The landmark July issue of Italian Vogue was dedicated to Black models. It featured legends and newcomers alike. One in particular was Dominican newcomer, Arlenis Sosa Peña. This Dominican beauty has taken the modeling world by storm. She was discovered by Dominican designer, Luis Menieur, while walking on the Malecon. She was a runner-up in the Elite Model competition here in the Dominican Republic in 2006. Since she started modeling internationally this past March, she has been in American & Italian Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and walked the runways for Christian Dior and Oscar de la Renta, among others. There is a rumor that she might be the new face of Lancome. What an amazing start for this 19 year old, who has been modeling (internationally) less than a year. Below is a snippet of what they are saying about her on Model.com.
What is it about a girl who within a week of her start as a model finds herself lensing shoots with Stephen Meisel, Mario Testino and Norman Jean Roy for clients like US and Italian Vogue. What is about Marilyn’s new sensation Arlenis Sosa that prompts Oscar de la Renta, who with one glance decides he must dress her for the Met Costume Ball and seat her at his table? Apart from that shimmering skin and lithe, beautiful body it is the sheer unadulterated joy that beams from this girl that makes her such a rare, rare model. See for yourself in this exclusive video for MDX where Arlenis gives off a transcendent beauty!