This month the right sidebar is dedicated to Anais Mali, a 20 year old French model who walked every major runway from New York to Paris. Her exotic look was able to translate seamlessly between Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Givenchy and Missoni, to name a few.
Recently she was featured in Vogue and Italian Vogue, and was the face of Levi’s. I have a feeling there will be much more of that to come.
February’s Model of the Month is Swedish/American, Britt Maren. Basically I am just obsessed with her haircut. (I want to do it so badly but have been advised against it).
In the past two years she has been leading the runway shows, expect to see a lot more of her in 2011!
Since I have this completely normal (strange) fascination with models it was only time that I create a Model of the Month Club. It will be exactly like a Wine of the Month Club, except without the wine or me sending products out to members. But it will feature one model a month in all her (or sometimes his) glory.
This month is Arizonia Muse, the new girl from New Mexico. She graced most of the runways this season with her classic American looks, and I have a strong feeling she is here to stay.
So look to the right hand column under the hit counter and search bar and you will see a new image of Ms. Muse until November 1. (Because she gets the end of the month I will update her picture everyday.)
I am part of that small portion of the population that prefers models on the cover of magazines but recently that has been a growing trend, especially with the ever fabulous British Vogue. Over the past few years they have featured models on the covers of about half of their magazines. And personally I find this is the best way to go. They have a presence on the covers (it is part of their job description) and they entice people to flip through the magazine.
I once heard a quote that has stuck with me. It was, “Celebrities sell the magazine but models sell the clothes.” At the time I heard this I agreed wholeheartedly, but now I think that models might be able to sell the magazines on their own. Remember, there was a time when it was only models on the cover, Ms. Anna Wintour changed that. Grace Coddington is on my side of the debate. She once said, “There are no models on covers anymore. They’re all actors because they’re what sells.” She goes on to say, “An actor often dictates what you’re going to get. I find that annoying. And I’m incredibly shy, so they scare the pants off me. But I feel perfectly comfortable with the models. They’re like my kids.”
I am intrigued by models, there is something about them that is so fascinating, and I think that people are starting to realize this once again. After the age of the Super Models in the 80’s and 90’s there was a bit of a lull in the public’s attraction to models but I think that has definitely changed once again.
Below are some of the covers of British Vogue from 2009-2010 which featured models on the covers.
Canadian Model, Daria Werbowy
Russian Model, Sasha Pivovarova
British Model, Georgia Jagger
British Model, Kate Moss who has graced the cover numerous times
British Model, Lily Donaldson
Russian Model, Natalia Vodianova who has also been on the cover many times
Dutch Model, Lara Stone
Any thoughts about the celebrity vs. model controversy?
Filed under Models, VOGUE
There was a time when Sasha Pivovarova was in my top five favorite models. She has a Gemma Ward face, with huge blue eyes, pale skin and a cute Lolita ish look. And I love that she went to art school and is multitalented.
But then I saw the Italian Vogue editorial from this month and frankly it saddened me and more importantly it creeped. me. out. Sasha has always been thin (obviously, it is in her job description) but the extent to which I can see the bones in her back is unacceptable. This is not caused by eating your fruits and veggies and going on a run a few times a week. This is caused by something much, much more unhealthy. You can see a clear progression in the weight loss, in the H & M ads her legs look substantial enough in the fab sequin leggings but by the time you get to this month’s edition of Italian Vogue it has all gone down hill.
She is 25 years old, not a skinny teenager anymore, and maybe she is trying too hard to compete with the new crop of models but something needs to be done about Ms. Pivovarova’s weight, both for her health and for my sanity, I should not be taught to think that women are supposed to look like this.
A healthy person's back does not look like this.
No one's stomach sticks out like this!
Starting to go downhill
H & M ad
One of my favorite photos of her
Sasha and her Art
Filed under Models, VOGUE
Twenty-eight year old Russian model, Natalia Vodianova, is having a Cinderella moment. She grew up in a very poor neighborhood in the USSR with her mother and two half sisters (one of whom had cerebral palsy, to help make money she would sell fruit on the street. After attending a modeling school she became who she is today, super model known especially for her baby face. And then she found her prince. Or rather a British property heir and half-brother to the 10th Viscount Portman. And with three children to devote her time to she is truly the definition of a multi-tasker. Vodianova started the “Naked Heart Foundation” the goal of which is to create a safe environment for children to play in Russia. She was also Medusa in the new remake of The Clash of the Titans and is modeling in countless magazines.
These photographs from April’s edition of French Vogue are absolutely stunning. It is rightly titled “Princesse Natalia” and styled by Carine Roitfeld (France’s Anna Wintour) another one of my fashion idols.
I love how, Russian, the pictures are. I used to have a minor obsession in my middle school years with the Romanovs and I could absolutely see Anastasia wearing these clothes to a ball or to tea in the garden. I think they are absolutely beautiful and Vodianova is truly the last Russian Princess.
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This is in the Top 5 of my favorite things in the whole, entire world. The baby blue ruffle dress paired with the cardboard cut out swans is adorable. Makes me smile every time I see it.