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Some of this season's most in-demand models walked enough catwalks to turn their stilettos into flats.

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WWD Collections issue 10/29/2007

Some of this season’s most in-demand models walked enough catwalks to turn their stilettos into flats. In fact, some agents even began curbing the number of shows their clients could book. But with nothing more than the designer frocks on their backs, the Eight girls listed below were supernovas in their own right.

Name: Natasha Poly
Hometown: Perm, Russia
Age: 22
Shows booked: 53 (opened: six, closed: three)
“This was my first time opening Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana. I love walking all the Milan shows and this was a dream come true.”

Name: Agyness Deyn
Hometown: Littleborough, England
Age: 24
Shows booked: 30 (opened: four, closed: six)
“It was great having my parents backstage with me during New York Fashion Week. My mum became mates with all the backstage photographers. She was taking pictures of them.
It was really funny.”

Name: Tanya Dziahileva
Hometown: Minsk, Belarus
Age: 16
Shows booked: 55 (opened: five, closed: five)
“My favorite moment was opening Versace.”

Name: Catherine McNeil
Hometown: Brisbane, Australia
Age: 18
Shows booked: 34 (opened: four, closed: two)
“The glamour of fashion week is fun, but the best part for me was diving into the Smarties chocolate ice creams backstage at Lanvin.”

Name: Suvi Koponen
Hometown: Vantaa, Finland
Age: 19
Shows booked: 65 (opened: seven, closed: seven)
“I love the shows, but my favorite moment was the day after when I could get up at 9 a.m. instead of 5 a.m.”

Name: Kasia Struss
Hometown: Ciechanów, Poland
Age: 19
Shows booked: 74 (opened: five, closed: four)
“All of fashion week is awesome.”

Name: Lily Donaldson
Hometown: London, England
Age: 20
Shows booked: 43 (opened: three, closed: two)
“I love getting rid of pent-up energy. Going crazy during the Sonia Rykiel finale was fun and role-playing for John Galliano was a blast.”

Name: Olga Sherer
Hometown: Minsk, Belarus
Age: 20
Shows booked: 53 (opened: five, closed: eight)
“I was exhausted after the New York shows, but the designers in London were so great to work with, it made me really excited to be on their catwalks.”

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