Whew! This year has been quite the whirlwind, no? We’ve seen the emergence of some amazing up-and-coming models as well as witnessed the ongoing reign of others but, one thing remains clear – 2015 was lit!

The Model of the Year category consists of women who took the fashion world by storm. From endless campaigns to their impressive runway performances, each of these nominees has proven that the title “model” entails more than just a pretty face.

1) Kendall Jenner

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Say what you want about the Kardashian-Jenner clan but let’s state facts – they were an evident fixture within social and entertainment media throughout the entirety of 2015. Yes, Khloe launched her book and Kylie smized on the ‘Gram but it was Kendall Jenner who consistently slayed in the fashion world.

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The 20-year old phenom landed some of the biggest fashion campaigns this year including the highly-anticipated Balmain x H&M collection and Estee Lauder’s Modern Muse Rouge deal. Aside from branding her famous face, Kendall also took to the runways where she walked for some iconic designers including Chanel, Elie Saab, Michael Kors, Givenchy and Diane von Furstenberg.

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In addition, Kendall’s classically chic street style has even garnered her sartorial praise on nearly every fashion blog. There’s just no denying that this girl is everywhere. Can’t wait to see what she has in store for 2016!

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2) Lineisy Montero

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I’m a HUGE fan of our next nominee! I literally fell in love with her from the first time I spotted her on that memorable August 2015 cover of Teen Vogue (alongside Imaan Hammam and Aya Jones). DubbedFashion Month’s Most Popular Model‘ by Harper’s Bazaar, Lineisy Montero conquered the hearts of millions in a single stride. In total, the Dominican Republic native graced the runway 68 times.

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With snagging opening spots for Derek Lam and Jason Wu, the natural-haired siren also solidified contributed as the face of Prada’s Fall ad campaign. Her effortless beauty is what truly make Lineisy a class act. It’s evident that she works hard and looks flawless all while maintaining a cool vibe.

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Oh, and let’s not forget this spread by Nico Bustos for Vogue Spain! Loved it!

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3) Gigi Hadid

Next up, we have Miss Gigi Hadid! As one of Kendall Jenner’s gal pals, this fashionista definitely made waves in 2015. No matter where you turned – this chick was in heavy rotation. Earlier this year, Gigi was named Maybelline’s brand ambassdor and she even made her debut in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

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She’s also walked for some of fashion’s brightest stars including Balmain, Max Mara, Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier. Gigi was also a face for the mind-numbing Balmain x H&M campaign. From the pages of Vogue to the streets of New York, she set the ‘net on fire!

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Check out more of her work below!

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4) Jourdan Dunn

So, Jourdan Dunn has already been coined the “Model of the Year” by the British Fashion Awards. Pretty impressive, huh? Aside from her epic win, Jourdan has managed to continually rise as one of fashion’s hottest models.

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The 25-year old stunner has worked on some dope projects and she was even British Vogue’s first black cover model in 12 years! She’s also worked alongside Naomi Campbell in joint campaign for Burberry’s eyewear line.

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Go, Jourdan!

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5) Naomi Campbell

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To round things out, we have a Queen Naomi! Now, regardless of how long she’s been in the game, home girl is STILL killin’ it. She’s rocked countless red carpets, flaunted it all for La Perla and even shut it down at Jean Paul Gaultier’s Paris Haute Couture show.

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Naomi Campbell just consistently proves that age ain’t nothin but a number! And, I’m here for it all. And, if that isn’t worthy of Model of the Year, I don’t know what is.

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Quite the selection! So, what do you think?

 

Best of 2015: Who gets your vote for Model of the Year?

 
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Signing Out Esmesha

 

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