Model of the Week

5096a050690c2_mMost people have an idea of what to expect when meeting a model. Dealing in fashion you meet quit a few of them. There are those times when I am really surprised at the person that is the model. Not because they are the beautiful people, but because they have the drive and the tenacity that you rarely see in this world, fashion or otherwise. I really had some trouble writing this. I thought, how can I portray him as the cool person he is? Then I realized, his kick ass pictures do him justice. I had the pleasure to interview my Model of the Week, Victor Kolyszko.

Question: What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet right now? The piece that you find yourself in all the time hoping it can last forever?
Answer: Working at American Eagle, I’ve had the pleasure to stock up on some awesome tanks for the summer. I find myself wearing them a lot haha.

Question: How would you define your personal style?
Answer: I hate the word “hipster” but I sometimes tend to fall into the style. Thanks to Chicago’s winters and being forced to layer constantly; as well as the fact that I’m frequently in Chicago’s Wicker Park area. I suppose I can be pretty hipster sometimes, although I sometimes just think I want all those hipsters out there on Instagram to follow me (haha). I can dress pretty classy on other days though too.

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Question: Tell me a little about yourself. Where were you born? What’s your educational background?
Answer: I’m originally from Minnesota but went to high school in Las Vegas (Random, I know). My dad’s originally from Chicago and I always sort of wanted to come back to the Midwest for school. Chicago’s a beautiful city, especially when we aren’t being hit by Snowpacalypses! I went to The School of the Art Institute for a few semesters and currently freelance a lot. I work on my visual art, while taking and teaching yoga classes, and model.

*Snowpacalypse – When large amounts of snow fall onto unsuspecting people in an urban area in a short amount of time. It wreaks havoc on the city, people start to claim to see Big Foot, and it seems all hope is lost of ever seeing a flower again. This happens in Chicago pretty much from November to late March.

Question: How has yoga helped you in the industry? Does it help you mellow out and stay fit?
Answer: Absolutely. I’m 6’6″, and I’ve never been able to touch my toes, until I started doing yoga for the last year and a half. I’m so much more flexible and it really keeps my mind at ease. It’s a great combination with my normal workout routine.

Question: How long have you worked as a model?
Answer: About a year now, it was in May of 2012 that I first started building a portfolio.

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Question: What fashion icons did you/ do you look up to?
Answer: I guess most of my inspiration comes from writers, visual artists and musicians. Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, Mark Ryden, and Imagine Dragons being a few. Hence my Lewis Carroll wrist tattoo (from his Jabberwocky poem in Through the Looking Glass). But in terms of fashion, Alexander McQueen is pretty great.

Question: When did you decide to start modeling?
Answer: I’ve always had a small interest in the modeling and fashion worlds, but never really planned on pursuing it. I was involved with theater and costume designing in high school. Took up some fashion illustration classes later here in Chicago at SAIC. But I responded to a Craigslist ad last year for a Sear’s runway show and things just started happening.

Question: What was your first show?
Answer: May of last year, the Sear’s runway show. It wasn’t as exciting as it sounds (haha).

Question: What do you like most about being a model?
Answer: The overall energy of the industry, especially from all the amazing stylists, photographers, and models out there.

Question: What is your favorite thing that you have modeled?
Answer: My favorite thing I’ve modeled was Rob Bacon’s jewelry last summer. The day we shot over downtown, Chicago was an outstanding summer day. My favorite event was working with Australian hair stylist last month at America’s Beauty Show at McCormick Place.

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Question: What do you like least about being a model?
Answer: You either make it or you don’t in this industry, the modeling world, and that’s a tough reality. If you’re strong, and you know this, you can do great things. That’s what can be challenging at times with modeling.

Question: What are your goals in the fashion industry?
Answer: Just to continue networking and never stop meeting and working with talented, amazing people. I look forward to moving back to the West Coast.

Question: If you could model for any brand, who would it be?
Answer: Topman, without a doubt. They just have a great look and it’s a goal of mine to work with them.

500af1932e15e_mQuestion: Working in the modeling industry, I know there are tons of beauty products you get to test. Any that you swear by?
Answer: Working America’s Beauty Show, I received a ton of free hair products and this hair oil called “Crazy Smooth Color Proof Extreme Shine Treatment Oil”. It does wonders. I also have an aloe plant and that does amazing things to your skin.

Question: What do you think makes you stand out?
Answer: My height and it’s really sad because it’s the first thing people notice about me. Not that I’m self-conscious, it’s just a funny, sad reality for me.

