Learn Your Supermodels: Jacquetta Wheeler

Jacquetta Wheeler |

Jacquetta Wheeler comes from a very specific breed of models. The coltish, boyish, fun-loving cool chick. The mold forged in the sixties by Twiggy, and exemplified today by Agyness Deyn. Cool Brittania girls. Low maintenance girls. Girls you think you’d want to hang out with. Short haired, big smiles girls. You know the type. I adore how radically unsymmetrical her face is. One eye is notably higher than the other. She’s gorgeous. I’ve also heard that she’s left modeling to pursue higher education, which is always commendable.

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Jacquetta Wheeler - Photo - Fashion Model

 

with Carmen Kass

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with Anouck Lepere

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Learn Your Supermodels: Danielle Zinaich

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I have a real problem with Danielle Z. Not that I don’t like her. It’s just I see her a lot (or I used to, back in the day) and I can never, ever recall her name. All I can think of is ‘something Z’. Odd, because she’s lovely, she was very popular and she worked with all the big names.

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with Angela Lindvall

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with Carmen Kass, Kirsty Hume & Trish Goff

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with Tasha Tilberg, Georgina Grenville, Sharon Van Der Knapp, & Chandra North

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with Stella Tennant, Kirsten Owen & Rachel Roberts

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with Kylie Bax

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with Angela Lindvall

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Learn Your Supermodels: Karolina Kurkova

Karolina Kurkova |

I love Karolina Kurkova. Because. She is Czech. She has something in common with Alfred Hitchcock. She is so vivacious. She once said her legs look like spaghetti. She has a killer body, and interesting face and a nice personality. She has a pretty smile. Her legs look like spaghetti. She has attitude. She once in the tabloids for allegedly having a threeway with Brangelina. She reminds me of Anita Pallenberg.  She’s a Vogue girl and Victoria’s Secret girl. Come on, just look at her!

Karolina Kurkova |

with Natalia Vodianova & Carmen Kass

Karolina Kurkova |

Karolina Kurkova |

Karolina Kurkova |

Karolina Kurkova |

Karolina Kurkova |

Karolina Kurkova |

Karolina Kurkova |

Karolina Kurkova |

Karolina Kurkova |

Karolina Kurkova |

Learn Your Supermodels: Frankie Rayder

Here’s another one of my favorite girls, who I wish would come back. Frankie Rayder was one of the toppest models in the good old Y2K days. Then she let Flea (of all people) knock her up and as far as I know they’re off somewhere californicating happily ever after. All the photos here are from between 1998 and 2003. Please notice, the models were badass and the fashions were badass. God it gives me flashbacks; Gucci’s neo-rockstar bedazzled jeans and leathers, Prada’s candy-apple loafers, Fendi baguettes, YSL’s conspicuous consumption conscious logophilia. The fact that I can look back at these clothes and actually remember what they are…well, obviously, an impression was made.

with Carmen Kass

with Carmen Kass

with Gisele

with Gisele

with Gisele and Carmen

Model of the Week: Carmen Kass

Carmen Kass |

Carmen Kass is by  far one of my favorites. I’ve been watching her for over a decade. She’s blossomed into one of the greats, one for the ages. Kass was born in Tallinn, Estonia. She is one of the first supermodels from that corner of the world. She’s set a precedent for other Eastern European beauties, and she defines the modern, global blonde. She’s deceptively willowy, with tiny pointy  features and a steely gaze, instantly recognizable as not an American girl. American girls have that corn-fed vacant stare (not all of them, of course, but it is kind of their calling card). What I like about Carmen is her particularly Slavic reserve, the impression of wheels turning. The lights are very definitely on. She’s shown herself to be a person of substance indeed off the runway. She’s politically active in Estonia and her passion for chess has earned her the post of  president of the Estonian National Chess League. See more here.

Carmen Kass |

Carmen Kass |

Carmen Kass |

(w/Angela Lindvall, Maggie Rizer & Frankie Rayder, Nov 2000)

Carmen Kass |

(w/Ana Claudia Michels, Frankie Rayder, Angela Lindvall & Malgosia Bela)

Carmen Kass |

Carmen Kass |

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Carmen Kass |

Carmen Kass |

Carmen Kass |

Carmen Kass |

Carmen Kass |

Model of the Week: Gisele Bundchen

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It’s about time I did a little rundown on someone who’s made the trek from working mannequin to supermodel to genuine star; Gisele Bundchen. Since Vogue has made Gisele Miss April, the face of their annual laugh-fest the Shape Issue, it’s time to look back at the amazing career of the girl from Brazil. Legend has it that the teenage Gisele was discovered eating McDonald’s in her hometown of Horizontina. She soon partook in an international modeling search. She didn’t win, but she placed highly. However, her career didn’t take off right away. She supplemented her bookings by doing reception work at her agency, where she had to deal with clients who asked “Please don’t send Gisele; she has a big nose.” What pushed her career over the edge I don’t know, but by the fall of 1999 she seemed to be quite literally on the cover of every major fashion magazine. In January 2000 she had the covers of Vogue, Bazaar, Elle and W, which might be some kind of record. Maybe the modeling world was starved for a healthy happy looking girl, maybe it was the hair or the boobage, maybe the it was the love affair with that guy from that movie with that boat in it, or maybe her totally appealing personality, but something clicked and Gisele became the first model of the millennium to achieve first-name recognition. It’s only a matter of time before the inevitable reality show materializes. Note that Gisele hasn’t changed her signature look since…ever. She’s not the chameleonic type. She’s the always-being-herself type, but you know, versatile.

Summer 2009

April 2008 (with LeBron James)

October 2007

 

March 2006

April 2005

June 2004

Gisele Bündchen Harpers Bazaar Magazine February 2003 Cover Photo - United States

February 2003

October 2002

July 2001

January 2000 (with Carmen Kass)

Gisele Bündchen W Magazine January 1999 Cover Photo - United States

January 1999

August 1998