Gigi Hadid has been through the ins and outs of the fashion industry. At just 24 years old, the model has closed and opened the biggest runway shows, fronted advertising campaign from Guess to Chanel, and helped design blockbuster collections with Tommy Hilfiger. Now, she’s adding a new credit to her CV—read: fashion expert.
For its 7th edition, the LVMH Prize for Young Designers announced nine new professionals that have been inducted to a panel of 59 judges. These luxury veterans are all established in media, retail, technology, and other fields that encompass the business of fashion. “They are witnesses and essential actors of fashion,” said Delphine Arnault, the Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton, in a statement. “Their vision helps to discover the most promising talents. I would like to thank them warmly for their loyalty and commitment to our cause.”
Joining Hadid are Moda Operandi’s Lauren Santo Domingo, Matches Fashion’s Natalie Kingham, activist Sinéad Burk, and a number of journalists and stylists. Each, to be sure, will bring their experience to the table as they judge a pool of talented, burgeoning designers. And though much younger than the other inductees, Hadid is certainly not lacking in know-how. She has worked side by side with the best and brightest, presumably taking notes on how to design a collection and run a successful business. Moreover, she holds tremendous influence with social media platforms, and is able to really help nascent brands gain notoriety—which is a major factor in why the LVMH Prize for Young Designers is highly coveted.
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“I am pleased to see how the LVMH Prize, imagined by the LVMH Group as a real support for young creatives, has grown since its launch in 2013,” added Arnault. “It is the responsibility of the LVMH Group, as the industry leader in fashion and luxury, to support and follow the great designers of tomorrow.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.
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