Model of the Week

I’ve had a little bit of a girl fetish on her since I was thirteen…after all, she is one-third of the Harry Potter trio…and anyone who knows me knows that I am addicted to all things Harry Potter. But after the wands were put down the public began to see she had more up her sleeve than fictitious spells…or maybe she does have a little magic in her. Thank God we have people like her father, Chris Watson, to whisper in her ear “Don’t get carried away. You’re not Audrey Hepburn yet.” That may be so, but this girl doesn’t need a famous breakfast in New York City or a face of stone in Rome to make her famous…she’s already there. The Model of the Week is Emma Watson.

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born on April 15, 1990 in where else…Paris. I know, right? She lived in Paris with her attorney parents Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson until age 5, when her parents divorced. Watson moved to Oxfordshire with her mother and younger brother, transitioning sometimes to her father’s house in London.

Something must have happened in that move because shortly after Watson decided that she wanted to become an actress. She performed for the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theater Arts until the age of ten. She was discovered in 1999 by casting agents looking for the future Hermoine Granger. In 2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as it is known here in the United States) was released and became the highest grossing film of 2001. Watson won the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress for her performance. Watson says in a 2007 interview that if she had known how big the Harry Potter series was she “would have been completely overwhelmed.”

My favorite Emma Watson outfit!

The Harry Potter film series, consisting of eight films, is the highest grossing film series of all time with more than $7.7 billion dollars in the bank. When your face is known all over the globe by age eleven, and you have an iconic role that will probably even be talked about at your funeral in eighty years, what do you do next? Watson clearly found her release in fashion. At the age of 15, Watson became the youngest celebrity to appear on the cover of Teen Vogue. Watson is a little short to walk the runway being only 5’6″, but she has found a home in print advertisements. In 2009, Watson made her modeling premiere as the face of Burberry for their A/W 2009 campaign. She did such a good job that Burberry chose her for their S/S 2010 along with her brother Alex, model Max Hurd, and musicians George Craig and Matt Gilmour.

“Fashion is a great way to empower people and give them skills; rather than give cash to charity you can help people by buying the clothes they make and supporting things they take pride in”

By now Watson was already signed to Storm Model Management’s special bookings division. In addition to modeling for Burberry and attending America’s elite ivy league Brown University, Watson also started a project with People Tree. People Tree is a fair trade fashion brand located in the United Kingdom. Starting in 2009, Watson worked as a creative advisor, free of charge, for the company and released a line of clothing for the S/S 2010 season. The line received a good review through the U.K’s The Times and received a fair amount of press in Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and People.

Watson released another line with People Tree for the A/W 2010 season. In 2011, the British version of Elle magazine gave Watson a style icon award that was presented to her by Vivienne Westwood. In March of 2011, Lancôme announced that Watson would be the new face of their brand; following in the footsteps of Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Kate Winslet and Penélope Cruz.

You look at people like Watson and you think, “How does she do all this?” She has a fashion line, she’s a model, she’s an actress, you see her at fashion week. How does she pull these strings? Sometimes it comes from who you know, but with people like Watson it has to be something different. Clearly she has talent, her career has gone beyond Harry Potter. Watson is not one of the girls who relies solely on her connections; she uses her mind, looks at the camera, and is just comfortable being herself.

Model of the Week


I’ve seen this girl for months and I can’t get her out of my mind. I’ve searched forums, online catalogs, blogs, EVERYTHING! I see her in advertisements, I see her at Macy’s and I can’t stop wishing that I knew her name. AARRGH! What is it about this girl? I know I’m going to sound like an 80s classic song with Molly Ringwald somewhere in the background, but it’s something about her eyes. This girl is a beast in the making (that’s a good thing), I know it. I just wish I knew who she was! Finally I found her today on the Rugby by Ralph Lauren blog. Whew! I give you the model I have wanted to make a Model of the Week since I saw her on an ad two years ago. I give you Selina Khan.

Khan was born on…uhhmm…well…no one is quite sure. Finding her age and date of birth was almost as hard as finding her name. Several things are for sure; she is from the island of Martinique in the French West Indies and she was a contestant in the 2007 Elite Model Look contest of France. So that would make Khan around 18 or 19 years old since most contestants in Models of the World or Model Look contests are between 13-15 years of age. Even though Khan did not win the 2007 Elite Model Look contest of France she was one of the 12 finalists that were flown to Paris. Just because she didn’t walk away with the grand prize didn’t mean that she would walk away empty-handed. Elite Model Management Paris scooped her up faster than you can say ice cream. Elite Model Management Milan and One Management New York soon followed suit.

