2017’s Popping Models You Should Follow Now

Today’s models are giving the industry a complete makeover.

This is largely due in part to the power of social media.

Digital media enables people like us to have a platform to share our views in a space larger than ourselves.Social media creates accessibility, encourages community and promotes conversation.

The foundation of these global conversations are topics like inclusivity, diversity, individuality, and authenticity. Influencers and models, alike, are raising their voice to talk about the inequalities in beauty and fashion. They have become the voice of change, and we love it.

Here are some of our top picks for 2017’s most popping models who are paving the way for a diverse industry.

Aleali May (@AlealiMay)

Aleali May is breaking barriers in beauty and fashion. May’s style is uniquely hers as she fuses high-fashion with classic streetwear. This year, she debuted her first global collaboration with Nike Jordan‘s by developing a pair of Air Jordan’s for consumers. May is the second woman to create sneakers in collaboration with Nike. How’s that for women making a move for more representation?

Image Credit @AlealiMay


Duckie Thot (@DuckieOfficial)

Duckie Thot has stood for diversity ever since she landed her first modeling gig. Just this year, Duckie has graced the covers of Paper Magazine and King Kong. Not to mention, she has become one of the famous faces that launched Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty. 

Image Credit @DuckieOfficial


Gloria Nnaji (@AfricanGlow)

Gloria Nnaji, better known as @AfricanGlow, is known for making her five-foot frame appear nearly ten feet long. The fashion industry places size guidelines for what body measurements a model should be. Gloria is proving that no matter what size you are, it’s always all about your pose and your confidence. Scroll through some of her latest shoots on her Instagram page. 

Image Credit @AfricanGlow 

Londone Myers (@LondoneMyers)

London Myers is a professional when it comes to walking the catwalk. She has walked for major designers like Dior, Prada, and Chloé. This year, she used social media to advocate for equal treatment for women of color at fashion shows. Myers witnessed hairstylists avoiding her natural hair. The problem became so frequent at runway shows, that she had to style her own hair. By shedding light on an on-going issue in fashion and beauty, she hopes to progress the industry to be more inclusive.

Image Credit @LondoneMyers

Maria Borges (@IAmMariaBorges)

Borges is not camera shy. With three Victoria Secret shows under her belt and dozens of runway shows, Borges is the model to watch. Her effortless movements make her appear as though she is defying gravity. Additionally, she showcases a great mix of work and lifestyle content on her account. Check out this from earlier this month:

Image Credit @IAmMariaBorges

Salem Mitchell (@SalemMitchell)

At just 19 years old, Salem Mitchell is staring in huge national and international campaigns. Her signature freckles serve as a reminder to embrace the things that make you, you. Gap, Unif, and Misguided are just a few retailers that have invited her to model for their brand.enlisted her to represent their brand.

She’s also been a model for Refinery29, Byrdie and Darling Magazine. The sky is the limit for this young model, check out her page for more of her beauty and fashion editorials.

Image Credit @SalemMitchell

Samia Hampstead (@SamiaHamps)

Samia Hampstead is dominating print campaigns. Recently, she was featured in the Fenty X Puma Lookbook. Aside from her Fenty debut, she’s starred in editorials for Dazed Magazine and for Urban Outfitters. If you love chic, timeless style, Samia is definitely who you want to follow.

Image Credit @SamiaHamps

Widny E. Bazile (@WidnyBazile)

If you’re on the hunt for inspiration, look no further than Widny Bazile’s work. A quick scroll through her Instagram account will lead you to a technicolor representation of what it means to be a strong and confident woman of color. She was featured in Vogue and Oyster Magazine.

When she’s not modeling, Bazile is on the set of music videos. She’s in Khalid’s “Young, Dumb And Broke” and will also be in an upcoming Wiz Khalifa video. Her electric energy and will definitely push you to get out and create.

Which models do you think have been the most popping this year? Share them with us in the comments below!


Alexis Atkins

Alexis Atkins graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in fashion marketing and management. When she’s not producing content for Kontrol Magazine, you can find her scrolling through YouTube for new web series to watch, taste-testing new recipes in her kitchen or searching the vintage racks to add unique pieces to her closet. For more follow her on Instagram @StyleFromAlexis.