Eva Mendes is the new face of Vogue Eyewear, and she couldn’t be more excited—because she finally gets to wear the eyeglasses she’s always wished she needed! At the launch of her Mario Testino-shot campaign in Los Angeles, Mendes (wearing a lace Valentino frock that made it into our Look of the Day roundup) confessed to InStyle.com, “I know this sounds really strange, but I’ve wanted [to wear eyeglasses] my whole life! I remember the little kids in like the 4th or 5th grade that were so cute, and I thought they were special because they got to wear glasses.” And now that she does need them, she has plenty to choose from! The actress modeled cat-eye reading glasses and Jackie O. sunnies side-by-side in her campaign, and she told us she created a character for each look. “They had names like Carmen and Maria. Like, Carmen’s excited to go back to school! Adding a back story made things more fun.” Most importantly, her new shades offer her the protection she needs. “Living in beautiful Los Angeles, the sun is almost always out. It’s rare to catch me without sunglasses when I’m out and about running my errands.” A great reason to need them! Shop all of the looks Eva is modeling here on vogue-eyewear.com.

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