NEW YORK — With the Fall 2016 ready-to-wear jamboree set to kick off in less than 72 hours, the streets are already aflood with fresh faced models set take their first steps on runways all over Gotham. One model who will be walking in the New York runway shows for the first time is Abby Bass, but she will be doing so with a not insignificant advantage over her catwalking contemporaries. The native Michigander so happens to have already gone through the paces of Fashion Week last October in São Paulo, which turned out impressively and included an opening berth for the Animale AW16 runway show. Spend five minutes with Abby and it is no surprise the 18-year-old with no prior runway experience did so well and in a country that could not be more removed from the American Midwest. “I’m just really optimistic about traveling, about experiencing and seeing as much as I can while I am doing [modeling] as a career,” explains Abby. This confidence together with her natural beauty will serve Abby in good stead this Fall 2016 ready-to-wear season, a season in which she is sure to travel even greater distances.

Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Abby Bass”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Abby Bass.