Paloma Elsesser quits Instagram after being named Model of the Year

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Shortly after winning the award, Elsesser posted on her Instagram Story that she was taking a break from the social media app.

“I’m taking a swipe at Instagram,” Elsesser wrote. “Grateful for so much love. I see the hate too. Please take a moment to enjoy this award privately. & as always, free Palestine.”

While Elsesser didn't explain what people were saying to her, she disabled the ability to comment on her latest Instagram post, which was her Vogue Mexico cover.

Paloma Elsesser's rise in the modeling industry began in 2015 when she built a large following on social media while attending school in New York City. Since being handpicked by makeup artist legend Pat McGrath, her success has skyrocketed. Elsesser's modeling resume includes participating in dozens of shows per season for major brands such as Fendi, Eckhaus Latta, Ferragamo, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and more. She has also been featured on the cover of several major publications – including the January 2021 cover of Vogue.

Elsesser said in a previous interview with Teen Vogue that she feels like some brands are taking the idea of ​​size inclusivity seriously not just on the runway, but behind the scenes as well.

“I feel reflected in what I see,” she said of Fendi at the time. “There is a spectrum of people who work in the tailoring team and take care of the styling. It's very comforting because when I see that, I think they're committed to it [this conversation].”

In honor of Paloma Elsesser's fearless rise in the modeling industry, here are some of our favorite looks:

Walk to the Fendi Fall/Winter 2020-2021 show

Paloma Elsesser walks the runway during the Fendi fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020-2021 on February 20, 2020 in Milan, Italy.Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images

The Met Gala 2022

Paloma Elsesser attends the 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022 in New York City.Mike Coppola/Getty Images

The CFDA Awards 2023

Paloma Elsesser attends the 2023 CFDA Awards at the American Museum of Natural History on November 6, 2023 in New York City.Taylor Hill

That Marc Jacobs campaign

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Homme Girls Photoshoot

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Go for Thierry Mugler

Paloma Elsesser walks the Mugler fashion show during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 in Paris on October 2, 2023.JULIEN DE ROSA/Getty Images

The cover of Vogue Spain

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Wearing a microskirt on the cover of iD

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The Met Gala 2021

Paloma Elsesser attends the Met Gala Benefit “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City.Taylor Hill

A walk for Lanvin at Paris Fashion Week

Paloma Elsesser walks the runway during the Lanvin Womenswear Spring/Summer 2022 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 3, 2021.Peter White/Getty Images

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