Ja’s Alicia Burke is Ital­ian Vogue’s cover girl

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Alicia Burke on the cover of Ital­ian Vogue.

FROM A sneak pre­view re­leased in Mi­lan yes­ter­day, the se­cret is now out that Pulse’s Alicia Burke has made the cover of Novem­ber’s Ital­ian Vogue.

She makes his­tory as the first Ja­maican or Caribbean model to ap­pear on the cover of the Ital­ian edi­tion of the mag­a­zine. What’s more, she shot the ed­i­to­rial in Septem­ber, a mere nine months af­ter com­menc­ing her in­ter­na­tional ca­reer in Jan­uary of this year.

Con­sid­ered the fi­nal ar­biter of style, Vogue is the top ed­i­to­rial op­por­tu­nity avail­able to mod­els glob­ally and Ital­ian Vogue, along with the French and Amer­i­can edi­tions, is the best op­tion. The cover is an amaz­ing feat. Two other Ja­maicans have made the cover of Vogue: Lois Sa­muels (Ger­man edi­tion), more than 20 years ago and Jeneil Wil­liams (Turkish edi­tion), three years ago. Wil­liams and Se­dene Blake have also made the cover of Vogue Beauty, a spe­cial mag­a­zine in­sert. All of these mod­els are from Pulse.

Shot by Steven Meisel, the mag­a­zine cover fea­tures the stun­ning Burke as one half of a cou­ple, the other half be­ing male model Hus­sein Ab­dul­rah­man, the per­fect foil for the ra­di­ant Alicia, whose daz­zling smile comes shin­ing through. The as­sign­ment, booked and shot in New York, was one of a slew of se­cret deals with ma­jor brands en­tered into by the new star’s man­agers, as she care­fully treads the realm of ex­clu­siv­ity for the kind of projects that will pro­pel her to the very top of the global in­dus­try.

Ul­ti­mately man­aged by her mother agent Pulse, which dis­cov­ered her two years ago, her quick-fire suc­cess was crafted by a net­work of agen­cies, con­sist­ing of Pulse, Mod­els in the United King­dom, Supreme in Paris, Mi­lan and New York, Elite in Stock­holm and Le Man­age­ment in Copenhagen. Burke won Pulse’s Caribbean Model Search Re­al­ity TV show in 2015 and quickly rose from there.


Last month, her new cam­paign for Ralph Lau­ren, ‘Iconic’, was re­leased world­wide and a string of oth­ers, in­clud­ing Coach and Bobbi Brown, are due out ahead of the hol­i­days. She is in the en­vi­able po­si­tion of hav­ing to refuse ma­jor as­sign­ments due to con­flicts, ex­clu­siv­ity agree­ments and gen­eral un­avail­abil­ity, something that is al­most un­heard of this early in any model’s ca­reer.

A few of her top clients in­clude: Harper’s Bazaar, French Vogue, Gucci, Ralph Lau­ren, Coach, Dolce & Ga­banna, Stella McCart­ney, Ar­mani, Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo, Tommy Hil­figer, Style.com, Prada, Bobbi Brown, Ver­sace, iD, Benet­ton, Marc Ja­cobs, Vivi­enne West­wood, Top Shop, Har­vey Ni­chols and Schi­a­par­elli.



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