Quvenzhané Wallis Named Face Of Armani Junior

Beauty & Style | Camille Travis | 05/22/2014 | 01:30 PM EDT

Wallis becomes the first major child celebrity to be the face of a luxury brand

Quvenzhané Wallis certainly has a knack for making history.

As the the youngest Oscar nominee of all time, the 10-year-old star has now been named the face of Armani Junior. The good news makes her the first major child celebrity to be the face of a luxury brand.

"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!" Wallis said in a statement.

"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."


Wallis was photographed by Stefano Azario in a series of shots that bring forth "humor, irreverence and joy."

Giorgio Armani
added, "Quvenzhane is so talented, despite her young age. Her kindness, curiosity and openness towards 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."

The announcement follows behind news that Wallis will take the lead role in the film adaptation of Counting By 7s, centered on a 12-year-old genius dealing with the loss of her adoptive parents. She can also be seen in the Sony Picture's remake of Annie alongside Jamie Foxx and in Fathers and Daughters with Russell Crowe and Octavia Spencer.

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 (Photo: Courtesy of Armani Jr)

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