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Vertical Horizons: New Faces at Fashion Week

With stars in their eyes, these fresh runway beauties are poised to take New York’s fashion week by storm.

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With stars in their eyes, these fresh runway beauties are poised to take New York’s fashion week by storm.

Xiaoyi Dai/Elite NY
Hometown: Qingdao, China
Age: 19
Height: 5 feet, 11 inches
Hair: Black
Eyes: Hazel
Fashion inspiration: Modern art and independent movies
Dream show to walk in: Alexander McQueen
Person I hope to see in the front row: Sarah Jessica Parker
Song I would most like to walk the runway to: “Freedom ’90” by George Michael
How I got into modeling: I was a professional fencer but my mum thought that the bruising was too much for a girl and suggested I try another career.

Tabea Koebach/Marilyn
Hometown: Berlin
Age: 19
Height: 5 feet, 10.5 inches
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Fashion inspiration: Kate Moss
Dream show to walk in: Marc Jacobs
Person I hope to see in the front row: My mom.
Fashion week must-have: Comfortable shoes.
How I got into modeling: I was discovered hanging out in Berlin.

Yulia Kharlapanova/Women
Hometown: Chelyabinsk, Russia
Age: 18
Height: 5 feet, 11 inches
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Fashion inspiration: My mother, Yanna Kharlapanova.
Person I hope to see in the front row: I wish my family could see me!
Must-have travel item: Pillowcase from home.
Song I would most like to walk the runway to: “Running up that Hill” by Kate Bush
Fashion week must-have: MetroCard

Sarah Stephens/Next Management
Hometown: Sydney
Age: 18
Height: 5 feet, 10 inches
Hair: Dark brown
Eyes: Hazel
Fashion inspiration: Lou Doillon
Dream show to walk in: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Most embarrassing fashion moment: A hoodie fell over my face on the catwalk and I lost my way.
Song I would most like to walk the runway to: David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel”
Favorite fashion week snack: Apples and lollies

Sigrid Agren/New York Models
Hometown: Martinique, France
Age: 16
Height: 5 feet, 10 inches
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Fashion inspiration: The street.
Dream shows to walk in: Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Anna Sui
Song I would most like to walk the runway to: “Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn and John
Fashion week must-have: Band-Aids
Favorite fashion week snack: Cereal bars and dried fruit

Evelina Mambetova/Supreme
Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine
Age: 17
Height: 5 feet, 11 inches
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Fashion inspiration: Coco Chanel
Person I hope to see in the front row: Sasha Pivovarova
I never travel without: Pictures from home.
Most embarrassing fashion moment: None yet, thankfully!
Fashion week must-have: Lots of water, sleep and Bumble and bumble Finishing Serum.

Ataui Deng/Trump
Hometown: San Antonio; born in Sudan
Age: 16
Height: 5 feet, 11 inches
Hair: Dark brown
Eyes: Brown
Fashion inspiration: John Galliano
Dream shows to walk in: Anna Sui and Marc Jacobs
Song I would most like to walk the runway to: “Shut Up and Let Me Go” by The Ting Tings
Fashion week must-have: Alarm clock
Favorite fashion week snack: Whatever is an arm’s-length away.

Vanessa Michels/One Model Management
Hometown: Criciúma, Brazil
Age: 19
Height: 5 feet, 9.5 inches
Hair: Red
Eyes: Blue
Fashion inspiration: Isabeli Fontana
Dream show to walk in: Marc Jacobs
Person I hope to see in the front row: Steven Meisel
Most embarrassing fashion moment: When I lost my shoes on the catwalk.
Fashion week must-have: Water, fruit and salads.

Lula Makaganchuck/IMG
Hometown: Donetsk, Ukraine
Age: 18
Height: 5 feet, 10 inches
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Fashion inspiration: Models who become not only famous models but great businesswomen.
Dream shows to walk in: Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren
Person I hope to see in the front row: Anna Wintour
Fashion week must-have: A map
Favorite fashion week snack: Fruit

Irina Denisova/DNA
Hometown: Moscow
Age: 17
Height: 5 feet, 9 inches
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Fashion inspirations: Natalia Vodianova, Sasha Pivovarova and Kate Moss.
Dream shows to walk in: Galliano and Marc Jacobs
Song I would most like to walk the runway to: “No Stress” by Laurent Wolf
Fashion week must-have: High heels, my book and a subway map.
How I got into modeling: I was in a Moscow cafe studying with friends when a scout spotted me.

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