“I was a total tomboy growing up,” says the Pennsylvanian. “I played for the best ranked soccer club in the country and later moved on to playing for a top volleyball club — never did I think I would get into the fashion world!” And Roche’s first two gigs haven’t been that bad: a Givenchy campaign photographed by Steven Meisel and walking as an exclusive in the house’s spring/summer 2018 show. “If I weren’t modeling I would have my head in the books, she says. “I take school very seriously. If I hadn’t found my calling so young I would have dedicated myself to my education and getting into an Ivy League.” She’s always wanted to become a criminal lawyer.
Represented by Women Management.
Naomi Chin Wing
18, Trinidad and Tobago
Wing made her runway debut in September at Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2018 show — the one held at the foot of the Eiffel Tower — and rounded out her first season with appearances at Rochas, Altuzarra, John Galliano, Giambattista Valli and Alexander McQueen; we also spotted her taking turns in the haute couture shows last month, and she’s posed for British Vogue, POP and i-D. “I may have a very reserved exterior, but I am a really easygoing person,” Wing shares. “I enjoy every experience I have on the job, and wherever it takes me.” That’s sometimes the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana — Wing says that to pass the time backstage she watches (and rewatches) episodes of “Stranger Things” and the “Vampire Diaries.”
Represented by IMG Models.
23, United Kingdom
The South Londoner walked as an exclusive at the Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2018 show in October — and nabbed an invite to the after-party, also attended by Michael Fassbender. “I had no idea who he was at the time, as I’m obviously not very clued up on my actors and ended up loudly exclaiming, ‘But who is Michael Fassbender?’ not realizing he was standing right behind me,” she says. Backstage, she likes to pass the time chatting (“everyone has such interesting stories of how they got to where they are now”) and if she weren’t modeling, she says she would probably be a struggling artist or designer.
Represented by Women Management.
Demy de Vries
18, the Netherlands
De Vries debuted at Prada as a spring/summer 2018 exclusive and walked again for the house in Shanghai at its 2018 resort show in October. She says that was her most memorable experience from the fashion world thus far — especially because her mother came along too. The self-described control freak also booked a handful of slots in Paris last month (the Dior, Giambattista Valli and Valentino haute couture shows, and Kenzo and Ellery ready-to-wear), but says of her next big project (aside from fashion month), “I have no idea. I just let everything come to me and see what happens.”
Represented by DNA Models.
The Wuhan native took her first-ever turn on the runway in October, as a Givenchy spring/summer 2018 exclusive, and she walked in the house’s haute couture show last month. She has also been featured in the pages of Numéro China, Harper’s Bazaar China and Marie Claire Hong Kong. When she isn’t working, she is either reading or cooking. “For a gathering with friends, I’ll make the entire dinner — the first course, soup, main course and dessert,” Jing says, adding that her specialty is Chinese fusion dishes.
Represented by Elite Model Management.
20, South Sudan
The university student was discovered on Instagram and immediately brought into the Prada fold, posing for the house’s spring ad campaigns and walking in its fall/winter 2018 men’s wear show. “All the models were lined up by the runway entrance and I heard a producer yell, ‘One minute before the first model!’” Yai remembers. “At that moment, my heart started racing, my legs were shaking and the only thing running through my mind was, ‘Girl, you’re gonna trip and tumble down that runway.’” She also told T about her ailurophobia, or fear of cats (“It stemmed from nowhere, but it’s gotten to the point where I’ve woken up with hallucinations of cats on my bed”), and shared that she’s a thrill seeker, always looking for the next adventure.
Represented by Next Management.
The Danish teen first hit the runway last fall in Copenhagen for brands like Stine Goya, By Malene Birger, Ganni and Cecilie Bahnsen; around the same time, she was featured on the cover of i-D. The professional dancer told T that she has a bunch of great projects being released soon, and, of course, fashion week in the interim. She likes to pass the time backstage texting with her friends.
Represented by Scoop Models.
Baradji debuted on the spring/summer 2018 Balenciaga runway, posed for Jacquemus’s spring ad campaign and then walked for Kenzo and Givenchy Haute Couture last month — basically the coolest fashion C.V. imaginable. She likes to pass the time backstage talking to her sister, who joins her at every show, and the next big project on her docket, she says, is to graduate from high school.
Represented by Heroes Models.