigi Hadid, 18-year-old Lameka is definitely headed for model success.

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Harper’s Bazaar has already named the 22-year-old model the next Joan Smalls. Luisana Gonalez was casted by Nicolas Ghesquiere himself as an exclusive for Louis Vuitton for Spring 2016 and Fall 2016. She is now signed with Ford Models.

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Hailing from Atlanta, plus size model Precious Lee was accidentally discovered after attending a model open call with a friend. Earlier this year, she appeared in Lane Bryant’s #ThisBody campaign. She has also modeled for Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Ave.

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Originally from the Caribbean island of Martinique, Karly Loyce was cast in Celiné’s Fall 2015 show as her first fashion show. Since then, she’s appeared in a campaign for the fashion house and also walked the runway for Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and more.

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Dominican beauty Lineisy Montero made her modeling debut at Prada’s Autumn/Winter 2015 runway, and she and her signature natural afro have been slaying the modeling game ever since. At just 20, Lineisy has walked runways for numerous designers and appeared in several major campaigns.

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Houston native Jourdana Phillips made her bang in the modeling industry when she exclusively closed the Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2017 show. We definitely have our eyes on Jourdana!

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Marquita Pring signed as a plus size model for Ford back in 2009, but she recently made waves when she walked the Spring/Summer 2017 runways for Tome and Christian Siriano since it’s rare to see a curvy model hit the catwalk during Fashion Week.

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Daughter of Lionel Richie and sister of Nicole Richie, 18-year-old Sofia is making a name for herself in the modeling industry. She made her runway debut for Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 4 show in September and has appeared in various fashion editorials.

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Brazilian model newcomer Ellen Rosa made her debut at the Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2017 show, and walked a whopping 29 shows (including Miu Miu and Versace) in her first season. And she’s only 17!

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Zuri Tibby may have just turned 21, but she was named the first-ever black spokesmodel for Victoria’s Secret PINK brand this past fall. She also just recently walked in Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016.

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Kylie Jenner’s BFF Jordyn Woods was discovered by her now-agent on Instagram, and was signed to Wilhelmina’s plus size division last year. Jordyn has modeled for various brands including ASOS, Torrid and Boohoo, who she even collaborated on a collection with.


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