Issa Lish after the Saint Laurent spring 2014 ready-to-wear show. Photo by Scott Shapiro
Issa Lish has made impressive appearances at shows like Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier in the past, while she most recently made waves when she opened the fall 2o14 Anna Sui show. However, with the debut of her April Vogue Italia cover, people are paying a lot more attention to this relative newcomer.
The model lies in a Blumarine dress on what appears to be a bathroom floor, accompanied by Bernd Sassmannshausen and the caption, “Cinematic.” Shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Karl Templer, with hair by Guido Palau and makeup by Pat McGrath, the cover is a promising preview of a captivating spread.
Possibly the most exciting part of this is that Issa Lish doesn’t look like every other cover girl. The Mexico City native’s otherworldly beauty is the result of her Mexican and Japanese heritage. The third Mexican woman to ever cover Vogue Italia, preceded by Elsa Benitez and Liliana Dominguez, Issa represents an important step forward in the underrepresentation of Mexican models and the overall fight towards diversifying the fashion industry. We can’t wait to see the rest of her spread and where her career will take her next.
Photo: Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia