By DAVID JONES, Associated Press writerIn the first full week of the calendar year, the U.S. stock market climbed over 1% on Friday, fueled by gains in U.K. shares and Europe’s markets.
But it’s not just the big winners who have taken the wind out of Wall Street’s sails.
Some of the most prominent female model names to rise this year have a history of breaking fashion rules.
These include the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, who is often compared to Beyonce, Naomi Campbell, who has been compared to Madonna, and Jessica Chastain, who was seen as a potential rival to Beyoncé when she appeared on “The View.”
In all, there are more than 100 models who have come out to say they have broken fashion rules this year, including actresses Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez.
“I have had the privilege of working with many women in fashion over the years, and I am very proud of the diversity of my colleagues and the way they treat each other,” Streep said in a statement on Instagram.
“I am excited to see so many women, especially women of color, embracing the role of a fashionista and being able to inspire a generation of fashionistas to follow their dreams.”
For her part, Withersons statement on her Instagram account was more subdued.
“This is my last year, I am done, and my work is done,” she wrote.
“In 2016, I did a very different kind of work.
I worked with women, who are, like me, artists in the making.
I helped inspire their vision.
I didn’t make them look like me.
I made them look beautiful.
And I’m so grateful to have had a life that allowed me to do that.”
Scholes has been a prominent face in fashion since she appeared in a 2013 episode of “Top Model” and in the upcoming season of “The Bachelor.”
In addition to modeling for Chanel, she’s also been a contestant on “Project Runway,” and a model in the 2016 film “The Great Gatsby.”
While she was crowned the top model in America, the top designer has had the best year for female models in decades.
The top-earning women on the list include Chanel’s Valentina Tereshkova, who took home $1.6 billion this year.
The other names on the top 10 include models who are part of the “Gatsby”-inspired couture movement, such as Anna Wintour and Giorgio Armani.
The best fashion brands on the planet, meanwhile, are also getting into the game, with a number of top designers having joined forces to create models for the likes, like Margo Martindale, who recently debuted for her own line.