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Teen model creates history

Published:Sunday | December 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The 16-year-old Deiwght Peters-protégé landed the cover and 20 pages of scintillating editorial inside the French-based fashion bible, wearing some of the world's most prominent designers.

Sixteen-year-old Saint International model Tami Williams is French Elle's December cover girl. The feat is historic on many levels.

Williams is the first Caribbean/Jamaican model, and the youngest black model to grace the prestigious publication's cover page. This accolade, earned only nine months after first setting foot on the international stage, places the leggy Jamaican teen among the fastest-rising black supermodels in history.

Williams joins a legion of top cover stars, including Lupita Nyong'o, Rihanna, Jasmine Tookes (Victoria Secrets supermodel), and Estée Lauder spokesperson (supermodel) Liya Kibede. In the age of actors as fashion magazine-cover models, many industry insiders see William's cover as a refreshing departure.

It is also extremely rare that such a new model (working for less than a year) would grace such a cover. "This is a watershed moment in global fashion for Saint International and Jamaica," says Saint boss and founder, Deiwght Peters.

No doubt an early Christmas gift for both model and agency, the French Elle cover was shot in Paris and executed by a powerful creative team, led by photographer Takay, stylist Hortense Manga, hair by Phophie Mathias, and make-up artist Marion Anee.

"This epic milestone places Tami on the path of legendary supermodels such as Naomi Campbell, who earned her first cover at a similar young age," says Peters.

He notes that Williams' ambitions extend beyond the moment, as she envisions a career spanning decades. Saint and its affiliate agencies say they are working in concert to develop and position Tami as a global lifestyle brand over the next decade, with appearances in television and brand-endorsement deals.

French Elle is a major career booster for the young
model who fashion insiders tip to be among the next generation of true

The Jamaican teen's meteoric rise to the top of the
fashion world has been nothing short of spectacular. Discovered by
Peters at age 12, Williams debuted on the world fashion scene this past
February (at age 15) with an exclusive appearance at Alexander Wang (New
York Fashion Week) followed by high-profile runway appearances for Marc
Jacobs in New York Fashion Week.

Fashionistas looked
in wonder when she rocked European runways for Marni, Alberta Ferretti
and Valentino.

At the Spring 2015 Collections this
past September, Williams captivated global fashion power-players
strutting at New York Fashion Week for Calvin Klein, Richard Chai,
Phillip Lim, Jill Stuart, and several others. In Europe, she made her
first entry into London Fashion Week for the likes of fashion legends
Marios Schwab (which she closed) and Giles Deacon.

Milan, she starred for many, including Dolce & Gabbana,
SportsMax & Pucci, alongside supermodels Naomi Campbell, Joan
Smalls, among many others. In Paris, she clocked for world elite brands
such as Vionnet, Kenzo, Balmain, Lanvin, &

Williams was named among the top new faces in
the fashion world by fashion industry's respected model-ranking sites and

Photos from the pages of Elle Paris with the permission of Elle Paris-All Photos by Takay