Sunday, March 28, 2010

Fresh Face: Lais Rebeiro

I first took notice of Lais Ribeiro when I saw her walking in the Gucci FW10 show. I saw her in shows before that but it was that show that really made me wonder, who is that girl?

Who that girl is is a 6 foot tall, 19 year old stunner from Brazil. She signed an exclusive world wide contract with Women Management and was quickly plucked from her native land and thrown into the frenzy of fashion week, with enormous success.

Word around town is she is known for a certain stoic quality. One designer commented that she "looks like she's always got somewhere else to be", and a journalist noted that during fashion week she actually saw her yawn after turning away from the photographers cameras during the finale of a major show. Well be that as it may, with a debut season that saw her walk in shows for Galliano, Gaultier, Hermes, Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana and Bottega to name a few, its clear that if Ribeiro is bored, she's certainly not boring.

I'm not sure any Brazilian has made such a splash in the high fashion world, since Gisele. Brazil has exported plenty of beauties in the mean time, but it is rare that any model has the appeal to walk the wide line between high fashion and sex symbol. With Victoria's Secret girls now doing ever more fashion shows (Doutzen Kroes and Allesandra Ambrosi walked for Prada and Rosie Huntington- Whitley and Adrianna Lima did Louis Vuitton)  I think this is prime time for Lais to make her entrance, and if this first season is any indication, I think its time that other Brazilian bombshell makes some room for the new girl.


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