Gorby's Got A Brand New Bag

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev gestures while speaking at a news conference in Moscow on July 27, 2007. (AP Photo/ Sergey Ponomarev )
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Move over Scarlett Johansson! The new face of Louis Vuitton is Mikhail Gorbachev.

The former Soviet leader is to appear in an ad campaign for the French luxury label, along with Steffi Graf and her husband, Andre Agassi, and French actress Catherine Deneuve, according to an announcement from Vuitton, a division of the LVMH group, Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA.

Shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz, the ads focus on travel -- a "core value" for the company that started in 1854 as a trunk-maker, the statement said.

2Gorbachev is shown riding in a car, a Vuitton bag at his side and the Berlin Wall in the background. Elsewhere, Graf and Agassi snuggle in a hotel room bed. And Deneuve perches on a Vuitton suitcase in a foggy train station, or perhaps it's a movie set.

Vuitton said it was making donations to former Vice President Al Gore's The Climate Project to fight global warming, and to Green Cross International, founded by Gorbachev to promote sustained development. The company didn't disclose the amount of the donations.

The campaign -- which is to run alongside more traditional fashion ads that in past seasons have featured Johansson – will appear in magazines in September, the statement said.