Casting Agents Speak Out Against Trend For ‘New New New’ Models

We’ve pretty much made our peace with the idea that there isn’t going to be another generation of models quite like Linda, Naomi, Christy, and Kate any time soon, if indeed ever again. But that doesn’t mean we don’t see a ton of girls walk the runway every season with the potential to be great at the job, if only they weren’t so frequently replaced by someone newer to the game months later.

AnOther magazine interviewed model casting duo Noah Shelley and Angus Munro of AM Casting for an online feature, and, along with talking casting trends and model pet peeves, Shelley bashed the industry’s constant appetite for brand new faces:

“The last few seasons have really been about new new new. People can’t get enough. There aren’t enough girls people want to develop and build into these characters we all know and love. There is almost a competitive element in finding girls. Which I find disconcerting, because why put the energy into finding them, if you don’t want to see them for very long?”

Take it from someone whose job it is to pick the best of the bunch for designers like Ann Demeulemeester, Pringle and Marios Schwab, while also holding the job of casting director at Dazed and Confused. Shelley also gave his impression of what the look will be in the pages of upcoming glossies: “Bold. The girls I find people want to see in magazines are the really bold ones. Not just the pretty, chic or perfect ones, but the girls with defining character.”


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