라나 워쇼스키는 1996년 동생인 앤디 워쇼스키와 함께 영화 ‘바운드’로 데뷔한 영화감독이다. 이후 ‘매트릭스’ 3부작을 연출했고, ‘스피드 레이서’와 ‘클라우드 아틀라스’, 주피터 어샌딩’ 등을 연출했다. 원래 이름은 래리 워쇼스키. 하지만 성전환 수술 후 라나 워쇼스키로 이름을 바꾸었다.
1월 7일, 패션 디자이너 마크 제이콥스는 인스타그램을 통해 브랜드의 새로운 모델이 된 라나 워쇼스키의 모습을 공개했다. 2016년 S/S 시즌의 새로운 얼굴로 그녀를 선택한 것이다.
This season’s ad campaign represents a series of connected events; a visual narrative. It is a personal diary of people who have and continue to inspire me and open my mind to different ways of seeing and thinking. The spectrum of individuals photographed in our Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign represent a celebration of my America. In collaboration with photographer David Sims and stylist Katie Grand, the people featured in our campaign personify this collection of fashion through their individuality. Collectively, they embody and celebrate the spirit and beauty of equality. It is with an overwhelmingly full heart that I share this first portrait of our Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign. Lana Wachowski. I was first introduced to Lana via YouTube in December 2012. The speech Lana gave to accept the Human Rights Campaign, Visibility Award, (October 20, 2012) was utterly profound in its script and her articulate, brilliant and timeless delivery. She expressed thoughts and ideas that have filled my head and heart always but had never been so eloquently captured in language that was so tangible, intelligent, poignant and full of possibility. I found myself referencing Lana’s words in my daily life and sharing her speech with close friends. In the days before our Spring/Summer ‘16 fashion show and through a fateful series of communications, much to my incomprehensible delight, Lana accepted an invitation to our show in New York City and thus I took her, “fashion show virginity.” Lana’s ineffable beauty captured by David in this portrait reminds me of the personal sentiment she shared with me about, “learning you can make important friends at anytime in your life.”
‘매셔블’의 보도에 따르면, 제이콥스는 지난 2012년 10월, 유튜브를 통해 라나 워쇼스키를 처음 보게 되었다. 당시 그는 라나가 미국의 LGBT 인권 운동 단체인 ‘Human Rights Campaign’가 주최한 시상식에서 한 연설을 보았고, 큰 감명을 받았다고 한다.