23-year old Sessilee Lopez was a star from the second she stepped onto her first runway in 2004. But it wasn't until year, when she landed the cover Italian Vogue's "The Black Issue," that the Florida-native suddenly became famous famous. She, along with Arlenis Sosa, Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman, Lopez suddenly became part of a black model elite, landing the most in-demand runway shows, editorials and campaigns. With her strong brows, killer cheekbones and sultry, curving smile, Lopez is one of fashion's most lauded beauties--but in September, it was her new, bobbed hairdo that stole the spotlight. Here, the sepia-skinned goddess chats with us about her hair regimen, what's in her makeup bag, and her favorite model. Bet you can't guess who it is.
Sessilee started modeling at 17, and credits her mom with helping her keep a good head on her shoulders. “It’s so important to have a good support system,” she says. “My mom has always been one hundred percent behind me, and I don’t think I’d be where I am today with her advice and encouragement.”