2014 has definitely been the year of Breakthrough Models. Of course, there are the established super models on the scene who continue to make waves. We’re talking about names like Gisele Bundchen, Bar Rafaeli, Alessandra Ambrosio, Chrissy Teigen and Adriana Lima. However in addition to these names, there is a new group of younger, striking beauties that are quickly making a splash on the scene. A few of them are even becoming major socialites on the celeb scene just as quickly as they are becoming major names in the fashion scene. A couple of the models included in the list that are also beginning to make their presence felt in the world of movies too. Without any further ado, we present to you the top 10 Breakthrough models of 2014.
10 Hailey Baldwin
By now, we all know that if your last name in Baldwin, there is a good chance that might you might end up being popular before your life is over. The newest Baldwin to break out on the scene is Hailey Baldwin, an 18-yr-old model who happens to be the daughter of Stephen Baldwin and the niece of Alec Baldwin. She has appeared in editorials for Love and Tatler Magazine, but the main reason she has been in the news lately is her rumored relationship with Justin Bieber. Just recently, after Bieber enjoyed Christmas with his family in Canada, he flew to NYC to have dinner with Hailey Baldwin at Mr. Chow. People often spend the holidays with the really special people in their lives, so it will be interesting to see whether a Baldwin/Bieber relationship develops in the new year.
9 Kendall Jenner
8 Gigi Hadid
She’s only 19-yrs-old but this Los Angeles native is quickly becoming one of the most talked about models. Gigi Hadid currently calls NYC her home and she was one of only 12 new faces featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue of 2014. She has appeared in high fashion magazines like VMAN, CR Fashion Book, Elle and Vogue, and even as early as 2012, she scored the major gig as the face of fashion brand GUESS. She also happens to be one of the best friends of Kendall Jenner, another new face on the scene and the younger half-sister of Kardashians. We’re definitely going to see a lot more of her in the coming years.
7 Emily Ratajkowski
If there is one new model who is really challenging Kate Upton as the most desired model in the world right now, it’s probably the 23-yr-old Emily Ratajkowski. She first got on everyone’s radar in 2013 when she starred in the video for the Robin Thicke hit song, “Blurred Lines.” After that appearance, she was given the coveted honor of appearing in the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She even scored a very high profile cover of GQ magazine this year. She is also making a big splash in Hollywood. This year she starred in the Ben Affleck hit movie Gone Girl and next year she will be appearing in the highly anticipated Entourage film.
6 Cara Delevingne
At the age of 22, there is no model on the scene right now who rules the social media scene with as much influence as Cara Delevingne. In her career, she has walked runway shows for major luxury brands like Fendi, Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana. She is also close friends with some of the biggest stars around including Rihanna and Rita Ora. This year was a huge breakthrough year for her. She was featured in a Chanel fashion movie directed by Karl Lagerfeld called Reincarnation co-starring Pharrell Williams. In November, she was featured in the video for the song “Ugly Boy” by popular South African electro-punk group Die Antwoord. It was also announced that she’s been cast in the upcoming superhero movie Suicide Squad slated for 2016. She just continues going from one plateau to the next.
5 Mica Arganaraz
This is a name that most of you may not be aware of, but she’s quickly making her way up the fashion ladder at a very quick pace. Her name is Mica Arganaraz, she’s 22-yrs-old and she hails from Argentina. Her major claim to fame is that Miuccia Prada, the Creative Director of global luxury brand Prada cast her as the major face for Prada’s Fall 2014 campaign. She was also one of the major models used in the recent resort fashion shows for Miu Miu and Prada. Fashion magazines and blogs absolutely love her and this sexy, smouldering beauty is poised to have a huge year in 2015.
4 Leila Nda
One supermodel who’s been reigning supreme in the fashion game for the last several years is the stunning and lovely Liya Kebede. But this year, another model named Leila Nde might be the new face on the horizon, possibly taking her place in the near future. She is based in Brussels, but is originally from Burundi and she really had a breakthrough year in 2014. At the New York Fashion Week this February, she was cast in 10 high-profile fashion shows including runways for big names like Oscar De La Renta, Tory Burch and Rodarte. She also scored a cover for Elle magazine in her native Belgium and all signs are pointing to a huge year for her in 2015.
3 Suki Waterhouse
British model Suki Waterhouse is already a well-known face on the British fashion scene. She is 22-yrs-old now but has already been modeling since the age of 16. She has appeared on the covers of magazines like Tatler and Elle UK. She also appeared in various editorials for Love magazine and Vogue Japan. She has gained a lot of notoriety for her personal life and the high profile men she chooses to date. In the past she used to go with front man of The Kooks rock band Luke Pritchard, but since early 2013, she’s been dating Hollywood leading man Bradley Cooper. The latter relationship has really increased her profile among the Hollywood paparazzi. Cooper is currently starring in the Broadway theater show The Elephant Man in NYC, and Suki is constantly at his side to support his show.
2 Natalie Westling
There are not too many new models on the scene that are able to co-star with Miley Cyrus in a major campaign for Marc Jacobs at the beginning of their career. But that’s exactly what the Scottsdale, Arizona native Natalie Westling was able to do in 2014. The one thing that sets her apart is her bright, flaming red hair and she wears it with so much confidence and attitude that it’s impossible to ignore her. She’s already been profiled on CNN and is going to feature heavily in the February Fashion Week shows in NYC, Paris and Milan. Keep an eye out for this one – she has all the traits of a dark horse ready to take over in 2015.
1 Valerie Van Der Graaf
There are always younger and hotter models emerging on the scene, and one of the new faces is the supremely attractive Dutch model Valerie Van Der Graaf. She was discovered at the age of 15 on a Dutch social media site and she has been modeling ever since. Over the years, she has appeared in magazines like Vogue and this year she really took her career to the next level when she was selected as one of the new faces to appear in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Kate Upton may have won the People magazine award for sexiest woman this year, but Ms. Van Der Graaf is definitely creeping up directly behind her.