“I wish the word supermodel would just fall of the face of the earth. Anyone can be a supermodel now. My ugly big toe is a supermodel”
Amber, you’re right. You do have ugly toes. No, really she’s right. The term supermodel has been cheapened to near meaninglessness. The origin of the term is unclear. Janice Dickinson claims to have coined it in the 70’s, but it’s well known that Janice Dickinson is delusional. Official modeling historian Michael Gross attributes the term to a modeling agent all the way back in 1943. But back then it didn’t matter. For decades models, super of otherwise, existed only inside the vacuum of the fashion industry. Some, like Grace Kelly, found fame in other careers. Most came and went, anonymously. In the sixties, with the rise of Twiggy, models became true cultural figures. It was in the 90’s that the idea of the supermodel was really invented. Cindy Crawford. Naomi Campbell. Claudia Schiffer. They were capital S Supermodels. They were bigger than movie stars. Then, inevitably, movie stars became the new models. Movie stars got the magazine covers. Movie stars got the makeup contracts. Movie stars got the ad campaigns. Models went back to being, to the general public at least, anonymous pretty faces. Very, very few models today qualify as super. And if nobody is a supermodel, then anybody can claim to be one. That’s how starfuckers like Miranda Kerr can put supermodel their resumes. Well, Amber Valletta is a real Supermodel. She started out in the early 90’s and by the end of the decades she was one of the biggest names in fashion. She’s recently made a bid for Hollywood, appearing is a handfull of frankly crappy movies, but her modeling career has never cooled down. She’s long been one of my favorites. I think it’s those green eyes.