Top models of 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, it’s time to take stock of the models who’ve been big news this year. From Kendall Jenner to Gigi Hadid, here’s a list of the models who are currently at the top of the fashion world. Read more about some of these top models of 2015

The star: Kendall Jenner

If there’s one name to remember this year, it’s undoubtedly that of Kim Kardashian’s half-sister, who has been courted by the most famous ready-to-wear brands and couture fashion houses, starting with Olivier Rousteing, Balmain’s creative director. In 2015, this young woman, who is just 20, won a string of contracts including ad campaigns for Estée Lauder, Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, Balmain and Topshop, and catwalk work for Chanel, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and Fendi. In November, this slender brunette was even selected for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the most highly anticipated show of the year.

Latest to emerge: Stella Maxwell

A lot was written about this 24-year-old top model this year, due to her presence in both ad campaigns and on the catwalk for famous brands and her relationship with Miley Cyrus. This blue-eyed blonde became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in April. This could quickly make her one of the most in-demand models on the planet. While she does not yet have the CV of her peers, Maxwell is far from a novice. She has paraded down the catwalk for Chanel, Balmain, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Fendi, Gilles, Marc Jacobs and Moschino, and posed for Ermanno Scervino and H&M.

On her way up: Gigi Hadid

The pretty blonde with blue-green eyes has all it takes to become a supermodel in the years to come. Aged only 20, this young woman has already a very impressive CV, as she began her career when she was just three. Just like Jenner, Gigi Hadid was selected for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. An announcement which greatly moved her, as can be seen in the video of her audition that she put on Instagram. In 2015, she also did catwalk work for Balmain, Elie Saab, Versace and Tommy Hilfiger, plus ad campaigns for Balmain, Topshop, Tom Ford, Max Mara, and Guess.

On her way out: Cara Delevingne

While she is not likely to be headline news as a model in 2016, there was a lot said about Cara Delevingne this year, mainly because she is stepping away from the modelling world. She explained her reasons to The Times magazine last August issues in the fashion sector and her desire to work in movies. Since then, the woman who could have become the top model of the future has begun an acting career with a role in Pan among others. She is also expected to be seen in Suicide Squad and Valerian, which are slated for release in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Delevingne did make an appearance in the Stella McCartney lingerie campaign, but it was for a breast cancer charity.

She is not the only one to have bidden farewell to the catwalk, as Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen also retired from fashion show work in April.