Riccardo Tisci's New Givenchy Muse is Albino!

14 December 2010

Yesterday we brought you the heartwarming yet also quite moving story of Lea T and the way Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy's ads have been a platform for her to show other transsexuals that they can achieve their dreams. And today, the next stage of Givenchy publicity has been unveiled; with images from S/S '11 campaign released to a hungry fashion press. The very artful monochrome Mert and Marcus shots show bleachy-blonde model Daphne Groeneveld with new "face" Stephen Tompson, who happens to be an albino. The talented Mr Tisci explained how keen he was on the albino aesthetic, saying “They’re very near my world”; presumably referring to his obsession with the goth aesthetic, and his chosen models' ghostly pallor.


Ooooer. We’ve had a search around and this is certainly Stephen’s first campaign, so again, Tisci is leading, not following the charge. Albinism is a congenital disorder characterised by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes due to absence of melanin. It is thought that the condition occurs in one every 20 000 people, so the market is hardly flooded with Albino models. And given that the industry is trying to move away from cloney-lookalike models and towards a more individual look, this rare condition could turn out to be Tompson's USP.

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- Naomi Attwood


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