Dior and Maria Grazia Chiuri have assembled a new army of power models for their Fall/Winter 2017 campaign. Hailing from all over the globe, from countries such as France, China and Brazil, all nine high-profile models bring their unique personalities and formidable self-confidence to the lens of French photographer Brigitte Lacombe. The results are striking images of female strength and solidarity between women of all different backgrounds. These models are not just the faces of the Dior campaign, they are the definition of contemporary high fashion icons.
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Here is everything you need to know about these nine fresh-faced Dior muse-models:
Since Alexander McQueen chopped off her locks last summer, Ruth Bell has been the buzz(cut) of the town. This tomboy gave up her childhood dream of flying a search and rescue helicopter for the Royal Air Force to rock the runways of Versace, Gucci, MaxMara and Lanvin. Ruth’s doll-like features, to-die-for bone structure and edgy style (she’ll pick jeans over a dress any day — unless she’s getting paid) have led her to star in Urban Outfitter’s newest collection, Saint Laurent’s Cruise 2016 campaign and Topshop’s Summer of Love film.
Fashion’s fastest rising star, Grace Hartzel, was discovered at only 15-years old at a Cheesecake Factory —by the same woman who scouted Ashton Kutcher and Karlie Kloss. Since her first show for Raf Simons’ Dior Haute Couture, Grace has stacked up on all the big names of the fashion industry, from Chanel to Marc Jacobs. But while she’s known for her leather-clad, cool-girl vibe, it was her kawaii side that made her the muse for other designers. After Grace’s manga and anime obsession drove her to cut her fringe, Saint Laurent demanded she fly to Los Angeles for an exclusive pre-fall campaign. She has since become a staple for their shows and campaigns.
Hurricane Katrina literally swept Selena Forrest into the spotlight of the fashion industry. Her family’s evacuation from Louisiana led her to California, where she got caught smuggling alcohol into a cooler on the beach. Such a run-in with a security officer would typically end badly for most, but for this rebellious tomboy, it led to catching the eyes of a modelling scout. Since then, 16-year old Selena Forrest has brought her unique, boyish walk (she absolutely detests heels) and Zoe Kravitz-like looks to the runways of Louis Vuitton and Loewe. You might also recognize her from DKNY and Proenza Schouler campaigns.
Faced with the challenges of pursuing a high fashion modelling career, coming from a conservative Chinese family and society, Jing Wen makes it look easy. With her long, inky hair and soft pout, she is known for her effortless beauty, soft-spokenness and easy-going charm. Jing is a natural poser: she’s landed the covers of Vogue China and Elle China and has appeared in everything from Teen Vogue to Harper’s Bazaar. As a model, she is also challenging the lack of Asian representation on the catwalk by making her mark in Louis Vuitton and Chanel shows. Go Jin!
With her freckle-speckled caramel skin, red buzzcut and natural cool-girl essence, Adwoa Aboah is redefining what it means to be a top model. The fact that she’s modeled for everything from Calvin Klein to Alexander Wang, Fendi to DKNY and Versace to Rihanna x Puma, isn’t even the beginning of why we’re obsessing over Adwoa. The British model, feminist activist and actress hasn’t just strutted the runways of major fashion designers, she has also starred in the sci-fi drama Ghost In The Shell with Scarlett Johansson, and started Gurls Talk, a movement to inspire female solidarity and a safe space for girls to open up about mental illness and other issues.
All the big brands are obsessing over Fernanda Ly’s bubblegum pink locks and blunt bangs just as much as we are. Since making her fashion industry debut in Louis Vuitton’s FW '15 show, she’s walked the runway for the likes of Simone Rocha, DKNY and Fendi. You might also catch her modeling for Nasty Gal online clothing store, in British and American editions of Vogue and in CR Fashion Book. But even though she already appears to be living her dream life, her true aspiration will surprise you: all Fernanda wants is to own “a relatively successful ice cream store with franchises around the globe.”
If Tyra Banks and Rihanna had a baby girl, she would look like Ellen Rosa. There’s been no stopping this Brazilian bombshell since she first left her tiny hometown of Nova Serrana to make her debut on Alexander Wang’s Spring/Summer '17 catwalk. Name any major brand, Miss Ellen’s walked for them. In just one season, she appeared on the runways of Chanel, Miu Miu, Sacai, Moschino, Valentino and Versace. At heart though, she’s just like any one of us: Ellen is a huge Korean drama fan and believes in nothing more than a good night’s sleep.
Aira Ferreira isn’t the kind of girl who waits for her dreams to come true — she makes them happen. She travelled alone from her home in Fortaleza, Brazil to Sao Paulo, where she simply walked into an agency and told them she wanted to be a model. They signed her right away. Since then, the Brazilian goddess has walked the catwalks for Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Coach and Prabal Gurung. Her Frida Kahlo-like features even led her to close a show for Tory Burch. When she’s not modelling, you’ll find her jamming out to Taylor Swift, rereading Harry Potter or possibly riding a dune buggy.
There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about Camille Hurel. With her porcelain complexion and tousled brown locks, she’s a perfect combination of undone, serious and chic. After placing as a finalist in a 2014 modelling contest in Paris, she went on to model for the likes of Givenchy and Saint Laurent. There seems to be no stopping this Parisian belle. In the spring 2017 season alone, she walked a total of 52 shows, including Dior and Valentino. However, she certainly doesn’t take her success for granted. She views her work as an opportunity to learn about the fashion industry and as a source of inspiration for her own visual art.
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