Could middle-aged women become the new ideal of female hotness? It would seem Helena Christensen thinks so, as the 40-year-old supermodel has been making moves to adjust image standards. She appeared nude on the cover of i-D this month (along with Eva Herzigova and Claudia Schiffer), and is also in the buff for a spread (no pun intended) in Elle‘s January issue. According to the Telegraph, Christensen is, “flabbergasted that people could be offended by pictures of naked women.” In the accompanying article, Helena also admits: “I have no problems with showing my body. I love the female shape. It’s crazy — you can have movie posters with men with machine guns but oh, God forbid you show nipples.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. While we give kudos to Christensen’s embrace of the female form at all ages, we do have to say … do many 40-year-old women look as good as her naked? [Telegraph.co.uk] Keep reading »
Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova is set to have a very busy spring—she’s just signed on to do three major ad campaigns—and us Frisky-folk couldn’t be more pumped up about it. Not only is Natalia set to replace Christy Turlington as the face of Yves Saint Laurent, she’ll apparently also star as the face of next season’s Givenchy ads. Fancy! And I’m not done—she has been signed up by friend Stella McCartney to front the stylish British brand (Natalia made her only catwalk appearance in September for the label). Just in case you’d like to see a little bit more of her, we’ve got the famous Vogue “Alice in Wonderland” editorial, after the jump! Keep reading »
Maybe it’s because, in this post-Zoolander society, no one takes male modeling very seriously. But maybe—shocker—it’s because skinny male models just aren’t as widespread a problem as skinny female models. Keep reading »
Geez, and I thought I was tall. Check out the world’s tallest model, Eve, who stands 205 centimeters tall — nearly seven feet. She makes the model next to her look so teeny-weeny. The 32-year-old’s bikini had to be custom-made to fit her towering figure. Her nickname? “Babezilla.” Check out her video from an Australian men’s magazine shoot in which she dwarfs the competition, after the jump. Keep reading »
Princeton University’s campus is about to get fierce! According to The Ink, the blog for the university’s press club, a class on fashion models is among the New Jersey school’s offerings in the spring.
It is the Ivy League, so don’t expect a class discussion on the latest season of “America’s Next Top Model” (sorry, Tyra). “Model Memoirs: The Life Stories of International Fashion Models” in the Comparative Lit and African-American Studies departments, will focus on “American, African, and Asian women in the fashion industry as a launching point for thinking about race, gender, and class.” Required texts include the life stories of famous models Alek Wek, Waris Diric, and Irina Pantaeva; students will discuss the constructions of femininity and ethnicity and relate their own ideas on beauty ideals in their assignments. Keep reading »
If you’ve ever seen an episode of “America’s Next Top Model,” you might be under the impression that most models—while nice to look at—are actually pretty vapid. Wrong! Bloggette Erin Gibson doesn’t want you to get it twisted anymore. She has set out to prove that these anatomically superior ladies and gentlemen, who probably owe their perfect faces and bodies to some sort of hermaphroditic hormonal imbalance, are actually hella smart. Her new blog, Models Are Smart, reveals all of the deep thoughts that models are thinking while they are “smeyesing” and contorting their superfine bodies into fierce poses. After the jump, you won’t believe what these models know. Looks like I can learn a thing or two from them. [Models Are Smart] Keep reading »
Oh my God, look! Models—not celebrities—on the cover of a fashion magazine! And they’re black! November’s Teen Vogue published a fantastic cover story about models Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn, who spoke candidly about the racism in the modeling industry and the competition that results when black models feel there can only be “one black girl.” (Chanel is actually black and Korean—damn, she should have been in our biracial hotties slideshow!) The pair dished to Teen Vogue about the fashion industry’s flat-out racism:
Iman: “You’re being told, ‘So and so is only booking one black girl. It’s either you or Jourdan,’ So we’ll be sitting in the lobby looking at each other like, ‘Okay, I want this job, and she wants it too. Which one of us is going to get it?’”
Dunn: “I remember last season, I was about to go into a casting, and my agent phoned and said, ‘Turn back. They decided they don’t want any black models.’ I was like, ‘They’re actually telling you that’s the reason? Are you serious?!’”
It’d be really cool if this piece got Teen Vogue some attention. But there’s just one teeny-weeny little problem for some folks: 19-year-old Dunn is pregnant with a baby boy, due in December.
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“I would not have become a supermodel in 2009. I look too healthy.”
—Supermodel Cindy Crawford disses the 100-lb models who are en vogue right now. But what we really want to know is how kind would modeling agents of 2009 be to facial moles? [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »
The online scientific journal Perception just published findings that claim young men rate women with healthy BMI’s (between 18.5-25) as “the most attractive and healthy looking,” as opposed to thinner ladies. Shocking, we know. Additionally, women were also more into guys with average builds, and both sexes were not turned on by the overweight either, which may be attributed to the fact that they were perceived as unhealthy. A professor associated with the study had this to say: “A take home message for young people is that maintaining a normal weight benefits current health and will improve good looks.” Uh-huh. While none of this information is the slightest bit revelatory, given the current model debate raging on and on, here’s some more conclusive evidence for the advertisers and editors that insist (extreme) thin is in. (Evidently, it’s not and never has been?) [Daily Mail] Keep reading »