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.
Is it just me or does it feel like Rihanna is getting a little overexposed. I mean seriously. She has her seventh studio album coming out this November, she’s going on a world tour again and she’s gracing magazine covers like crazy. When can this girl just take a break from the spotlight to actually focus on releasing a quality track that’s really going to blow us away? You can’t actually tell me that she expected Diamonds to be a run away smash. Don’t get me wrong, I am loving the single but when are we going to get another epic Rihanna song like Only Girl In The World?
In any case, this Rihanna reign isn’t letting up so in the meantime, I’m just going to embrace it and share some exciting news. On Friday via Twitter, Rihanna announced that she was once again going to be gracing the cover of Vogue magazine in the US. Her first cover hit shelves in April of last year. She’s also graced Vogue covers in the UK and in Italy. The cover photo was shot by famed photographer Annie Lebibovitz. Rihanna’s short haircut looks stunning with her red lipstick and lacey dress backdropped by a dry, grassy knoll reminiscent of her We Found Love video.
Scoring the cover of Vogue’s September issue is like winning a gold medal in the fashion Olympics. It’s the issue Anna Wintour and her minions work tirelessly on all year long. Just watch the awesome 2009 documentary titled “The September Issue” to see what is entailed to bring the issue together. This year they must’ve worked even harder since the 2012 issue is a total of 946 pages, -the largest ever for the publication. The 26-year-old singer unveiled the cover on her new social network littlemonsters.com, posting:
“SHH DONT TELL TWITTER/ SEPT ISSUE OF VOGUE MAGAZINE/ Sorry Anna but the underground kids deserve it. bisous!”
Who better to grace the cover of the extra-large issue than larger-than-life pop icon Lady Gaga? This marks the second time she’s landed the cover. The first time occurred in March 2011. With a new album, “ARTPOP“, to promote, Gaga must’ve been elated to score the essential Fall fashion bible for fashionistas everywhere. In the issue, Gaga talks about having sex on beaches, her world tour, launching her perfume, fashion risks and her music.
“I don’t really make records for people to listen to and go, ‘Wow, she’s a genius’. I’d really like you to order a drink, maybe kiss the person you came with that evening or rediscover something about your past that makes you feel even more brave.” – Lady Gaga
At 22-years-old Taylor Swift is certainly a woman now. The country singer looks absolutely gorgeous and grown up in her latest photo shoot for Vogue. The fashion magazine enlisted the “You Belong To Me” singer for their February 2012 issue. Shot by famed-photographer Mario Testino, Swift channels her inner boho chic rock star persona for the cover and accompanying photo spread in the publication.
Taylor can attribute her new sassy look to Fashion Director Tonne Goodman. He did a fantastic job of transitioning the superstar from country teen queen to an edgy pop star sprinkled with rock star flare. In my opinion, she looks like a modern day Stevie Nicks. Swift not only looks grown up but sounds it as well. For her interview, conducted by Jonathan Van Meter, she talks candidly about fame, red flags from potential suitors and heartbreak.
Speaking of which, she revealed she’s currently writing a song about a hard breakup that left her devastated. She’s notoriously written about John Mayer, Joe Jonas and Taylor Lautner in the past. Luckily for the latter, his song was flattering compared to the other two. Does this mean, this upcoming track is about Jake Gyllenhaal? The two dated briefly in 2010. Check out a few memorable quotes from her interview below along with more pictures snapped by Mario Testino.
Meryl Streep is no stranger to breaking records. The veteran actress currently holds the title for having the most Oscar nominations with 16 total. Based on the early buzz for her spot-on portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady“, she’ll most likely add another nod bringing her total to a record-breaking 17. Without a doubt, Meryl is the most acclaimed and celebrated actress of our time.
Streep posing for the January 2012 cover of Vogue magazine has earned her another accolade. At the age of 62-years-old, Streep becomes the oldest woman to ever grace the publication. In an industry that celebrates youth, Meryl’s accomplishment is nothing short of phenomenal. It truly shows how beloved and respected this woman is. Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz snapped Streep for the historic cover and photo spread inside the mag.
