Tag: Models

Model of the Week: Georgia May Jagger

Georgia May Jagger |

If ever anybody was genetically engineered for maximum beauty, this one is it. Obviously, Georgia May is the offspring of Mick and Jerry. She is 18, and following in the professional footsteps of her mother and older sisters Jade and Elizabeth. Honestly, I think Lizzy is the prettier, but Georgia’s already outstripped her in terms of career success. She’s already signed a major contract with a cosmetics company  (Rimmel), been the face of brands like Chanel and Versace, got on the cover of UK and Australian Vogue and US Harper’s Bazaar, among other achievements. She’s clearly having a moment. With her bunny-rabbit teeth, she’s got the popular Lolita-girl thing down pat. Alongside Lara Stone and Lindsay Wixson she’s at the front of a new pack of dentally-challenged young models. I guess that’s inspiring for folks whose front teeth don’t come together. My teeth come together, so I don’t find the look particularly appealing (except in the mouth of Elijah Wood) but it does seem to be a big trend right now.

Georgia May Jagger |

Georgia May Jagger |

Georgia May Jagger |

Georgia May Jagger |

Learn Your Supermodels: Oluchi Onweagba

Oluchi Onweagba |

Nigerian born Oluchi Onweagba is known as Victoria’s Secret angel, and SI swimsuit model, and as a  face of L’Oreal, Lancome, and Ann Taylor among others. She was, for period in the mid-to-late-ninetiess, fashion’s token woman of color – sometime after Naomi Campbell lost some of her lustre to bad behavior and before Liya Kebede got the job. Which, sadly, is how it tends to work. There’s always one extremely successful black model that the industry can point to and pat itself on the back. Beverly Johnson, Iman, Naomi, Oluchi, Liya and now Chanel Iman. Not every editor and designer is so narrow minded, of course. Elle, under the direction of Gilles Bensimon, has always made a point of featuring models of many backgrounds and nationalities – it was Elle that gave Alek Wek her first mainstream magazine cover. The more conservative publications, Vogue and Bazaar, are still completely missing the boat. They never feature more that one story with a non-Caucasian model, if that, and it’s always the same damn one. Liya Kebede, lovely though she may be, has been featured in every single issue of Vogue for –  I swear to God! – ten years, and I for one and getting tired of her. It’s nice sometimes to see Jourdan Dunn or Sessilee Lopez, or even Chanel Iman, who I think is shaping up to be ‘the one’ for the foreseeable decade. Oluchi meanwhile, has married, gone back to school, and spends her time working with various aid organizations supporting women’s rights in Africa and running her own modeling agency based in Johannesburg.

Oluchi Onweagba |

Oluchi Onweagba |

Oluchi Onweagba |

Oluchi Onweagba |

Oluchi Onweagba |

Oluchi Onweagba |

Learn Your Supermodels: Carolyn Murphy

Carolyn Murphy |

Along with Shalom Harlow and Amber Valletta, Carolyn Murphy was one of the biggest faces in fashion in the late nineties/Y2K era. Combining versatility with commercial appeal, Carolyn was ubiquitous. She often garnered comparisons to Grace Kelly – a cliche  denoting a certain clean all-American brand of sophistication (for blondes). The idea being that sophisticated and chic from America are still clean and wholesome, whilst chic, sophisticated Europeans are somehow degenerate. Vaguely. Anyhow…Carolyn undoubtedly has that blend sophistication and down-to-earth-ness that allows her to carry a mega-bucks brand name like Estee Lauder campaign and be a relatable figure in a million dollar dress. And she has an enormous tattoo.

 

Carolyn Murphy |

Carolyn Murphy |

Carolyn Murphy |

Carolyn Murphy |

Carolyn Murphy |

Carolyn Murphy |

Carolyn Murphy |

Carolyn Murphy |

Carolyn Murphy |

Carolyn Murphy |

Carolyn Murphy |

Carolyn Murphy |

Carolyn Murphy |

Carolyn Murphy |

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 |

Learn Your Supermodels: Devon Aoki

Devon Aoki |

Have you heard me complain there’s not enough Asian faces in the fashion pages? There’s not many but there’s a few and Devon Aoki is among the most iconic. Devon is the Japanese-American heiress of the Benihana restaurant fortune. She was discovered, appropriately, I think, at some kind of hair metal concert. She was never mainstream, but she’s sure memorable. She always did a lot of cutting edge work, very haute couture and very avantgarde. Which she’s perfect for. She has an eerily doll-like face. She almost never smiles. In fact, she seems to have a bad attitude. To me, something in her glower says high fashion nihilism. Now many other supermodels do you know of whose signature look is ‘creepy child ghost from Ringu’? Not too many. Also, she’s made a few movies. View her, along with Kate Moss in Primal Scream’s Kowalski video.

Devon Aoki |

Devon Aoki |

Devon Aoki |

Devon Aoki |

Devon Aoki |

Devon Aoki |

Devon Aoki |

Devon Aoki |

Devon Aoki |

Devon Aoki |

Devon Aoki |

Devon Aoki |

Devon Aoki |

Devon Aoki |

Learn Your Supermodels: James King

James King |

Nowadays, she goes by her birth name, Jaime and her acting career is blossoming. Before being a supporting player in hit movies like Pearl Harbor and Sin City, and television shows like Kitchen Confidential and My Generation, she was James King, working model. She was very good at working the Slutty-American-Blonde angle, but she could pull off other looks as well. Like cute, cool and funky. Or sexy virgin. Or anorexic Cali-girl. Besides all that, she has notably awesome personal style, aptly chronicled by Vogue et al.

James King |

James King |

James King |

James King |

James King |

James King |

James King |

James King |

James King |

James King |

James King |