Anita E., making her MetArt debut in Leonardo’s “Presenting,” has a curvy body and an ovoid visage with full, plump cheeks. Her facial structure somehow amplifies the magnitude of her frequent smiles and she projects an extremely cheery demeanor. While Anita has ample opportunity to display her sultry side here, her defining characteristic, to my eyes, is a wholesome, personable, girl-next-doorness.
The set begins outside, and with no small amount of drama. Anita, wearing a semi-transparent tunic and colorful stiletto pumps, is standing against the heavy white balustrade of a marble-floored balcony somewhere high in the hills. Below and behind her, the seashore and the sky. The clouds swirl and the sunlight shifts from shot to shot. This may be the immediate aftermath of a storm, or perhaps a lull between squalls. Anita is bubbly throughout, and nature provides a truly impressive backdrop.
The bulk of the series continues indoors, against a railing of dark hardwood, at the top of a staircase. A muted pattern of stylized stars lights the background. And, in the foreground, the model undresses and reveals her truly beautiful body. There is nothing tentative about this debut, Anita withholds nothing — and Leonardo captures everything with his signature skill. Count me among the charmed.