And Your 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie of the Year Is…

The votes are in and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue ‘Rookie of the Year’ is…Kelly Rohrbach!

Despite the issue being the 25-year-old’s first professional modeling shoot, the all-American beauty and Georgetown graduate was able to beat out six other first-year models for this year’s title— earning a whopping 39 percent of the final vote.

For her SI debut, the blonde bombshell traveled to Big Sur, California, where photographer Yu Tsai captured her in all of her bikini glory.  At the rate she’s going, we may be seeing Kelly on a cover in the very near future. After all, it wasn’t long ago that SI was crowning cover girls Kate UptonChrissy Teigen and Nina Agdal Rookie of the Year.

Congratulations Kelly on earning this year’s coveted title!  Check out your new 2015 ‘Rookie of the Year’ hard at work below!

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Modelinia AM Reads: The Top 10 Models of New York Fashion Week Fall 2015

The Dolce & Gabbana show is always an unabashed celebration of fashion and women, and the Fall 2015 collection was no exception.  In an ode to motherhood, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana had models– including a pregnant Bianca Balti and new mom Ashleigh Good- step out onto the runway holding their babies or the hands of several little bambinos.  Viva la Mamma! ~ Style.com

Speaking of babies, fashion’s model moms club just received its new member: Lily Cole!  The 27-year-old model-actress announced on Saturday that she is expecting her first child with boyfriend Kwame Ferreira via…a Post-it note of all things! ~ Instagram

Remember that supposedly un-Photoshopped photo of Cindy Crawford that went viral last month in a big way? Well, as it turns out, the photo was not only a leak, but a “significantly altered” leak!  In a letter from photographer John Russo’s legal team, the lensman alleges that the photograph was stolen and “significantly doctored” and “fraudulent.” ~ ABC News

In ongoing investigations: the L.A. police are reporting that the pearl-encrusted dress worn by Lupita Nyong’o to the Oscars has been recovered. According to the Internet, the Calvin Klein dress, which was valued at $150,000, was found in a hotel bathroom after TMZ received an anonymous call about its whereabouts. Even more surprising? The pearls are reportedly fake! ~ New York Times

As Peter Dundas presented his swan-song for Emilio Pucci this weekend at Milan Fashion Week, talk naturally turned to his next move: Roberto Cavalli.  As predicted late last year, Dundas is a frontrunner for the top job at the Italian fashion house should the man himself, Roberto, choose to step down.  Still, Pucci’s parent company LVMH is determined to keep mum on the issue, sending the rumor mill into a certified tizzy. ~ New York Times

Followers of Rachel Zoe and her online publication “The Zoe Report” will soon be able to have a bit of the celebrity stylist shipped to their front door.  The celebrity stylist is jumping into the subscription box fray with the launch of “Box of Style,” a quarterly subscription service that will send packages stuffed with five to eight items each season. Boxes are priced at $100 a season or $350 for a full year, and will include everything from fashion and beauty to the home market. ~ WWD

While fashion month seems like a grueling four weeks for editors and buyers, it’s perhaps most exhausting for the models. It takes a special breed of model to walk dozens of shows per year, but the ones who can pull off the impressive feat hold a special place in the business for seasons to come. So, who was this year’s top catwalker? Following the end of New York Fashion Week, we tasked ourselves with narrowing down the top models of the season.  See who took home this year’s top 5 spots here! ~ Modelinia

Model Twitpics of The Week!

What a week! From Doutzen Kroes, Devon Windsor and Karlie Kloss showing off snaps from Milan Fashion Week to Kendall Jenner‘s selfie for 20 million Instagram followers to Chrissy Teigen showing off her new hair color (and her #stomachofsteel) – see what some of your favorite models were up to this week in the slideshow below!


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The Top 5 Fall ’15 Beauty Trends to Try Now

Yes, we know, it’s still only February — meaning we have a good six months before the beauty trends we saw at New York Fashion Week are supposed to appear off the runway. But truthfully, we’ve never really been keen on following those rules like that, and who could blame us? When Fashion Week delivers gorgeous hair and makeup looks like the ones we say this past week, it’s near torture not to indulge immediately. That being said, we scoured through our backstage notes to roundup the top 5 fall ‘15 beauty trends to try now.  So go ahead, break the rules and get a head start on fall with our top beauty picks below!

