I've been holding this in since April and I'm ecstatic that I can FINALLY share it with you!! I am one of 12 faces of the Lanvin FW2013 campaign! Can you believe it? Sometimes I can't!
The details of the shoot were like a fairy tail. Consider that I moved to NYC to break into the fashion world and found myself wound up in something like this!
I've thought of a few ways to go about this blog post but first I will answer your pending questions.
Yes, I was street cast for this. If anyone is trying to make you feel bad for looking different I am telling you now that this is where being yourself will get you.
Yes, Steven Meisel shot this. He was very nice and the shoot went completely smoothly. It was an absolute honor to shoot with him and his team.
Yes, Alber Elbaz was there. He dressed me- hand picked my outfit and everything while a team of french ladies put me into it. Both sample dresses were too big on me and I was pinned into this one. So take that everyone who has a problem with skinny models.
Yes, the styling team was top notch. How top notch? How about Pat McGrath and Guy Guido top notch? Yes, Pat touched my face. I can now cross that of the list.
Yes, the dog in the photo is real and was adorable. They also let me listen to my favorite song- Cleo Cleopatra while shooting. If you know that song then you should be laughing.
Yes, expensive clothes feel as good as they look.
Anyway, there are a few approaches I could take with this entree. At first I wanted to be all-
OH MY GOD!!!!! HOLY CRAP!!!! LOOK YOU GUYS!!!! THIS IS REAL!!!!!!
But I think I got that out on Facebook. Then I was thinking I could take the remorseful approach:
I mean, all through middle school I was called ugly and teased until I believed it and now I'm in a fucking Lanvin ad. This is for everyone who's ever made me feel like crap or inadequate or made me feel like I couldn't accomplish amazing things. For anyone who's wronged me or lost me. Cause I'm in a Lanvin ad and you ain't! Suck on THAT.
But both of those really get on my nerves because in the end, I'm not really either of those people. At least not for more than a few moments every day- lets get real... Really I only want to express how amazing this is and how excited I am to see it go to print (it's already made it to WWD). Lanvin is a gorgeous line and I have a new and personal appreciation for it after being able to experience Elbaz's world first hand. This was really a true gift especially for someone like me looking to learn about this industry. I can't thank everyone involved enough!
Now excuse me while I blast this everywhere....