NEW YORK — In the April 2016 issue of Vogue Italia features a cover story by Patrick Demarchelier in which Mical Bockru is pictured wearing an embroidered dress by Alexander McQueen. Standing off the left shoulder of Nirvana Naves, Mical gives the camera a joyful smile, a rare expression of emotion in an otherwise restrained world of high fashion. What that smile is not telling readers, however is that the beaded masterpiece by Sarah Burton literally had to be cut off her at the conclusion of the shoot. Such is life as a model, but one the Winnipeg, Canada native takes in stride. Following a breakout season in which she memorably walked for Marc Jacobs and Gucci, Mical has enjoyed living and working New York. One show in particular that Mical most enjoyed last season, however was the Zac Posen show for its especially diverse casting. In her words, “It was quite liberating to come to a show and see so many different skin tones and so many rich backgrounds. It was nice to be part of that!” Mical’s parents emigrated from Eritrea in East Africa to Canada before she was born, but her heritage is something she proudly wears and under no circumstances will it ever be shorn off her like some ornately embroidered evening gown.

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Credits include, Title, “Next Questions — Mical Bockru”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Mical Bockru.