At age 40, Streep thought her career was over. Instead of plum meaty roles, she was receiving offers to play witches. “Once women passed childbearing age they could only be seen as grotesque on some level,” she reveals in the January issue. Then something changed, Meryl started to change how Hollywood saw older actresses. With each passing movie, she proved that, not only could she deliver amazing work but deliver box office dollars as well. “The Devil Wears Prada“, “It’s Complicated” and “Mamma Mia!” were all hits. I’m sure she’ll prove her box office clout once again with her new flick. Check out a couple of quotes from her Vogue interview along with more pics below.
Last time Rihanna graced the cover of a Vogue magazine (US publication), she was a redhead. This time, the “S&M” singer bleached her locks out and gone the blond bombshell route. Her new look can be seen on the November 2011 cover of British Vogue photographed by Alasdair McLellan. It will mark the first time the Bajan native ends up on the cover of the British publication.
In the issue, Rihanna opens up about her sexy public persona and being a role model. Certainly timely, considering her recent run-in with a pious angry farmer while shooting her latest music video.
“See, people — especially white people — they want me to be a role model just because of the life I lead. The things I say in my songs, they expect it of me and being a role model became more of my job than I wanted it to be. But no, I just want to make music. That’s it. Look, God doesn’t give any more than you can handle. I had to get through a lot of ups and downs – big downs – and a lot of trial and error to get where I am now.”
You would think Rihanna would want some rest and relaxation after her successful “Loud” album. Given that she’s still touring in support of her last album, it’s surprising the singer is already prepping the release of her upcoming sixth studio album out on November 21. Not that I’m complaining since I’m always up for a new RiRi jam. Check out more pics from the photo shoot below.
I guess the latest trend for actresses in Hollywood is to pose as iconic movie stars. First Jennifer Aniston posed as Barbra Streisand for Harper’s Bazaar last year, and Kate Winslet just channeled Elizabeth Taylor a few days ago. Now, it’s everyone’s favorite “Dawson’s Creek” alum Michelle Williams‘ turn. The 30-year-old Oscar nominee is notoriously known for her “method acting” when preparing for upcoming roles. With a starring role in the film “My Week with Marilyn“, this photo shoot definitely fits in line with that.
Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz snapped the actress for the latest issue of Vogue. Not only is the cover gorgeous, but the pictures found inside are even more stunning and breathtaking. In the accompanying interview, Williams talks about her transformation into the screen legend. She also discusses rebuilding her life after the 2008 death of Heath Ledger. Here’s a short snippet:
“Three years ago, it felt like we didn’t have anything, and now my life — our life — has kind of repaired itself,” she says. “Look, it’s not a perfectly operating system — there are holes and dips and electrical storms — but the basics are intact.”
If the Vogue pictures are even a small indication on how Michelle does in the upcoming Monroe flick, I can’t wait to see the final product. Her costars are already singing her praises. Kenneth Branagh who plays Sir Laurence Oliver in the film, gave the following rave review.
I’d look over and there is Michelle. Half an hour later, Marilyn has arrived but is a bit sleepy,” Branagh recalls. “Half an hour later, I look round and Marilyn is now very frisky. And finally, just before we’re due to be called, Marilyn is fully there — the dress is on, the hair is in place, there’s a glint in the eye.”
Believe it or not, Adele’s Vogue magazine cover is even hotter than her already scorching career. The British songbird not only smolders on the cover but in the pictures of the issue as well. Photographer Sølve Sundsbø captured everything that is beautiful about the singer.
Inside the issue, the award-winning singer is very candid when interviewed by Christa D’Souza. She discusses her career, style and the pressures of being thin. Adele has been unabashedly honest in the past which has gotten her in trouble. Personally, I love it as it provides for a very entertaining read. Check out snippets of the piece below.
On her pre-show ritual: “I puke quite a lot before going on stage. Though never actually on stage. But then, I s— myself before everything … the bigger the freak-out, the more I enjoy the show!”
On the entertainment industry’s obsession with weight: “I’ve seen people where it rules their lives, who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears them down. And I don’t want that in my life. I have insecurities, of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.”