Up and Coming Fashion Models to Look Out for the Spring 2024 Season

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The New York modeling industry is notoriously fickle. Hundreds, if not thousands, would claim themselves to be a ‘up-and-coming’ model in the city of around eight million people. Yet, there are only a few, at least in the fashion industry, that could truly be thought of as up-and-coming models. Those that qualify haven’t had just one stunning photoshoot for a brand, but several. They are claimed by ruling modeling agencies and have walked the runways for some of the largest designers during Fashion Week’s all around the world.

For New York Fashion Week (NYFW) spring 2024 season this September, Fashion Reverie has talked with model management agencies, researched the upcoming crop of models, and our picks are in. Below are the top eight models to keep your eye on the upcoming season.

Alay Deng

The key to being an amazing model is to add character to the clothing, and whether Alay Deng is the focus for an editorial or walking the runway, she manages to always add an extra layer of dimension to any look. Over the past few years, Deng has been gaining traction and has strutted the catwalk in not only New York Fashion Week, but also Paris and Milan. This season we’re looking forward to having her once again enter the sacred loins of New York Fashion Week. While we don’t yet know which shows she will be in, we’re all crossing our fingers in hopes she might again present for Marc Jacobs as she has in previous seasons.

Damian Finlayson

Finding a male model that has a dynamic and androgynous way of dressing might be becoming less rare, but that doesn’t mean it’s the norm. That is, unless you are Damian Finlayson, who has mastered the art of still looking masculine in the somewhat feminine looks that he is styled in. We’ve seen Damian walk in the Saint Laurent men’s show, as well as Vivienne Westwood, and Gucci under the directorship of Alessandro Michele. What’s next, you might wonder … wowing in New York!

Rose Pattenn

Already a NYFW native, Pattenn has walked in previous shows for Elena Valez, Vivienne Tam, and Raisa Vanessa—yes, the very same Raisa Vanessa who created a custom piece for the Beyonce Renaissance tour! This season there’s no telling what the striking model will be wearing, but without a doubt she’ll make our jaws drop.

Stephanie Quezada

There is something breath taking when a model is still able to keep a down-to-earth vibe while balancing a high-end life and Stephanie does this perfectly. Her fun and seemingly quirky attitude shines through every photoshoot and catwalk. Mainly based in New York, Quezada has modeled for Diesel, Laquan Smith, Prabal Gurung, and Marine Serre in recent years. Continuing to grow, we can look forward to seeing her on the runways of New York this fall.

Elizabeth Seibert

A bit more well-known is Liz Seibert. Going slightly viral on ‘modeltok’ in 2020, Seibert shares the less glamorous aspects of working in the modeling industry. Despite being open about these topics and sharing some of her recovery from an eating disorder on social media, she continues to gain traction within the industry and has started to walk for much larger brands such as Naeem Khan and Mouton Blanc in Paris.

Leissy de la Cruz

An international runway model that has stunned in all cities of ‘the Big Four’—New York, Paris, London, and Milan—it’s no shock that we’re looking forward to de la Cruz coming to NYFW this September. After walking in the Charlotte Knowles London runway last season and being cast in a Theophilio campaign, it seems like she could break the internet at any time.

Nariah Nicolle

Considered to be a doppelganger of Kendall Jenner, Nicolle has fought her way into being a well- known model during Milan Fashion Week. Hitting the catwalk for both Roberto Cavalli and Fendi Couture, she’s created quite the name for herself. The next step? Ruling the runways of New York!

Bastien de Bels

A male model prominent in Milan, Bastien de Bels has walked in runways for Emporio Armani and Fiorucci. Holding an equally prominent presence in the editorial world, de Bels brings life to advertisements. From a campaign for Replay to various Armani ads and GQ spreads, it’s exciting to observe de Bels create a solid place for himself in the industry.

—Sydney Yeager


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