Arlenis Sosa Pena aka Arlenis Sosa is a Dominican model probably best known for her work with Lancôme. She also appeared in the 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Her measurements are 32-24-35.
Arlenis Sosa grew up in the Dominican Republic. When she was 16, she was spotted by an agent and encouraged to model. She also participated in the 2006 Elite Model Look contest there. She worked as a model in the DR, but experienced some color prejudice from some designers. “I believed in myself, though, and in all the people who trusted and supported me when I was a young model…I always kept faith in those people, as well as in God, my mother, my agency, my family, and especially myself.”
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As for being Dominican, Arlenis Sosa said she feels “blessed…I’ve been able to open up many doors for my fellow Dominican models and black girls in general. These days there’s at least one Dominican model in every agency in the four major cities of the fashion industry. It’s really just the beginning, which is so exciting!” (teen vogue.com).
In a separate interview, she said, “models need to stick together, especially the black models, whom people are always accusing of being too competitive.”
When Arlenis Sosa moved to the United States, she couldn’t speak English, but she was signed right away. Two weeks later she booked editorials for Vogue.
A bit of trivia: Arlenis Sosa stays in shape with a personal trainer, as well as a lot of Pilates. She thinks a smile is very powerful “because it can change any situation that you are dealing with and can even change another person’s life.” She added the most precious inner quality is “humility because it shows that no matter where you come from or what your social background is, you can still achieve your dreams.”
Arlenis Sosa has since walked in several fashion shows and signed with Lancôme. When she’s not working, she likes going back to the DR to see her family and friends. “They are my rock.”