With Annie finally released, Quvenzhane Wallis may be more the talk of the media than ever before. But this 11-year-old is more than the face of the modernized classic. She’s also the face of Armani Junior. This week her second ad campaign was released. In it, the star generated her enviable youthful energy, jumping for joy in a black and white striped dress, that is classy and appropriate for all occasions.
Last spring, she posed in a tuxedo, and even wore a custom Armani to the Oscars that made her “feel like a princess.” Quvenzhane has also said: “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.”
Not many young girls get to know Mr. Armani through any other means than the pages of a magazine. But for Quvenzhane, who has called the legendary fashion designer “such a nice man”, as her stardom continues to rise, so too will her unique Hollywood-esque experiences. Her upbringing will continue to be unlike most girls her age.
Earlier this month she mused upon this, thoughtfully pointing out that growing up is simply inevitable. “I don’t want to grow up, but I know it’s not going to last much longer.” Even today, the pre-teen’s excessively youthful spirit seems to be the thing that makes her special. Always with a huge grin and an excitement that can’t be matched. It’s what made her so perfect for the role of Annie.
According to director William Gluck, she “was dropped down from heaven.” He added, “We just wanted a modern girl. And when you see the movie, it’s not about her race. It’s just about a headstrong girl who cares about everyone around her. And that’s Quvenzhané.”
The starlet intends to stick around the big-times for a while, and live out at least a few more dreams. “‘I just keep doing what I’m doing and don’t ever give up. That’s what I like about Annie. If she has goals, she’ll finish them, like me. We’re both confident.”