“The Models.com Model of the Year (MOTY) Industry Awards are the voice of over 250 voters representing a wide range of the industry’s top professionals, including many of the industry’s top stylists, designers, photographers, editors, hair and makeup artists and casting directors, and a wide range of the next generation of the industry’s emerging creative talents,” a December 21 post on the website explains. The post lists industry pros such as makeup artists Hung Vanngo and Benjamin Puckey as judges. And because Models.com readers voted too, all 10 categories (including Model of the Year, Breakout Star, Social Media Star) were split into two: Industry’s Vote and Readers’ Choice.
Hadid, 20, took the Industry’s Vote crown for Model of the Year: Women. Her win comes as no surprise: The beauty walked in her very first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year, inked a brand ambassadorship with Dior Makeup and even announced her first clothing collection with Chrome Hearts earlier this month. Jenner, 21, was Readers’ Choice Model of the Year. She has also had a banner year, landing the cover of the coveted September issue of Vogue and continuing her gig as the face of Estée Lauder.
For Social Media Star, Gigi Hadid bested her baby sister to get the Industry’s Vote. The Reebok brand ambassador has a whopping 27 million Instagram followers, with most posts averaging around more than a million likes each. Emily Ratajkowski was the Readers’ Choice winner because … duh, belfies! Head to Models.com to see the rest of the list.
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