Photography by JUCO | Retouching by Anna Glen at Wet Noodle
The Moment: 1987: Keith Haring is photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair.
Shaun Ross, an albino African-American model, was the target of school bullies because of his looks, but the joke was on them when he caught the eye of the fashion industry. After making his way up the ladder, appearing in Beyoncé’s video for “Pretty Hurts,” and landing a starring role in Lana Del Rey’s clip for Tropico, the Bronx native has officially arrived. This year, he used his exposure to celebrate different types of beauty, giving a TED talk to raise awareness on diversity. He was also the subject of “Visible Man,” by painter Jerome Lagarrigue, who inspires Ross as another artist has. “Keith Haring was a visionary,” Ross says. “To replicate anything he’s done is an honor.”
Photographed at ACME Studio, Brooklyn on July 23, 2014
Makeup: Angela DiCarlo using MAC. Hair: Yanni Boyiatzis. Set Designer: Shawn Patrick Anderson. Swimsuit by Speedo