Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sweet Sixteen: Model Rose Cordero

Rose Cordero came to New York in 2009 from the Dominican Republic. From the moment I was introduced to Rose by her former agency Supreme (all currently at Ford Models) and I was impressed with her. There was nothing about Rose that was typical and I appreciate an agent with an eye and a vision.

Being a good agent, believing in what they had, they sold the image of Rose with her brown skin, natural afro, that was well managed, standing tall and not one client changed it. Not a typical beauty but a beauty nonetheless. As Rose began to get cast by the casting agents, it proved to me the need for diversity existed. Not diversity only in race, but in style. Image makers loved her, as did onlookers. Somewhat a breathe of fresh air. It felt like a 70's moment, maybe a touch of mid 80's.

Since modeling here in New York since January 2009, Rose has worked with photographers Steven Meisel and Paolo Roversi for Italian Vogue, for W Magazine with Craig McDean. She shot Vogue Paris with Paula Kudaki, inspired by Grace Jones and has also worked with Thomas Schenk for Teen Vogue.

Rose has immediately worked for design houses such as Louis Vuitton and Burberry. Since then has walked for Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Rodarte, Donna Karan, Alexander Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, Jason Wu, Derek Lam, Phillip Lim, Prada, Giles Deacon, Rick Owens, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Jil Sander, Gareth Pugh, Jean Paul Gaultier and Givenchy. Also for retailers, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.

Very impressive. But to everyone's surprise, was Rose's Vogue Paris cover story with Carine Roitfeld (editor-in-Chief) photographed by Mert and Marcus. A stunning accomplishment. Ever so often, a new face comes along and "hits the nail directly on the head".

Rose came to NY not knowing English nor French or Italian, but she made herself understood, she was here to made an impression, hopefully everlasting. No doubt I am a fan of Rose Cordero and the character within the body that has captivated others internationally.


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