These Runway Rookies Prove Modeling is Getting More Global

Anton

Who:
Anton Semenov (@skinhevdb); 190 cm / 6’3″; Belarusian from Minsk, Belarus; born January 16th.

Where:
Specto Models (Warsaw – mother agency), PRM Agency (London)

— Who is your favorite entertainer?
I cannot say I have only one. My favorite entertainers are t.A.T.u, Eminem and Luna. t.A.T.u took a big place in my heart back in my childhood, when I found myself in their lyrics. I liked Eminem because of his super stylish music videos and for the aesthetics he had in his appearance and songs. Luna is a Ukrainian singer who took a big place in my playlist and heart. She is that rare artist whose album I can immediately add in its entirety.

— One thing people may be surprised to find out about you:
People are usually surprised when they find out that I can easily fix almost everything in the flat, replant plants and even chop wood.

— What are you super interested in that most people have never heard of?
I’ve been doing tarot professionally for 5 years. From a small hobby, tarot became kind of a business for me.


Emilia

Who:
Emilia Grogia (@emiliagrogia); 178 cm / 5’10”; Brazilian from Cajuru, São Paulo, Brazil; born October 25th.

Where:
Way Model Management (São Paulo – mother agency), Women Management Paris, Women Management Milan, Modelwerk (Hamburg)

— What are three interesting facts about you?
I’m intense in everything I do! I’m very sincere most of the time and determined about what I want.

— Who is your favorite entertainer?
My favorite is Zendaya because she’s multitalented! She dances, sings, photographs and works the runway so well and is also a great actress and I find that very inspiring.

— One thing people may be surprised to find out about you:
My zodiac sign, I’m Scorpio and people tend to think that whoever is from this sign is usually evil and I’m not, I think it’s hilarious.


Icaro

Who:
Icaro Marques (@icarotoca); 186 cm / 6’1″; Brazilian/American from Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA; born August 6th.

Where:
Umodels (New York – mother agency), Ford Models (New York), Modelwerk (Hamburg), Two Management (Los Angeles), Next Miami

— How did you become a model?
I actually became a model after working at a “spikeball booth” at this surf convention. This scout was walking around and asked me a few personal questions, like if I had ever thought about modeling. At first, I thought, “that was strange” but then after talking about it with my parents they encouraged me to contact the scout… but when I did he never answered or returned any of my calls. Oddly enough, my dad told me to post pictures of myself on a website called Models.com, which at the time, I thought sounded like a fake website. Nevertheless, I did as he said and agencies began to reach out to me.

— Your most embarrassing moment:
Thankfully this was around complete strangers but it started at the first open mic I ever attended. I didn’t have a car at the time so I had to bike everywhere with my guitar strapped to my back. I had prepared this Phil Collins cover of “In the Air Tonight” but the brilliant twist I decided to add was a rap written by yours truly. What surprised me was that the open mic wasn’t really for musicians but more so for anyone that wanted to go up stage and do anything somewhat creative. I forgot to mention the coffee shop that hosted the open mic was punk/emo so I’m not too certain there were any Phil Collins fans present. Nevertheless, when it was my turn to play I finished the song and waited for applause but it never came and that’s how I had a sad bike ride back to my apartment.

— The most interesting thing about your family:
The most interesting thing about my family is the fact that me and my parents are Brazilian but the rest of our family live in Brazil. Being the “family that lives in America” is definitely a unique experience. It’s nice to be the house that every relative can count on staying at whenever they travel here, but it would also be nice to have more of my family reside in the same place.


Irina

Who:
Irina Macari (@irinamacari); 180 cm / 5’11”; Moldovan from Lisbon, Portugal; born March 20th.

Where:
Karacter Agency (Lisbon – mother agency), Women Management Paris, Women Management Milan, Uno Models (Barcelona)

— One thing people may be surprised to find out about you:
In addition to fashion and beauty contests, I was a winner in a school scientific contest and medal in athletics, and I hope to be able to win more prizes in the course of my life.

— An issue or cause you are passionate about:
My biggest concern is the excessive use of chemicals in the food and aesthetic industry. I think that this factor can have a very negative impact on the lives of all of us and that it fits into the great environmental problem that human activity has triggered on our planet.

— What are you super interested in that most people have never heard of?
I would like to deepen my studies in biology, with the intention of becoming a nurse, as it is an area that I like a lot.


Payton

Who:
Payton Liddell (@_pytxn); 177 cm / 5’9.5″; American from Seattle, Washington, USA; born April 23rd.

Where:
SMG (Seattle – mother agency)

— One thing people may be surprised to find out about you?
I’m non-binary. I don’t associate with having a gender.

— What’s your most prized possession and why?
My most prized possession would have to be my life because no one else can be me or live my life.

— Who is your favorite entertainer?
Eartheater is one of my favorite artists for many reasons, one of them being her versatile style and the emotional impact she carries through her work and herself.


Talitha

Who:
Talitha Degree (@teeissolidd__); 175 cm / 5’10”; American from New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; born January 15th.

Where:
FT45 (New Orleans – mother agency), Ei Management (New York)

— One thing you never want to do again:
I will never place my hand on a hot electric stove top again or “test” that expired milk again.

— An issue or cause you are passionate about:
Mental health is an issue I am passionate about. Emotional and mental health is important because it is a vital part of your everyday life and impacts your thoughts, behaviors and emotions.

— One thing people may be surprised to find out about you:
I’ve never once dyed my hair.