With fashion month kicking off, you’d think we’d all be thinking about the new season clothes. But, nowadays, great clothes only make up half of a successful fashion show. You also need a set of models whose friendship circles and Instagram feeds are as gorgeous as they are. So here’s our runway round up of the top three models to follow on Instagram.
Best friends with a Kardashian and dating a Jonas brother, Gigi Hadid seems to have it all. Taking the fashion world by storm, the It-girl has a string of lucrative campaigns under her belt, including Balmain, Victoria’s Secret and Maybelline. But, if you scroll though her Instagram feed, you’re just as likely to see other celebs as cover shoots. 19 year-old Hadid runs with the LA cool crowd; she’s BFFs with other model-of-the-moment, Kendall Jenner (part of the Kardashian clan) and counts Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Cara Delevigne as part of her circle.
Prepare for Rise filters and serious hair and lifestyle envy. Unfortunately, despite being undeniably gorgeous, Hadid has come under fire by internet trolls who have attacked her body shape which she herself admits isn’t the norm for high-fashion models. In a poignant Instagram post, she addressed her critics by proudly declaring that “your mean comments don’t make me want to change my body”. She is making waves in the industry and she’s not going to stop anytime soon, and nor should she!
If Hadid is the everybody-loves-it vanilla of the fashion world, then Binx Walton is the popping candy. A cool girl whose Instagram tagline reads “Shoutout to my mom… Shoutout to the east… Shoutout to hiawassee…” (yes, we had to Google ‘hiawassee’ too), Walton’s feed includes pictures of graffiti, models blowing smoke rings and a road sign which says “to forgive is to swallow when you want to spit”. Risqué. The teen has walked for the likes of Calvalli, Versace, Fendi and Moschino, and already has a British Vogue cover under her belt. Walton cites her favourite fashion icon as Kate Moss. Edgy, alternative and stunningly waif-like, Binx has been taking the modelling world by storm with her perfect blend of elegance and attitude, and has the support of some of the biggest designers in the world to keep doing what she’s doing.
Whilst she’s not as recognisable as Hadid or Walton, she soon will be. Lineisy Montero was the face of the Autumn/Winter 2015 collections, and her star is only set to rise. Already named a Prada muse by Miuccia Prada, Montero grew up in the Dominican Republic.
Since the fashion world is noted for its apparent reluctance to embrace ethnic diversity, Montero’s amazing afro quickly got her noticed. Her Instagram feed its full of shots from her catwalk shows and close-ups of her magnificent pout. SS16 has proved that her popularity is only rocketing skywards, as she’s walked in over 60 shows this season for brands like Victoria Beckham, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Chanel. With increasing diversity on the world’s runways, Lineisy is the face of a modern day movement. She is the face to know right now, so take note.