Have you heard of model Lineisy Montero?


Dominican model Lineisy Montero presenting a creation from the Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2016/17 ready-to-wear collection. Photo: EPA

[caption id="attachment_197739" align="alignright" width="419"]lineisy montero Montero walking for Isabel Marant at Paris Fashion Week. Photo: EPA[/caption]

With over 60 catwalk shows under her belt over the last round of fashion weeks, Lineisy Montero proved an all-round hit among ready-to-wear designers and fashion houses.

At a time when the world's catwalks seem to be moving forward on racial diversity, this Dominican beauty could be on the way to becoming the top model of tomorrow, following in the footsteps of Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and other star models who went on to become icons of the fashion world.

Far from the likes of Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and other ultra-connected, media-hyped models, Montero is carving out a successful career on the runway in a much more discreet but nonetheless effective way.

Spotted by a casting director while on a day out at a theme park, the young brunette was thrust into the forefront of fashion from 2015, and hasn't looked back since. In fact, this rising star has enjoyed a rapid ascension to the dizzy heights of the fashion world.

Italian fashion house Prada played a major role in kick-starting Montero's career, as it was Miuccia Prada in person who picked the model for the label's Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 show – and as a Prada exclusive, to boot. This proved a pretty exceptional appearance, first of all because black models are few and far between on the Prada catwalk, but above all because of her highlighted presence in the show.

Miuccia shone the spotlight firmly on this model, as while all the others walked with straightened hair pulled back in ponytails, Montero trod the runway with her natural hairstyle, with no extensions added to her afro crop. With such a standout role in the show, the newcomer couldn't fail to create a buzz.

And so, the gaze of designers from all over the world was drawn to this long, lean model with her almond eyes. With a natural style that's almost captivating in the world of high fashion, Montero notched up a host of catwalk appearances in the first 2015 session, with shows for Loewe, Balenciaga, Celine, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, and, of course, Prada's sister label Miu Miu. Her career was now most definitely on the up.

While catwalk shows help get models known to designers and gain visibility in the fashion world, the ultimate prize comes with a long-awaited advertising campaign.

After Prada, Montero was then chosen to star in the Louis Vuitton Ladies At The Bath campaign, shot by Juergen Teller.

From then on, Montero was known to all the labels, stepping back on to the catwalk for Autumn/Winter 2015 haute couture shows for Atelier Versace, Dior, Giambattista Valli, Fendi and Valentino. And the buzz surrounding the model showed no sign of waning for the Spring/Summer 2016 season, with dozens of show bookings to her name.

But it was the last round of fashion weeks that really confirmed her status as one of the hottest models of the moment, as Montero featured in over 60 catwalk shows in the four fashion capitals, including Jason Wu, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY and Marc Jacobs in New York, J.W. Anderson, Topshop and Burberry in London; Prada, Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and Versace in Milan; and Elie Saab, Mugler, Lanvin, Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton in Paris.

The next step for Montero is to build on this success and make it last. However, she looks to have a good chance of joining the short list of models to have made their mark on the very closed world of designer fashion. – AFP Relaxnews

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