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26 Game-Changing Models You Should Follow On Instagram

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Of course, Naomi is forever. But check out these 26 models who are dominating the modeling world.

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1. Joan Smalls — @joansmalls

Origin: Hatillo, Puerto Rico
Big deal: Modeled for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Victoria’s Secret, and more.
Why follow: Because Joan is arguably the biggest supermodel of her generation and we’re happy to go along for the ride.

2. Ataui Deng — @atauid

Origin: San Antonio, Texas, via Khartoum, Sudan
Big deal: Walked for big-name brands such as L’Wren Scott and Proenza Schouler.
Why follow: Because anyone who posts hilarious memes is well worth the follow.

3. Malaika Firth — @malaikafirth

Origin: London, England, via Mombasa, Kenya
Big deal: Campaigns for Burberry, Prada, and Valentino
Why follow: Because her selfies are pretty frickin’ adorable.

4. Jourdan Dunn — @officialjdunn

Origin: London, England
Big deal: Landed the covers of Vogue, i-D, Elle, and more.
Why follow: Just look at her son Riley, who is possibly the cutest child in existence.

5. Winnie Harlow/Chantelle Brown-Young — @winnieharlow

Origin: Toronto, Canada
Big deal: Campaigns for Desigual and Diesel
Why follow: Um, Tyra. Banks.

6. Chanel Iman — @chaneliman

Origin: Los Angeles, United States
Big deal: Walked the runway for Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Versace, and more
Why follow: Because her vacays are very different from your vacays.

7. Jasmine Tookes — @jastookes

Origin: Huntington Beach, United States
Big deal: Stepped on the runway for Tom Ford, Prada, and Miu Miu
Why follow: She’ll make you feel like you’re on the runway right next to her.

8. Philomena Kwao — @philomenakwao

Origin: London, England
Big deal: Has modeled for Essence magazine and the line Torrid
Why follow: Because it’s always fun to see her chameleon-like looks in action.

9. Lais Ribeiro — @laisribeiro16

Origin: Teresina, Brazil
Big deal: Campaigns for brands such as Ralph Lauren and Victoria’s Secret
Why follow: Because when Lais says, “At the office,” she means with other Victoria’s Secret models.

10. Anais Mali — @realanaismali

Origin: Toulon, France
Big deal: Appearances in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and i-D
Why follow: She believes in the #blackgirlsoncovers movement.

11. Arlenis Sosa — @realarlenissosa

Origin: Copey, Dominican Republic
Big deal: Walked for Alexander Wang, Carolina Herrera, and Oscar de la Renta
Why follow: Because she can #tbt to that time she walked in Fashion Week with some supermodel pals.

12. Emanuela de Paula — @emanueladepaula

Origin: Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Brazil
Big deal: Campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria’s Secret, among others
Why follow: Emanuela and her husband make quite the gorgeous pair.

13. Grace Mahary — @gracemahary

Origin: Edmonton, Canada
Big deal: Walked for Fendi, Balmain, and Nina Ricci
Why follow: Grace isn’t afraid to speak up for issues that matter to her.

14. Nyasha Matonhodze — @nyashams

Origin: United Kingdom via Zimbabwe
Big deal: Appeared in Teen Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as campaigns for Louis Vuitton
Why follow: She has just the right quotes to brighten up your day.

15. Damaris Lewis — @damarislewis

Origin: Brooklyn, United States
Big deal: Appearances in Sports Illustrated, Essence, and Vibe
Why follow: Because the model has some beautifully composed shots.

16. Fatima Siad — @fatimasiad

Origin: Boston, Massachusetts, via Mogadishu, Somalia
Big deal: Walked for Dries Van Noten, Dennis Basso, and Emilia Wickstead
Why follow: Her family shots will bring a smile to your face.

17. Jessica White — @iamjesswhite

Origin: Buffalo, United States
Big deal: Campaigns for CoverGirl and Maybelline; appearances in Sports Illustrated
Why follow: Because her incredible extensions will give you life.

18. Cora Emmanuel — @coraemmanuel

Origin: Martinique
Big deal: Has walked for Balmain, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Carolina Herrera
Why follow: Because Cora knows how to do Halloween right.

19. Diandra Forrest — @diandraforrest

Origin: Bronx, United States
Big deal: Walked the runway for Vivienne Westwood and has appeared in magazines like Glamour and Interview
Why follow: Looking at her posts, you’ll almost feel like you’re in a dream.

20. Selita Ebanks — @selitaebanks

Origin: George Town, Cayman Islands
Big deal: Worked for Tommy Hilfilger, Sports Illustrated, and Victoria’s Secret
Why follow: Her mirror selfies are better than your mirror selfies.

21. Sessilee Lopez — @therealsessilee


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