Most people spend fashion week flipping out over the newest clothes, trends, hair styles, shoes, sunnies, and jewels, but for model lovers it's a perfect opportunity to scout new talent. Walking the right shows (or any shows, really) during fashion week can launch a model's career. Walking for Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, Prada, Miu Miu, or Louis Vuitton has made the careers of so many models in the past, so we had to check out the models doing it in the spring 2012 shows.
Click through our slideshow to find out who the newest big names of the season were, as well as some industry vets who we couldn't leave out. (Namely Julia Nobis because she walked basically every show, and Bette Franke because she's back on the runway!) Many of them even spoke to us about their experiences, so click away.
Marte Mei van Haaster Age: 19 Hometown: Amsterdam, The Netherlands Agency: IMG Seen At: Prada (exclusive), Balenciaga, Céline, Givenchy, Sonia Rykiel, YSL, Chanel, Valentino, McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu
Highlight of SS12: "I like my new fringe they cut at Balenciaga."
Katlin Aas Age: 18 Hometown: Talinn, Estonia Agency: Marilyn Seen At: Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Céline, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Miu Miu, Prada, Alexander Wang
Highlight of SS12: "The most memorable moment was at Alberta Ferretti, where we were all sitting outside and a model was 'smoking'a straw as to not get retouched for hair and makeup (Since she just got finished 5 minutes ago). The makeup artist nonetheless went: 'Hey you! Girl with the straw! Come in!' and I thought that was really hilarious."
Ros Georgiou Age: 17 Hometown: Athens, Greece Agency: Marilyn Seen At: Calvin Klein (exclusive), Céline, Jil Sander, Christopher Kane, Giles, Dries van Noten
Highlight of SS12: “The privilege to walk Calvin Klein was my best experience, because I personally always wanted to do this show, and it was definitely very important for my career.”
Magda Laguinge Age: 19 Hometown: Cordoba, Argentina Agency: NEXT Seen At: Marc Jacobs (exclusive), Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Marni, Miu Miu, Chloé
Highlight of SS12: "Opening Marc Jacobs – it was completely unexpected and such a privilege."
Marihenny Rivera Pasible Age: 19 Hometown: Dominican Republic Agency: New York Models Seen At: Miu Miu, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Giles, Marni, Loewe,
Highlight of SS12: "Of course the obvious would be walking for Prada and Marni in Milan and Louis Vuitton in Paris, but the real highlight for me was how proud I made my parents and family back in the Dominican Republic."
Soujourner Morrell Age: 20 Hometown: New Jersey Agency: Wilhemina Seen At: Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Giles, Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Saunders
Highlight of SS12:"I would say a highlight was being able to work with Marc Jacobs and his team in NYC for several days before doing the show. By the time of the show, I felt like part of the team!“
Romee Strijd Age: 16 Hometown: The Netherlands Agency: DNA Seen At: Prada, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Jil Sander
Highlight of SS12: "Super happy to do Prada, and proud they used my picture as the homepage on Style.com. Very happy I got the Louis Vuitton show and meeting my favorite model Kate Moss!"
Jasmine Tookes Age: 20 Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA Agency: IMG Seen At: Calvin Klein, Prada, Versace, Missoni, Balmain, Nina Ricci, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Tom Ford
Highlight of SS12: "It is hard to give a specific highlight of SS12 Fashion Week as every moment was indeed a highlight for me. Walking in so many amazing shows and meeting all of the designers whom I have admired for so long, meeting new friends and seeing new faces and places was an experience I will never forget."
Caitlin Lomax Age: 20 Hometown: Bumbury , Australia Agency: IMG Seen At: Prada, Louis Vuitton, Giles, Topshop, Christopher Kane, Loewe
Highlight of SS12: "Rode a Merry-go-around in a show! How cool is that?"
Sui He Age: 22 Hometown: Wenzhou, China Agency: New York Models Seen At: Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Chanel, Altuzarra, Tom Ford, Rochas
Highlight of SS12: “My highlight of the weeks aside from walking for Donna Karan, Ralph, Dolce, Lanvin, and Chanel was a dinner my agency threw for mine and Melissa T's birthday at the infamous chinese restaurant 'Dave.' Fun, food and lots of laughter... I was also fortunate to have my picture taken with the man himself, 'Mr Dave.' ”
Daga Ziober Age: 16 Hometown: Poland Agency: Marilyn Seen At: Céline, Givenchy, Hakaan, Alexander McQueen, Loewe, Alexander Wang, Rodarte, Calvin Klein, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Altuzarra
Erjona Ala Age: 16 Hometown: Norway Agency: FORD Seen At: Balenciaga, Chanel, Loewe, Givenchy, Hakaan, Haider Ackermann, Proenza Schouler, Marni
Maria Bradley Age: 17 Hometown: Wichita, Kansas Agency: DNA Seen At: Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, Versace
Highlight of SS12: "Meeting and getting to work closely with some of the fashion world most talented people. Not only designers but stylists, makeup artists and all the people who work so hard to make the show run smoothly. I got a lifetime of experience in a month."
Julia Frauche Age: 23 Hometown: Cannes, France Agency: NEXT Seen At: Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, Céline, Alexander McQueen, Céline, Givenchy, Loewe, Miu Miu
Highlight of SS12: "My highlight of the season is when I was on the plane leaving NYC. I realized what I had done at New York Fashion Week; I was so happy and proud of myself, and also impatient for the rest of the shows to come in Europe."
Antonia Wesseloh Age: 16 Hometown: Germany Agency: FORD Seen At: Balencaiga, Miu Miu, Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Marc Jacobs, Rodarte
Monika Sawicka Age: 21 Hometown: Nowa Ruda, Poland Agency: Marilyn Seen At: Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Dries van Noten
Chrystal Copland Age: 20 Hometown: Perth, Australia Agency:Fusion Seen At: Topshop, Giles, Louis Vuitton, Jonathan Saunders
Bette Franke Age: 21 Hometown: The Netherlands Agency: DNA Seen At: Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Céline, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Proenza Schouler, Giles, Jil Sander, Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane, Valentino
Highlight of SS12: "Opening Valentino."
Julia Nobis Age: 19 Hometown: Australia Agency: FORD Seen At: Balenciaga, Prada, Miu Miu, Céline, Alexander McQueen, Proenza Schouler, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Loewe, Giles, Marni, Christopher Kane, Chanel, Dries van Noten