Franca Sozzani, the memorable and incombustible editor of Vogue Italia, was one of the precursors of the debate on the fashion industry and beauty and the canons that sustain it. In 2008, he surprised the world with four different covers of the models Jourdan Dunn, Liya Kebelde, Naomi Campbell and Sessilee Lopez, in the unforgettable 2008 Black Issue;
Today, almost 12 years later, we still remember that historic Vogue that went around the world and that is a source of inspiration for many designers. The vast majority of firms have begun to open up the diversity of models, encouraging the search for new faces that give life to their designs. Now, let’s introduce you to our favorite new faces.
Adut Akech, “the spoiled girl of Naomi Campbell” who last 2 December has been crowned the model of the year by the British Fashion Awards. It is not for nothing, because the Sudanese model has walked on all the international catwalks and has starred in the main campaigns of international brands such as Valentino, Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Miu Miu and Saint Laurent.
Adesuwa Aighewi was one of the nominees for the British Fashion Awards model of the year. Heavily involved in the movement for the rights of Black people in the United States, this activist of Thai mother with Chinese origins and Nigerian father, was one of the flagship models of the late Karl Lagerfeld. Her dreadlocks are almost as remembered as her. In fact, he refused to remove them when an agent suggested that no luxury brands would hire him for having too much black hair. She was wrong and this year the most important catwalks of the fashion weeks of New York, London, Milan and Paris want to count on her to run.
Other of the new faces that will appear on the catwalks will be the Sudanese Anok Yai, who made history at the 2018 Milan Fashion Week, becoming the second black model to open the parade of the Italian firm Prada, being her predecessor Naomi Campbell in 1997.
We should also mention the British Kukua Williams, which was discovered in 2018 during a festival and that same year premiered as a model in the Fashion Week in London.
Who also doesn’t seem to miss their appointment with the main fashion brands will be the British Adwoa Aboah, founder of Gurls Talk, and image of Mango last spring-summer campaign, the Somali Ugbad Abdi, Known for being one of the models who, being faithful to their religion, parades with a veil, the South Sudanese Aliet Sarah and Ajok Madel or the Brazilian Kerolyn Soares, Ana Barbosa and Anna Herrrera.
We cannot forget those other models that are breaking the beauty banners and are acclaimed by the more international catwalks such as the Asian of Chinese origin, Tang He, Chun Jin and Ning Jinyi, the Moroccan-Italian model, Malika El Maslouchi, the French-Japanese model, Mika Schneider or the beautiful French-Indian model, Ashley Radjarame.