Known as much for her firecracker personality as her glowing face, 20-year-old Arlenis Sosa (here, backstage at Badgley Mischka spring 2010) is one of fashion’s newest darlings. Discovered in early 2008 by a local designer in her native Dominican Republic, Sosa was quickly scooped up by Marilyn Model Agency. In just over a year and a half, the bright-eyed beauty has shown unprecedented versatility, appearing in a diverse range of magazines including Time, i-D and Italian Vogue. Additionally, she has become the face of iconic labels such as Lancome and the Gap. We spoke with Sosa after she wrapped up Paris fashion week and headed for the D.R. for some much-needed R&R.
From left: Oscar de la Renta Spring 2010, Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2010.
Tell us about your favorite show this season.
I loved Oscar de la Renta. He shows the elegance of women. My favorite look was his dark blue dress.
What kept you going during such a long slate of shows?
I made sure to train and eat right. I also always kept water, vitamin C, nuts and fruits with me at all times. On set, I listened to Christian, romantic and merengue music to keep me relaxed.
What parties were you most excited about this season?
Calvin Klein. Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang’s Fashion Night Out events were also fun.
From left: Lancome beauty campaign, Gap Spring 2009 campaign.
Who are your closest model friends?
Jourdan [Dunn], Sessilee [Lopez], Eniko [Mihalik], Constance [Jablonski], Karlie Kloss and Charlotte di Calypso.
What has been your all-time favorite post-show goody bag item from a designer?
I love my Rachel Roy jumpsuit.
From left: Hermes Spring 2010, Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2010.
What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?
I would be working at a charity and going to college part time.
Outside of modeling, what do you love to do?
Boxing is great.
Now that shows are over, what’s the first thing you want to do?
Go home, get a massage and sleep.
Above: David Yurman Fall 2009 campaign.
Check back next Tuesday for the next installment of "The Skinny." Read our previous model Q&As here.
Photos: WWD staff.