Sunday, July 24, 2011

Perfect Blend

Of all the Brazilian models to emerge during the late nineties, Caroline Ribeiro is my absolute favourite. Born in Belom do Para, Brazil, Ribeiro's exotic, unconventional looks were a result of her Portuguese and Amazonian Indian heritage. Ribeiro's multi-cultural looks, which were an considered a hurdle during the initial stages of her career, drew the attention and admiration of the then Gucci designer Tom Ford who cast her in his Spring/Summer 1999 show. Ribeiro became a muse to Ford, who declared that "Her face is an unusual blend of cultures"and featured her prominently in multiple Gucci campaigns.

Ford's adulation opened doors for Ribeiro to work with other fashion houses and she has since starred in campaigns for Escada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent and cK1. Championed by the likes of Mario Testino, Steven Meisel and Patrick Demarchelier, Ribeiro was a permanent fixture in American Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Vogue Italia. In September 2001, Ribeiro entered the holy grail of modelling when she was signed a reported $6 million dollar contract as a spokesperson for Revlon cosmetics. Ribeiro's exposure was also maximised in the same year when she was selected to walk in the Victoria's Secret runway spectacle.

During the late nineties, Ribeiro's distinct hybrid looks set her apart and drew comparisons to the iconic beauty Bianca Jagger. The 178 cm tall chameleon downplays her looks, stating that "I think my face is different, it's exotic - not like normal beauty. I don't have what you would call perfect beauty....with a face like mine I can play around." 

Vogue Italia - December 1999
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - the fashionspot.com

US Harpers Bazaar - November 2000
Photographer - Mikael Jansson
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - January 2000
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - bellazon.com

Caroline Ribeiro & Raquel Zimmerman
Paris Vogue - April 2000
Photographer - Unknown
Source - nymag.com

US Vogue - December 2002
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - January 2003
Photographer - Craig McDean
Source - bellazon.com

US Harpers Bazaar - June 2000
Photographer - Richard Burbridge
Source - nymag.com

Vogue Italia - July 2001
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue Italia - January 2002
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - bellazon.com

Caroline Ribeiro and Joao Felipe
Vogue Brasil - May 2007
Photographer - Miro
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - March 2001
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - nymag.com

US Vogue - March 2001
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - nymag.com

US Vogue - January 2003
Photographer - Raymond Meier
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - March 2001
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - nymag.com

US Harpers Bazaar - March 2000
Photographer - Richard Burbridge
Source - thefashionspot.com

Caroline Ribeiro & Jacquetta Wheeler
US Vogue - January 2003
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Harpers Bazaar - June 2000
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - bellazon.com

Paris Vogue - May 2000
Photographer - Ruven Afanador
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue Italia - December 1999
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - thefashionspot.com

Gucci - S/S 2000
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - thefashionspot.com

Louis Vuitton - S/S 2001
Photographer -  Patrick Demarchelier
Source - nymag.com

Caroline Ribeiro, Jacquetta Wheeler, Carmen Kass
& Karolina Kurkova
Yves Saint Laurent - F/W 2002
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - thefashionspot.com

Johnny Zander, Caroline Ribeiro, Will Lewis & Liu Wen
ck one - 2009
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - nymag.com

Vogue Brasil - February 2001
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - thefashionspot.com

Caroline Ribeiro & unidentified male models
Vogue Italia - September 2002
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - bellazon.com

Flair Italia - February 2003
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - thefashionspot.com

Gucci - S/S 2001
Photographer - Alexei Hay
Source - thefashionspot.com

Gucci - S/S 2001
Photographer - Alexei Hay
Source - thefashionspot.com

1 comment:

  1. "Caroline Ribeiro is my absolute favourite"... I love her!!

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