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Gemma Ward

With her wide-set sober gaze, ivory brow, and bee-stung pout, Gemma Ward could be a Regency beauty—although she's actually a teenager from Perth, Australia. (Yes, that porcelain skin comes from a nation of devoted sun worshippers.) As the freshest—and, some would argue, oddest—face to emerge in the last few rounds of fashion shows, Ward is far removed from the prevailing runway population of exuberant Brazilian bombshells and coolly androgynous Northern Europeans, but her ethereal allure is hard to shake. She's already been shot by Steven Meisel for Miu Miu and Prada ad campaigns, walked the runway as a space alien for Alexander McQueen, and done covers of W and Vogue Italia. If this is the launch pad, imagine what the journey will look like.

—Janet Ozzard

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