ANNIE's Quvenzhane Wallis Named Face of Armani Junior
The Hollywood Reporter reports that 10-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, who will soon star in the highly anticipated big screen reboot of Broadway's Annie opposite Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz , has been named the face of Armani Junior, Giorgio Armani's line for children and teens.
The star of Beasts of the Southern Wild was the youngest Academy Award nominee of all time and is the first major child celebrity to be the face of a luxury brand.
Wallis, who most recently was seen on the big screen in the Oscar nominated film 12 Years a Slave, was photographed by famed photographer Stefano Azario in her first photo shoot. (see photo at left)
Commented Giorgio Armani: "Quvenzhane is so talented, despite her young age. Her kindness, curiosity and openness towards others really struck me, as they are all traits I admire. It is for this very reason that I wanted her to be the face of Armani Junior. With her insatiable energy, Quvenzhane made the clothing come alive, interpreting it in her own singular way."
Added Wallis: "I'm so happy to be chosen by Mr. Armani to be his ambassador for Armani Junior. I felt the same excitement when I got cast for a major film. Me? Wow! I was honored to wear his custom gown to the Oscars. It made me feel like a princess. When I saw Mr. Armani's Prive' show in New York, the dresses were so pretty . . . I had too many favorites. Afterwards when I met him, I realized Mr. Armani is such a nice man. I liked that that he was so thoughtful. It's fun to wear Armani Junior since I really like the clothes. It's young. It's cool. My friends are going to want to borrow all my clothes."
Photo courtesy of Stefano Azario/Armani