#BlackGirlMagic: Fresh FacesTaking Over the Fashion World

ESSENCE is celebrating Black Girl Magic in our special February issue. From design innovators to top models, these are the game-changers in the fashion industry to look for this year.

Dominique Hobdy Jan, 05, 2016

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New York based designer Recho Omondi started her namesake label in 2013 and has been consistently gaining steam. Her modern and ethereal line debuted during New York Fashion Week in 2015 and has been on every fashion girl's radar since.

Instagram: @omndi

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Yasmin Wijnaldum is brand spanking new on the modeling scene and she's kicking it off with a Prada campaign. The new ad comes after a stand-out season for the 17-year-old in which she walked in a slew of luxury fashion shows. She's definitely one to keep a look out for in 2016.

Instagram: @YasminWijnaldum     

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2015 was a great year for Lineisy Montero who was one of the fresh faces that graced the cover of Teen Vogue, but we have a feeling that it's only going to get better in the New Year. The 19-year-old walked a total of 68 shows throughout fashion season and Prada, Givenchy and Chanel. Werk!

Instagram: LineisyMontero

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Designer Loza Maléombho is a girl on the move. Launching her line in New York in 2009, Maléombho decided to take her talents to Côte d’Ivoire in 2012. Her style is a mix between traditional culture and contemporary fashion. Her Maracana lace up sandals were caught on chic girls everywhere during the summer of 2015 and Vogue recently referred to her as one of the most stylish women in the world. Nice.

Instagram: @lozamaleombho

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Detroit native Riley Montana got her big break in modeling after working low-wage jobs in L.A. to support her dream. After moving to New York and booking a Givenchy campaign, Montana shot to the top of the modeling world. At 23-years-old she's just getting started and is definitely a fresh face to look out for.

Instagram: @loveme_rileym

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The 23-year-old image consultant already has an impressive resume having worked with celebs like Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. She's managed to grow her personal brand (which includes 96.2k followers) into a modeling career and lifestyle blog.

Instagram: @alealimay

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Aurora James is the owner of popular shoe brand Brother Vellies and an all-around fashion it-girl. She's just won the coveted CFDA/Vogue fashion fund grant worth $300,000, so we're pretty sure that she's only headed up in 2016.

Instagram: @AuroraJames

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This model landed her first show with Prada and now she’s gracing covers of Teen Vogue and ripping the catwalks of Marc Jacobs and Moschino. Last year she appeared in more than 50 fashion shows! Jones is definitely a fashion favorite on the rise.

Instagram: @iamayajones

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In 2013 Firth became the first Black model in 20 years to star in a Prada campaign. Three years later she's still at the top of her game and a force to be reckoned with.

Instagram: @MalaikaFirth

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Binx Walton is already a recognizable face in the fashion industry, but we have a feeling that she's gearing up to take things to the next level. The 19-year-old walked in an impressive 27 shows last season and appeared in some of fashion's biggest campaigns including Coach and Chanel.

Instagram: @binxwalton

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At just 22-years-old Madison Maxey is a wearable technology maven. She's the first fashion designer to be a recepient of the $100,000 Theil fellowship, she's the founder of design and engineering studio The Crated, and she just made Forbes' 2016 30 Under 30 list. It looks like her year is already off to a great start.


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