Who was elected model of the year 2020?
If we are happy that this year is finally over to move on to the next, it is still necessary to take stock. In the modeling category, model of the year, who wins the prize according to the “models.com” site?
We may repeat it hundreds of times, this year has been very special and trying. Nothing predestined us to imagine what we were going to experience. And if a thinning seems to be looming as 2021 arrives, we must do the accounts. Despite the pandemic and all its galleys, the year 2020 still had good sides, sometimes. In particular, we can salute our desire to always bounce back, get around problems, and move forward. Fashion, which has suffered the full brunt of the health and economic crisis with the cancellation of all its fashion shows, has succeeded in renewing itself and offering an alternative thanks to digital. With all the cards being redistributed, we saw new faces emerge, try to find their place despite the difficulties, and change certain mentalities. The new world is here. Besides, we would like to know who was named model of the year according to the specialized site “models.com”. Who wins the prize during this year in which so few parades took place and where we had to find new ways of exercising? Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Adut Akech, Mica Argañaraz?
A GAME-CHANGING VOTE
Ultimately, model Paloma Elsesser was elected model of the year 2020. A strong and impactful message sent by the industry in terms of inclusiveness and diversity. It must be said that the young woman of 28 years perfectly embodies the revolution that is taking place in the high spheres of fashion. The plus-size model with black-American origins defies the standards of beauty that have plagued the community for decades. “The unique face that defined the year as a whole”, as the “models.com” site reminds us. Sure, it’s Paloma Elsesser. The supermodel has had a busy year, despite the pandemic. “Glossier” campaign propelled as a naked “body hero” without retouching, the Savage x Fenty fashion show or even recently the cover of the American edition of “Vogue”.
A MORE CONVENTIONAL PUBLIC VOTE
While we often cry out that the public is ready for change in the face of a dominant industry, this vote calls our beliefs into question. Indeed, the ranking highlights two categories: “the industry vote” and “the public vote”. Regarding the second category, readers have named Sora Choi, South Korean model, the big winner. On this point, Internet users and the industry seem to agree: diversity prevails and racialized models are highlighted. But second place was inevitably attributed to Bella Hadid, a supermodel by trade, who continues to conquer the hearts of modders. A little surprising vote. Second place in the “industry vote” was won by Australian-Sudanese model Adut Akech , who was first last year.