The supermodel faces of the future, according to Teen Vogue, are brown and beautiful — and we couldn’t agree more with the choices.
The magazine has put Aya Jones, Lineisy Montero and Imaan Hammam on the cover of its August issue under a headline declaring them as “fashion’s new faces.” Each will also be featured on her own individual cover.
Vibe magazine hails the move in a feature about 19-year-old Montero, who walked Prada’s runways earlier this year and was declared the “breakout star” of the season by Vogue. She was discovered in her native Dominican Republic.
“Fashion runways have long been void of black and brown faces,” writes Vibe. “It’s all too easy tracking the number of WOC on mainstream fashion magazines. Alas, even the game of haute couture is being turned on its head. Enter Lineisy Montero, one of three afrocentric badasses on the latest cover of Teen Vogue helping defy industry standards and changing the game.”
In an accompanying article, Teen Vogue introduces all three young women.
“It was an impressive season for each of our cover girls: Egyptian-Moroccan Imaan Hammam is a breakout star who landed a career-defining Givenchy campaign and her first Vogue cover. French-Ivorian beauty Aya Jones walked in an astounding 47 runway shows. And Dominican stunner Lineisy Montero kicked off her modeling career on the lauded Prada runway (she, along with Aya and Imaan, are among a small cadre of black models to grace the influential catwalk since Naomi Campbell in the '90s),” the magazine points out.
“Each accomplishment plays a major role in a progressive sea change that positions diverse faces at the forefront of fashion.”
E! points out that Teen Vogue has a reputation as a kingmaker. In 2008 the magazine published a similar cover featuring Karlie Kloss, Ali Michael and Chanel Iman, all of whom have gone on to huge modeling careers.