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The Mercedes-Benz SL is a grand tourer manufactured by Mercedes since 1954. The designation SL derives from the German Sport Leicht, or Sport Lightweight — and was first applied to the 300SL 'Gullwing' named also after its gullwing or upward-opening doors.
In December 2011 Mercedes-Benz announced the all new SL-Class and was formally launched at the North American International Auto Show in January 2012. The new SL (R231) has been produced for the first time almost entirely from aluminium. The new aluminium bodyshell weighs around 110 kilograms less than it would using the steel technology from the predecessor.
Lara Stone was photographed alongside Malgosia Bela, Daria Werbowy, Randal Moore, Mariacarla Boscono, Emanuela de Paula, and Isabeli Fontana for the 2009 Pirelli Calendar.
In the February 2009 edition of Vogue Paris, which featured Lara Stone on the cover, she said she does not like the runway and that her unusually small feet for a person her size do not fit in shoes. Lara Stone was featured on the August 2009 cover of W, declaring her "Fashion's It Girl" and why she's the most-wanted face and body in the business. Vogue Paris named her as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.] Stone made her American Vogue debut on the May 2009 cover alongside Liya Kebede, Anna Jagodzinska, Natalia Vodianova, Caroline Trentini, Jourdan Dunn, Raquel Zimmermann, Natasha Poly, and Isabeli Fontana as one of the "Faces of the Moment".
In 2010, Stone replaced Sasha Pivovarova as the new face for Prada's fragrance, Infusion d'Iris, shot by Steven Meisel. Her other spring/summer campaigns included Louis Vuitton, Versus by Versace Fragrance, Jaeger, and H&M. This same year her look sparked a trend in blonde, gap-toothed, big-lipped models like Georgia May Jagger, Lindsey Wixson, and Ashley Smith. The look even inspired Tyra Banks to have a contestant's tooth gap widened on cycle 15 of America's Next Top Model.
Lara Stone is featured in the 2011 Pirelli Calendar photographed by Karl Lagerfeld. Lara Stone is part of history, in what marks Vogue UK's first multi-cover in the publication's 95-years, landing one of the three May 2011 covers in celebration of the Wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton. Lara Stone debut on Forbes' World's Top-Earning Models list ranking No. 7, with estimated earnings of $4.5 million since May of last year (2010--2011).
In popular culture In the 1956 film High Society, Grace Kelly drove a silver 190SL. In the 1967 film Two for the Road, Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney drove a white 230SL. In the 1970s TV series Wonder Woman, Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) drove a blue 450SL In the 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man, Steve Austin drove a silver 450SL. In 1978, the long running American drama Dallas opens with one of the primary characters, Bobby Ewing, driving a red 560SL, a vehicle the character would drive until 1987. In the 1970s/80s TV Series Hart to Hart Jennifer Hart (Stefanie Powers) drove a yellow 450SL, including in the opening credits. A red 560SL featured in later episodes. In the 1979 film "American Gigolo", the character Julian Kaye played by Richard Gere drives a black 450SL during the opening credits and throughout the movie. In the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop, the character of the Detroit detective played by Eddie Murphy is seen driving around in a red 450SL. In the 1990 film The Rookie, Clint Eastwood is seen driving a silver R129 500SL with Charlie Sheen as a passenger through the window of an exploding warehouse as their lives are saved just in the nick of time. In the 1991 film Death Becomes Her, Meryl Streep drove a white 500SL. In the 1997 film Jackie Brown, Samuel L. Jackson drives a black [r107] SL. In the 1997 film Liar Liar, Jim Carrey drove an SL. In the 1999 film The Corruptor a MY 2000 SL600 is used in the UGK music video "Take It Off" made especially for the film. UGK refers to it as "The V12 Benz parked outside" although it appears de-badged in the video. In the 2000/10s TV Series True Blood, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) drove a white 1986 350SL [r107], which he gave to Tara. In the 2009 film, I Love You Phillip Morris, Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor drove matching red 500SL's. In the Family Guy episode, "Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater", Brian asked the parking valet at a Newport Historical Society charity auction to help him convince a woman he met inside that he owned a 500SL.
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