The adorable, wide-eyed Maud Welzen was plucked from her tiny hometown in the south of Holland to debut at the spring 2011 Burberry Prorsum and Christopher Kane shows in London. Currently signed with DNA Model Management, Welzen's agent, Akeem Rasool, is "most proud that Maud has proven herself in the modeling's toughest market: New York." The 17-year-old impressed this city's casting elite, including Michelle Lee, who cast her for Marc Jacobs; Russell Marsh, who cast her for BCBG Max Azria; Ashely Brokaw, who cast her for Tommy Hilfiger; and Maida Gregori Boina and Rami Fernandes, who cast her for Calvin Klein. Few models seduce all those names their first time walking the New York shows. Overseas, Welzen modeled for an impressive roster of designers, including Gucci, Prada, Marni, Valentino, and Lanvin. Among her many forthcoming editorials is one for Interview, and she's already been courted to model for a top Italian fashion house.
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