Forbes’ annual list of trailblazing millennials within the realms of technology, media, music, sports, finance, art, style, and more was released today. Now in its seventh year, the list’s latest crop of youthful visionaries—600 in total—includes a mixed bag, with everyone from influencer Gigi Gorgeous and artist Awol Erizku (the lensman responsible for taking that viral Beyoncé photo) to rapper Playboi Carti and U.S. Open champ Sloane Stephens. A particularly exciting fact: 19 percent of this year’s picks are immigrants. (Take that, Trump.) Naturally, there are a few fashions thrown in there, like designers Morgan Lane, Sandy Liang, and Ashley Nell Tipton, the first plus-sized designer to win Project Runway. But what’s really noteworthy is that models Jourdan Dunn, Karlie Kloss, and Lauren Wasser made the cut.
Kloss, who was also on Time’s Most Influential list in 2016, was praised for her work in the modeling and education sectors. In addition to being one of the world’s highest paid catwalkers (the 25-year-old earned approximately $10 million last year), she teaches girls to code through her non-profit, Kode with Klossy. Dunn’s spot on the roster is an especially exciting win for diversity—the London native is one of the few black models to regularly grace the runway. As for Wasser, who almost died from toxic shock syndrome in 2012 and subsequently lost her right leg, she’s physical proof that you can walk a runway with a prosthetic leg—and fiercely so.
At a time when models are becoming increasingly outspoken about everything from unethical casting practices to sexual assault, this year’s Forbes winners are a breath of fresh air—and a true testament that our industry may indeed be changing for the better.