Friday, October 26, 2012

Around the World in 28 days

Photographer Janelle Okwodu and models.com turn their attention to the newcomers who possess that indefinable, oh so elusive "x" factor which will place them in true contention for success beyond the standard one or two season burnouts. The Spring/Summer 2013 collections bore witness to a smattering of promising newbies emerging predominantly from European countries. The Scandinavians faired well with Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway represented respectively by the pristine beauty of Marikka Juhler, Saara Sihvonen, Stina Rapp Wastenson and Karoline Bjornelykke. Proving that the Russains are not quite done with their modelling moment just yet were Irina Nikolaeva, Valery Kaufman and Katya Riabynikina. In what can only be described as a long overdue shift in modelling trends, the spotlight is now trained firmly on France with four classic French beauties Pauline Hoarau, Marine Deleeuw, Manon Leloup and Josephine Le Tutour dominating the Spring/Summer 2013 runways. Surprisingly, the United States of America served up two modelling dynamos in the guise of Inoubliable Model Army Top Ten place getters Juliana Schurig and Athena Wilson while the fashion industry's fascination with Asian culture continues with Korea's Ji Hye Park and Japan's Chiharu Okunugi emerging as standout faces on the whitewashed runways of Milan and Paris. 


Stina Rapp Wastenson & Giedre Kiaulenaite
Nationality - Swedish & Lithuanian
Agency - Women Model Management
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Irina Kravchenko
Nationality - Ukrainian
Agency - Ford Models
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Irene Hiemstra
Nationality - Dutch
Agency - DNA
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Ji Hye Park
Nationality - Korean
Agency - Elite
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Marikka Juhler
Nationality - Danish
Agency - Ford Models
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Valery Kaufman
Nationality - Russian
Agency - Marilyn
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Irina Nikolaeva
Nationality - Russian
Agency - Women Model Management
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Katya Riabynikina
Nationality - Russian
Agency - Supreme
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Athena Wilson
Nationality - American
Agency - Ford Models
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Saara Sihvonen
Nationality - Finnish
Agency - IMG Models
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Juliana Schurig
Nationality - American
Agency - Ford Models
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

Karoline Bjornelykke
Nationality - Norwegian
Agency - Supreme Model Management
Photographer - Janelle Okwodu
Source - models.com

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