Ten-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, first won over audiences last year as the youngest Oscar nominee of all time. In the buttoned-up and media-trained world of Hollywood, her award season presence was as absolutely adorable as it was refreshing—a true star in the making. Naturally, we were over the moon when we learned that she is set to star in this fall’s big-screen remake of the musical Annie opposite Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz.
But Annie isn’t the only major development Wallis has in the works: according to The Hollywood Reporter, she’s been named the face of Armani Junior, Giorgio Armani’s line of children and teens. If the first campaign image (above) is any indication, we’re in for a real treat—and a fuzzy one, at that.
"Quvenzhané is so talented, despite her young age," said Armani. Her kindness, curiosity and openness toward others really struck me, as they are all traits I admire. It is for this very reason that I wanted her to be the face of Armani Junior. With her insatiable energy, Quvenzhané made the clothing come alive, interpreting it in her own singular way."
Wallis, a typical and wonderfully polite 10-year-old, is equally elated: "I’m so happy to be chosen by Mr. Armani to be his ambassador for Armani Junior. I felt the same excitement when I got cast for a major film. Me? Wow! I was honored to wear his custom gown to the Oscars. It made me feel like a princess. When I saw Mr. Armani’s Privé show in New York, the dresses were so pretty…I had too many favorites. Afterwards when I met him, I realized Mr. Armani is such a nice man. I liked that that he was so thoughtful. 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."
Thank goodness we have more Quvenzhané Wallis coming—because right now, we just can’t get enough.