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Model of the Year: Loose's Look at the Nominees

One of the most important dates in the fashion calendar, the British Fashion Council is holding their annual Fashion Awards next Monday. From Designer of the Year to Best Independent Brand, the awards celebrate the best in the industry. Loose takes a look at the nominees for Model of the Year, and their journey to where they are today.

Bella Hadid for Vogue

Bella Hadid

Miss Bella Hadid is an icon. The sister of Gigi Hadid, Bella started modelling in 2014, and has since made a name for herself. In 2016, she also won Model of the Year, alongside being on the cover of Vogue twenty-seven times. This year has definitely been the year of Bella Hadid; we can’t forget the Coperni spray-on dress, modelled by Bella herself. Or, the countless fashion trends caused by her personal style, the most recent of which being mini Uggs (which sold out in twenty-four hours from Bella’s influence.) With her grasp on pop culture, will this award her Model of the Year?

Quannah Chasinghorse for ELLE

Quannah Chasinghorse

From the Hän Gwich'in and Oglala Lakota tribes, Quannah Chasinghorse is an Indigenous model and activist known for beautiful embracing her heritage within her craft. Growing up she loved fashion, but felt there was a lack of Indigenous representation — so she became one herself. We loved her look at this year’s Met Gala, sporting a Prabal Gurang gown and accessories by Indigenous artist Lenise Omeasoo. She was also recently named by Vogue as one of the freshest faces in fashion, so the question is, will she win Model of the Year 2022?

Lila Moss for Ermanno Scervino

Lila Moss

Daughter of supermodel Kate Moss, Lila is beginning to make a name for herself. This year, she opened the Fendi with her mum sitting proudly front row. At this year’s Met Gala, Lila sported a Burberry ensemble, showing off the insulin monitor on her arm. As a wonderful source of representation for diabetics, and her ongoing success within fashion, could this year be hers?

Paloma Elesser for i-D

Paloma Elesser

Paloma was scouted on instagrams by makeup artist Pat McGrath. A plus-sized model, Paloma is helping break down unrealistic beauty standards — in fact, she was one of the faces of Victoria’s Secret’s body-positive rebrand. Having been on the cover of Vogue and Dazed this year, alongside winning's Model of the Year Award in 2020, it’s clear Paloma’s enjoying a very successful career.

Adut Akech for Vogue

Adut Akech

Adut was scouted multiple times before deciding to start modelling, her first runway being a local show held by her aunt. Since then she has modelled for fashion powerhouses like Yves Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Versace, and so many more. This year, Adut modelled alongside other Black models for the cover of British Vogue’s February issue, an amazing celebration of Black beauty. She’s won BFC Model of Year twice in the past, so the question is, will this year be her third?

With such a talented list of nominees, we can’t wait to see who wins. Who is your favourite?

Words by Elizabeth Ross

(@l.i.b.b.y_.4 on IG)

Edited by Lucy Eaton

(@llucyeaton on IG)


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