Friday, May 16, 2008

Tutte Nere in Italia

I can't wait for the upcoming Vogue Italia featuring a star-studded cast of all black models. After Iman signed on, anyone else was just icing on the cake. But now, looking at the roster...Liya Kebede, Alek Wek, Jourdan Dunn, & Chanel Iman...the production is sure to go down in history as one of those iconic shoots, perhaps giving the legendary 1992 supermodel shoot for US Vogue a run for its money.

The freshest face will be Arlenis Pena. There's already been a buzz about her based solely on her polaroids, but it wasn't until I saw the stills from some of the resort shows that I realized what a singular beauty she is.

Hailing from the Dominican Republic, and having only just recently been signed in New York, she's already attended last week's Costume Institute gala on the arm of fellow Dominicano Oscar de la Renta.

There's been kind of a universal recognition that Arlenis is slated for greatness. I've heard that that happened with Kate Moss so many years ago when she was up for the Calvin Klein ad campaign. When she stepped into the room for her first casting for the job, everyone knew that something historic was happening.

Isn't it kind of great that we could be seeing that again, and now with a woman of color?

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