Friday, August 17, 2012

Legends of Fall

There are certain models whose beauty never goes out of fashion. One model who fits into this rarest of categories is the sublimely elegant Liya Kebede. I can recall the first time Kebede came to my attention when she appeared on the cover of V Magazine in the Summer of 2000. Kebede's perfectly symmetrical features, delicate button nose and enchanting smile have graced the covers of the American, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and German editions of Vogue, making her one of the most celebrated cover girls of the new millennium. Kebede's market appeal has seen her fronting campaigns for high end clients including Balenciaga, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and Lanvin. Whilst Kebede's lucrative cosmetic contracts with Estée Lauder and L'Oréal have made inroads for other women of colour hoping to break into modelling's holy grail. 

Fast forward to 2012 and Kebede still has me cast under her gorgeously hypnotic spell with her latest editorial appearance in T Magazine photographed by Cass Bird. The editorial entitled "the Velvet Revolution" features Kebede looking as graceful as ever in a selection of cozy sweaters, capes and ankle grazing skirts whilst perched amidst the flora and fauna of a lush forest. Cass Bird captures the natural poise, grace and beauty which has made Kebede one of the true standout modelling stars of her generation. 

Liya Kebede
T Magazine -  Fall 2012
Photographer - Cass Bird
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

T Magazine -  Fall 2012
Photographer - Cass Bird
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

T Magazine -  Fall 2012
Photographer - Cass Bird
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

T Magazine -  Fall 2012
Photographer - Cass Bird
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

T Magazine -  Fall 2012
Photographer - Cass Bird
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

T Magazine -  Fall 2012
Photographer - Cass Bird
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

T Magazine -  Fall 2012
Photographer - Cass Bird
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

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