Karolina Waz is Thursday’s Top Model

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Two of this year's biggest breakthroughs, Emily Baker and Zuzanna Bijoch, made their New York Fashion Week encore appearance yesterday. New Zealander Baker, who stars in campaigns for Gucci and Tommy Hilfiger, scored the final look at Richard Chai LOVE, while Polish Bijoch, who fronts Louis Vuitton and Chloe, closed for BCBG Max Azria. But it was the newbies who snatched the first looks from the rising stars. German rookie Brenda Kranz opened for Chai, while her Ford Models mate Karolina Waz was cast by Russell Marsh to open for BCBG. Ultimately, we award Waz with the win, given the common trajectory of past BCBG openers, ahem, Arizona Muse (spring 2011), Patricia Van Der Vliet (spring 2010), and especially Lara Stone (fall 2007).  See these looks, and more, in the slideshow ahead.