These Rookies Are On the Brink of a Runway Breakthrough

Florence

Who:
Florence Gunn-Wilson; 175 cm / 5’9″; British/Welsh from Cardigan, West Wales; born January 21st.

Where:
Phoenix Models (London – mother agency)

— What is something you wish you knew more about?
Space. I had a pretty long ‘I want to be an astronaut’ phase and a lot of the fascination has definitely stuck with me. As humans, we think we know so much and I love the idea of something that is so unexplored and undiscovered. 

— What are three interesting facts about you? 
1. I can speak fluent Welsh.
2. Me and my family swim in the sea every Christmas day. 
3. I’m terrified of cows.

— Who is your favourite entertainer?
I discovered First Aid Kit, a Swedish folk band, in a record shop with my sister back in 2010 and have been utterly obsessed ever since. They harmonise like no one I have ever come across, it’s so incredibly beautiful. Me and my sister are both singers and we spend hours singing along with them and creating our own recordings. They’re always the top of my Spotify Wrapped!


Evan

Who:
Evan Jean; 188 cm / 6’2″; American from Seattle, Washington; born June 7th.

Where:
Heffner Management (Seattle – mother agency)

— Your most embarrassing moment:
One of my most embarrassing moments would be when I broke my arm while breaking boards for my final black belt test in tae-kwon-do. I chose way too big of a stack and paid the price for the whole summer.

— An issue or cause you are passionate about:
I am incredibly passionate about the environment and housing inequality. This is why I am getting my undergrad in Environmental Studies and Green Building and Community Design.

— Who is your favorite entertainer?
I always struggle with picking just one musician because I love so many types of music, but I think my favorite artist purely as a person would have to be Genesis P-Orridge. Not only did they change music forever through their work on Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, they also helped set the stage for an androgynous lifestyle in an incredibly masculine industry. 


Iglika

Who:
Iglika Zlateva; 180 cm / 5’11”; Bulgarian from Sofia, Bulgaria; born May 29th.

Where:
Inter Models (Sofia – mother agency), The Claw (Paris)

— How and when did you become a model?
I was at a film premiere with my mom where she began talking with an ex-model. They talked about modeling among other things. She saw me and suggested that she talked to her friend, the agent of Inter Models Bulgaria, and asked for a few pictures. We sent the pictures and the agency invited me for an interview.

— The most interesting thing about your family?
I live in a family of human rights defenders.

— Your most embarrassing moment:
When my classmates began discussing a TV interview of my father, without knowing he is related to me.


Michael

Who:
Michael Iyanda; 188 cm / 6’2″; Nigerian from Lagos, Nigeria; born February 9th.

Where:
Jabari Model Management (Lagos – mother agency), Francina Models (Barcelona)

— An issue or cause you are passionate about:
Ending police brutality.

— What are three interesting facts about you?
1. I prefer listening to music to watching movies.
2. I’d rather read soft copy books than hard copy books.
3. I enjoy playing video games at midnight.

— Who is your favourite entertainer?
Roddy Ricch. I like his approach to music, and I can easily relate to everything he says.


Megan

Who:
Megan Rodrigues; 173 cm / 5’8″; American from Honolulu, Hawaii; born July 28th.

Where:
STATE Management (New York – mother agency), STATE Management (Los Angeles – mother agency)

— The most interesting thing about your family?  
I come from a diverse background; I’m Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, and Irish. I grew up in Hawaii around a mix of many different cultures and people!

— What are three interesting facts about you?  
1. I study Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design. I’m interested in textile development and knitwear design!
2. When I was little I used to write novels and my dream was to become a published fiction writer.
3. My favorite food is omurice.

— What is something you wish you knew more about?
Languages! If I could have any superpower it would be the ability to speak, write, and understand any language. I’ve always been interested in linguistics and the ways in which culture and language intersect and differ throughout the world. I love traveling and would love to communicate with people anywhere I am.


Zhicheng

Who:
Zhicheng Han; 188 cm / 6’2″; Chinese from Jiaozuo, Henan Province, China; born November 4th.

Where:
Mostar Models (Shanghai – mother agency), IMG (New York), IMG Paris, IMG Milano, IMG London, IMG Australia (Sydney)

— The best and worst aspects of your personality:
I always smile but I always think too much. I’ve been cranky.

— Who is someone you admire and why?
Liu Wen. She has a very good reputation in both her personality and career.

— How and when did you become a model?
August 4th, 2020. Becoming a model was always my dream, so when I turned 18, I decided to come to Shanghai and realize my dream.