A True Face Of Beauty

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Arlenis Sosa. All photos Betty/MDC.

At the kind invitation of Arlenis Sosa, OTM flew down this weekend to the Dominican Republic for the double treat of the launch of her charitable foundation in support of pediatric diabetes as well as the launch of DominicanaModa 2009. Day 1 saw our team sitting down to dinner with the Sosa family joined by Eniko Mihalik (who flew down to support her agency mate), the Lancome PR team and Marilyn head honcho Chris Gay at the gorgeous Boca Marina restaurant in Boca Chica. Day 2 was a flurry of morning press conferences and show castings, afternoon rehearsals for the Luis Menieur show and the kick-off ceremonies for Dominicana Moda 09. By nightfall the pool area of El Embajador hotel had been transformed into a neon wonderland of tents and booths to rival 7th On Sixth’s bi-annual extravaganza where Dominican high society milled at the entrance of the Luis Menieur show. That spectacle featured descending elevators that would have made Beyonce glow with envy, an opening stomp by Arlenis followed by turns by her beau Rene Rodriguez as well as Yuri Pleskun (both Request Models),  IMG’s Austria Alcantara, Eniko, One’s Elisa Sednaoui and the surprise appearance of local baseball mascots that sent the local crowd roaring. Most touching of all was witnessing the well spring of emotions Arlenis’ triumphant homecoming triggered. There was pride, joy, flowing tears and a sense of achievement and hope for forging a path for the Dominican Republic as a future fashion player. Things have happened very fast for Arlenis but for all her physical beauty, the inner beauty of her humility, spirituality and kindness is what will remain with with us as the great discovery of this trip. Now you know where that radiant smile comes from.

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At the lovely Boca Marina restaurant with Lancome’s Patricia Reynoso and Alex Sanchez.

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The incredible view of Boca Chica beach from the restaurant.

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Eniko and Arlenis dance up a storm.

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Marilyn’s Chris Gay and Moe B with the lady of the night.

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Arlenis and her beautiful parents.

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The next morning, getting ready for the press conference, Arlenis gets a wonderful surprise with a Lancome congratulations.

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The Arlenis Sosa Foundation will focus on pediatric diabetes in the Santo Domingo area.

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Local friends come and support Arlenis at the press conference announcing her foundation.

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Arlenis and Patricia.

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Arlenis speaks about meeting Annety ledesma a 12 year old local girl with diabetes who inspired her to start her foundation and also about the importance of giving back to the community.

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Rene (center) is supported by fellow Request agency mates Hakan Norling, Edward Lemoinier, Mikus Lasmanis, Yuri Pleskun.

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Arlenis gets ready for the evening’s show.

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At the run through for the show, we catch Austria in a thoughtful moment.

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Top Lancome makeup artist Alex Sanchez works his magic.

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We too are big fans of Arlenis, Rene!

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Backstage, Elisa Sednaoui hears some secrets.

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The text generation.

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Rene with designer Luis Menieur.

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Post show, a triumphant walk with Arlenis, Rene and the mascots of the pride of DR sports: baseball.

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Receiving her Dominicana Moda Award.

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The proud and supportive Lancome team, Patricia and Alex

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Yuri wipes off the makeup.

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The fabulous grounds of the Hotel El Embajador, post show.

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Arlenis ends the evening in a lovely Herve Leger dress.

36 Comments
  1. Amazing pictures, thanks MDC! Arlenis is such a fantastic model who encompasses such beautiful qualities which really make her stand out from the crowd!

  2. Wonderful girl. She stands out from these dead eyed skinny girls because she is glowing with health and beauty. She should book more than she does. Stunning. Just stunning.

  3. This girl makes me so proud! i hope she can be where Iman and Naomi are at today!

  4. She is absolutely gorgeous and looks so ‘humane’ and exudes health and a breathtaking smile. Congratulations your Lancome Award and the wonderful work/cause you do.

  5. BRAVA! i adore this girl. phenomenal model with a supernova future in her hands. even more impressed by the fact that she’s already doing something for others by starting her own foundation as a teen! now how many supermodels waited til their 30’s to look outside themselves? how many are in their 40’s and have nothing but covers to show off? ONE OF A KIND, ARLENIS. congratulations and all the luck in the world!

  6. ARLENIS….YOU ARE A NATURAL BEAUTY AND EXUDE SUCH A WONDERFUL SPIRIT. I LOVE THAT YOU SHOW US YOUR SUNSHINY SMILE AND I WISH YOU CONTINUED SUCCESS MOST OF ALL!!!

  7. arlenis is one of the nicest models i have ever met. even if youve never met her before she makes you feel like youve known her all your life.

    good grief though…how tall are her parents? unless they are standing on something…because arlenis is a true 5’11…

  8. I love that she always wears her hair back and out of her face so you can see how beautiful she is all the time. I think how far this girl has come in such a short period of time is putting her in a league of her own.

  9. Arlenis is fantastic, Fernando Victor are not the only fashion photographer in the Dominican Republic neither the best
    they are good at copying well known photographers

  10. All those Kids are beautiful! everybody in Dominican Republic are that beautiful???? They should be models! LOL

  11. ESA ES MI MORENA ESTOY TAN ORGULLOSO DE TENER UNA MORENA TAN SENCILLA
    QUE FOTO MAS BELLA CON EL VESTIDO ROJO

  12. Arlenis is such a sweetheart! I met her at Mizrahi this season and fell in love. I want to see her get more editorial/print!

  13. when something is fantastic – we say it is fantastic.
    when something is fabulous – we say it is fabulous.
    but when something is fantastic and fabulous – we say it is FANTABULOUS!
    Arlenis,you are FANTABULOUS!
    I pray that Olodumare continue to shower his infinite blessings on you always.Remain blessed.
    Bravo dominicanos!

  14. Arlenis est adorable. Dans une seule forme elle rayonne de toutes les beautés. Le meilleur vin de Montecristi !

  15. I Wish I Was Like Arlenis Sosa
    She Gives Back To Her Home Community Now That She Is A Great Success And Is Beautiful .
    Fact .

  16. Im proud of her
    Here in this country, with our close mind and the desire of be white and european, we forget how beautifull we are.We forget so many things, but a little part doesnt ever forget or stop trying, and she is one in a billion. Im proud I was born in the same land as she did. The world is about to see more of the real dominicans. and marc, yes, we are that beatifull, but we dont know it

  17. Arlenis Sosa is beautiful inside and out. Will like to see her more out there. She is a statue barbie!

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