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Look of the Week: Gigi Hadid’s Heart-Racing Atelier Versace Gown

As expected, Sunday night’s Academy Awards in LA were filled with some of the biggest names in Hollywood — from box-office stars to legendary directors, to a coterie of models including the likes of Behati Prinsloo, Chrissy Teigen, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Karlie Kloss.  But of all the amazing red carpet looks, one in particular stood out: Gigi Hadid‘s architectural Atelier Versace gown.  With it’s unique asymmetrical design, intricately placed cut-outs and a slit that went all the way up the thigh, the slinky number had no problem standing out among the masses of runway-ready designs.  Of course, we’re sure that also had something to do with the bombshell making her way down the carpet (can you say legs for days?!). Still, Gigi’s heart-racing gown is proof that head-to-toe black need not be boring — all you need is a little design ingenuity and of course, those killer curves don’t hurt either.

The Models’ Best Reactions to #TheDress

If you’ve been online or anywhere near your phone in the past few hours, it’s likely that you’ve been piqued by #TheDress debate. While most of the country was either in bed sleeping (or in our case, watching the Victoria’s Secret Swim Special), a viral image of a dress that appears black and blue to some and white and gold to others broke the Internet. The world was divided into two camps: #blueandblack and #whiteandgold (and then there’s the confused folks who are aren’t sure where they lie). Opinions were laid bare, passionate debates were had, and eventually, the models took sides. Here’s, where Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge and others stand on the #DressGate 2015:

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Modelinia AM Reads: 5 Street Style Stars We Couldn’t Get Enough Of This New York Fashion Week

As if Karl Lagerfeld wasn’t busy enough – he’s the creative director of Fendi, Chanel and his eponymous label – he has now decided to add yet another accolade to his overflowing CV. The multitasking designer will reportedly present Fendi’s first “Haute Fourrure” collection during couture week in Paris this summer.  The show will take place on July 8 and will give the brand’s robust in-house fur atelier an opportunity to “experiment” with its iconic designs. ~ Telegraph

Talk about a crime of fashion. Actress-turned-style-icon Lupita Nyong’o's Oscars gown was stolen out of her London West Hollywood hotel room on Tuesday. The gown, a Calvin Klein original, is worth $150,000 and made from 6,000 Akoya pearls. ~ WWD

Art or racism? So was the debate at Claudio Cutugno’s fall 2015 show in Milan on Thursday, when the Italian designer sent women down the runway with their faces painted with black glitter.  On the one hand, Pat McGrath’s done this before. On the other, this is dangerously close to black face. ~ Yahoo Style 

Meanwhile, at Moschino, designer Jeremy Scott enlisted the Looney Tunes characters as his latest pop culture muses.  He plastered oversize T-shirts with images of Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and the Tasmanian Devil, while gleefully marching into late-’80s and early-’90s territory with quilted outerwear in primary colors and gowns emblazoned with sequined “graffiti.” And ”Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-… That’s all, folks.” ~ The Cut 

It’s hard to believe just looking at him that Marc Jacobs is nearing 52 and yet, the once enfant terrible of the fashion world is making it very clear that he’s of a different generation entirely.  In a new and very revealing interview with Suzy Menkes for British Vogue, the designer laments our widespread reliance on technology and social media, deeming it “appalling.” ~ Vogue UK 

New York Fashion Week may be over, but we still can’t get enough of the awe-inspiring street style we spotted all week long. Here, we’re counting down the top five models with the best off-duty style— from the post-show tomboys to the fearless and chic. ~ Modelinia

These Models Get #FOMO Just Like You!

Models may travel the world, wear only the finest fashions, and hang out with the creme de la creme of the Hollywood set, but as it turns out, even they are not immune to the crippling feeling of #FOMO.  That’s right, while you were regrettably scrolling through your Instagram feeds these past few weeks, cursing the fact that you weren’t at that Fashion Week party or soaking up the sun in Puerto Rico with the Victoria’s Secret Angels, the models were all admittedly doing the exact same thing.  Well, maybe not all of them.

“I don’t get FOMO.  I work really hard to make sure I’m doing everything I want to do,” Alessandra Ambrosio told us at a recent Victoria’s Secret press day.  But hey, if we were Alessandra, we probably wouldn’t feel that we were missing out on a whole lot either. Yet, sadly we are not Alessandra and so, in anticipation of the FOMO-inducing moments we’re likely to experience while watching the Victoria’s Secret Swim Special airing tonight on CBS — not to mention the handful of fashion week shows we still have on deck— we caught up with a few of our favorite Angels and rising model stars and asked them to share their last great FOMO experience.  Scroll through the slideshow below for proof that sometimes, models really are just like us.

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