Meet Arlenis Sosa and Eniko, two global beauties taking the style world by storm.
ENIKO With her razor-sharp Slavic cheekbones and a seductively devilish smile that turns up at the corners, the 20-year-old Hungarian stunner Eniko has proven herself amazingly versatile among modeling’s elite. Her big break came after being booked as a background girl in a Gucci campaign, but she’s been front and center ever since. Although her name literally translates into “deer” in English, Eniko doesn’t seem startled by the din she’s created. She’s a particular favorite of the photographic duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who book her almost exclusively in their editorial work for the French, Italian and Japanese editions of Vogue, W, V and the like. But Eniko has proven herself popular with others, too, during her short stint in New York—from Craig McDean, with whom she shot the Max Mara ad campaign and an editorial for Italian Vogue, to Patrick Demarchelier, who booked her for Barneys New York. She’s also a designer darling, walking virtually every major runway last season. With a blue-chip roster like that, it’s no wonder Eniko seems to sport a perpetual smile.
How were you discovered? I was in my hometown walking on the street with my friends. A lady came up to me and said I should try modeling because she thought I have the body and look for it. I really didn’t want to give her my phone number, but because my friend was pushing, I gave it to her. She called my parents and they made an appointment. The next thing I know, she took me to a casting for Elite Model Look and I did the contest in 2002. I came to New York about a year ago.
You've taken New York by storm. I really like it. I’ve never worked as much as I work here. What do you like about modeling? I love the traveling and meeting new people, of course, but for me, when I look at a fashion picture, most people just say, ‘That’s nice,’ or ‘I like the clothes.’ But every time I open a magazine when I’m in the picture, I always get these memories back that I was part of making it. When you think about it, it’s art, the way the photographer, the stylist, the hairdresser, everyone expressed themselves. Every time I see a picture, it gives me good memories. I love to be part of it. How would you describe show season? It’s my favorite. I like the rush when I do 20 castings a day. Then there are the shows themselves, and it’s an adrenaline rush for me when I go on the catwalk. I like that you don’t sit around. You don’t have time to do anything, you don’t have time to think. I like to be a bit hyperactive. How would you describe your personality? I’m a big kid! I talk a lot. I like to scream. I like to play. I like to run. I like to have fun.
What would you like to do after modeling? On one side, I want to go back to university to study a little bit more, but then from the other side, I feel like maybe it’s too late—not because of my age, but because I missed out on so many years in school. What I’m thinking is to have my own little business, like open a restaurant or something, where I can be my own boss. Do you like to cook? Yes. My signature dish is a Hungarian chicken stew.
Who do you admire and why? When I was a kid, the models back in the Nineties, like Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Claudia Schiffer— they’re still the biggest and the best. What's your favorite place you've traveled to for work? New York! It’s different than every other place. It’s the city that never sleeps, right, and I’m the type of person who, whenever I have time to do something, I just go and do it. I love that in New York you’re able to do anything anytime you want. What do you like to do? Hang out with my friends. I love [the restaurant] Max Brenner. It’s the best. We usually go for breakfast and I really like the omelet with salmon and cheese inside. I always take the cookie shake, too.
How would you describe your style? I like to dress simply and easily, and I like to make my accessories a bit more fancy. If I wear black, I’ll put on a pink bag or shoes, or if I put on jeans and a shirt, the shirt will be flowery. I like to dress simply and make the accessories funky. What do you dream of achieving in your career? It would be really nice to make a career like the top models of the Nineties, which I would say is kind of impossible nowadays. The industry has changed a lot. The girls changed. They got a lot younger. I would say the top models right now are not as iconic as back in the time. Maybe it will happen for a couple of girls, but not as much as then.
How do you define beauty? Beauty is not necessarily what you see. It’s something that is inside people. Real beauty is when you walk down the street and you pass by a lot of people and you see one person who has this incredible energy around them and it’s coming from inside. For me, that’s beauty: when you actually turn around on the street just to have a look at that person.
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