There’s a scene in Tom Ford’s stunningly visual 2009 directorial debut, A Single Man, that stands out from the rest and lingers long after the credits. It’s a coquettish cameo—an icy blonde playing a literature student.
She whispers something enigmatic into a male classmate’s ear between long pulls on a cigarette. Her jade eyes almost pierce the screen; her cheekbones could cut the smoke. As the camera pans down to her face, those sharp angles draw us to her lips, so plump and arched, they seem perpetually primed for a kiss.
That striking beauty is Aline Weber, the same 5'10" Brazilian model who kisses 11 men in Tom Ford’s latest lipstick ad campaign. She’s appeared on the covers of glossy magazines from Mexico to Japan; catwalked for Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs; and posed for top photographers like Inez and Vinoodh.
It’s the same fresh-faced woman who oats on a cloud into a Williamsburg café—all boho chic in a long summer dress and couldn’t-care-less Stan Smiths—and settles into the seat in front of me.
She knows the menu by heart, orders more food than we could possibly both eat, suggests we share it, and digs in when it arrives. Weber is so accessible, earnest and normal, I almost forget that she’s one of the world’s most well-paid models. Almost.
Read the full feature on cover model Aline Weber in Maxim's August issue, on newsstands July 19th, and be sure to subscribe so you never miss an issue.