The rise and rise of Lakshmi Menon
We track the model's milestone moments in fashion
Supermodel and ELLE’s November cover girl started modelling in 2006, and has been hitting milestone after milestone ever since – starting with Hermès’ S/S 2006 show.
In July 2008, Menon opened for Givenchy. Creative director Riccardo Tisci said said her “impressive personality” was integral to his shows.
She’s responsible for a string for firsts for Indian models – case in point, this Hermès S/S 2008 campaign shot by Thierry Le Gouès. Eventually, she became the face of Hermès, and even replaced Daria Werbowy.
By September 2008 Menon had made her New York Fashion Week debut, walking for the likes of Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and Vera Wang.
Oh, and also H&M’s holiday campaign (2008) with Isabeli Fontana and Stella Tenant.
By October 2008, she’d made it to the pages of French Vogue – to an editorial shot by Mario Testino.
The year 2009 was pivotal. Not only did Menon walk for Givenchy and Jean Paul Gaultier’s fall couture shows, but she also landed a US Vogue editorial, alongside Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell.
By April 2009, she’d graced the cover of Dazed And Confused. She’d been picked by stylist Nicola Formichetti, who also added that she was the “girl of the season… personifying the powerful modern woman”.
Celebrated photographers and artists Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin shot Givenchy’s S/S 2009 campaign featuring Menon, Lara Stone and Mariaclara Boscono.
Fall 2009 meant a second H&M holiday campaign – this one was shot by Terry Richardson.
She walked for Chanel’s India-inspired show – The Metiers d’Art – with a stellar line-up that also included Arizona Muse and Stella Tenant.
Turning photographer in 2014, Menon shot designer Savio Jon’s campaign.