New Models To Watch This Fashion Week

New York is crawling with lithe, young models right now—you can hardly step onto a train or cross the street without being poked by some sharp catwalker's elbow. In honor of the influx of new models filing into the city, we decided to do our own little casting call of the top 12 newest, freshest models taking to the tents for the spring '11 fashion shows. We scoured the internet as well as asked casting director Julia Samersova from Cast, Inc. about who are on the brink of making it big. We have a feeling these girls are going to be opening and closing shows like it's nobody's business.
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Melodie (Wilhelmina)—A Julia pick, the regal-looking Melodie will undoubtedly become fashion royalty. This runway newbie is sure to make a splash this fashion week and gain some serious runway experience.
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Esmé (Next)—Welcome Dutch model Esmé Wissels to New York! One of Julia's picks, Esmé was a major hit at the couture shows in Paris last season.
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Naomi Preizler (Next)—Born in 1991 in Buenos Aires, Naomi began modeling in 2008. Watch out for her on the runway of Alexander Wang this season.
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Caroline Brasch Nielsen (Elite)—Caroline has had one busy year. Born in 1993, this Danish beauty only got signed to Elite in 2010, but has already starred in a Stephen Meisel-shot Italian Vogue editorial, Balenciaga campaign, and she closed the Valentino couture show in Paris in July. Talk about an overachiever!
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Kirsi Pyrhonen (DNA)—This Finnish star started off 2010 with a bang when she opened the fall Ann-Sofie Back and Christopher Kane shows in London. She then walked in the Prada show in Milan as an exclusive and rounded out the summer by appearing on the cover of Italian Vogue, and becoming one of the faces of Balenciaga.
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Lily Zhi (IMG)—A fresh face on the IMG development board and another of Julia's top picks, Lily Zhi is creating quite a stir as the spring '11 shows heat up.
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Samantha Gradoville (IMG)—A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Samantha first appeared on the show circuit in 2009, but her big break came in 2010 when she opened and closed the Prada show in Milan and walked in the Mui Mui show in Paris as an exclusive.
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Ming Xi (Ford)—2010 sure has been a busy year for this Chinese beauty. After signing with Ford and being named as a face to watch by, she walked in fall shows in Milan, London, and Paris for the likes of House of Holland, Jil Sander, and Christian Dior. Most recently, Xi became the face of Givenchy.
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Basia (IMG)—Immediately after getting signed to IMG, Polish-born Basia walked in haute couture shows in Paris, including Valentino and Stephane Rolland.
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Maddie Kulicka (Elite)—Magdalena, known as Maddie, is an uber-young Polish stunner who wow-ed at the resort shows—both on and off the runway! Along with showing off her incredible style on the streets, Maddie proved that she could definitely bring the heat on the runways, too, at the Celine resort show in Paris.
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Bo Don (Marilyn)—Dutch-born Bo Don debuted at the Balenciaga show in Paris in March after being signed to Marilyn in early 2010. She continued a stellar show year with appearances on the runways of Chloe, Cacharel, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, and Chanel.
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Bambi Northwood-Blythe (Elite)—This Australian newcomer with the memorable name will be all over the place in a matter of minutes. A blogger favorite, she signed with Elite in 2010 and was already featured on the cover of Australian Harper's Bazaar.