During a time when grunge, gangsta rap, and rock dominated MTV airtime, somehow a little known drag queen named RuPaul managed to infiltrate the network with her infectious hit, “Supermodel (You Better Work).” The clip’s heavy rotation on MTV gave Ru her biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit to date. The unexpected success of the track motivated the 52-year-old and her record label, Tommy Records, to release an entire album. Ru’s debut effort Supermodel of the World hit stores today 20 years ago.
In honor of RuPaul’s groundbreaking efforts, I thought it was only appropriate to highlight the album which spawned three huge club hits. “Supermodel (You Better Work)” peaked at No. 45 on the Hot 100 and No. 2 on the dance chart. “A Shade Shady (Now Prance)” and “Back to My Roots” both reached the pole position on Billboard’s club chart. Imagine if the world didn’t fall in love with Ru name dropping supermodel names. We would’ve never known the marvel that is RuPaul’s Drag Race. Check out the released tracks from her debut effort below.
Nothing will ever come close to the Supermodel Era during the 90s, but I feel a renaissance with models becoming household names is upon us. Personally, I say bring it on. I was a huge fan of Linda, Christy, Naomi and Cindy back in the day.
Vogue recently released their annual list of the fashion industry’s Top 10 female models and I thought I’d share it with you. I’m sure I’m not the only modelizer out there who might enjoy this. With regards to how Vogue determined which girl made the list is beyond me. I’m sure it had to do with who landed on the most editorials and covers of the publication’s various international editions. Check out the list below. I’m sure you might recognize a couple of the names.
Admittedly, I’m one of the biggest modelizers out there. During the 90s, I was obsessed with Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and their leggy Glamazon counterparts that ruled the runway, ad campaigns and magazine covers. No disrespect to actresses currently dominating covers, but I long for the return of the supermodel era. You can imagine my delight when I saw this new ad campaign for Skullcandy featuring some of today’s hottest fashion models.
If you’re a long-time reader of Homorazzi, you know that we’re huge fans of the lifestyle audio brand, Skullcandy. I have a couple of headphones and earbuds myself. Earlier this summer, Skullcandy introduced the first face in their lineup, Sports Illustrated “it girl” Kate Upton, who is joined by model and Twitter favorite Chrissy Teigen and two of high fashion’s greats, Jessica Stam and Chanel Iman. The latter is definitely a favorite of mine, ergo the main picture above. I just adore Chanel.
“We are very excited to reveal our full Supermodel lineup,” said Nate Morley, VP Marketing and Creative, Skullcandy. “We have collaborated with some of the world’s greatest athletes and artists, and today we’re happy to officially add Kate, Chrissy, Jessica and Chanel to our roster of ambassadors.”
During the month of September, Skullcandy will air “Model Mondays“, where they will feature the Skullcandy Supermodel Crew in original content. The first series of the videos will feature the quartet designing their own custom Aviator headphones. Check out a few of the promo images below.
Typically, Tuesdays here on Homorazzi.com are reserved for male models in my weekly Model Behavior feature. I love my female models as well too, as evident in my recent Duran Duran post. I’m definitely a model’izer, regardless of gender. Thought I’d mix it up today and introduce you to the little sister of one of the industry’s most-respected supermodels. Say “hello” to Charlotte Moss or Lottie Moss as her agency calls her.
As legend has it, Kate Moss was discovered at JFK airport by the late photographer Corinne Day at the ripe old age of 14-years-old. While it remains to be seen if Kate’s little sister will replicate the same success as her older sister, Lottie Moss is entering the modeling game at only 13, besting Kate by an entire year. While major runway shows have a minimum age requirement of 16-years-old, fashion editorials do not have the same restrictions.
The fashion industry certainly loves youth. In 2011, that statement is truer than ever. “True Grit” actress Hailee Steinfeld became the face of Miu Miu’s Fall 2011 campaign at only 14-years-old. She’s not the only one to secure a major ad campaign. Dakota’s little sister, Elle Fanning (13-years-old) appeared in Marc Jacob ads. Also this year, 10-year-old French sensation Thylane Biondeau was at the center of controversy after posing for a series of racy photographs. And don’t even get me started on those annoying half-sisters of Kim Kardashian, Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Those teens are also making their respective marks in the fashion world.
Will Lottie Moss join the likes of them? Judge for yourself after checking out the series of photos below. Storm Model Management, the same agency that represents Kate, arranged a photo shoot for Lottie. Photographer Andrea Carter-Bowman snapped the ingenue. You can definitely see the family resemblance between the two, but Lottie has a look of her own. She reminds me a bit of a younger Kate Bosworth.
They’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaack. Some of the original supermodels of the 90s are gracing a fashion magazine cover once again. It’s great to see some of them back. Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigova and Yasmin Le Bon are showing the newbies and actresses how it’s done. Hopefully, this signals the return of the supermodel era. The OGs (originals) have not only joined forces for Harper Bazaar UK’s December 2011 cover and photo editorial, but also for a short film for Duran Duran.
Directed by the genius that is Jonas Akerlund, the supermodels pose as members of Duran Duran for the group’s new short film SLASH music video for “Girl Panic“. Think of it as a modern-day George Michael “Freedom 90” model-filled music video. Crawford also starred in that iconic clip. The real-life members of Duran Duran make cameos in the visual as bellhops, paparazzi and chauffeurs. D&G designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, also make an appearance.
“We have made some pretty ambitious videos over the years, but this one was certainly the most challenging to date,” Simon Le Bon, lead singer of Duran Duran said. “Coordinating the schedules of five of the world’s biggest super models, Jonas, and the band was no easy task – but we couldn’t be happier with the finished film. It has all of the ingredients that we feel are important – it’s humorous, glamorous, sexy and very Duran Duran.”
Supermodel Naomi Campbell is livid over a Cadbury Bliss ad that likens her to chocolate. The ad says, “Move over Naomi – there is a new diva in town.” Of course, the new diva is the chocolate bar. I should mention that the photo above has nothing to do with the ad in question. That photo was taken by David Chapelle a long time ago, captioning her as “chocolate playmate”. Hmm, but she’s okay with that though…? Anyway, the actual ad you’ll see below. I think it was awfully bold of Cadbury to put an ad with text like that (including her name) out there without considering it could be taken as racist. Even if it was meant to be lighthearted, these days you have to assume people will take it the wrong way and you’re better safe than sorry.
Campbell explained, “I am shocked. It’s upsetting to be described as chocolate, not just for me, but for all black women and black people. I do not find any humour in this. It is insulting and hurtful.” Her mother, Valerie Morris added, “I’m deeply upset by this racist advert. Do these people think they can insult black people and we just take it? This is the 21st century, not the 1950s. Shame on Cadbury.”
Cadbury responded to the criticism by explaining that the ad was “a light-hearted take on the social pretensions of Cadbury Dairy Milk Bliss”. He then said that the ad is “no longer in circulation… we have no plans to repeat the campaign.” See the ad in question below: