Pale... and very interesting: Givenchy casts albino model in latest ad campaign
Last updated at 12:29 PM on 14th December 2010
Last season he made headlines for casting transsexual muse Lea T in his autumn campaign.
Now Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci has broken the style mould again, with a striking series of ads starring albino model Stephen Thompson.
Inspired by a Robert Mapplethorpe print of a white Roman bust on a piece of leopard-print fabric, the image shows Thompson posing alongside supermodel Daphne Groeneveld, whose hair has been bleached white to match his.
White hot: Albino model Stephen Thompson appears with Daphne Groeneveld in the new Givenchy campaign
Further photographs in the series, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, feature supermodels Mariacarla Boscono and Iris Strubegger.
Tisci told industry title WWD that he
had always admired albino people, and explained how pale flesh tones were a key feature of his designs.
'They’re very near my world,' he said.
Thompson was previously represented by the now defunct Ugly modeling agency, which represented unusual faces.
Fashion muse: Transgender model Lea T starred in the last Givenchy campaign
The campaign will make its print debut in the January issue of L’Uomo Vogue, published this month, before appearing in Vogue Paris in February and several other fashion glossies from March.
Last season, transsexual Brazilian model Lea T starred in Givenchy's autumn campaign and even graced the catwalk at its prestigious Haute Couture show.
The 28-year-old beauty, who is Tisci's muse, was born Leandro Cerezo - male - and is undergoing hormone replacement therapy in preparation for a full sex-change.
The designer first spotted her potential when she was appointed as his personal assistant.
'Lea has innate elegance - she's a true goddess,' he said.
‘She’s always been very feminine - super-fragile, very
aristocratic,’ he told WWD.
‘She’s part of the family,’ he added.
Lea, whose father is former
footballer Toninho Cerezo, has also posed naked in French Vogue.
In an interview with Italian Vanity Fair this summer, she describes how she struggled with her identity, but always felt feminine.
Even in her previous career as a male model, casting directors would confuse her with the female models.
'I had a big Afro similar to Michael Jackson's in his Jackson Five days,' she said.
'When I walked into a room for a casting, there would always be someone who would say: "The girls' casting is that way!"'
But her transition from man to woman has not been straightforward. She described how she was taunted while walking down the street in Italy, and that the hormone treatment had left her feeling 'constantly premenstrual'.
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