Long before these women were one-name wonders, slogging long hours during fashion week, dating movie stars, or starting charities, they were just little girls from all over the world, with no clue what lay in store for them. While we truly believe there are nougly children, it’s probably fair to say some are cuter than others. Since DNA plays the all-important role in a model’s life, we decided to go back to the early days of some of the biggest names in the business — including Arizona Muse, Chanel Iman, Natalia Vodinova, Liu Wen, and Joan Smalls — to see if the signs of supermodel-dom were always there. We’ll let you be the judge. Enjoy our slideshow of family snapshots, given to us by the models themselves, looking cuter than we even expected. Read more…
“This sounds negative, but when you’re considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, it’s very, very hard when that starts to slip away. It’s hard to feel good about yourself when people react to you differently. And, Gisele, I hope you’re not reading this, because it’s going to sound so negative but I know through some of my best friends who are really famous actresses — I’m not going to mention their names — who were at one point considered to be among the most beautiful women in the world at different periods of time, and how hard it is for them emotionally. So I hope Gisele is prepared for that, because it’s so difficult.”
— Acclaimed designer Tom Ford expressed his concern regarding Gisele Bundchen’s future while interviewing her husband Tom Brady for the fall issue of VMAN. Keep reading »
As Julie has previously mentioned, leopard print is tough to get right, but it can definitely be done. I think Heidi Klum looks pretty amazing here (I mean, she’s Heidi Klum, so not looking amazing would be a much more difficult endeavor), although I could do without the ruffle hem, and the black leather belt seems a bit heavy to be paired with strappy stiletto sandals. Overall though, I’m going to place this in the “successful leopard print” category. What say you?
“[Israeli model] Michaela [Bercu] was wearing an haute couture Christian Lacroix jacket with a beaded cross … and stonewashed Guess jeans. The jacket was actually part of a suit, but the skirt didn’t fit Michaela; she had been on vacation back home in Israel and had gained a little weight. Not that that mattered. In fact, it only served to reinforce the idea to take couture’s haughty grandeur and playfully throw it headlong into real life and see what happened … Afterwards, in the way that these things can happen, people applied all sorts of interpretations: It was about mixing high and low, Michaela was pregnant, it was a religious statement. But none of these things was true. I had just looked at that picture and sensed the winds of change. And you can’t ask for more from a cover image than that.”
— Anna Wintour took to Vogue‘s Internet presence on the eve of the magazine’s 120th anniversary to reminisce on her beginnings as editor, and also to divulge a little secret. Her first cover, November 1988, beckoned a new frontier: it broke the canon of past versions (a model wearing jeans on the cover of the most grandiose magazine was a novel concept!) and reinforced that Wintour wasn’t one to hesitate in revolutionizing the standard formula. I’m actually pleasantly surprised by Anna’s positive attitude toward wreaking havoc in the halls of couture and embracing a model that didn’t fit in a sample size (well, at that very moment, for what it’s worth). Israeli food is delicious. [Vogue]
We’ll give you a hint: She’s a great singer with amazing, retro-tinged style, known for her pompadour. No, not Snooki … Keep reading »
Another day, another Choupette headline! Karl Lagerfeld‘s famous feline is getting more press than the Kaiser himself these days, and with a face like that, who could complain? V is the latest magazine to feature the esteemed Siamese model, who has apparently signed with one of the world’s top agencies — and in her first-ever fashion spread, no less. The photo set, aptly titled “Glamour Puss,” was shot by Choupette’s dad, which may have something to do with why she appears so nonplussed, even as she’s clutched provocatively to French model Laetitia Casta’s bare chest. (There are admittedly a couple of images that make me feel a bit concerned for darling Choupette, but we shan’t go into that.) Keep reading »
Of all the Victoria’s Secret Angels, Doutzen Kroes is the one whom I would most like to trade lives with (Doutzen, if you’re interested, call me). The Dutch model, who also has aspirations of launching a film career, is the pride and joy of her native province, one of the world’s top-earning supermodels, miraculously adored by both lingerie purveyors and the fashion set (which, you’ll note, is not the case for most), and has a stunning family that consists of unbelievably good-looking DJ Sunnery James and their son Phyllon, one of the most beautiful children I have ever seen.
So yeah, from what I can tell, Doutzen has things pretty good. There’s also the case of her insane body, which is consistently altered and airbrushed in VS publications … but now we can see for the first time how she actually appears in real life on the set of a VS shoot, thanks to these unretouched photos. You can see how muscular Doutzen is, meaning there’s a good chance she eats food and works out like a maniac. Crazy! [Yeeeah]
Model Helen Svedin caught our eye with this simple, colorful summer outfit she sported on a shopping trip in Madrid. That pink dress and teal purse are totally to die for, right? We’ve got all the pieces to recreate her look, and the best part? Nothing’s over 100 bucks. Shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »