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What happens when the Proenza Schouler boys hand-select you to open their fall ’15 show? For Steph Smith, the fashion floodgates open: resort lookbooks for Jason Wu and Giambattista Valli follow; as does editorial work in Interview and W; and countless other runway outings, like Gucci, Miu Miu and Prada, to name a few. The 17-year-old Waterloo, Ont., resident’s unique features—most notably, her otherworldly wide eyes and downturned lips—meant she was bullied as a youngster. But, she says, “as I’ve gotten older, my confidence has grown.” Despite the killer, beyond-her-years CV, she still doesn’t consider 2015 her big break. “I feel like I’ll never have that moment,” Smith says. “There’s always more I can do.”
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