A certain sort of God-given attractiveness—photo-genetics, if you will—is a commonality that bonds the planet's most successful models. Then there are those rare shooting stars with that extra bit of something that reels you in. They've got personality! They have personal style. And they're cool without being icy. This, friend, is known as the “Kate Moss Effect,” and it's the radioactive spider bite that separates the models from the super models. With a few more years tucked under their vintage YSL belts, the following young ladies are well on their way to dropping last names.
Who: Anna Speckhart, @annaspeckhart
IRL: Gets her kicks from completing Ironman competitions in her spare time.
As Seen In: Elle Italia and campaigns for Laura Mercier, Nasty Gal, and Blumarine
Insta Style: Wide-eyed selfies and more cats than you can shake an iPhone at.
Who: Camille Rowe, @fingermonkey
IRL: The Parisian has recently relocated to the Rockaways, where she knits and grows her own kale.
As Seen In: Elle France, Madame Figaro, and as the one snuggling up to Robert Pattinson in those Dior Homme commercials
Insta Style: Various states of undress, all over the world.
Who: Cora Emmanuel, @coraemmanuel
IRL: Born in Martinique, she studied ballet for 13 years before being scouted at 16.
As Seen In: V Magazine, Bon Magazine, W, Vogue Germany, and in campaigns for Chanel, Balmain, and Diesel
Insta Style: The very essence of “model fit'—plenty of yoga poses and post-workout selfies.
Who: Imaan Hammam, @hammamimaan
IRL: The Dutch 17-year-old made her runway debut last season in a Givenchy exclusive. She swears by argan oil.
As Seen In: Vogue, Vogue Italia, and _Vogue Paris
_Insta Style: The best head of curls. Maybe ever.
Who: Jessica Sikosek, @jessicasikosek
IRL: The 18 year old reads two books a day when she's not busy jetting around Europe.
As Seen In: Elle Italia and Glamour Italia Insta Style: Graphic black and white art, architecture, and the occasional inspirational quote.
Who: Ju Xiaowen, @jujujuxiaowen**
IRL: The first Chinese model to be the face of Marc Jacobs, her tongue makes guest appearances in many of her photos.
**As Seen In: Vogue Germany, Vogue, and in campaigns for Adidas, Kenzo, and Dior
Insta Style: Sweet, happy, and effervescent—like flavored seltzer water...that's in a good mood.
Who: Malaika Firth, @malaikafirth
IRL: The Kenyan-born, British-bred 19-year-old is an avid Rihanna fan and brushed shoulders with Christy Turlington in a Prada campaign.
As Seen In: British Vogue, Vogue China, Porter Magazine, i-D Magazine, Tank, and fall 2014 campaigns for Louis Vuitton and Burberry
Insta Style: Now if Malaika's was a drink, it would be one of those half lemonade/iced tea concoctions at Starbucks. Except the lemonade would be doe-eyed selfies and the iced tea would be motivational quotes.
Who: Nadja Giramata, @nadjagiramata
IRL: Born in Rwanda; discovered while at University in England; fluent in 6+ languages
As Seen In: Grazia France, Vogue Italia, on the runway for Tom Ford
Insta Style: Selfies in a wide range of tropical locales, sporting a wider range of hairstyles.
Who: Neelam Gill, @neelamkg
IRL: The model formerly known as Neelam Johal isBurberry's latest darling, with a center part to kill for.
As Seen In: She has an exclusive contract with Burberry, but she'll pop up in an editorial here and there—there being Vogue India
Insta Style: Lots of Burberry (understandably), and some snaps before hitting the down in cute little bandage minis and nosebleed platforms
Who: Tilda Lindstam, @tildalindstam
IRL: The Swede, currently residing in the East Village, is also addicted to Candy Crush.
As Seen In: Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney, and Kenzo shows
Insta Style: Indoor bike riding, food babies, and Snapchats with her model compatriots.
Who: Yana Shmaylova, @yanashmaylova
IRL: Yana's of Korean and Russian descent, with bleached hair and eyebrows and an impressive collection of sweatshirts.
As Seen In: i-D Magazine, Dazed Magazine, and on the runway for Marc Jacobs, Nanette Lepore, and Karen Walker
Insta Style: Her blond bob, vintage finds and psychedelic artwork.