Harper’s Bazaar, an otherwise classy magazine, hasn’t featured a model on its cover since September 2004. So I am completely thrilled to see Gisele on the cover of this month’s issue. I think that the celebrity cover trend has gone on long enough. I have my favorite stars whom I love to see, but I am sick and tired of the same faces of has beens and b-listers. For example, I am sick of Drew Barrymore. When was the last time she made a good movie? 2001. Eight years ago, that’s when. Part of the reason so many movie stars are now cover girls is that the new crop of models aren’t exactly super material. The new girls are just too bland, too wispy. I open a magazina and I can’t remember any of the girls’ names. There is no one who has the charisma to become a real supermodel. Gisele is the last great supermodel. I love her. What makes her great is that she is always herself. It’s not even her beauty or her body. (I think her body looks like a noodle with boobs) It’s her personality. No matter what fantasy she’s dressed up as, she brings her personality to it. No matter how sexy or glamorous she’s made to look, she’s always still herself – friendly, fun, relatable. She seems like someone you’d want to hang out with. And by all account she really is what she appears to be – a really nice person.
All the stories in Bazaar this month, as well as the cover, were shot by Peter Lindbergh. Lindbergh is a photographer whose style is instantly recognizable. What sets his work apart is that he’s never not shooting portraits. His pictures don’t feel posed. Even if they are posed, they feel natural and intimate. He’s not shooting clothes, he’s shooting people. Besides the Gisele shoot, there’s a story featuring Cindy Crawford, who is now a living legend. There are also stories featuring new girls and the difference is obvious. Hilary Rhoda and Lily Donaldson just don’t have the magnetic quality that a Gisele or Cindy has.
This 1989 shot is one of Lindbergh’s most iconic images. Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford show what a real supermodel looks like.
In comparison, who the hell are these people? Sasha Pivovarova, Natasha Poly, Catherine McNeil, Lily Donaldson and Doutzen Kroes. They are beautiful, but they just don’t have it. I think Doutzen is my favorite of this bunch. She needs to work on her personality, that is get one, then maybe she can be a star.
P.S. Why are girls without boobs modeling bras?