Model Ali Stephens Returns to High Fashion

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When 20-year-old Ali Stephens first appeared on the spring 2008 runways, she was hailed as modeling's next big thing. In her first season, she landed campaign work with Chloe, Calvin Klein, and Prada; she also appeared in several international versions of Vogue. But after two years and a barely noticeable growth spurt, she became disenchanted with the industry, telling us in 2010 that she wasn't getting much runway work because she wasn't "one of the girls willing to starve themselves for fashion." After a few years of quietly working in the commercial market, Stephens appears to be edging her way back into high fashion, appearing in Elle's forthcoming January 2012 issue with a twelve-page spread shot by Bruno Staub. Welcome back, Ali!