Many supermodels in the industry have a person or a designer to thank for their moment of stardom. Marky Mark owes it all to Calvin Klein underwear. And where would Tyra Banks be without a little lace, a few wings, and a nipple pasty? I think Khan can thank one major designer and one major magazine; Teen Vogue and Ralph Lauren. Very soon after her Elite contest let down she got a call that many girls would’ve traded for the Elite contest altogether; an editorial spread in Teen Vogue shot by Bruce Weber. Weber has made Calvin Klein advertisements what they are today; a black and white melting pot of sex, homosexual nature, and awe. Maybe its a coincidence that two years before Weber shot a campaign for Ralph Lauren (who knows), but soon after that October 2008 editorial in Teen Vogue Ralph Lauren called Khan to walk for the S/S’ 2009 Ready-to-Wear campaign.

That definitely got her foot in the door. After her Ralph Lauren runway show many started to ask, “Who is this girl?” She didn’t look like any major supermodel at that time or of years’ past. Khan can thank her unique background for that. Khan’s mom is Indian, mixed with Arabic and Creole, and her dad is Vietnamese. ADAM, Lacoste, Nanette Lepore, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti decided to use Khan in their runway shows too that S/S’ 2009 season. In between her runway shows she did another editorial for Teen Vogue and was featured in an editorial piece for 10 Magazine about the blast of ethnic models now entering the fashion industry.

F/W’ 2009 was Khan’s time to shine. Teen Vogue chose Khan to be one of three models for their Next Top Models editorial piece. Khan was picked as a model for two now famous holiday campaigns; Ralph Lauren Rugby and Gap. Plus she modeled for Lacoste. That season alone she walked the Ready-to-wear runways of Charlotte Ronson, DKNY, Lela Rose, Nanette Lepore, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, TSE, Tuleh, United Bamboo, and Veronique Leroy.

Trust that yours truly likes a lot of research to go behind any and every post on this blog. So it was hard for me to find research for Selina Khan in 2010. Where did she go? Not that many editorials or magazine shoots. It seemed as if she just disappeared off of the face of the earth. It took me awhile to find that Khan was in 2010 where models should be; on the runway. In the S/S’ 2009 Ready-to-Wear runway season Khan walked for Charlotte Ronson, Malandrino, Milly, Tuleh, Vivienne Tam. Her catalog and editorial shoots may not have been as long as your arm, but the Nordstrom June (Twilight themed), Prom, and Holiday Catalog; a shoot for Vera Wang, and modeling for the Ralph Lauren Rugby F/W’ 2010 Lookbook isn’t too shabby.

We’re only three months into 2011 and already Khan has had more work than most run-of-the-mill models will see this year. Let’s see; she was in London’s F/W’ 2012 Fashion Week walking for KTZ and Jean-Pierre Braganza. She modeled in the Urban Outfitters early S/S’ 2011 catalog. She has a very glamour/sexy-esque editorial picture in the March 2011 issue of Allure Magazine. In the S/S’ 2011 runway season she walked for Band of Outsiders, Daniel Vosovic, Rachel Comey, and Rebecca Taylor.

I think the reason so many people are enraptured with this young woman is because she’s a real chick. You look at her interviews and she’s talking about iPods, laying on the beach, and her family. Because of her mixed blood she looks like the girl next door and can have many girls from many cultures relate to her. Not only that, but there are tons of pictures of her online posing with friendly fans and faces who saw her in the street. Most models wouldn’t be caught dead without some M.A.C.; but here she is, walking the streets of New York with no makeup and a smile on her face. She’s the girl you invite over to watch a movie and she’s an international supermodel. Who knew it could be possible? Oh yeah, and she loves Harry Potter. Five stars in my book.

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Model of the Week

Choosing my first Model of the Week for the year of 2011, I knew I had to pick someone special. Someone current, with pizzaz and flair.I wanted to pick someone who had the feeling I wanted to convey on this blog for this year; innovation. I went through several models and several drafts to get to this so I hope you all like my choice. My first Model of the Week for 2011 is Kendra Spears.

