Brazilian beauty Mari Giudicelli’s sky-high career has included modeling gigs for international brands like Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Ulla Johnson and Eckhaus Latta, but the recent FIT graduate is now setting her sights on something a little closer to the ground — shoes.
Earlier this year, the Ford model-turned-designer launched an eponymous collection of comfortable and reasonably heeled footwear that is expected to make its in-store debut this fall.
Featuring four classic styles, including the ankle boot, the loafer and the mule, Giudicelli’s collection is a critique of the high-heeled fashion industry that prioritizes aesthetic over functionality, comfort and foot health.
“There’s a lot of media and celebrities being thrown in your face. [The message is that] ‘heels make you sexy, heels make you look good, and makes your legs look great’ … but there should also be that much information about how bad they are for you,” she told HuffPost Rise.
Watch the video above to catch a sneak peek of her new collection which features “Brazilian-sourced wood, lizard skin and rabbit fur,” and learn more about her vision.