Monica Ali becomes face of Marks & Spencer

Monica Ali becomes face of Marks & Spencer

Novelist Monica Ali has been named as one of the new faces of Marks & Spencer.

Ali is one of 12 women who will feature in the store's advertising campaigns, alongside actress Dame Helen Mirren, artist Tracey Emin and singer Ellie Goulding.

Marks & Spencer announced the line-up along with a collection of pictures taken by photographer Annie Liebovitz, calling them "Britain's leading ladies".

Steve Sharp, creative director at M&S, said: "The British have a history of being creative and pioneering and these women represent just that. As industry leaders in their field, they make a significant difference that has seen them break boundaries, challenge stereotypes and create visionary artistic work. As the nation’s biggest retailer, we too have broken boundaries throughout our history and it’s this unique position in the marketplace that has enabled us to bring together this remarkable group of people."

Monica Ali
was named in 2003 as one of the Best of Young British Novelists by Granta magazine, based on the manuscript of her first novel Brick Lane (Doubleday), which was shortlisted  for the Man Booker Prize. She has written two other novels, and a collection of short stories.

The full campaign will be launched in September in print, online and outdoor marketing, with the shots used in stores internationally.

The other models are Olympic gold medalist boxer Nicola Adams; nurse of the year Helen Allen; ballerina Darcey Bussell; creative director of US Vogue Grace Coddington; model Karen Elson; singer Laura Mvula; presenter Katie Piper; and c.e.o. of Save the Children International Jasmine Whitbread.