Kendra Spears was born August 5, 1988 in Seattle, Washington. Just to prove she’s not the regular stereotypical run-of-the-mill dumb model, she graduated from high school in 2007 with a high school diploma and an associate degree through a dual credit program with her high school, South Kitsap High School. That fall like most normal American teenagers Spears started to attend college. She enrolled in Portland State University as a sociology major.

Around that same time, rather remarkably Spears was discovered by someone working at Ford Models. Not on the street or in a casting call, but on Myspace. Believe it or not, Ford Models held a Myspace casting and even though the deadline had passed, so many fans wanted Spears in the competition that she became a write-in. Keep in mind that at this time Spears is a senior at Portland State at the age of 19 (thanks associate degree program) and she also had braces! Spears became a finalist in the international competition. Even though Spears lost the competition that year to South Korean model Seung-Hyun, Spear’s unbelievable connection to the camera and her uncanny resistance to models of past still got her a contract with Ford Models.

That September Spears made her runway debut at the S/S’ 09 show in the Trovata show in New York City. She also modeled for Isaac Mizrahi, L’Wren Scott, and Ports 1961 under the New York fashion tents that month. Less than two weeks later Spears found herself in Milan opening for John Richmond and walking for lines like Valentino, Gucci, and Hermès. Talk about taking a step outside of the college classroom! By Christmas 2008 Spears had scored not one, but two covers, Cover Magazine and Italian Amica respectively. Spears may have said that school was her priority and modeling was just a hobby until she got her degree, but by January 2009 it was clear that Spears had a full-fledged career. College might just have to wait for a little while.

In the fashion tents of Milan in February 2009 Spears held a coveted spot as she closed the F/W’ 2009 Moschino show. Everyone knows that the last model to walk down the runway holding the designer’s hand was something of an inspiration for the designer while they created the line. Shortly after that show Style.com featured Spears as one of it’s rising stars in the modeling world. With all of that going on who wouldn’t want to make the best out of their situation and get more cash? Spears left her contract with Ford Models to sign with Next Model Management Agency.

Or so she thought, in May of 2009 Ford Models sued Next Model Management and Spears herself in order to force her to complete the contract she originally signed! Spears was becoming a big name, some calling her the next Cindy Crawford. With titles like that walking through the door Ford claimed in the suit that “Kendra Spears is one of the shining stars of the Ford development system. Signed as a prospect while still a teenager in braces, for more than a year, Ford has painstakingly cultivated Spears – literally, taught her how to be an international fashion model. She is about to become one of a handful of the world’s most sought-after high fashion models” I think that last sentence means, ” We just realized how much money walked out of the door when we saw that she was on the cover of Vogue Italia in March 2009.” The feud between Ford and Next had been coming for a while. Ford had already lost three models and two bookers to Next that year alone, so the ‘Cindy Crawford look-a-like’ leaving too would’ve done nothing but stir some more drama into the mix. The case was never settled publicly, but as of right now Spear’s name and editorial shots are on the Next Model Management website as a model signed with the New York City agency.

In July of 2009 Spears was on the cover of Dazed & Confused Magazine, photographed by Mariano Vivanco. She was also in the Givenchy couture show in Paris that month. Spears got one of the best presents a model can get on her 21st birthday; the face of a campaign! Spears became one of the faces of Prada, photographed by one of my favorites in the business, Steven Meisel. Now, not only was style.com recognizing her talent but Teen Vogue claimed that Spears was a rising star as well; in my opinion they were kind of late on the band waggon, Spears was a threat. That fall she opened the S/S’ 2010 Badgley Mischka and Diane Von Furstenberg shows in New York and closed for Rochas.

In the fifteen months since Spears walked for Diane Von Furstenberg Spears has been on two covers, in seven editorials, walked for fashion greats like Prada, Fendi, Chanel, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, and Miu Miu, plus she’s gotten herself one of the best gigs in the modeling world; an advertisement campaign with Calvin Klein. Spears closed the S/S’ 2011 Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti show in New York this past fall. At the time of this post Kendra Spears has already snagged herself a cover with the Japanese version of Vogue. Spears is definitely the type of woman who your parents will bring up in arguments saying, “Why can’t you be more like her?” Because she sets her goals high and her faith in herself even higher, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of or diminished. There’s honestly nothing she can’t do

Model of the Week

Believe it or not I was researching another male to be this Model of the Week when I decided to take a quick look at model.com’s Top 50 Male Models of the Week. When I saw this guy’s face everyone else was put out of the running and I knew I had to choose him. I know it’s bad to think sexy thoughts when you’re trying to choose a Model of the Week (You’re supposed to admire them for their talent), but good Lord! Have you seen those lips? I couldn’t stop myself from thinking about chocolate and whipped cream when I looked into his eyes…..ahem, excuse me. This Model of the Week, the gorgeous and smart, Nate Gill.

