It seems like Gwen Lu has been booking better and better jobs lately. First, there was the editorial for V Magazine in the July/August 2008 issue featuring Elite Agency's top editorial models -- granted, that was more of a promo for Elite than a real editorial job but it got her some face time in the highly respected magazine. Then she booked an ad campaign with Uniqlo (Fall 2008/Winter 2009) and an editorial in one of the top fashion catalogs in the country, Nordstrom (September 2008). Now she is in Elle Accessories, Fall 2008 -- the sister publication of US Elle Magazine. And she has only been in NYC (and the international market) for 9 months. Not too shabby, if you think about it. Not everyone can be a superstar model like Du Juan or Hye Park.
Rila Fukushima, on the other hand, has been working in NYC since she was discovered by Steven Klein and added to the cast of D&G's Spring/Summer 2004 ad campaign. Supposedly, her hair was dyed blond for that job and it all fell out shortly after the shoot. But she kept the blond locks and it became her signiture look. Her last major appearances have been in ad campaigns for Vera Wang's SimplyVera and Belvedere Vodka, both in Fall 2007/Winter 2008.
Editorial: Prime Suspect
Magazine: Elle Accessories, Fall 2008
Photographer: Marcela Krasilcic
Stylist: Jason Farrer @ De Facto
Makeup: Kabuki @ KabukiMagic
Hair: Benjamin Pinon @ See Management