September 11th, 2008
Ethnic Models, You Should Know
The Fashion Bomb’s Model Manual
By Claire

So while we all know the names of the season’s hottest young models like Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, and Arlenis Sosa


… we’ve been spying lots of new and perhaps unknown faces on the runway this season!
Today, I decided to give you guys a rundown of a few lesser known faces in the Fashion Bomb’s Model Manual.
First, we have Hollis Wakeema
Born in 1984, this Memphis Tennessee native has been ruling the runway since she signed with Vision Management in 2005. She debuted in the Catherine Malandrino’s 2005 fall show, then went on to walk for Vivienne Tam, Marc Jacobs, and Diane von Furstenberg. Now with New York Models, she is the face of Paul Smith Women.
This season, catch her in Douglas Hannant, Nanette Lepore, Benjamin Cho, Marc Jacobs, Sophie Theallet, Chris Benz, Tracy Reese, Abaeté, Rock & Republic, and Rachel Roy.
In past seasons, she’s been plucked by Vivienne Westwood, Baby Phat, Tracy Reese, and Duru Olowu!
Next we have Joan Smalls
This 20 year old siren of Puerto Rican descent is currently signed with Elite models. In 2008 she became the face of Ports 1961, appearing in their print campaign.
Spot her this season in Ports 1961 and Tracy Reese.
In past years, she’s done Diane von Furstenberg, Sass & Bide, Benjamin Cho, Heatherette, and James Coviello.
Up next: Samira Carvalho Bento
This 18 year old Brazilian beauty was discovered in Garota da Capa 2002 contest organized by the Brazilian Raca magazine. Signed with Ford models, she debuted by opening and closing Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring collection in September 2007.
This Season she’s stomped in Tracy Reese, Betsey Johnson, and Sophie Theallet. In past seasons, she’s been busy with Alexandre Herchcovitch, Custo Barcelona, Diane von Furstenberg, Heatherette, Monique Lhuillier, Nicole Miller, Betsey Johnson, Baby Phat, Tommy Hilfiger, Yigal Azrouel, and L’Wren Scott.
Finally we have a few up and comers who have been spied on the runway (but their bios are not quite known).
There’s Nana whose been spotted in Tracy Reese and Halston…
Sana Soegaard who lit up the runway at Cynthia Steffe and Tracy Reese…
And Shelby Coleman
…who also made an appearance in Tracy Reese, but has been seen this season at Threeasfour and Tory Burch…
…and made cameos in the Resort collectins of Akris and Giambattista Valli.
Shouts to and for images and info.
*Let me know if I missed anyone!

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10 Responses to “The Fashion Bomb’s Model Manual”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for highlighting these beautiful black models! Especially Hollis, I’ve been seeing her for a while, but never knew who she was glad for the info. AND I’m glad to see some BLACK Brazilians

  2. endJD2008 says:

    Yaaaaaay, Hollis! Glad to see someone from Memphis, TN stomping on the big runways!

  3. M* says:

    Hollis Wakeema…vs Chanel Iman — i wanna see them battle it out!! hehe -jk

  4. Anonymous says:

    How about Sessilee Lopez ?

  5. [...] See more of her bio in the Fashion Bomb Model Manual. [...]

  6. [...] was excluded from our Model Manual of yore since it seems she’s pretty new on the scene. So far, she’s only been featured in one [...]

  7. [...] for Tom Ford, Givenchy, The GAP, and Gucci. Though she’s new to some, she popped on our radar in 2008 when she became the face of Ports 1961. Now you can see her in the pages of the German, French, Italian, and US Vogue, WWD, V Magazine, [...]

  8. [...] Ajak DengSpied at: Paco Rabanne, Hermès, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior, Damir Doma, Mary Katrantzou, Todd Lynn, Erdem, Matthew Williamson, Ohne Titel, Jason Wu, Richard Chai.Shena MoultonSpied at: Gianfranco Ferré, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jil Sander.Nyasha MatonhodzeSpied at: Gianfranco Ferré, Givenchy, Elie Saab, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Hakaan, Lanvin, Loewe, Louis Vuitton. This was a very good season for models of color. Here’s to many more! Read more in our Model Manual. [...]

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