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Meet India Makailah Graham, the Winner of the Wmag Model Search

Watch India Makailah Graham, an 18-year-old college student from Lansing, Michigan, find out she had been selected as the winner of the Wmag Model Search by W‘s Fashion Director Edward Enninful, W‘s Booking Director Erin Simon, fashion photographer Craig McDean, and IMG Models‘ We Love Your Genes scouting

Released on 10/11/2016

Credits

Director of Photography: Alberta De Santiago
Editor: Theo Rosenthal

Transcript

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[Woman] I have a phone call for you.
00:02
[India] Okay.
00:03
Hi.
00:03
[Woman on Phone] Hi. Who am I talking to?
00:05
India.
00:06
This is India?
00:06
Yes.
00:07
I'm calling from W Magazine to tell you that
00:09
you're the winner of W Magazine IMG
00:13
Are you serious?
00:15
(upbeat instrumental music)
00:17
I was born and raised in Michigan.
00:19
I lived there for basically 17 years
00:21
until I came out to New York.
00:23
I used to work at Foot Locker,
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so I have a bigger collection.
00:26
My Gucci slides on right now.
00:28
When I grew up, I would say I was a tomboy.
00:30
I was always wearing my brother's clothes
00:32
and basketball shorts.
00:33
And when I graduated high school,
00:35
I wanted to move out to New York City.
00:36
And I'm like yeah, I gotta do what I gotta do
00:38
to chase my dreams.
00:39
And my dream was modeling.
00:41
When I graduated, I enrolled in Pace University.
00:46
Guess what?
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What? Look at your smile.
00:49
[Father] Hey!
00:50
[India] I won the competition.
00:52
No you didn't.
00:53
I swear to God.
00:53
(laughing)
00:54
Congratulations!
00:56
Thank you!
00:57
Your mom's speechless.
00:58
Are you 'bout to cry?
00:59
I wasn't expecting this at all
01:00
when I first applied,
01:02
but I'm very excited.
01:03
I'm looking forward to working with IMG
01:05
and W Magazine.
01:07
I feel like it's so surreal right now.
01:08
It's just like, I can't even
01:10
I can't even talk.
01:11
Like, oh my God.
01:12
(laughing)
01:13
I can't believe this is happening.
01:14
It's so crazy, like I just feel like
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my dreams are really just unfolding
01:19
right in front of me.