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These Are the Dominican Models Owning the Runway

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After Arlenis Sosa Pena, Omahyra Mota, and Sessilee Lopez first made their mark in fashion and opened the doors, Dominican models have dominated the runways, season after season. Not only are these women gorgeous and Latinx, but they are part of the wave of much-needed and overdue diversity in fashion.

You will see these ladies on the covers of magazines, including Vogue Mexico y Latinoamerica’s trailblazing September 2019 cover featuring all Dominican models, walking high-profile fashion shows, and appearing in numerous fashion ads. It’s time to meet these fabulous Afro-Latina models and know them on a first-name basis. So, here are the Dominican models currently owning the runway. 

Lineisy Montero Feliz

25-year-old Lineisy Montero Feliz is currently signed to Next Model Management. She had the honor to debut as an exclusive model for Prada and has also walked for designers such as Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Elie Saab, Chanel, Lanvin, and Proenza Schouler. Montero Feliz has graced the covers of Vogue Italia, Vogue Mexico y Latinoamerica, Vogue Czechoslovakia, Teen Vogue, Elle France, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. 

Rose Cordero

Rose Cordero is another Afro-Dominican fashion model you should know about. She has walked on runways for Helmut Lang, Dolce & Gabbana, Diane von Furstenburg, Rodarte, and more, and has appeared on the cover of magazines Vogue Paris (the first solo Black model since 2002), i-D, Arise Magazine, and V. Cordero was also in the groundbreaking all-Black “Black Allure” spread in Vogue Italia (fellow Afro-Latina models Arlenis Sosa Pena, Joan Smalls, Lais Ribeiro, and Sessilee Lopez were also included).

Jenniffer Mieses Concepcion

Model Jenniffer Mieses Concepcion is signed to Ossygeno Models Management, as well as Next Model Management. When she wasn’t walking the runways last year for Valentino, Prada, Stella McCartney, and Miu Miu, she was gracing the digital cover of People en Español Dominican Power: Las Nuevas Musas de la Moda editorial. 

Hiandra Martinez

Signed to both Ossygeno Models Management and Next Models Worldwide, Hiandra Martinez is one of the Afro-Dominicana models making a splash in fashion. She has appeared in ads for Saint Laurent, Michael Kors Collection, and Coach walked the runways for brands including Chanel, Saint Laurent, and Loewe, and has several magazine covers under her belt, such as Vogue Mexico y Latinoamerica, Vogue Russia, PORTER, and Pop.

Ambar Cristal Zarzuela

The next Afro-Dominican model to watch on our list is Ambar Cristal Zarzuela. She is signed to Ossygeno Models Management and Next Models Worldwide. Zarzuela was part of the historic September 2019 Vogue Mexico y Latinoamerica Afro-Dominican model cover and graced the magazine’s September 2020 cover with fellow Dominicana Hiandra Martinez. These are just some of her covers; while she wasn’t gracing them, she was walking for the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton, Gabriela Hearst, Moschino, Chanel, and Dior, and appearing in ads for Tiffany and Louis Vuitton.

Ysaunny Brito

26-year-old Ysaunny Brito is a Dominican model represented by Ossygeno Models Management, Elite Worldwide, and The Society Model Management (the NYC division of Elite World). She has appeared in fashion shows, including those for Celine, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Balmain, ads for Balenciaga, Tiffany, and Emporio Armani, and more, and on covers for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, Elle UK, Elle Brazil, and Black

Esmerileidy “Emy” Ramirez

Emy Ramirez is another Afro-Dominican model to watch. She is currently signed to Ossygeno Models Management and Elite Worldwide. Ramirez appeared in People en Español’s Dominican model editorial and on its digital cover,  as has walked for Schiaparelli, Oliver Theyskens, and Commes des Garçons

Lissandra “Lissa” Blanco

Lissandra “Lissa” Blanco is an Afro-Dominican model currently signed to Ossygeno Models Management, IMG Models Worldwide, and Uno Models. Like Lineisy Montero Feliz, Lissandra debuted at Prada as an exclusive model (in Spring/Summer 2020). She has also walked for designers including Chanel; Hermes; Valentino, and Valentino Couture; Alexandre Vauthier; Loewe; Missoni; and Schiaparelli. Blanco was one of the Dominican models selected for People en Español’s Dominican Power editorial and digital cover.

Annibelis Baez

21-year-old Annibelis Baez is currently signed to Luis Menieur Model Management, DNA Model Management, Viva Model Management, and Why Not Models Milan. The model has graced the cover of M and Vogue Mexico y Latinamerica’s Dominican model cover, as well as walking the runways for Ulla Johnson, Marni, Carolina Herrera, Jeremy Scott, Versace, Alexander McQueen, and more.

Mily Reuter

The next Dominican model you should know about is Mily Reuter. The 24-year-old is currently signed to PLACE Models, VNY Model Management, MiLK Model Management, Blow Models, Team Models, and Women Management Milano. Shows Reuter has walked in include Veronica Beard, Issey Miyake, Amanda Wakely, and Alexander Wang.

Anyelina Rosa

Signed to Ossygeno Models Management, Elite Worldwide, and The Society NYC is model Anyelina Rosa. You may have seen her in Love Magazine or Listin Diario, in ads for MaxMara and H&M Beauty, or on runways for Moschino, Jacquemus, or Saint Laurent, where she was an exclusive model in the Fall/Winter 2018 show. 

Melanie Aydee Perez Cotes

Melanie Aydee Perez Cotes is a young Dominican model who is currently represented by Ossygeno Models Management and Elite Worldwide. She has walked for Chanel, Valentino, Balmain, Nina Ricci, Miu Miu, and Ganni while also gracing the cover of Pop.

Luisana Gonzalez

Signed to Next Models and Ossygeno Models Management is Luisana Gonzalez. She graced the April 2018 Vogue Mexico cover, alongside fellow Afro-Dominican model Lineisy Montero Feliz, as well as the April 2018 cover of The Telegraph Magazine and the February 2020 issue of L’Officiel Mexico. The model also has walked for shows including Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger, Alexander Wang, and more, and was one of the Dominican models highlighted in The New York Times’ article on “The New Generation of Dominican Models Redefining Beauty.” 

Licett Morillo Montero

Licett Morillo Montero was another Afro-Dominican model featured in The New York Times’ article on the new generation of Dominican models. Represented by Nefer Agency and IMG Models, the model has graced the cover of Vogue Mexico, King Kong Magazine, and Dazed. When she was selected to debut as a Prada exclusive model, she opened and closed the show, becoming the first model of color to do so. Morillo Montero has also walked for Jason Wu, Paco Rabanne, Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Victoria Beckham, Dior, Celine, Versace, Erdem, and several other designers. 

Martha Massiel

Nefer Models Management and IMG Models both represent Afro-Dominican model Martha Massiel. Massiel was one of the new models featured by Love in their September 2019 article “Meet the 4 Catwalk Novices Who Walked Their First Ever Show at Prada” (another was Lissandra Blanco). Some of the shows Martha Massiel has walked in include Valentino Haute Couture, Erdem, Lanvin, Lacoste, and Ralph & Russo. 

Afrodita Dorado Dominguez

The final, fabulous Dominicana on this model roundup is Afrodita Dorado Dominguez. She has been signed by View Management, The Lions, MIKAs, Premier Model Management, Monster Management, Oui Management, and Scoop Models. You may have seen her in the Dolce & Gabbana shows, in the Bergdorf Goodman August 2019 catalog, or in the holiday Bulgari ad that same year.