For Russian model Irina K, it's been quite a year: A spread in Teen Vogue that seemed like a fashion world birth announcement. The Marc ads, for both his collection and fragrance. The Prada show opening slot, given to Gemma, Sasha, and Daria when they were new. Nobody doubts Irina K is pretty, but with her spindly frame and teen face, she fits the current trend of hungry-eyed Eastern girls whose willowy bodies and winsome faces seem at once fragile and filled with scrappy grit. Which is why we were a little shocked to read this in British Vogue today: "With her long-limbed, feline grace, Irina embodies fashion's "new look" - youthful, groomed and healthy. "Fashion is heralding the return of the 'woman'," agrees Storm Models founder Sarah Doukas. "The waif is no longer in vogue." One look at Irina K - or Sasha, for that matter, who graces British Vogue's September cover, or Coco, who has a giant spread inside - and we have to ask: Are you sure?
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