Sneak Peek: Nastia Liukin Models for Max Azria

01/08/2009 at 04:42 PM ET

Courtesy Alexei Hay for Max Azria

After winning a gold medal in the 2008 Bejing Summer Olympics, Nastia Liukin has become a fixture on the fashion scene. From front row seats at New York Fashion Week to collaborating with Vanilla Star Jeans for a junior girls’ clothing line to guest starring on Gossip Girl, the teen gymnast is leaving her mark on the fashion world– and now, there are the pictures to prove it! Debuting in her first high-fashion campaign, Nastia poses for dance-inspired photos for Max Azria, the runway line under the BCBGMAXAZRIA brand. “For the Max Azria campaign, we wanted someone iconic –- someone timeless. We met Nastia at our runway show, and she was everything we were looking for. The Spring collection was inspired by movement and Modern Dance; she was perfect. It was meant to be, and the magic just sort of happened,” says Lubov Azria, Creative Director BCBGMAXAZRIA. Nastia’s pictures will be used for a lookbook, in-store imagery and online us. We will be watching for Nastia to reclaim her front row status this Fashion Week begining February 13. Tell us: What do you think of Nastia modeling for Max Azria?


Courtesy Alexei Hay for Max Azria

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Mary on

I’m actually pretty envious–Max Azria is one of my favorite designers (got to meet him in person a few years ago). That said, of all of the gymnasts I’ve seen, I think Nastia has the best body for modeling (even though she’s only 5’3″).

kendal on

I’m not really sure who she is but she must be pretty ugly if they can’t show her face.

Bche on

Why don’t they show her face? She’s not ugly.

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Lisa on

Nastia won the all around gold medal in gymnastics at the Bejing Games last summer. She really is a beautiful girl. I bet she hates this picture – her face is missing. What’s up with that.

Tiffany on

Saw her in person…she is beautiful. That being said, not being able to see her face is bugging me.

Jan on

Yeah same here. It’s like she’s headless, with the muscles of her neck bared. It hurts my neck just looking at it.

Harley on

The first pic with her hair flying is pretty cool looking. The second one on the other hand…not so much.

Casey on

The top picture is absolutely incredible!! The second is good too but that one with her hair mid-air is just awesome!!

Jessica on

I love Nastia Liukin, big fan. She looks georgous in all of them. Even though, i do have to say, that i do not like the neck tucked back. Was the photographer who told her to do that “Was on crack!?” lol here is another pic of her with one leg in the air with wedges.

cyndi on

they could have done a flying hair shot with her head turned sideways so her face is visible.

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JJ on

The focus is supposed to be on the clothes and not on the model. Nastia has the perfect body look for this campaign. She is showing off the clothes very well and I think the shots are gorgeous.

Rachel on

Nastia is the best gymnast this country has ever produced. She looks absolutely beautiful in these photos.

jacq on

umm the second pic is kinda nasty its kinda….short

Where's Her Face? on

Why hide her face. Perhaps she’s too ugly?

Lilac on

maybe b/c fashion is about CLOTHES???

love the third picture!!

ally on

Love it! She’s a phenomenal talent and she shows so much grace in her movement. she’s a wonderful model for a collection inspired by dance.

Jennifer Hoy on

Love the photos, as well as the clothes. Personally, I like that her face is hidden in these. Not because she’s ugly, but because it is putting emphasis on the clothes.

And, her body is definitely doing enough of the work where her face being absent adds aesthetic appeal, IMHO.

Violet on

I think these pictures are gorgeous. Perhaps they did not show her face because they wanted the ads to be about her body language and the gracefulness of the clothes and her body. If they had shown her face, the ad might become more about Nastia than about the clothes and the disigner. By the way, Nastia is really pretty, she’s not ugly at all.

Miguel on

These pictures are excellent!

alexandrite105 on

I wish the skirt in the second one wasn’t so short, but both pictures apart from that are amazing!

Lindsay on

To everyone who keeps asking “Why is her face missing?”, it’s because it’s a high-fashion shoot and designers like Max Azria tend to think outside the box when putting their ideas for these campaigns together. For this level of fashion, it’s about the clothes only – not the person wearing them, even if it is someone famous. It’s not Target, people!

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leah on

Nastia is gorgous in all the pictures and is soo beautiful..i think she will be a great model…i love her she is so awesome…she is so lucky that she gets to have her own fashion campaign and everything

gymnast 13 on

i think its good that she gets another job cause she should work like other people

Liz on

They couldn’t have picked a better muse. She’s only 5’3″ but she’s all legs

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