The French-born Italian/Congolese newbie follows British models Naomi Campbell (Fall 1994) and 19-year-old Malaika Firth (Fall 2013), who has been dubbed the new Naomi and also stars in the S/S 2014 campaign. See more from the Steven Meisel-photographed set below.
Malaika and Cindy also made their 2013 Victoria’s Secret Show debuts last December, and Cindy can be spotted in lookbooks for Bottega Veneta Pre-Fall 2014, Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2014, as well as the December 2013 cover of Vogue Italia.
Prada’s Spring 2014 collection features “three-dimensionally embellished dresses with large faces on them, bejeweled bras worn over ribbed sweaters and coats, crewneck, sleeveless rugby sweaters, leg warmers that look like football socks, high rubber sport heels, crystals and encrusted paillettes, multicolored statement furs, feathered headbands, keyhole cutouts, colorblocking, jeweled external bras and Prada’s take on Tevas.”
The items were shown in a space that was “transformed with huge murals, inspired by Diego Rivera and other Mexican muralists, of women’s portraits that were commissioned from six contemporary artists who were told to focus on ‘an active, strong woman’ in their work.”
“I saw them as strong, visible fighters. We need to be fighters in general. There is this debate about women again, and I want to interpret it. My instrument is fashion. I use my instrument to be bold,” said head designer Miuccia Prada.