At New York Fashion Week 2011, the world was introduced to a crop of impossibly gorgeous Black models, from superstars like Joan Smalls (left) to stunning newcomers like R'el Dade. Here are our picks for the top catwalk queens of the week.
Ajak Deng, Jeremy Scott
At Jeremy Scott’s show, all eyes were on Sudanese rising star Ajak Deng. With her deep mocha complexion, pillowy lips and beyond-chic short natural, Deng is one of 2011’s most buzzed-about models!
Joan Smalls, Michael Kors
With cheekbones to cut glass, caramel-kissed skin and the most elegant strut in all of modeldom, Joan Smalls easily gets our vote for MVP of Fashion Week!
Anais Mali, Carlos Miele
At Carlos Miele, African/Polish model Anais Mali stole the show with her impeccably glamorous walk and her doe-eyed, honey-skinned beauty.
Jourdan Dunn, Derek Lam
British supermodel Jourdan Dunn is hotter than ever. With her gazelle-like grace, lush lips and creamy complexion, Dunn positively rocked the runway at Derek Lam.
R’el Dade, G-Star
This Dallas-born newcomer has serious “it” factor. With her almond-shaped eyes, statuesque frame and sultry strut, Ms. Dade is a fashion force to be reckoned with.
Melodie Monrose, Jill Stuart
At Jill Stuart, French stunner Melodie Monrose tore up the runway with her fierce strut, wide-set eyes and pouty, crimson mouth.
Henrieth Paul, Rebecca Taylor
Tanzanian model Henrieth Paul is famous for her flawless complexion and sweet, baby doll features. At Rebecca Taylor, she stole the show with her ethereal grace and lovely smile.
Rose Cordero, Richard Chai Love
With her slouchy, too-cool-for-school strut and Nefertiti-perfect features, Dominican supermodel Rose Cordero gets our vote for today’s standout runway goddess.