Queen of the Catwalk: All About Style.com’s First Model Walk-Off Winner, Freja Beha Erichsen, and the Heated Competition-------
The polls for Style.com’s first-ever Model Walk-Off officially closed this morning, and I personally couldn’t be happier with the result: None other than Freja Beha Erichsen claimed the championship title, beating out Chinese model Sui He with 66 percent of votes. It was a walk down memory lane going through our extensive archive of the Danish fashion icon’s runway career, which spans from her Fall 2005 Prada debut to her most recent, title-winning appearance at Louis Vuitton. Erichsen, who has been described as the “reigning queen of androgynous cool,” has scaled back her catwalk work significantly in recent years (to focus on more lucrative ad campaigns and edgy editorials), which made her victory here that much sweeter.
Still, there were plenty of twists and turns leading up to Erichsen’s final triumph. Voters and the Style.com team embarked upon a long and involved selection process, going through every single one of our video Move It clips from Fall ’14 to choose eight models from each city (representing a dynamic mix of established veterans and noteworthy newcomers from a range of backgrounds). The upsets began immediately once we turned the voting over to readers. In Round 1, for example, Estonian stunner Katlin Aas (an in-house favorite here at Style.com) knocked out well-known super Karolina Kurkova. And speaking of supermodels, the Paris bracket was particularly competitive from the get-go, with Gisele Bündchen trouncing Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Kendall Jenner coming from behind to beat girl of-the-moment Anna Ewers. Meanwhile, it was smooth sailing for Cara Delevingne, until she went up against Erichsen. On the other side of the bracket, we were flabbergasted to see Grace Mahary clobber Karlie Kloss (wearing that dramatic Donna Karan red dress, no less) in Round 2, and were on the edge of our seats watching the close race between Joan Smalls and Mariacarla Boscono.
All in all, the premiere Walk-Off left us with plenty to discuss and plenty to look forward to next season.