Other than Maja Ivarsson’s panicky and powerful vocals, the thing about The Sounds I remember most is their album cover for Dying to Say This to You. You know the one. It features two sultry, black-haired babes. Visible nipple included!
But this article isn’t about the lady who was down with her nipple peering through a wifebeater on an internationally successful album cover. It’s about the beauty on the left, whose bone structure had me swooning for years before I even knew her name.
I’ve never seen a lady who looks so powerful and so delicate all at once. From her piercing grey eyes to her tiny little cat nose, she always strikes the right balance between hard and soft. Especially when you factor in her sense of style, which has been next level since her early days in the New York City music scene. (Leigh makes up 1/3 of the DJ trio The Misshapes.)
The Misshapes: Geordon Nicol, Leigh Lezark, and Greg Krelenstein circa mid 2000s when every alternative male had an emo haircut.
In the last five years Leigh has officially cemented her spot as a fashion and style icon. She has her own profile on models.com, which lists the many editorial spreads, ad campaigns and short films she’s been a part of.
Miss Lezark can brag that she’s Karl Lagerfeld approved. The Kaiser cast her to play a Bianca Jagger look-a-like in his short film, Remember Now. But a fashion icon needs more than just one heavyweight designer backing her. She was also cast in the short film made to promote the 2011 Lanvin for H&M collection as a maid, delivering tea to Alber Elbaz himself.
Leigh was featured in the February 2009 issue of Vogue Italia (alongside Geordon Nicol), and she was on the June 2010 cover of Vogue Turkey. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know Vogue Turkey isn’t top tier as far as Vogues are concerned. But she was still on the cover; that shit’s impressive.
I list all the fashion connections she has to establish her credibility, but truthfully it’s her “off-duty” style and attitude that draws me in and makes me want to base my life aesthetic off of hers. She has one of those faces that you can look at and instantly feel like the smirk and bright eyes she’s sporting are thanks to an inside joke the two of you share. The woman knows how to connect with her audience.
And speaking of audience, if you aren’t following @TheMisshapes on Instagram already, you’re seriously missing out on some good grams. Featuring plenty of adorable Throw Back Thursday posts of a young Leigh and behind-the-scenes photos of all the most important parties, it’s a window into the world of one of fashion’s coolest ladies.
Those of you who do follow Leigh via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. will know that she recently dyed her hair back to her natural blonde color. I couldn’t imagine Leigh without her signature inky black long bob, but damn girl. Now I can fully support the choice! (Jessica Stam look-a-like, anyone?)
I can't even write words about how perfect she looks in this Company Magazine editorial from their May issue, which Leigh is on the cover of. Literally, I've typed and deleted too many words and none of them have been sufficient enough to explain my feelings about these images. So you're just going to have to take my word for it on this one! (Or click on the photos, follow the links, and buy the issue for yourself!) The magazine made a behind-the-scenes video of her cover shoot and captured a little bit of that Lezark charm:
Are you as crazy about Queen Leigh as I am? If not, who is your number one lady crush? TELL ME EVERYTHING.