Surprise! 2015's Model of the Year is Not Kendall Jenner or Gigi Hadid

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Anna Ewers

The duo was bested by 22-year-old German beauty Anna Ewers.

She may not have quite as many Instagram followers as Kendall Jenner or Gigi Hadid, but 22-year-old German model Anna Ewers, who is oft compared to Brigitte Bardot, has had a very good year nonetheless, and she capped it off by nabbing the title of Model of the Year. polled industry insiders (i.e. stylists, designers, photographers, editors and casting directors) to come to their Model of the Year selection. Though Gigi Hadid was named runner up, she was number one in the public vote. Other runners up included Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss and Binx Walton.

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Ewers’ banner year consisted of campaigns for H&M, Chanel, Balenciaga and Alexander Wang, along with multiple Vogue covers. Wang discovered Ewers in 2013, and she made her runway debut for Wang’s fall 2013 Balenciaga show. Last year, she was named’s Breakout Star, while British beauty Edie Campbell was awarded the 2014 Model of the Year title.

Lucky Blue Smith, with his blonde mane and Zoolander-esque name, received top honors on the male model side in both Industry’s Vote and Readers’ Choice.