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October 23rd, 2009 by wayne | Model News
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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.

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36 Comments

  1. AJP says:

    Great pictures!

  2. kayleaf says:

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

  3. ADS says:

    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.

  4. tony long says:

    am and always will be a huge fan of arlenis..since day one. hope she continues to go far :)

  5. Gustavo says:

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

  6. Nico says:

    Arlenis is incredible!!! and that id card with her picture is gorgeous!

  7. Antonio Barros says:

    Arlenis is a very special girl!
    :)

    http://thesingular.blogspot.com

  8. Mia Wolsey says:

    Beautiful ,natural beautyy

  9. Lewis says:

    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.

  10. Debby says:

    That rene boy is her boyfriend

  11. royy4 says:

    a natural beauty

  12. Dan says:

    Who took that ID picture???
    I’ts part of the campaign for dominicana moda

  13. gise says:

    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!

  14. Brian Keih says:

    wow!

  15. fancypants says:

    arle is my all time fave!!

    http://www.joandjoenyc.com {shop}

  16. Robyn says:

    WOW!!!! Thanks for sharing the photos!!!! Great job Alex!!!!

  17. KC says:

    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!!!

  18. Devore says:

    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…

  19. Deborah says:

    the pictures of the campaign were by Fernando&Victor, pretty much the only fashion photographers here
    http://www.fernandoyvictor.com

  20. Amarilla says:

    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.

  21. Mark says:

    love her!!!!!!!

  22. Peter says:

    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

  23. Marvin says:

    Oooh someone’s jealous LOL

  24. Deb says:

    Who have they copied?

  25. Marc says:

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

  26. Jose R says:

    Peter, who have Fernando & Victor copyed?

  27. EMILIO says:

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

  28. Marcus says:

    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!

  29. Fola Oludare Ayodele says:

    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!

  30. Pat says:

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

  31. Croxford says:

    Wow! Such a beauty

  32. Renee says:

    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 .

  33. Renee says:

    I Am Dominican Myself So Well Done Arlenis .
    You Make Us All Proud .

  34. vic. says:

    Rene and Arlenis are such a cute Model couple! both very hot!

  35. Marielle says:

    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

  36. Ana says:

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

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