Supermodel Sessilee Lopez is having quite the Fashion Week! Not only did she grace the cover of the behind-the-scenes industry bible, Modelinia magazine, she also opened the all-important Zac Posen show! We caught up with the Dominican-born stunner between shows, and she chatted about everything from her love of Armani Luminous Silk Foundation to the importance of Grace Jones...

Sep, 15, 2010

Supermodel Sessilee Lopez is having quite the Fashion Week! Not only did she grace the cover of the behind-the-scenes industry bible, Modelinia magazine, she also opened the all-important Zac Posen show! We caught up with the Dominican-born stunner between shows, and she chatted about everything from her love of Armani Luminous Silk Foundation to why she worships Grace Jones. ESSENCE.COM: What's been the standout moment of your career so far? SESSILEE LOPEZ: Being named "Model of the Year" at the Africa Fashion Awards earlier this year was such an honor!  Of course, the Vogue Italia "All Black" cover was also incredible. I was proud to be part of that issue because it says a lot about how the industry is changing. Women of color are finally being recognized in fashion. ESSENCE.COM: How did it feel to open Zac Posen's show? LOPEZ: It was such an honor! The colors, the prints, the entire show had so much energy--it was so much fun to be a part of! I'm always anticipating what Zac will come to the table with next, and this one has really excited me. ESSENCE.COM: What do you do to prepare for the craziness of Fashion Week? LOPEZ: Skincare is very important in your beauty regime. I love Embryolisse Lait Crme Concentre--it's rich, but goes on light enough to keep my skin feeling so smooth, not greasy. ESSENCE.COM: What's always in your makeup bag? LOPEZ: Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is perfect for every shade and is so light that you hardly feel like you have anything on!  ESSENCE.COM: What's your favorite fragrance? LOPEZ: Bvigari Omina Green Jade is such a sexy fragrance, totally my style.   ESSENCE.COM: What model do you look up to? LOPEZ: People often say I remind them of Grace Jones, which is incredible! I used to be self-conscious of my darker skin, but women like Grace Jones have led the way in showing how beautiful women of color are, no matter their skin color.  ESSENCE.COM: We love the Modelinia cover!  What music do you listen to during shoots to get you "in the mood?" LOPEZ: I love what Modelinia does for models, so I was excited to be able to be on the cover. During shoots, I love everything from old school Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, to new hip hop by Jay-Z and Kanye. ESSENCE.COM: What's your favorite beauty tip you've learned behind-the-scenes? LOPEZ: Less is more! When I'm not on the runway or doing photo shoot, I try to keep makeup to a minimum. When I want to glam it up, I wet the sponge before dipping it in foundation to keep my face moisturized and fresh.