Back when Prada’s moody Fall 2011 campaign images first dropped, everyone was asking, “Who is that girl?” alongside a gorgeous, lounging Frida Gustavsson. Turned out she was Kelly Mittendorf, an Arizona-native with no runway experience (!) and perhaps the most unmistakable face we’ve ever seen on a model.

Kelly’s look is so strong and so unusual that she’s been compared around the office to a model version of “the creature from Splice” (thanks Jennifer) and “a Persian cat” (Jill). I think she’s more like what would happen if you crossed Querelle Jansen with Lindsey Wixson, but that’s a stretch because Kelly doesn’t look like anyone else… and there’s nothing more exciting (in the modeling world) than a girl who comes out of nowhere and is uniquely, completely arresting.

Hopefully this Prada campaign isn’t just a one-time splash, because she’s got an amazing look (and I loved her in Steven Meisel’s fantastic “Pret-A-Porter”, a recent Vogue Italia ed). All of this and more ahead.

(Images of solo Kelly all from her thread at TFS, images of the Prada campaign and Meisel ed from FGR)

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And here’s the vid:

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