first ever Vogue cover this past April. But, if we may be so bold, the more ridiculous choice would have been not to include Edie, a model on the rise who just took home the British Fashion Award for Model of the Year and is this year's top Vogue model. One must be multi-talented to be a top model in Vogue."[H]ere I am on the front of the magazine. It's bizarre and so flattering. I mean, why pick me? It's just ridiculous," said Edie Campbell of her
It is not enough to simply appear in the magazine, those appearances must be of top quality. Who photographed them? Was she the only model in the editorial? What edition was it for? How many pages did she appear on? How many covers did she land? There are plenty of factors to take into account, and when we tallied it all up, Edie excelled at every one of them.
Edie is not as new to the game as one might think. With her privileged fashion lineage (daughter of former British Vogue fashion editor Sophie Hicks, goddaughter of Condé Nast executive Nicholas Coleridge), Edie made sporadic appearances in Vogue and Burberry Prorsum campaigns starting in 2005 (she was in braces for her first Burberry campaign) and was championed by photographer Mario Testino at an early age. It wasn't until the past few years that her career really picked up steam, working for Steven Meisel, opening Marc Jacobs' final show for Louis Vuitton and landing coveted campaigns like Lanvin, Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen.
It was also a big year for Edie's coif, an element that can make or break a career. Who knew that going from long Penelope Tree-inspired hair and bangs to a black mullet would have such a positive reaction? No really, who would have guessed that? Fortunately, after the chop, people stopped pigeonholing her as a '60s girl, and the new style gave her the edge that every top model needs.
So who else made the list? Much like our cover analysis this year, Holland and the U.K. are well represented, with three models a piece, while only four models returned from last year's list. Can you guess who they are? Click through to find out.
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