Sunday, September 22, 2013

Supermodel Legends

Cindy, Stephanie, Claudia, Naomi, Linda and Christy
by Mario Testino, Vanity Fair 2008
As my Blog readers know, I grew up in the supermodel era, back when Linda Evangelista wouldn't "get out of bed" for less than $10,000, they strutted for Gianni Versace and appeared in George Michael's iconic 'Freedom' video in 1990. I even had to try the Fashion Cafe in London (they had curiously great fries - which was about all I could afford in  1998).
Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana and Naomi
by Herb Ritts, 1989
Very few models have come close to the beauty and the enigma of the originals - Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell (dubbed 'The Trinity), Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss and Stephanie Seymour. Also to be included in this rarified group should be Helena Christensen, Tatjana Patiz, Kristin McMenamy, Nadja Auermann, Yasmin LeBon, Carla Bruni, Eva Herzigova and Amber Valetta. Nowadays there are few  models who could  be bestowed with the same honour. Perhaps Gisele, and now Cara Delevingne who is fast tracked to being a force to be reckoned with. Time will tell. "Gisele Bündchen—with her curvaceous figure, $35 million annual income, and sex-symbol boyfriends (Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Brady)—is probably the only true supermodel around today. On the other hand, as Stephanie Seymour points out, the term has become so overused in the new century that now everybody’s a supermodel. “It’s very embarrassing,” she says, “when you meet, like, a Russian prostitute, and she says she’s a supermodel. And you’re like, ‘Hey, me too!’” (A League of their Own, Vanity Fair). 
I never would have imagined that 30 years later, we would still be seeing those famous faces gracing campaigns and editorials - and looking amazing! Naomi just closed Diane von Furstenberg at New York Fashion Week, and as E New correspondent Alicia Quarels put it "She was like 'Listen kiddoes, this is how you do it', because nobody can walk like Naomi, right? She came out like 'I'm not playing', I love it!" Sure, they may have had a few tweaks here and there, but you cannot deny those naturally stunning features or that bone structure! Check out these shots from 2012-13.

Kate Moss - Age 39

                                              British Vogue, June 2012

British Vogue, June 2013
 LOVE magazine, 2013
Interview, September 2013
Vanity Fair, December 2012 

Rag & Bone, 2012
V Magazine, Spring 2013

Interview, December 2012
Esquire, September 2013

Naomi Campbell - Age 43
Interview, September 2013
Interview, December 2012

ELLE February 2013


Vogue Brazil, May 2013
                                               British Vogue, June 2012

Helena Christensen - Age 44


 Futureclaw, July 2013

Elle Spain, May 2013
Triumph Collection, 2013
 Vogue Paris, December 2012
Stephanie Seymour - Age 45
 Interview, September 2013
 Jason Wu, Spring 2013
 Vogue Paris, November 2012

Paris Vogue Homme, Fall/Winter 2012

V Magazine, September 2012

Linda Evangelista - Age 48 

 I-D, Fall 2012
 Interview, September 2013
Vogue Germany, July 2013
By Karl Lagerfeld for The Little Black Jacket, 2012
LOVE magazine, 2013

Vanity Fair, September 2012
Interview Russia, September 2012

Christy Turlington - Age 44
Interview, September 2013

 Prada Fall 2013

Jason Wu, Fall 2013

Harper's Bazaar Singapore, March 2012
California Style, March 2013

Harper's Bazaar, June/July 2013

Calvin Klein 2013

Vogue Paris, December 2012

Cindy Crawford. Age - 47

S Moda, June 2012

 Muse magazine, Summer 2013

Tatler UK, September 2012

The Edit, May 2013

Claudia Schiffer. Age - 43

L'Oreal, 2012-2013

 By Ellen von Unwerth for Guess, 2013
 By Karl Lagerfeld for The Little Black Jacket, 2012

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