Tag: Amber Valletta

Learn Your Supermodels: Nadja Auermann

Nadja Auermann |

Nadja Auermann wasn’t born – she sprang fully formed from the brow of Helmut Newton. Or so it would appear. Because she is fashion’s most surreal Valkyrie. A woman whose proportions are superhuman. Nadja’s famous legs are longer than her head and torso combined. That and her white hair, and steely blue eyes and granite cheekbones all come together to form Newton’s oversexed Teutonic ideal. Besides being the incarnation of Helmut Newton’s scary Aryan dominatrix fantasy, she also did the opposite and became one of the scrubbed bare faces of early grunge. Looking disheveled and natural in photos by Peter Lindbergh she showed a completely different side of herself. Avedon and Meisel loved her too.

Nadja Auermann |

Nadja Auermann |

with Amber Valletta and Kate Moss

Nadja Auermann |

Nadja Auermann |

Nadja Auermann |

Nadja Auermann |

Nadja Auermann |

Nadja Auermann |

Nadja Auermann |

Nadja Auermann |

Nadja Auermann |

Nadja Auermann |

Nadja Auermann |

Nadja Auermann |

Learn Your Supermodels: Shalom Harlow

Shalom Harlow |

Okay, first, if you’re wondering – despite the name, Shalom Harlow is not Jewish. She is Canadian, but that’s neither here nor there. She’s always been a big favorite, because she looks so patrician. She’s just incredibly classy, very graceful, self-possessed, and always, an unapologetic brunette. Lots of girls change their hair color, and that can be fantastic, but it takes a will of iron to resist the temptation to go blonde. Shalom has a particular style she does very well with. She does, being a professional model and all, look great in anything, but slutty isn’t her style and the rock star looks isn’t really her, either. She shines brightest in ladylike retro fashions, old-Hollywood glamor, sleek minimalism, and neo-New Look sophistication.

Shalom Harlow |

Shalom Harlow |

(with Amber Valletta)

Shalom Harlow |

Shalom Harlow |

Shalom Harlow |

Shalom Harlow |

Shalom Harlow |

Shalom Harlow |

Shalom Harlow |

Shalom Harlow |

Shalom Harlow |

Shalom Harlow |

Shalom Harlow |

Shalom Harlow |

Model of the Week: Amber Valletta

“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.

Amber Valletta |

Amber Valletta |

Amber Valletta |

Amber Valletta |

Amber Valletta |

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Amber Valletta |

Amber Valletta |

Amber Valletta |

Amber Valletta |