NYFW Spring 2012: Catwalk Queen

NYFW Spring 2012: Catwalk Queen
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 09, 2011

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In just a couple of seasons, this Puerto Rican glamazon transformed from a medium-tier catalogue model to one of the most celebrated catwalkers in the biz! Joan, we’re not worthy.

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This stunning French-born supermodel was everything at this show, from the top of her Hitchockian bouffant to her dainty flat sandals. We’d trade just about anything for one day with those cheekbones.


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Last season, the Sudanese supermodel (government name: Angelique) kick-started the “blonde crew cut” trend. This season, she’s back to jet black locks, but she’s as ravishing as ever!

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This breathtaking, Martinique-born newcomer stole the show at Ruffian with her wide-set eyes and elegant, Iman-esque neck. We can’t wait to see more of this cocoa-skinned supermodel-in-training!


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With her sweet smile and almond-shaped smile, this Zimbabwe-born 16-year-old is one of the freshest faces at Fashion Week!


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This California girl has been working since 2005, but her career-making moment came last year when she landed a Gap campaign. This season, the 20-year-old has editors and photographers all a-buzz with her pouty lips, aquiline nose, and legs for days!


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At Proenza Schouler, the top girls showed up to kill the catwalk — and the most major of them all, was Black supermodel O.G., Ms. Liya Kebede. With her to-die-for cheekbones and flawless figure, the model-cum-actress reminded everyone why she’s a star.


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British supermodel Jourdan Dunn might just our New York Fashion Week M.V.P.! With her gazelle-like grace, flawless brows and creamy complexion, Dunn positively rocked the runway at Kors.

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In a show full of standout moments, this Jamaican-born supermodel had Jacobs’ celeb-studded audience held rapt. Those gams, that skin — no wonder she’s been walking (strutting) in oodles of shows this season. Work!


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Raised in France, the daughter of a mother from Chad and a Polish father, Mali signed with Wilhelmina only two years ago — and almost overnight, she’s one of fashion’s fastest-rising stars. With her cinnamon-kissed complexion and coltish legs, this French femme fatale is poised to rule.


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This Sudanese stunner became a star after only three years of modeling! No surprise, considering her impossibly long limbs and flawless mocha skin (perfect for the neons at Nicole Miller!).

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This 19-year-old Turks and Caicos native has been a runway darling for two seasons now. With corkscrew curls and endless legs, she looks like the love child of Naomi Campbell and Noemi Lenoir!

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This long, lanky, impossibly regal New Zealander is relatively new on the scene, but her grace and sinuous walk had the entire front row buzzing!