4 top models who made the headlines in 2015

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  • Friday, 04 Dec 2015

Gigi Hadid during the Victoria's Secret fashion show. Photo: Reuters

As 2015 comes to an end, it's time to take stock of the models who've been big news this year. From Kendall Jenner to Gigi Hadid, here's our list of the models who are currently at the top of the fashion world.

Kendall Jenner, the star model

Kendall Jenner during the Victoria's Secret show in New York. Photo: AFP
Kendall doing a runway show for Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. Photo: EPA

If there's one name to remember this year, it's undoubtedly that of Kim Kardashian's half-sister Kendall Jenner, who has been courted by the most famous ready-to-wear brands and couture fashion houses, starting with Olivier Rousteing, Balmain's creative director.

In 2015, this young woman who is just 20 won a string of contracts including ad campaigns for Estee Lauder, Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, Balmain and Topshop, and catwalk work for Chanel, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and Fendi.

In November, this slender brunette was even selected for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, the most highly anticipated fashion show of the year for models.

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Gigi Hadid during the Victoria's Secret fashion show. Photo: Reuters

Gigi Hadid, the top model on her way up

The pretty blonde with blue-green eyes has all it takes to become a supermodel in the years to come. Aged only 20, this young woman has already a very impressive CV, as she began her career when she was just three.

Just like Kendall, Gigi Hadid was selected for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. An announcement which greatly moved her, as can be seen in the video of her audition that she put on Instagram.

In 2015, she also did catwalk work for Balmain, Elie Saab, Versace and Tommy Hilfiger, plus ad campaigns for Balmain, Topshop, Tom Ford, Max Mara, and Guess.

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Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss in a Mango campaign.

Cara Delevingne, the top model on her way out

While she is not likely to be headline news as a top model in 2016, there was a lot said about Cara Delevingne this year, mainly because she is stepping away from the modelling world. She explained her reasons to a magazine that mentioned her desire to work in movies.

Since then, the woman who could have become THE top model of the future has begun an acting career with a role in Pan alongside Hugh Jackman, and the teen flick Paper Towns, among others.

She is also expected to be seen in Suicide Squad and Valerian, which are slated for release in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Cara did make an appearance in the Stella McCartney lingerie campaign, but it was for a breast cancer charity.

She is not the only one to have said farewell to the catwalk, as Gisele Bundchen also retired from fashion show work in April.

Stella Maxwell, the latest to emerge

A lot was written about this Belgian 24-year-old top model this year, due to her presence in both advertising campaigns and on the catwalk for famous brands and her relationship with Miley Cyrus.

This blue-eyed blonde became a Victoria's Secret Angel in April. This could quickly make her one of the most in-demand models on the planet. While she does not yet have the CV of her peers, Stella Maxwell is far from a novice.

She has paraded down the catwalk for Chanel, Balmain, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Fendi, Gilles, Marc Jacobs and Moschino, and posed for Ermanno Scervino and H&M. – AFP Relaxnews

British model Stella is also a Victoria's Secret Angel in this year's show. Photo: AFP
Stella Maxwell with fashion designer Jeremy Scott at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo: AFP


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