An Explainer On Fashion's New It Model, Alexis Ren

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Last month, New York magazine's The Cut published an article titled "Instagram’s Teen Idol on What It’s Like to Be ‘Perfect,’" which catalogued the heavily documented (read: public) life of 19-year-old model Alexis Ren. Her social media feed, though followed by more than 7 million people, looks less like a fashion insider's and more like that of a lifestyle blogger. In the past few months, however, Ren has decided she's ready to change that.

"In the future, Alexis hopes to transition her bikini success into more high-fashion jobs," Allie Jones writes, adding that the model has some big-name ambitions. "I look up to Gigi Hadid," she said. "I love where she’s taken herself, I love what brands she’s working on. I respect her because I understand… I mean, girls like her open the doors for girls like me. So all I can do is thank her.” Gigi’s entrée into the fashion world was also nontraditional; she started racking up Instagram followers after appearing with her mother on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Now she and fellow reality star Kendall Jenner are two of the top models in the world. Alexis could be one TV appearance away from that mainstream success."

Sure, she may not have a dedicated Models.com page just yet, but what Ren does have is a growing list of industry commitments; she made the rounds at New York Fashion Week in September, sitting front row instead of walking, she's attended a slew of parties and events, and she's earned one major seal of approval from photography maestro Mario Testino himself. If you ask us, she's following the Hadid/Jenner route (minus the famous family) to success — and we're going to guess it's only a matter of time until we see her face in a L'Oreal campaign, or on the Victoria's Secret runway.

Since we're bound to start seeing Ren everywhere, we suggest getting to know the It Girl du jour. Click through for 10 reasons why she might just be the next big thing.
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She recently signed with big time New York-based modeling agency The Lions, which represents the likes of Irina Shayk, Adwoa Aboah, Agyness Deyn, Grace Bol, Jamie Bochert, and Stella Maxwell. Talk about being in good company.
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She made her runway debut in April for bridal company Rosa Clará. First stop Barcelona, next stop...Paris?
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Like Hadid and Jenner, who have beauty contracts with Maybelline and Estée Lauder, respectively, Ren filmed a short video with L'Oreal. Do we smell a skin-care campaign on the horizon?
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She's added a ton of industry events to her résumé over the past few months (Alice + Olivia's fall 2016 show, the launch of H&M's designer collaboration with Kenzo). Most recently, she hit the red carpet for the premiere of Tom Ford's film, Nocturnal Animals, where she wore a sparkling gunmetal gown by the designer himself.
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She earned herself a coveted spot in what may be the créme de la créme of fashion gigs, Mario Testino's towel series.
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Her wardrobe is dominated by basics and bikinis. Plus, she knows how to rock one of the Kardashian-Jenners' favorite trends: lampshading (in an Off-White by Virgil Abloh sweatshirt, no less).
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She wears Tommy Hilfiger. Enough said.
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Oh...and she knows a thing or two about airport style, too.
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She has not one, not two, but three tattoos (including one of her mom's signature on her left forearm) by New York-based artist Jonboy (who's also inked Jenner multiple times).
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She's got Victoria's Secret Angels as friends. (And, fingers crossed, wings in her future.)
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