In news that’s making us all feel pretty bad about ourselves, 10-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis has been named as the new face of the Fall 2015 Armani Junior campaign ads this summer. Do you know what we were doing at 10 years old? Not being nominated for, like, 40 different awards and starring in critically acclaimed films like Beasts of a Southern Wild and 12 Years a Slave, that’s for sure.
And not only is Quvenzhané, who will play Annie in the remake this December, the youngest Oscar nominee of all time, she’s the first major child celebrity to ever be the face of a luxury brand.
In the first photo of her in her new role, exclusively shared by Hollywood Reporter, pint-sized performer replaces her puppy purse with a real-life puppy as she strikes a pose in a beautifully tailored black suit. And as we all know, she’s no stranger to the brand–because who could ever forget how adorable she was in her blue Armani gown at the 2013 Oscars?
Not even Giorgio Armani himself:
“Quvenzhané is so talented, despite her young age,” he said in a press release Thursday. “Her kindness, curiosity and openness toward others really struck me, as they are all traits I admire. It is for this very reason that I wanted her to be the face of Armani Junior. With her insatiable energy, Quvenzhane made the clothing come alive, interpreting it in her own singular way.”
“I’m so happy to be chosen by Mr. Armani to be his ambassador for Armani Junior. I felt the same excitement when I got cast for a major film. Me? Wow! I was honored to wear his custom gown to the Oscars. It made me feel like a princess. When I saw Mr. Armani’s Prive show in New York, the dresses were so pretty … I had too many favorites. Afterwards when I met him, I realized Mr. Armani is such a nice man. I liked that that he was so thoughtful. It’s fun to wear Armani Junior since I really like the clothes. It’s young. It’s cool. My friends are going to want to borrow all my clothes.”
And we aren’t ashamed to admit that we will, too.
PHOTO CREDIT & SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter