At this very moment, these five minutes, the modeling industry seems transfixed by the spawn of privilege (Kendall, Gigi, Cara, Smiths). But that’s hardly stopping a slew of trailblazers from edging into the business on the basis of merit and intrigue. Brooding trans-model Hari Nef is the latest such challenger, having recently signed with the gold standard of agencies, IMG.
The 22-year-old Massachusetts native and Columbia graduate shared the news with her Instagram followers. “I can’t verbalize how thrilled i am,” she wrote with a tinge of irony (because how could she verbalize it?), “to be joining the @imgmodels family thanks are due to @ivanmbart for his generosity and vision.” Ivan Bart is IMG’s managing director, who took to Twitter with exclamatory glee: “Today begins our journey with @harinef. This girl’s future is so bright; the guys got knocked out behind her!”
Though still fledgling, with only Hood by Air, Selfridges, Eckhaus Latta, and Adam Selman under her belt, Hari Nef has mystery, acerbity, and an exploding Instagram presence on her side. Not to mention the steely gaze of Stella Tennant, the gothy vibe of Siouxsie Sioux, and the mannish mane of Dorothy Parker.
p style=”font-size: 13.6000003814697px;”>All images from Hari Nef’s Instagram