Model Monday! Shalom Harlow, the original hippie child, who’s name means peace. Shalom, discovered at a Cure concert in Canada, soon became a favourite of Steven Meisel and Karl Largerfeld. With her piercing blue catlike eyes, swanlike grace and charismatic personality, Shalom earned her supermodel status at the dawning of the “waif” movement of the early 90s , alongside fellow supers such as Kate Moss, Kirsty Hume and Amber Valetta ( whom she shared her first apartment in paris with and became great friends ). With numerous covers and ad campaigns, Shalom is one of the most memorable “supers” of her generation.
She was born Arlenis Sosa Peña in Montecristi, Dominican Republic, she moved to New York when she finished high school. Arlenis was discovered when she was walking with her family, and designer Luis Menieur (her mother’s agent) complimented her and told her she could be a model. In March, she just walked into Marilyn Models and was signed on the spot.
Two weeks after she signed, she booked her first editorials for major magazines Vogue and Vogue Italia. She since has been featured in editorials and articles in American, Italian, French, Teen, Spanish, and German Vogue, Allure, Elle, Interview, i-D, American and Spanish Harper’s Bazaar. Her runway debut was at the Banana Republic F/W 08, and later walked for the Dior Resort show, and opened for Oscar de la Renta. She dove head-first into the fashion industry. “Anna Wintour sent me to the Met ball the first week I arrived in New York - I felt like Cinderella!”