At just 20 years old, Lineisy Montero is causing something of a stir in the fashion world. From designers and major labels to women’s magazines, all the industry’s major players want a slice of the action, making the Dominican Republic model a rising star of the runway and the wider world of fashion.

With her stately demeanour, enviable figure, perfect pout and mesmerising dark eyes, Montero has everything it takes to tread the runway for the biggest names in ready-to-wear and couture fashion. Her rapid rise to fame began at the beginning of 2015, when she was picked to walk a runway show as an exclusive for Prada.

She was the only model in the show who didn’t have a smooth straightened ponytail, instantly setting her apart – she was unmissable. This runway hit was a springboard for Montero’s career, and the young model has been on the up ever since.

Today, everyone wants to book Montero, who notched up some serious runway miles between June 2015 and May 2016, with 151 shows, including six openings and one closing, according to figures from specialist website Models.com.

So how has this young model managed to succeed and to stand out from the likes of Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner? The simple answer is that she represents a new generation of models, who are atypical, charismatic and diverse. Thanks to these characteristics, she can tread the catwalk for any label and embody all the facets of the modern woman.

From New York to Paris to Milan to London, Montero is everywhere right now. For the Autumn/Winter 2016 season, she starred in shows for Maison Margiela, Lanvin, Paco Rabanne, Sonia Rykiel, Celine, Givenchy, Elie Saab, Nina Ricci, Dior, Chanel and Stella McCartney. And these labels certainly don’t choose their models at random.

The Spring/Summer 2017 shows have started well for Montero. She has already starred in some 30 catwalk shows and is expected to be very much present in the French capital during Paris Fashion Week.

The stunning 1.8m model has already been seen in shows for Jason Wu, Noon by Noor, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Boss in New York, for Burberry, Mulberry, Topshop Unique, J.W.Anderson and Versus in London and for Roberto Cavalli, Prada, Max Mara, Diesel Black Gold, Etro, Marni and Dolce and Gabbana in Milan.

In terms of campaigns, Montero has posed for Chanel, Zara, H&M and Elie Saab. However, she is yet to follow up this success with a brand ambassador contract for a major fashion label or beauty brand. – AFP Relaxnews

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Montero presents a creation from the Spring/Summer 2017 collection by Topshop during London Fashion Week. Photo: EPA