Although I make fun of American Vogue just as much as any follower of fashion, I must admit that Anna Wintour has been impressing me lately. Putting Michelle Obama on the cover was a bold and exciting choice for a magazine that pretty much never puts African American women on the cover. Then what did she do; she put Beyonce on the cover the following month. Two black women in a row on the cover of Vogue. Has hell frozen over?
It officially has now: The May 2009 issue actually has MODELS on the cover. Imagine that….models on the cover of a fashion magazine. What a novel idea! I personally am so sick of seeing the same 12 celebrities on the cover of fashion magazines over and over again. How many times can we see pictures of a heavily botoxed Nicole Kidman wearing Balenciaga? Who finds Kate Hudson THAT exciting? Can’t we just agree that Jennifer Aniston is boring and not at all fashionable? CAN’T WE BRING BACK THE MODELS?
I was just old enough in the 90s to be familiar with the SUPERMODELS. They were on MTV’s House of Style….they were in George Michael music videos. They wouldn’t get up for less than $10,000 a day. They were fabulous freaks of nature. They didn’t need as much photoshop as the current crop of Vogue cover girls (ie: actresses).
But now, Vogue has thrown us a bone. In honor of the Met Costome Institute Gala (this year’s theme: fashion muses), Vogue is honoring the mostly nameless and not at all famous current crop of top models. The girls who grace all of the top ad campaigns and walk down dozens of runways every season, yet get none of the glory like the supermodels of the past.
Famed photographer Steven Meisel is also featured in the issue, and many of the chosen cover girls are ones that he had a hand in discovering.
Anyway, here it is. MODELS ON VOGUE. Photo from the Fashion Spot
The Models: Liya Kebede, Natalia Vodianova, and Anna Maria Jagodzinska, Isabeli Fontana, Lara Stone, Jourdan Dunn, Raquel Zimmerman, Caroline Trentini, and Natasha Poly.
YAY for models. I am so buying this issue.