Our Model of the Year Contest Is Back

Stella McCartney launched her Fall 2016 collection at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles, with a whole bunch of cool guests.
Vote for your 2016 candidate!

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Here at Couturesque, we talk a lot about the modelling industry.  We discuss the campaigns that models star in (see: Topshop, Coach), we dissect issues like diversity and body image, and we get real envious of Soo Joo's perfect street styleBut we also recognize the fact that in an industry so focused on aesthetics, it is often easy to criticize and critique models instead of cheering them on.  The pressures of the job are enormous and without these hard-working people, we wouldn't be able to deliver the stunning editorials that you know and love, let alone have fashion week.  As the industry evolves and becomes increasingly progressive, we also think that it's important to recognize the individuals who are 'more than just a pretty face' and who strive to make a positive impact on the fashion industry and media in general.

Enter Couturesque's annual Model of the Year contest.  2015's winner, Taylor Hill, was voted the favourite by our readers last February, and was subsequently signed by Victoria's Secret in April.... not that we're saying we had anything to do with it (but we did.)   This year, we're starting with 8 nominees, chosen for their rapid rise in 2015 and a strong start to 2016. Whether they're a catwalk champion or a cover star, these nominees have also been selected for the unique angle that they bring to their work - we're talking pink hair, buzz cuts, gender advocacy, you name it.  The top 3 models will go head to head in a final vote on February 20th, but only 1 will win the coveted title.

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I founded Couturesque Magazine when I was 15 years old because like many of my peers, I felt ignored and talked down to by all of the other teen fashion publications out there. I figured that at the end of the day, the people who knew the most about my generation, were the people who belonged to it. The fashion industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the creativity of younger voices who challenge the status quo and make us rethink what we wear and why we wear it. And that is exactly what Couturesque set out to celebrate - authenticity, intelligence, originality, and diversity... in other words, what makes Gen-Z tick. Fast-forward to 2016 and we now have a staff of more than a dozen fashion distruptors contributing to our daily content from all around the globe, 100K+ readers following us from Toronto to New York, to London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv, and a plethora of big-wig industry fans and collaborators. But what matters to us the most is the responsibility that our publication has to make a positive impact in the lives of those who come across it - we stand against retouching our photoshoots and we stand for sharing the beautiful, individual, complex voices of everyone, especially those who feel marginalized by mainstream fashion media. We hope that you love our site as much as we do and that you take the time to follow us (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr / Snapchat / YouTube) throughout our journey to make fashion accessible to the powerful young adults of today.

Tia Elisabeth Glista
Editor in Chief