Sick of Kengi? These Are The Models To Watch This Fashion Week

Remember these faces.

For many, September marks the beginning of back-to-school season; for the fashion world, it signals a month of the most major shows and events in the industry. We can’t believe how soon SS18 has rolled around – it seems like just yesterday we were fawning over the fall collections. 

While we’re sure to witness some stunning moments on this season’s runways, we’re also certain to see the lineups dominated by the same elite group of models we’ve been watching for months: the Jenners and Hadids of the world. If you’re sick of Kengi this year, we’ve pulled together a list of rising stars whose careers are worth keeping an eye on so you can say “I was following her on Insta before she hit 1M”. 

It’s become increasingly obvious that, if you’re looking to spot the next-big-thing, you should pay particular attention to two brands: Yeezy and Fenty x Puma. Both headed up by musicians-turned-designers, it seems that Kanye and Rihanna have an eye for more than just the latest sartorial styles. Models including Slick Woods and Halima Aden both made their Fashion Week debuts in a Yeezy lineup, and it seems like everyone who’s anyone has joined Riri’s cooler-than-thou club of badass females – all of whom can be seen in the Fenty Beauty preview that dropped this week. See how many faces you can name! 

An exclusive contract with industry heavy-weights like Louis Vuitton are not to be overlooked, either, and there was no shortage of signing new talent last season, which tends to lead to an explosion in demand for following fashion fixtures. 

While millennial spokeswoman Adwoa Aboah and this-is-just-an-e-cigarette-I-swear-officer Slick Woods may already be familiar names to you, they are still nowhere in the global, celebrity stratospheres of Kendall, Gigi and Bella, making them the leaders of this new generation of fashion faces whose talent is often backed by real-world experience. 

Check out 11 ones-to-watch this Fashion Week and scroll down to the bottom to shop our selection of outfits inspired by their model-off-duty looks: 

Adwoa Aboah

As well as walking for some of the biggest, most respected names in the industry, Adwoa Aboah has used her influence as a model and millennial icon to launch Gurls Talk, a platform and safe space for women to discuss all issues great and small. 

Slick Woods

You've already seen Slick Woods everywhere, from Yeezy lineups and Rihanna's Fenty shows to Marc Jacobs runways and Topshop campaigns. With her striking looks and DGAF attitude, it's been hard to miss this model's presence in the fashion world. 

Halima Aden

Halima Aden began life in a refugee camp in Kenya, before moving to the states with her parents aged six and later making history by getting to the semi-finals of the Miss Minnesota USA beauty pageant – without removing her hijab. She was quickly signed to IMG models and, like Slick Woods, made her fashion world debut in a Yeezy show. She's since walked the runway alongside the Hadids at Max Mara and landed her own front cover on CR Fashion Book.


We are obsessed by Dilone's breath-taking androgynous look, topped off with a signature crop of curls. She's walked for an A to Z of designer's names for both men's and women's collections, and throughout her career has let her bubbly personality shine through – making you not only want to book her for your show, but invite her to your birthday party, too. 

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Naki Depass

Naki Depass was discovered in her home country of Jamaica, and within a few months found herself on a London-bound plane to walk for Burberry. Since then, she's been welcomed by some of the most luxurious labels in the industry, modeling stunning looks for everyone from Prada and Givenchy to Céline. 

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Selena Forrest

When you've been on the cover of iD Magazine, you know you're on your way into the in-crowd. With her fresh face, Selena Forrest is bridging the gap between more youthful labels like Fenty x Puma and Louis Vuitton under Nicolas Ghesquière and slick, chic brands like Proenza Schouler, with whom she scored an exclusive contract back in spring 2016, which led her to model for the likes of Dior and Chanel. 

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Diana Veras

Diana Veras hasn't transitioned to the runway just yet, but we're ever-hopeful that this plus size model and body-positivity activist will begin to appear on the circuit soon – especially as more brands embrace diverse body types. She shares her unique sartorial style and to-die-for curls with her growing Instagram fanbase and has appeared in several major fashion publications, including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. 


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Giannina Oteto

Here is a woman who knows what she's about: Giannina Oteto's Insta bio reads "KENYAN / 5'9" – and she knows how to work it. You may recognize her as the eyes-rolled-to-the-back-of-her-head face of Childish Gambino's latest album, Awaken, My Love! , or, more likely, as another one of Kanye's regulars. Having escaped persecution in Kenya as a child with her family, Giannina is now working towards setting up a malaria foundation and hoping to build a hospital in her home country. 

Alexandra Micu

When a big-name brand like Louis Vuitton signs an exclusive contract with you, the fashion world starts paying close attention. That's exactly what happened to Romanian model Alexandra Micu, whose distinctive features could sky-rocket her into supermodel status before the season's out.

He Cong

He Cong gives off exceptionally cool vibes, the kind that can take you from the edgy appearances at Balenciaga to the dizzying heights of Chanel haute couture. Next stop: Alexander Wang's #WANGSQUAD?

Brittany Noon

Last year, Brittany Noon got to fulfil her childhood dreams of becoming a runway model when her SS17 Fashion Week schedule was filled with appearances at Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs among others. With her effortless, not-your-average beauty, it was obvious that this Antigua-born model was bound for stardom. It's been noted that her Caribbean roots and rising demand tell a similar story to Lineisy Montero's. 

Molly goddard Astra Dress - £525
Cooperative Plaid Button Down Cropped Top - $29
Liquor N Poker Plus Skinny Jeans With Distressing - $56
Fenty x Puma Suede Cleated Creeper - $160
Boohoo Hannah Cropped Shaggy Faux Fur Coat - $70
Elvi Velvet Floral Maxi Cami Dress - $53
Free People American Woman Jacket - $500
River Island Plus Pink Under cover Boyfriend T Shirt - $44
Topshop Crinkle Scoop Neck Vest - $38
& Other Stories Flare Denim Jeans - $85
Out From Under Triangle Crop Top - $20
& Other Stories Pleated Midi Skirt - $85
Boohoo Sonia Lace Insert Woven Slip Dress - $40
Marni Fuzzy Knitted Tank Top - $610
Missguided Black Pleated Faux Leather Midi Skirt - $67
Topshop Moto Seam Oversized Jacket - $90
ASOS Curve Off The Shoulder Mini Dress - $29
Out From Under Markie Seamless Tube Top - $18
Monki Imoo Worn Out Jeans - €40

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