Ten Outstanding New Faces to Watch at Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week
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Kelly Mittendorf (Marilyn)

Photo: Marilyn Agency
Without a single runway booking under her 24" waist, America's very own Kelly Mittendorf, 17, was cast in Prada's fall 2011 campaign, and was later featured in Italian Vogue's July 2011 issue as a face to watch. 

WHAT'S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU'VE EVER SEEN WHILE MODELING?
Once, I was in Disneyland waiting in line for Splash Mountain when my mom called saying I just got booked for a job in New York and needed to go ASAP. My dad rushed to pick me up and I was on the next flight out. I made the shoot.

WHAT'S THE FIRST DESIGNER ITEM YOU EVER BOUGHT?
This first designer item I ever paid for myself was a Marc Jacobs tee at Fashion's Night Out in Scottsdale last year.

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Josilyn Williams (DNA)

Photo: DNA Models
Having signed with DNA Models two months ago, 16-year-old Alabama-native Josilyn Williams is as green as they come. Her flawless bone structure, runway-perfect proportions, and sweet personality are likely to make an impression on casting directors. 

WHAT SCARES YOU?
Spiders terrify me … but that's about it.

FAVORITE MODEL?
Definitely Chanel Iman – she's gorgeous! I love her!

TELL US A SECRET.
Well, if I told you a secret then it wouldn't be a secret anymore, now would it?

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Corinna Ingenleuf (Ford)

Photo: Ford Models
In the age of Andrej Pejic, Corinna Ingenleuf's androgynous good looks are just what's in demand these days. Plus, the 20-year-old German was recently shot for Italian Vogue, W, Interview, and AnOther

FAVORITE JUNK FOOD?

Does ice cream count as junk food?

WHAT'S THE MOST NERVE-WRACKING THING ABOUT BEING A MODEL?

The instantaneous image that people have about you once they hear that you're a model.
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Jess Gold (IMG)

Photo: IMG
At only 18 years old, Jess Gold is whispered about as IMG's Next Big Thing. The Australian has had significant face time with some of fashion's leading editors and photographers, who rave about Gold's catwalk and editorial potential. Her hypnotic gaze has many, well, hypnotized.

TELL US A SECRET.
I hate my flipper feet.

WHAT SCARES YOU?
I completely FREAK OUT around moths!

FAVORITE MODEL?

Abbey Lee. It's even better that she's an Aussie, too.
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Rose Smith (Next)

Photo: Imaxtree
Karl Lagerfeld is determined to make 22-year-old Rose Smith a star. The Aussie debuted as an exclusive at the fall 2011 Fendi and Chanel shows in Milan and Paris, respectively. After shooting spreads for Numero and Dazed & Confused, Kaiser Karl put Smith on exclusive, yet again, for his fall 2011 Chanel couture show this past July.

WHAT'S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU'VE EVER SEEN WHILE MODELING?
I saw a huge illegal cock fight when I was shooting in Indonesia. It was pretty horrible to see!

TELL US A SECRET.
I've never seen snow before.

ANY BIG HOPES FOR FASHION WEEK?
I hope my hair doesn't get too damaged! [Laughs]
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Sojourner Morrell (Wilhelmina)

Photo: Wilhemina
Wilhelmina's Sojourner Morrell also has that ultra-cool androgynous look the industry loves right now. In the span of her short three-month career the 23-year-old shot a ten-page editorial in British Vogue's September issue and modeled in the resort 2012 Prada look book.

WHAT'S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU'VE EVER SEEN WHILE MODELING?
My own reflection. Once, after a photo shoot, I was so cold that I rode the subway wrapped in a big white bathrobe; when I caught my own reflection I thought, "Who's that crazy woman in the bathrobe?" But it was me.

ANY BIG HOPES FOR FASHION WEEK?
To see Bill Cunningham.

WHAT'S THE MOST NERVE-RACKING THING ABOUT BEING A MODEL?
The ideas that other people seem to have about being a "model"
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Marihenny Rivera (New York Models)

Photo: New York Models
Marihenny Rivera's killer bone structure and seductive pout might draw comparisons to Naomi Campbell. After an exceptional resort 2012 season, in which the Dominican walked for the Louis Vuitton, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Yves Saint Laurent shows, her ability to live up to that kind of hype isn't out of the question.

WHAT'S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU'VE EVER SEEN WHILE MODELING?  

During a runway show, I witnessed a dog attack his owner who was sitting in the front row!

TELL US A SECRET.
When I'm in the shower, I sing at the top of my lungs, but I'm not really ashamed of that.

WHAT'S THE FIRST DESIGNER ITEM YOU EVER BOUGHT?
My favorite Alexander Wang leather handbag.
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Court (IMG)

Photo: IMG
With just a few Polaroids in her portfolio, 16-year-old American Court (no surname, this girl is going Madonna style!) is charming the fashion circuit with those brooding eyes and unmistakable cheekbones. When we met with the Florida native last week, she was on hold for some plum gigs.


FAVORITE MODEL?

Tyra Banks. I love how she accomplished so many things in her career.

WHAT'S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU'VE EVER SEEN WHILE MODELING?

At a photo shoot, my mom held a hair dryer in front of me to make my hair blow, while my agent was in the bushes trying to get a good shot.

WHAT'S THE FIRST DESIGNER ITEM YOU EVER BOUGHT?

Marni heels. And they were my first heels ever!
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Merilin Perli (Marilyn)

Photo: Marilyn Agency
Estonian newcomer Merilin Perli made her catwalk debut at Calvin Klein's resort 2012 show in New York. The 17-year-old with the spectacular complexion was then booked for Prada's 2012 resort presentation. Having landed gigs with two of the world's most hard-to-book designers, others are likely to start lining up.

WHAT SCARES YOU?
There is no such thing.

FAVORITE MODEL?
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

TELL US A SECRET
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I can't fall asleep without my stuffed toy duck!

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Antonia Wesseloh (Ford)

Photo: Ford Models
German beauty Antonia Wesseloh might remind you of current top model Freja Beha. The look has taken her far — all the way to the studio of Steven Meisel, who shot the 16-year-old for Italian Vogue and Prada's fall 2011 campaign, (alongside fellow face to watch, Mittendorf).

WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?
I wanted to become a professional equestrian and have my own horse stable, too.

WHAT'S THE FIRST DESIGNER ITEM YOU EVER BOUGHT?
Nothing just yet. But, I’m hoping to get a nice Prada bag soon, as well as a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses.

FAVORITE JUNK FOOD?
Doner Kebab!

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