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Lourdes Leon Models For Stella McCartney

By Ashley Hume
Posted On Mar 12, 2016
Lourdes Leon Models For Stella McCartney

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon is striking out on her own –– and striking a pose at the same time. The 19-year-old made her modeling debut as the fourth face of Stella McCartney’s new Pop perfume campaign, joining fellow McCartney muses Canadian singer Grimes, actress Amandla Stenberg and animal rights activist Kenya Kinski-Jones.

Lourdes, known as Lola to her family and friends, appeared makeup-free and rocking lavender-tinted tresses in released images from the fragrance launch. Stella posted a photo of Lourdes from the shoot on her Instagram with the caption: “So happy to have Lola on the POP team! Lola, who I’ve known her entire life, is at the beginning of her career as a performing artist. She’s an independent, inspirational and free-spirited young woman. Despite being born in the spotlight, she has kept her feet firmly on the ground! X Stella #POPNOW #LOLALEON.”

It’s the first foray into the limelight for Lourdes, who leads a low-profile life as a performing arts student at the University of Michigan. She told Vogue.com that the campaign’s message of female camaraderie and positive self-acceptance in opposition to the culture of social media snarking and body-shaming led to her participation. “I go through this struggle myself, [where] women’s bodies have been made so public that everyone feels like they need to comment, ” Lourdes said, “I love when someone doesn’t pretend to be someone they are not.”

Madonna, a longtime friend of Stella McCartney, took to Twitter to express her support for her daughter’s new career, posting a picture of Lourdes from the shoot and tweeting, “I miss this Beautiful Girl! Looking forward to seeing her very soon!”

While Lourdes and Madonna’s bond seems as solid as ever, the singer’s relationship with her 15-year-old son, Rocco, is on much shakier ground. Madonna is locked in an ugly custody battle with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie and Rocco, who refused a court order to return to his mother’s home in New York and has requested to live with his father in London.

Hope is on the horizon though since Madonna is reportedly seeking to end the custody dispute, saying through her lawyer that she wants to “heal the wounds” that the clash has inflicted on her family.