Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Paleness is Couture

From today's Daily Mail Online:

Pale... and very interesting: Givenchy casts albino model in latest ad campaign

By Tamara Abraham

Last season he made headlines for casting transsexual muse Lea T in his autumn campaign.

Now Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci has broken the style mould again, with a striking series of ads starring albino model Stephen Thompson.

Inspired by a Robert Mapplethorpe print of a white Roman bust on a piece of leopard-print fabric, the image shows Thompson posing alongside supermodel Daphne Groeneveld, whose hair has been bleached white to match his.


White hot: Albino model Stephen Thompson appears with Daphne Groeneveld in the new Givenchy campaign

Further photographs in the series, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, feature supermodels Mariacarla Boscono and Iris Strubegger.

Tisci told industry title WWD that he had always admired albino people, and explained how pale flesh tones were a key feature of his designs.

'They’re very near my world,' he said.

Thompson was previously represented by the now defunct Ugly modeling agency, which represented unusual faces.

The campaign will make its print debut in the January issue of L’Uomo Vogue, published this month, before appearing in Vogue Paris in February and several other fashion glossies from March.

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I think it's a great step forward in exposure and acceptance, however I think both models are way too skinny.
What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. I think it's great. Beauty is beauty and it comes in different colors, shapes, sizes and anything you can imagine so it's only fair that all types of beauty would be used to promote beauty products.

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