Stephanie Seymour is the new face of Estée Lauder.
The 45-year-old model was astounded when she heard she’d won the job, not least because it has such a deep personal meaning for her. When she was younger and just starting out in the industry, her mother always used to hope she would get to work for the beauty brand as she was a big fan of Karen Graham, spokesmodel for the company for 15 years.
“It was my Christmas present,” Stephanie told WWD of the role, which she heard about just before December 25 last year.
“The first thing I did was call my mother – and she laughed and said, ‘How cute – I can’t believe you remember that!’ But it always stuck with me. Whenever I heard they were looking for models, I would always cross my fingers and hope. For a model to work with Estée Lauder is the pinnacle of things. And to be a part of major brand, which is hiring models rather than actresses, is also huge.”
Stephanie posed for her first shots for the company in New York City on Monday. They were taken by photographer Mario Sorrenti, with everything going to plan even though the weather was bad.
“I looked out the window and was like, ‘I am not going to be late for this shoot!’” she laughed.
The images are for the fall campaign, so will be unveiled later in the year. Estée Lauder spokespeople are keeping the details of the model’s work with the company close to their chest, but did explain why she was chosen.
“Stephanie represents modern women today in such a beautifully articulated way and she represents modern beauty and luxury to us. This campaign will speak to the beautiful complexity that makes her who she is,” global brand president Jane Hertzmark Hudis said.
It was also confirmed that Stephanie is joining the brand as an additional face, not replacing anyone who has worked there for some time, such as Carolyn Murphy and Constance Jablonski.
This is not the only new job on the horizon for Stephanie. She is also creating a lingerie line with a friend, which she couldn’t be more excited about.
“I’m enjoying being on the other side of the business – actually designing. It’s great to be able to put what I’ve learned about clothing and fit together in this line. I feel like I know what women want and need,” she said.
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