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Naki Glides into Burberry exclusive history

Published:Sunday | March 6, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Naki with her portfolio from Why Not Models on her way to castings around Milan.
Naki and Deiwght Peters hanging backstage at the Burberry Show in London recently.
Naki at her first ever official photoshoot done in London by her agency Premier London - a long-standing Saint affiliate.

Fashion power-players are in a frenzy over Saint Internatinal's latest discovery. The 17-year-old, 5'11" Jamaican stunner from Clarendon. Depass set the world abuzz after making her world debut on the fashion stage as an exclusive model for Britain's legendary heritage brand-Burberry at their Autumn/Winter 2016.

In December 2015, a group of girls walked into a room to meet Peters, and upon seeing Depass, he declared, "This is a winner, a supermodel. I could stop the search now." In early January 2016, her digitals were done and placed on Instagram with the hashtag 'game changer and 'newface'. By mid-January, Peters was contacted by a leading casting director regarding the photo he posted.

By early February, Depass was flown (with Peters) to meet designer Christopher Bailey and long-time stylist Elliott Smedley. Shortly after, Depass was confirmed to appear exclusively on the runway for Burberry's Fall/Winter 2016 show. This meant that she could not appear on any other catwalk in London or New York.

Fast forward to Monday, February 22, 2016 and the teen's dream of fashion fame became a reality at Kensington Gardens. And who is front and centre seeing the magic? Legendary supermodel (with Jamaican heritage) Naomi Campbell, with pal-lensman extraordinaire Mario Testino (who also photographs campaigns for Burberry). As can be seen on, Depass is listed among the select faces that were booked for the enviable exclusive runway appearances.


Another Ground Breaking Saint Moment

By any standard, this is momentous. It was less than eight months ago that Saint created history, booking Andre Doyley for a world exclusive for fashion mega-brand Calvin Klein for their men's collection in Milan. For a Jamaican-based model agency to be booking its models directly for major brands is a testament to their global respect for the fashion movers and shakers. "It was an exceptionally proud moment when we turned up in London to meet the casting team, the receptionist checked the list of models and said 'oh you are Naki with Saint," Peters proudly reflects. He noted that all other agencies were established ones in major markets, particularly London.

Depass admits that, initially, she had no interest in modelling. She was encouraged by teachers and friends at Edwin Allen High. An academically accomplished student, she has ambitions of becoming an accountant and later pursuing studies at the University of the West Indies.

With her overnight model ¸ber-success, Depass has set her eyes on the prize of becoming one of the world's top supermodels.

With a start such as this, there is no doubt Naki's world-domination aspiration is within reach. Perhaps sooner than later. She is now in Paris.