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KOKOnista Of The Day: Arlenis Sosa Is Supermodel Leading The Fight Against Colour Prejudice

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Arlenis Sosa Peña is a Dominican model and a leading star in the fight against colour prejudice.


Arlenis Sosa was born in Copey, a district of
 Pepillo Salcedo in Monte Cristi Province, Dominican Republic. She received her primary and secondary education at the Evangelical College Simon Bolivar in the city of Dajabón.
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When she was 16, Sosa intended to further her education in
 communication studies in Santo Domingo, but while walking in Copey with her family, designer Luis Menieur, her mother’s agent, spotted her. He complimented Sosa and told her she could be a model in New York.

For two and half years, Sosa had to cope with the colour prejudice of some Dominican designers, while she worked as a model in her homeland. Although she could not speak English when she moved to New York, she walked into Marilyn Models in March 2008 and was signed on the spot.

Sosa dove head-first into the fashion industry, with Anna Wintour sending her to the Met Ball during her first week in New York. Two weeks after she signed, she booked her first editorials for major magazines. Sosa made her runway debut for Banana Republic’s fall/winter 2008 collection, and she later walked for the Dior Resort show and opened for Oscar de la Renta.

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Sosa has walked for some of the most prestigious designers and fashion houses in the world, She participated in  Victoria’s Secret’s fashion show in 2008. Sosa, who is known for her full lips, became the face of Lancôme in September 2008. Photo Credit: Getty 

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