Nate Gill at 21 years old is all-American. He was born April 3, 1989 in San Fransisco. During his freshman year of college, while working at Starbucks, Gill decided to attend in open casting call in his hometown. He was signed with City Models in San Fransisco. In an interview I found, Gill says that his first modeling gig was with the store Mervyn’s and he made $500….I think Mervyn’s definitely could’ve coughed up some more dough for those abs.

Beyoncé (center) Nate Gill far right

In 2008, Gill also signed with Major Model Management in New York City. His first job might’ve been sub par but his second and third jobs in the modeling industry are unheard of for a first time model. His second job was an advertisement campaign for Polo; and his third job was a spread in the November 2008 issue of V Magazine with Beyoncé shot by world-famous photographer Bruce Weber. Gill did such a good job on that spread that Weber hand selected the model to do a campaign that same year for Abercrombie & Fitch. Talk about a good start…

January 2009 was the first time the fashion world saw Nate Gill work it on the runway. I would say he did a pretty good job, considering that he debuted as an exclusive model for two major fashion brands; the Calvin Klein show in Milan and the Givenchy show in Paris. In a Best New Designers editorial piece for GQ magazine in the February 2009 issue, Gill is modeling the sportswear of a soon-to-be big name on the red carpets of the world, Yigal Azrouël. He got his second stint in a GQ editorial four months later in the June 2009 issue, shot by photographer Paola Kudacki.Gill also modeled for the spring issue of GQ Style that year. Then came the advertisement campaigns; Gill will be able to look back and say, “Remember when I did my first advertisement campaign spread for Ralph Lauren Rugby?” Yeah, real small time. In between the advertisements Gill walked the S/S’ runways in June for such brands as Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Versace, and Vivienne Westwood in Milan. At the end of 2009, Gill posed in the advertisement campaign that catapulted his career even further than before, for the F/W’ 2009 DKNY Jeans Collection.

Nate Gill F/W' 2009 DKNY Jeans

2010 started off extremely well for Gill, he became one of the faces of Tommy Hilfiger S/S’ 2010 clothing line. Considering the fact that Tommy Hilfiger has blatantly stated in the past that “I don’t design my clothes for urban people” (people of color), it’s nice to see that since the brand was sold in 2006 people of color are popping up on the runway and in the advertisement campaigns more often. Gill is definitely not a ritzy model, in an interview with Giant Magazine Gill talked about how the lines of color were definitely changing slowly but surely, and how he was happy to be a part of it. 2010 seems to be the year of two for Gill. He did two campaigns for Esprit (Summer, F/W’ 2010), he did two advertisement campaigns for Y-3 ( S/S’, F/W’ 2010), and he walked down the runway twice for Tommy Hilfiger. Not to mention his Vogue shoot, his MaxMara F/W’ 2010 shoot, and his editorial spreads for Flaunt and L’Optimum. Nate Gill definitely has arrived.

One of the things that attracted me the most to Gill was his intelligence and his need to keep his life humble. It was so refreshing to see a guy who continuously praises God for each and every one of the blessings that he has received through modeling; a guy who realizes that no success comes without a strong foundation. In my research for Gill, I found several articles where he talked about the importance of eating right,staying active, and having strong faith. Gill makes no point to hide that he is a christian, and he hopes that through his success from modeling he can become an advocate for christian youth.

I can say honestly, I am proud to be able to write a piece about Nate Gill for this blog. Gill is one of those guys that you know could literally do anything that they put their minds to. He is one of the top male models in the leauge and after reading so much about him, I would expect nothing less. It makes me proud to know that there are smart, intelligent black men for young black boys to look up to that have their heads on straight. Someone to show young colored boys, from the brightest of yellows to the darkest of browns, that you don’t have to automatically become a rapper and talk about tricks and whores (excuse let’s use the ebonics term, ‘ho) and all the dope you smoked growing up in the ‘hood. There are other paths that lead to success and Gill has taken his path to success and run on it. Yes, Gill is an amazing commercial model, but my favorite shots of him that I found were the Polaroids and the moments caught behind-the-scenes; in those photos you see such an innocence and light flowing from him that I hope won’t fade with the bourgeois demeanor of the fashion industry. Even though Gill’s supermodel rap sheet is a bit short right now, I definitely know it won’t be this short next year; this guy is way too talented and too damn good looking.

