There are models whose names you well and truly know – they’re in the campaigns of the biggest luxury brands, their faces make regular appearance on the covers of the stalwart print titles. There are models who are breathtaking yet incognito, unbeknownst to the influential casting directors and the general consumer. Then there are those in-between: you may or may not know their names, they walk in dozens of shows but they don’t have the incredible star power of the first category. These are the ‘faces of now’. It’s a fickle industry and not all of them will be the faces of tomorrow. They may be trend-based models who fit a particular look. They’ll either make their impact while they’re in the spotlight before making way for other ‘faces of now’, or they’ll continue to rise into household names.
Either way we can love them, watch them with intrigue, enjoy their faces and poses and walks while they’re having their time in the spotlight. In V Magazine’s ‘Model Issue’ the faces of now were determined to include the likes of Julia Nobis, Charlotte Free, Ruby Aldridge and Hailey Clauson. Hedi Slimane gave them his black and white portraiture treatment for the issue.
So who does a ‘face of now’ look up to? Each of V’s faces shares their model hero, their inspiration, or their peer support in a tough industry.
For the full series of photos by Hedi Slimane click on the thumbnails above.