Another sign that the celebrity cover girl trend might just be ending. It’s been going on for the better part of a decade, and I am frankly getting sick of it. Vogue hasn’t ran a model cover in a long time and they’ve been averaging about one a year throughout the last decade. So I am so happy to see a whole issue devoted entirely to all things model. All the usual suspects are featured. The cover girls are Liya Kebede, Natalia Vodianova, Anna Jagodzinska, Isabeli Fontana, Lara Stone, Jourdan Dunn, Raquel Zimmerman, Caroline Trentini and Natasha Poly. Like I’ve mentioned before, I don’t think many of the new girls are very super. That said, this is a great batch of faces. I would have traded Anna Jagodzinska and Natasha Poly for Daria Werbowy and Jessica Stam, but I’m not complaining.
Liya Kebede is not exactly a new face. She’s been Vogue’s token woman of color since the turn of the century. I think she’s been in nearly every issue for the past ten years, so I’m a little tired of her. She is Ethiopian, but she has highly Westernized features, which is probably why she has such popular appeal in America. She is undeniably stunning, and a great model, but I wish Vogue would feature African models who actaully look African, like Alek Wek.
I can’t believe Natalia Vodianova is 27. And she has three children. She still looks like a doe-eyed vestal virgin. I love Natalia. She is one of a handful of bona-fide supermodels to come along in the recent past. Vogue recently did a story starring Natalia as Alice in Wonderland, and that is so appropriate. It is the perfect role for her wise-child looks. Natalia is from Nizhniy Novgorod, which makes her all the more endearing to me.
Frankly, before today I had no idea who Anna Jagodzinska was. Apparently she’s been doing some very high profile editorial work for a while now. That just shows what I’ve been saying about the new girls. Gorgeous, yes, but anonymous and interchangeable. Anna is Polish.
I remember the first time I saw Isabeli Fontana. She appeared in a Teen Vogue profile in, um, 1999, I think. She a fifteen-year-old adjusting to her first season in fashion. This was when Gisele ushered in a wave of all things Brazillian. I recall that Isabeli was struggling with her English and trying to find time to do her homework. Now she’s one of the top-ranked models in the world.
I like Lara Stone because she’s willing to do racy, artistic work. She’s an editorial favorite at W, even sharing a cover with Kate Moss and Daria Werbowy. Although she’s from the Netherlands, she has an all-American look, and a willingness to get naked, making her that appealing creature, the naughty girl next door.
Jourdan Dunn is new. I do think she’s a little bland but I like her more that Chanel Iman, who I think has the makings of a pretentious diva.
Raquel Zimmerman reminds me of young Jerry Hall – a big, bold blonde with a truckload of personality. I believe she’s got potential to become one of the greats. She’s powerfully charismatic, dramatic, instantly recognizable, strong and healthy - in short, everything a supermodel needs to be.
I’m undecided about Caroline Trentini. She’s cute, what with the freckles and all, but she looks too much like an ordinary American girl (she’s from Brazil) and if I wanted to see one of those I’d go to the mall.
And Natasha Poly, I think is really bland. I keep seeing her in all the magazines and I can’t ever remember who she is.