Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Real Deal

Santa Fe native Arizona Muse is the latest in an illustrious line-up of beauties to be selected to represent the cosmetics legend Estée Lauder. Twenty-three year old Muse joins supermodels Carolyn Murphy, Hilary Rhoda, Liu Wen, Joan Smalls and Constance Jablonski in bringing a more diverse representation of beauty to the Estée Lauder Empire. For Muse, the Estée Lauder contract and accompanying fanfare is especially sweet given her unconventional route to the top of modelling's ladder. Muse made her first forays into modelling in 2008 with moderate success appearing in publications including Allure, French Revue de Modes and Italian Glamour. In 2009, Muse disappeared altogether from the modelling game to give birth to her son Nikko and to focus on motherhood. Following the demise of her relationship in 2010, Muse made the decision to return to modelling with the intent of building a solid foundation and future for herself and Nikko. 

Paris Vogue - April 2012
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - April 2012
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - April 2012
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Signed to Next Models Management, Muse's breakthrough moment came during the Spring/Summer 2011 collections in New York when she was selected by casting director Russell Marsh to open and close for BCBG Max Azria. Marsh recollects his first impressions of Muse in an interview with British Vogue, "She has this Midwest beauty I haven't seen for a long time. But it was also about the brows and the hair, that blunt bob, which is very natural, it suits the shape of her face. She has something reminiscent of the girls of the late Eighties and early Nineties." Marsh's endorsement had a trickle through effect with ensuing appearances at Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, and opening and closing slots at Prada during the Spring/Summer 2011 season.

Arizona's Breakthrough Moment
BCBG Max Azria - S/S 2011
Photographer - Monica Feudi
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Altuzarra - S/S 2011
Photographer - Unknown
Source - vogue.com

Prada - S/S 2011
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

Muse's trajectory since her return to modelling has been nothing short of startling, with cover appearances for Dazed & Confused, Numéro, and the Italian, British, Korean, Australian and French editions of Vogue. Muse is regular editorial presence in the US Vogue, French and British editions of Vogue working with industry legends Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, and Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin to produce a compelling body of work. Muse has even garnered praise from US Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, "When I look at Arizona, I see shades of Linda Evangelista and Natalia Vodianova, but most of all I see her, a gorgeous, smart grown up. And how could anyone resist someone with that name." British Vogue's fashion director Lucinda Chambers hits the nail right on the head with her astute observation of Muse, "She is very versatile; womanly but androgynous and cool. And the wide-apart eyes and large mouth are quirky enough to be interesting but regular enough to mean she is a real beauty."

US Vogue - March 2011
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - models.com

Paris Vogue - December 2011
Photographer - Ines Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Source - models.com

Paris Vogue - March 2012
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Source - models.com

Splendour in the Grass
British Vogue - July 2011
Photographer - Josh Olins
Source - models.com

Arizona Muse & Nikko
US Vogue - February 2011
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - models.com

With industry heavy weights singing her praises, it's no wonder Muse has raked in campaign gold as the face for Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, Isabel Marant, Fendi, Chloé, Jil Sander, and Alberta Ferretti amongst others. It is Muse's appointment however as a spokesperson for Estée Lauder which cements her status as a model who will be remembered long after the images fade. Style and Image Director of Estee Lauder, Aerin Lauder concurs, "She has the timeless elegance that will make her a fashion and beauty icon of her generation. I am thrilled to welcome Arizona into the Estée Lauder family." Muse keeps it real though when speaking with British Vogue, "I don't know what's next for me but all feels good. I really have to stay focused and think this is my chance to build a solid foundation for me and my family, as it will change my life, it really will."

More than a Muse
Dazed & Confused - March 2011
Photographer - Benjamin Alexander Huseby
Source - models.com

Freja Beha Erichsen & Arizona Muse
Vogue Italia - January 2011
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - models.com

Paris Vogue - November 2011
Photographer - Inez VanLamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Source - models.com

British Vogue - February 2012
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - models.com

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