Reference:

http://giantmag.com/culture/marcusscott/technicolor-male-models-giant-talks-to-nate-gill-about-the-fashion-world/

http://nymag.com/fashion/models/ngill/nategill/

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Model of the Week

I realized this week that I have never picked a model of Asian decent. What?! How could I do this? After all, I’m learning Mandarin Chinese and Asian models are the fastest growing race category in the modeling industry. So I decided to choose the Chinese ground breaker herself, Liu Wen. She’s one of the few models that can transition to and from The Three C’s of posing (Commercial, Catalog, and Couture). Which means, as my queens would say, she’s a beast. This Model of the Week is none other than Liu Wen.

Liu Wen was born in Yongzhou in the Hunan Province of China on January 27, 1988. In 2005, while working as a tour guide, she decided to enter the New Silk Road World Model Contest. Famous faces like Du Juan have gotten their spotlight due to this annual model search. Wen wasn’t in it for the fame and the pictures, she was in the contest to win one of its grand prizes; a laptop! Wen didn’t win the contest, but as one of the finalist she did receive a lot of local exposure. Good bye laptop, hello model. Due to her new-found fame Wen decided to move to Beijing and pursue her fashion career in the editorial market.

In 2007 Wen received a boost, she was chosen to be the May 2007 cover model for the Chinese version of FHM. Three months later in July 2007 she got editorials for the Chinese versions of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Wen started to become known among the elite in the fashion industry and was chosen for an editorial in the September 2007 Chinese version of Cosmopolitan where she was styled by fashion heavyweights like Karl Lagerfeld and Viktor & Rolf. She ended 2007 by gracing the December 2007 issue of Chinese Marie Claire, wearing nothing with only a handbag covering her long frame.

It was no surprise that 2008 started off with Wen signing with Marilyn Agency in Paris. Marilyn Agency works with models such as the legendary Kate Moss and Adriana Lima. By signing with Marilyn Agency Wen put herself in the international market. Wen made her European debut for the Fall/Winter 2008 fashion lines of Chanel, Hermès, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, and Maison Martin Margiela shows in Paris. She was chosen to close the Fall/Winter 2008 Trussardi show in Milan. March 2008 gave Wen another cover under her belt, for the Chinese version of Elle along with Emma Pei. In September 2008 Wen made her American debut walking for the Spring/Summer 2009 runways of Ralph Lauren. That next month Wen was named one of Style.com’s Top Ten Newcomers of the Season; a list that has consistently predicted which models to watch. That same month she signed a contract with Calvin Klein to be one of the faces for their new fragrance called One. Her Calvin Klein spread was photographed by model maker and trendsetter Steven Meisel.

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim-Beauty

Unlike 2008 when Wen was growing into her own as a model and just coming onto the scene, 2009 was the year for Wen to solidify her place in the fashion industry. Which is probably why New York Look featured Wen as a rising star in early 2009. In February, Wen was already on the runways of New York, Paris, and Milan for some of fashion’s leading designers such as Anna Sui, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Chloé, Lanvin, Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier. That spring she appeared in an editorial for one of my favorite magazines, Teen Vogue, as well as Chinese Vogue, Italian Flair, the British version of Harper’s Bazaar, and i-D. DKNY called up Wen to appear in advertisements that spring, too and decided to use Nathaniel Goldberg as the photographer.

In the fall of 2009 Liu Wen became a legend. For the Spring/Summer 2010 runway Wen became the second booked model of the season with seventy shows. She also became the first model of Asian decent ever to walk the Victoria Secret Runway Show. 2010 started off with Wen becoming the new face of the Calvin Klein fragrance, CK. She not only appeared in the January issue of Chinese Vogue, but the February issue too. In April Wen received what is considered by most models to be a never-ending golden ticket; a cosmetics modeling contract with Estee Lauder, being the first Asian model to do so.

Fall 2010 Couture Elie Saab-Runway

2010 isn’t even over yet, and already Wen is breaking new ground. I love writing about models like Liu Wen. Whether consciously or not, they change the world and prove to others that it shouldn’t matter what color we are or where we came from. If you can do the job it should be yours. Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gautier predicted it and we should’ve listened; this girl is a star. Liu Wen’s career is on the up and up, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.