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Models are a vital part of fashion. Without them, the clothes wouldn't come to life. The following five beauties made their presence known this year in editorials, on the catwalks, in ad campaigns, and at fashion bashes. Natalia Vodianova juggled being a mom, designer, and coveted model. Aussie Miranda Kerr took the Victoria's Secret world by storm. Lara Stone, last year's winner, made the cut again for continuing to woo us with her sexy, Brigitte Bardot ways. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Arlenis Sosa added flavor to the industry. And how can we deny the adorable, American Karlie Kloss? Cast your vote below for the Model of the Year. Don't forget to join our Best of '09 group to share your '09 favorites — the news, trends, models, designers, celebrities, and musings that rocked your world this year. Vote happy? Vote on our other Best of 2009 polls!