Edited by Jill Spitznass. Makeup by Kymm Ernst. Hair by Mark Putnam for Evolution Hair Design

They sat next to you in Spanish class or ran on your daughter’s track team. They were tall and lanky—a little gawky, even. And there was something else about them that you couldn’t quite put your finger on. But Calvin Klein saw it, as did Zac Posen and Hugo Boss: a rare mix of looks and moxie that, whether they’re in front of a camera or strutting the catwalk, transforms those kids-next-door into forces of fashion. The four native Oregonians on the following pages have it, which explains why they spend so much time jet-setting around the world—Paris, Rome, New York—plying their enviable trade. We recently convinced them to make a stopover in Portland, and as the slideshow photos reveal, their futures are cleared for takeoff.