It’s no mystery that certain models are ruling the runways and our Instagram feeds right now—ahem, Kendall, Gigi, Joan, and Jourdan—so it’s difficult to remember a time when these girls didn’t have millions of followers and various beauty contracts to bankroll their fabulous lives. Even the buzziest models were once new to the fashion biz, heading to casting calls and hoping for a shot.
As Fashion Week kicks off, we’re thinking about this season’s new set of models that are hoping for their big break. Even if they’ve had a few good “gets” already, the upcoming month of shows can absolutely cement a model’s standing in the industry.
To find out who to keep a close eye on this season, we spoke to some of the top agencies in the business. From Sita Abellan of Rihanna video fame to Lameka Fox, a 100 percent Instagram-scouted model, here are 25 rising stars to watch.