Our 12 Favorite Thirst-Trapping Fashion Models

by Andrew Villagomez

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday November 4, 2021
Originally published on October 20, 2021

Curated by Andrew Villagomez. Words by Matthew Wexler.

The fashion houses of Paris, London, Milan and New York have retreated into their ateliers, but our Insta feed is exploding with posts from some of our favorite runway discoveries. And we're not talking about the clothes. This year's fashion shows revealed a roster of eye-catching models that celebrate diversity and beauty in all its forms. Here's a short list of some of our favorites.

Luis Paredes

Paredes' recent shows have included Tom Ford and Thom Browne. Who wants to start a fashion label named Tom-Thom solely to feature him?

Kristy Ponomar

Ponomar's recent shows have included Prada, Acne Studios, and Valentino. Her pale and pouty vibe gives off Jane Austen if she was mentored by nightlife maven Susanne Bartsch.

Amar Akway

Recent runway gigs include AZ Factory and Hermès, but it was the reimagined little black dress collab between Fendi and Versace that made our jaws drop.

Marlon Teixeira

Brazilian-born Teixeira recently appeared on the cover of Man About Town, showing off all six feet and two inches of that South American sultriness, but it's his casual beach vibe candid posts that keep us coming back.

Fernando Lindez

We'd walk the Camino de Santiago barefoot for a real-life glimpse of Lindez. The gorgeous Spaniard also caught the eye of Palomo and Ludovic de Saint Sernin, unabashedly embracing fem energy that complements his lanky, budding masculinity.

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Cherokee Jack

Not only is Indigenous model/snowboarder Cherokee Jack on the radar of major labels like Banana Republic and Gabriela Hearst, but he's also an advocate for MIGIZI, a nonprofit that nurtures the educational, cultural, social and economic development of American Indian youth.

Paloma Elsesser

Elsesser sported powerful purple for Lanvin's spring/summer 2022 ready-to-wear collection, but Elsesser opted to wear nothing at all for a seductive photo in lush Hawaii earlier this fall.

Mase Somanlall

There was no turning back once we saw Somonlall's New York Fashion Week debut, wearing a two-piece chartreuse ensemble by Prabal Gurung. Of course, hanging out on a balcony in Spain and smoking a cigarette in nothing but boxer briefs doesn't look half-bad, either.

Wang Chenming

Lanvin, Fendi and Valentino are among the designers clamoring to get Chenming in their clothes. But we're okay if he's out of them, too.

Fabio Mancini

While the fashion industry is always on the lookout for the next new thing, there's no denying powerhouse model Mancini, who's appeared on the runway and in advertising for Giorgio Armani for the past 11 years. Our hearts were in full bloom as he walked Ramzen's spring/summer 2022 show in an intricately embroidered floral suit.

Paulo Spencer

Leopard print never goes out of style. That is, if you can pull it off as Paulo Spencer did for Dolce & Gabbana. A towel selfie at Porto's Acta the Avenue hotel is something else we wouldn't mind pulling off.

Kayako Higuchi

Higuchi rocked spring/summer 2022 looks for Burberry, but the exaggerated winged gold boots for Rochas' opening look proved that she's a major player on the runway.

Andrew Villagomez is a journalist and photographer covering travel, men's fashion, grooming and other lifestyle topics. His work has appeared in print and online publications including Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Essential Homme, Delta Sky Magazine, Out, Details, Thrillist and more. He is also runs his own style and travel blog, Vee Travels. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.