Model Symon Leone just did a Sade-inspired shoot and the resemblance is uncanny

I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you know of Sade. If you haven’t though, that’s completely fine, it’s just going to be hard to adequately portray the glory that is she in a concise intro.

But, to sum it up, Sade is an esteemed singer and songwriter whose extensive repertoire has included working with renowned musicians to releasing her own hit music. And Sade is the definition of a Jane of all trades: not only is she already remembered as one of the greatest female British solo artists of all time, the British Nigerian has also dabbled in menswear design, modeling and acting.

Needless to say, the artist has served as an inspiration to many other young artists who are coming up in the industries themselves.

Symon Leone, an African American and German model based in New York, is one of her many enthusiasts. And, much like her idol, she’s not limited to one craft: not only is she an international model, Leone has her own jewelry shop, Shop Love Leone. All in a day’s work.

As a model, it’s Symon’s job to portray different personas everyday: that being said, when photographer, Roman Yee (and fellow Sade fan), approached her about paying homage to the icon with a Sade-inspired shoot, she couldn’t refuse.

Check out the exclusive shoot and details below!

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What does Sade mean to you?

Sade to me means endearment and tranquility. I listen to Sade religiously, I can feel her lyrics speak to me. Her soothing voice and tone of song are just what you need to relax and unwind.

Embodying Sade in these photos made me feel strong and free. People have told me countless times in the past when I wear a red lip with my hair pulled back that I favor her so when Roman Yee asked to use me for this shoot, I happily accepted.

Top: Brant, Bottom: Stretch, Earrings: Madewell

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Does modeling feel different when you’re modeling as someone you look up to? 

Modeling doesn’t feel any different modeling as someone else, this was my first time portraying someone else in photos so I just tried to completely capture her essence as much as possible to ensure I executed her look.

Top: Proper Denim, Earrings: Madewell

What’s your favorite Sade song and why? 

My favorite Sade song has to be, “By Your Side.” That was one of the first songs I was introduced to by my parents growing up, who also love Sade. Although I consider every song a favorite, “By Your Side” by far is my favorite.

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Top: Wolford, Gloves: George Morand, Earrings: Madewell

What are your top three must-haves for a Sade inspired look?

The three must-haves for a Sade-inspired look are of course the signature red lip, thick gold hoops, and a slick back hair style (one of my all time favorite looks I wear myself).

Bodysuit: Nadia Tarr, Earrings: Madewell

Photographer: Roman Yee

Makeup: Cari Duprey from The Industry Mgmt

Styling: Karin Elgai

Hair: Anike Rabiu from Wilhelmina Artist

Model: Symon Leone

Post Production: Dan Tant

Photo Assistant: Jenny Fu

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