The UK has created some incredibly successful fashion models. From Cara Delevingne to Kate Moss, these are the British models to be inspired by and keep watching.
1. Adwoa Aboah
Adwoa Aboah has modelled for some big brands including Calvin Klein, Fendi and Alexander Wang. She has always been open about her struggles with depression and addiction. She is a big advocate for mental health awareness. It’s predicted she will be making waves in the fashion world for years to come.
2. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Rosie has worked for some top brands, most notably VIctoria’s Secret, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Dolce & Gabanna. She was the face of Burberry’s fragrance ‘Burberry Body’ and has worked with Marks & Spencers. In 2008, she featured on the cover of British Vogue, and in 2011 she featured solo on its cover for the very first time.
3. Jourdan Dunn
Jourdan is considered to be a modern-day supermodel. She was scouted in Primark in 2006 and has since worked for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Pepe Jeans, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy and Maybelline.
Perhaps most notably, in 2008 Jourdan was the first black model in 10 years to walk on the Prada runway. She was also the first black British model to make the Forbes top-earning models list in 2014.
Outside of modelling, Dunn has appeared in a Nicki Minaj music video.
4. Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne is undoubtedly a name you recognise. Cara left school aged 16 to pursue a career in modelling. She worked in the industry for an entire year before booking her first paying job; she also went through two runway seasons before being selected for her first runway show. It just goes to show that even top models face rejection and must persevere.
She has since worked with huge brands including Chanel, Kenzo, Balenciaga, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta and Donna Karen. She was also part of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in 2012.
5. Georgia May Jagger
Georgia is well-known for being supermodel Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stone’s daughter, though she has since made a name for herself in her own right. She has worked for Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, Vivienne Westwood and Marc Jacobs to name a few.
She has also designed collections with Mulberry and Volcom.
6. Kate Moss
Kate Moss should be a familiar face. She is one of the biggest British models in the world. Her ‘heroin chic’ look catapulted her to stardom. Her Calvin Klein collaborations made her a household name.
She made an unintentional contribution to size zero fashion and hit headlines due to her infamous party lifestyle. She remains one of the most well-recognised models of our time.
7. Naomi Campbell
Another hugely successful model who rose to fame during the supermodel era, Naomi Campbell was originally a dancer. She was soon scouted and featured on the cover of Elle at just 15 years old.
She has since walked numerous catwalks and has appeared in advertising campaigns for brands including but not limited to Hermes, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior.
8. Lottie Moss
Lottie is the younger sister of Kate Moss. At 22, she has been modelling since her early teens. Her first official shoot was published in teen Vogue and was closely followed by her first campaign – for Calvin Klein, the same brand who catapulted her sister to fame.
She credits her sister for being the reason she started in fashion.
9. Erin O’Connor
Erin was spotted by a talent scout on a school trip on her way to the Birmingham Clothes Show.
She has worked for the likes of Donna Karan, Prada, Versace, Miu Miu and Giorgio Armani. Karl Lagerfeld, creative director for Chanel, called her ‘one of the best models in the world’.
She has received an MBE for her contributions to fashion and charity.
10. David Gandy
As the only man to feature on the list, David Gandy is without a doubt one of the most famous models around. He was discovered after winning a televised model-search competition and now has an impressive modelling career.
He has since worked regularly for Dolce & Gabbana. His muscular build was different to the typical slender frame of male models, so brands changed their standards.
He was the only man to walk the catwalk at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony along with many other female models.
He now regularly writes for British Vogue and GQ.
How to Become a Famous British Model
Many top models were scouted. This means they were in the right place at the right time and were noticed and approached by a modelling agency scout.
Being scouted is a rare phenomenon and can’t be depended on for a successful career in modelling. Aspiring models should work on being signed to an agency by applying to them with a professional, high-quality portfolio.
Social media, in particular Instagram, is also a great tool for getting noticed.
Other Famous British Models
– Lily Cole
– Leomie Anderson
– Sam Rollinson
– Matilda Lowther
– Sadie Newman
– Megan Williams
– Cheyenne Maya Carty
– Alexina Graham