Thursday, June 28, 2012

Seven From Heaven

As much as I enjoy paying recognition to past modelling greats, I also recognise the importance of looking towards the future and promoting new up & coming talent. So without much further ado, I'd like to introduce seven models who I am certain will be doing the rounds at castings in the lead up to the Spring/Summer 2013 collections in September. What these seven models possess is that indefinable "it" factor or a certain chutzpah which is innate, and sets them apart from the legions of pretty faces presenting at castings each show season.

Seventeen year old Annemijn Dijs has an arresting kind of beauty that stops you dead in your tracks. Her features are a unique combination of tough androgyny mixed with a sensual allure which will surely earn her accolades with casting directors and designers. Hailing from the Netherlands, Dijs measures in at 178 cm and possesses a penetrating gaze, razor sharp cheek bones and a tempestuous pout. This is one model that I will be looking out for as an "exclusive" in Milan or Paris.

Annemijn Dijs
Nationality - Dutch
Agency - IMG Model Management
Source - thefashionspot.com

Annemijn Dijs
Source - thefashionspot.com

French beauty Sara is one of Ford Europe's most promising new faces and possesses an nonchalant beauty that is very au courant in fashion circles. Sara's dreamy hazel green eyes, gorgeously symmetrical face, striking side profile and effortless chic will put her in good stead as she presents for castings at the Spring/Summer 2013 collections. I'm most excited about Sara as she is a real classic beauty but with an androgynous twist and has looks reminiscent of the nineties modelling sensation Anne Catherine Lacroix.

Sara
Nationality - French
Height - 177 cm
Agency - Ford Europe
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sara
Source - fashiongonerogue.com

Hailing from Amsterdam, twenty year old Maxime van der Heijden possesses a pristine kind of beauty that never goes out of fashion. Standing at 177 cm in height with flaxen blond hair, gorgeous baby blues and a complexion to die for, van der Heijden is quite simply a model agent's dream girl. In front of the lens, van der Heijden displays considerable modelling prowess and very few inhibitions. I'm looking forward to van der Heijden bringing that same fearless attitude to the runway.

Maxime van der Heijden
Nationality - Dutch
Agency - Ulla Model Management
Source -thefashionspot.com
Maxime van der Heijden
Source - ullamodels.com

Scarlet Pena Quezada is the latest in an impressive contingent of beauties to come out of the Dominican Republic. Represented by powerhouse agency IMG Model Management, Pena Quezada cuts a striking figure with her 178 cm slender frame and her gorgeous caramel complexion. Pena Quezada's face is a sublime combination of strong, refined features, soulful green eyes and a voluptuous, pillowy pout. I'm hoping that casting agents will be able to look past Pena Quezada's almost too beautiful looks to recognise her high fashion possibilities.

Scarlet Pena Quezada
Nationality -  Dominican
Agency - IMG Model Management
Source - models.com
Scarlet Pena Quezada
Source - models.com

Twenty-one year old Camila Costa is a Brazilian with a twist and comes with the prerequisite Brazilian swagger but also an elegant and oh so delicate refined beauty. Represented by IMG Model Management, Costa is a diminutive 175 cm in height with the face of an angel. Costa's soulful and enquiring gaze, imposing jawline, distinctive beauty spot on her cheek and in your face pout, make for a beauty that resonates. And when Costa smiles, she beams from within which will surely light up the room at casting calls.

Camila Costa
Nationality - Brazilian
Height - 175 cm
Agency - IMG Model Management
Source - thefashionspot.com

Camila Costa
Source - thefashionspot.com

I love a model with a strong face and Karolijn Zomer from the Netherlands certainly fits the bill. Equally striking is Zomer's 180 cm Amazonian-like frame and her engaging presence on the runway and in print. Zomer's elongated face, handsome nose and slightly off kilter mouth, make for a fascinating and imposing beauty. Zomer is certainly no newcomer having appeared at the Fall/Winter 2012 collections walking for Maison Martin Margiela, Mugler and Damir Doma amongst others. I absolutely adore Zomer's tough chic and one of a kind beauty, and am hoping for her breakthrough moment at the Spring/Summer 2013 collections.

Karolijn Zomer
Nationality - Dutch
Agency - IMG Model Management
Source - thefashionspot.com

Karolijn Zomer
Source - thefashionspot.com

Amalie Gassman is IMG Model Management's latest ingenue and possesses the kind of hard to place beauty that I find particularly fascinating. I know little about Gassman's background but judging by her features she appears to be a hybrid mix of cultures, perhaps Asiatic and European. Gassman's face is a divine combination of exotic allure mixed in with an All-American wholesome appeal. Standing at 175 cm, Gassman has a slight frame that would look exquisite in couture and on the runway. With designers looking to appeal to global markets, Gassman's multi-ethnic look will no doubt set her apart from the sea of homogenous faces at the Spring/Summer 2013 shows. 

Amalie Gassman
Nationality - Unknown
Agency - IMG Model Management
Source - thefashionspot.com

Amalie Gassman
Source - thefashionspot.com

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