By Michele Smith
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While a majority of models do not have a long career, there are the lucky ones who not only have transcended to supermodel status, but others in the industry who have made the business decision to move from the runway to the front row. Why are some of the world’s top models trading the runway for the front row? Most successful models have various other project pursuits and choose the decision to be in the spotlight in the front row of the runway.

Secondly, many of these popular faces have simply earned the right to have front row status and they just want to experience fashion from the other side. These models are talking a break from walking the runway to view the new collections and choose to remain in the spotlight without having to deal with the craziness of fittings, rehearsals and castings. The following are a few beauties who made a splash in a new way at New York’s fashion month.

Suki Waterhouse was seen front row with her model sister Immy at shows such as H&M and Sonia Rykiel. She started her career when she was discovered in a pub in London at age 16. She debuted her career modeling for Beebe, Swatch, H&M (to name a few) and has also graced the covers of Vogue, Elle, Lucky and Marie Claire. Suki Waterhouse is also an actor with appearances in the television series, Material Girl and movies such as Pride & Prejudice, Rosie, Zombies and The Divergent Series: Insurgent.

Supermodel Liu Wen showed up at the Fendi runway show looking absolutely sensational. Liu Wen was the first model of East Asian descent to walk a Victoria’s Secret fashion show. She originally became an immediate success story after she appeared in Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. In addition, she recently was the first model to ever appear on the cover of a fashion magazine wearing the Apple Watch. Liu Wen was named in spring 2013 as one of the “ones to watch” by H&M for her widely popular street style.

Last but not least, the front row at Givenchy show had almost as many models as the catwalk did.  At this show, model sighting included Soo Joo Park, Ana Beatriz Barros, and Karen Elson all sporting Tisci gowns, while gracing the front row. Soo Joo Park was scouted while shopping at a vintage store and has appeared in many International runway shows ever since. She has had several editorial debuts including Dazed & Confused, Vogue, and many others.
Ana Beatriz Barros is a Brazilian model known for her multiple appearances in the Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, is also known for her work with Bebe, Victoria’s Secret, and Jennifer Lopez’s JLO fashion line. Karen Elson has walked for some of the major designers including Dolce & Gabanna, Marc Jacobs (and this was while she was pregnant), Chanel, Dior and Gucci to name a few. Clearly, when it comes to supermodel spotting the catwalk is no longer the only place to see famous supermodel faces.