Imaan Hammam Is Our Model of the Year

Lauren Chan of Glamour Magazine. Photo by Katie Friedman c/o Lauren Chan.As voted by Couturesque readers.

If you've been following us for a while now, you'll know that Couturesque loves to talk about models.  In the ever changing social landscape of fashion, the role of the model has become one of the most exciting, influential positions in the global fashion industry, with new faces being cast on social media, or clapping back against old school industry standards.  Couturesque's Annual Model of the Year competition highlights 8 fresh models breaking into the industry.  Voting took place over four months and this year, the competition was tougher than ever; we had a record number of voters and even saw fan accounts get in on the action.  Across two rounds of selection, this year's finalists are a group of models who are without a doubt making major waves on the fashion scene - watch out 2016, because these are the new faces of the industry.
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2016 MODEL OF THE YEAR - 1ST PLACE
Imaan Hammam 
Credit: Sean Thompson for Interview Magazine
Receiving more than half of the public vote, 19 year old Imaan Hammam was the clear winner in this year's contest.  Imaan has already landed campaigns with both Givenchy and Topshop and continues to be a standout on and off the runway.  

RUNNER UP
Bella Hadid 
Credit: Ben Rayner for Wonderland Magazine
Its' official - the Hadids are unstoppable.  Gigi's little sis Bella is taking the industry by storm as a schiller for Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Jeremy Scott, and everyone in between.  She also just scored The Daily Front Row's Model of the Year Award, so it's safe to say good things are coming her way this year.     

HONOURABLE MENTIONS
Lucky Blue Smith, Lineisy Montero, Barbie Ferreira

Image Credits: Lukasz Pukowiec for Vogue Ukraine / Harley Weir for i-D Magazine / Sloan Laurits for CR Fashion Book 
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What do you think of this year's set of winners?  Leave a comment and let us know, or send tweet us @couturesquemag, using #mody2016.
Main Image c/o DKNY, Fall 2016

Are you also a model fan?  Read up on how the modelling scene evolved last year in this essay, or get to know Brazilian bombshell, jewellery designer, and hair icon Marina Nery in this exclusive interview

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WHERE: Toronto
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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.

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