Fashion Flashback: Amber Valletta

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If you are deeply embedded in the fashion industry, you probably know by now that supermodel Amber Valletta is the new face of Blumarine’s spring 2018 campaign. Amber Valletta was one of those blond model goddesses of the 1990s that set fashion runways ablaze with her sassy strut and sexy visage. After a hiatus of over ten years from fashion, and some notable film appearances, Amber has gone back to her first love, fashion. Then again, she never really left. Fashion Reverie looks back at the career of Amber Valletta.Amber Valletta fits comfortably in that pantheon of 90s supermodels that include Eva Herzigova, Shalom Harlow, Kate Moss, and Carolyn Murphy. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Amber Valletta began modeling at the age of 15, and landed her first Vogue cover just a year later, continuing to appear on the cover of American Vogue 12 more times. In the same year Amber appeared on the cover of Vogue for the first time, she was signed as the face of Calvin Klein’s Eternity fragrance. Moving to Europe by the age of 17, early on Amber Valletta graced to covers French Vogue and Elle Italia.

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Known for chameleon-like, transformative abilities, Jason Wu has said of Amber, “Amber has the ability to transform beautifully into any role. Her charisma and timelessness maker her such an inspiration.” In her over two decades in the fashion industry, Amber has appeared in the campaigns of Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Versace, Elizabeth Arden, Prada, Calvin Klein, and Fendi. In the 1990s Ambers signed multi-million cosmetics contracts with Calvin Klein and Elizabeth Arden.In the late 90s, Amber began to seek out a career in film. “It was hard to be taken seriously. I needed to work on my acting chops. There are so few parts available that are good for women … I feel like I’ve gotten whatever was meant to come to me and I feel really blessed,” said Amber in and Interview magazine article.

Amber in Vogue 1993. InStyle October 2016, Vogue Ukraine 2017, and Vogue 2014

In 1995 with supermodel Shalom Harlow, Amber Valletta was the host of MTV’s “House of Style.” Later Amber appeared in “What Lies Beneath,” “Hitch,” “ Dead Silence,” “Transporter 2,” ”Gamer,” “The Spy Next Door,” and on television in “Revenge,” and “Blood & Oil.”Amber Valletta has been very candid about her drug and alcohol abuse issues, speaking out publicly about her addictions in 2014. Amber married Olympic volleyball player Chip McGraw in 2003. Their union produced a son, Auden. They couple divorced in 2015.

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