Models like Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks originally paved the (run)way. Now, a new generation of top models are making their debut in the world of fashion. Here are a few of our favorite women of color who are gracing magazine covers, working it down the runway, and so much more!

Adut Akech

Winning “Model of the Year” and dominating the covers of five Vogue magazines in 2019, Adut Akech is a woman to look out for. With beauty and glamour at the forefront, sometimes a model’s history can get blurred in the background. Born on a Christmas day, this beautiful dame from South Sudan went from a refugee camp in Kenya to growing up in Australia to her first catwalk for Saint Laurent in Paris (all just by the age of 16)! Besides her radiant skin and slender physique, we cannot wait to see more from this amazing lady.

Yasmin Wijnaldum

At just 17 years old, Yasmin was named the face of Prada’s 2016 spring/summer campaign. She had only walked her first show six months prior. Of South American and European descent, Yasmin is a step in the right direction towards casting a diverse array of faces of color for runway shows. With her tanned skin, mesmerizing blue eyes, and pouty lips, Yasmin is for sure a stunning fashion force.

Winnie Harlow

Winne Harlow first made her appearance on Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model. Since then, she’s definitely made her way into our hearts. Born in Canada and of Jamaican descent, Winnie had to put up with bullying during her childhood. Now she is the first model to walk the Victoria’s Secret Runway with vitiligo, which was always one of her dreams. In addition to that, she never believed she would grace the covers of Vogue, but now she’s already done so twice. That kind of confidence is a true inspiration to us all.

Rihanna

How could we forget about this legend? Rihanna may have started with music. However, over the past few years, she has completely commanded a new standard for fashion shows. Yes, designers do have the power to diversify the fashion industry. And it’s not often that we see many black women on the runway.

Unfortunately, we definitely still do not see a lot of plus sized women of color. While other designers stayed within safe boundaries, Rihanna did completely the opposite by showcasing her collections on all shapes, sizes, and colors. We love that Rihanna ignores society’s beauty standards, which sometimes feel set in stone. By doing so, she is completely changing the game and constantly reminding us that everyone is beautiful!

To sum up, the fashion industry still has much room to grow. Nevertheless, with these women of color at the forefront, we’re ecstatic that it is moving in the right direction!