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SUPERMODEL FLASHBACK: 90’s FASHION ADS- GIANNI VERSACE

5 Jul

This week’s SUPERMODEL FLASHBACK pays tribute to the 90’s fashion ads of Gianni Versace. These ads featured the vibrant works of Mr. Versace and the famous faces of the supermodels who dominated the 80’s and 90’s. *sigh* They don’t do ads like this anymore…. Enjoy!

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Linda Evangelista

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Naomi Campbell

Christy Turlington

Christy Turlington

Linda Evangelista

Linda Evangelista

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SUPERMODEL FLASHBACK: BROOKE SHIELDS

13 Jun

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I really love doing the SUPERMODEL FLASHBACK segments every week. I get a sense of excitement every Thursday and it makes me happy to know that this segment is becoming a constant staple on Miss Monet. With that being said let us get into this weeks flashback, Brooke Shields.

Shields began modeling in 1966 at just 11 months old, landing her first job for Ivory Soap.  She carried on a successful career as a child model working for Eileen Ford, who later stated that she started the children’s division of Ford Models strictly for Shields.

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Shields found great success in the 80’s, becoming the youngest model ever to debut on the cover of VOGUE, and proceeded to dominate the magazine for an astonishing 14 covers.  After becoming a cover model, she went on to  appear in print and TV ads for Calvin Klein, all at the age of 14. The ads for Calvin Klein Jeans, featured Shields using the famous tagline “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.”  Both Shields and Klein’s careers catapulted after the ads aired, even though they were deemed too controversial.

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Iconic Calvin Klein ad shot by Richard Avedon

Iconic Calvin Klein ad shot by Richard Avedon

By the age of 16 Shields had done what most models try to do, transition from modeling to acting. While others struggle to accomplish or even maintain both, Shields had done it without breaking a sweat. Thanks to movies like Pretty Baby and The Blue Lagoon, Hollywood was very familiar with her and not just because of her face. In February 1981, Time magazine reported that her day rate as a model was $10,000. And by the end of 1983, Shields was on the covers of PARIS VOGUEAMERICAN VOGUE , and  ITALIAN VOGUE all between the months of September through December. 

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Brooke Shields was the face of the 80’s, became the sitcom- actress of the 90’s and an advocate for postpartum depression in the new millennium. She has long surpassed the careers of her peers and has proven that she is more than just a pretty face.

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SUPERMODEL FLASHBACK: DONYALE LUNA

6 Jun

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She was declared the “reincarnation of Nefertiti” by Salvador Dali. She partied with the best of them at Studio 54. She appeared in several films produced by Andy Warhol and obtained a one year contract to be photographed by Richard Avedon. She was the first black model to grace the cover of Harper’s Bazaar and British Vogue. Donyale Luna took the fashion industry by storm, and although it was brief, her legacy of exotic features and quirky personality transcends for generations.

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Born in Detroit as Peggy Anne Freeman,  Luna was known to stand apart amongst her peers, in looks and attitude. She created her own world, a new name and a different race and heritage to go along with it. Her new persona brought her fame and fortune fast. Discovered in 1964 by photographer David McCabe, she left Detroit for New York. While in New York, McCabe introduced her to Nancy White. White was so stunned by her look she had Luna sketched immediately, and that illustration landed on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in January 1965.

The January 1965 cover.

The January 1965 cover.

Luna’s name and face had catapulted her into “IT” girl status very quickly. After the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, Luna was given a one-year contract with Bazaar’s staff photographer, Richard Avedon. The first pictures of Luna debuted in a historic six-page spread in the April 1965 edition of the magazine. Time magazine had also begun to take notice of Luna, by publishing an article titled, ‘The Luna Year’. The article described, the blue, sometimes, green- eyed contact lenses and blonde wig wearing model as “a new heavenly body who, because of her striking singularity, promises to remain on high for many a season. Donyale Luna, as she calls herself, is unquestionably the hottest model in Europe at the moment. She is only 20, a Negro, hails from Detroit, and is not to be missed.”

Shot by Richard Avedon.

Shot by Richard Avedon.

Shot by Richard Avedon.

Shot by Richard Avedon.

Just like Pat Cleveland, racism in America was starting to catch up with Luna. Avedon’s photos of Luna had prompted southern states to pull their advertising in Bazaar, readers had cancelled subscriptions, and even the owner of Bazaar, William Randolph Hearst did not approve, Avedon “was never permitted to photograph her for publication again”. So she fled to London, where she received even more success than she had in the states. Soon photographers were lining up to get a shot of the exotic beauty. The March 1966 cover of British Vogue was a turning point in the fashion world. Shot by David Bailey it featured Luna, the first black model to ever grace the cover of Vogue.

A Picasso-influenced composition shot by David Bailey.

A Picasso-influenced composition shot by David Bailey.

Drugs are what ultimately led to Luna’s demise in the fashion world and eventually in her life. She partied tremendously and found a love for LSD. She became unreliable and hard to work with. Her unprofessional behavior, prompted fellow black model Beverley Johnson to complain by saying ” “[she] doesn’t wear shoes winter or summer. Ask her where she’s from — Mars? She went up and down the runways on her hands and knees. She didn’t show up for bookings. She didn’t have a hard time, she made it hard for herself.”

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Donyale Luna. There are still very many holes in her biography, such as, her heritage. Luna tried  her best to not be seen as black and even though she clearly suffered insecurity issues, I still have admiration.  Her meteoric rise to the top of the fashion world is very inspirational and her inevitable fall is a cautionary tale that needs to be told.  She is largely forgotten in the fashion world and that is not fair. Even though her career was brief, she still made a name for herself and cemented historic moments in fashion and black history, all of which deserves to be recognized.

SUPERMODEL FLASHBACK: PAT CLEVELAND

30 May

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In this week’s edition of SUPERMODEL FLASHBACK, we take a look back at the internationally acclaimed and legendary supermodel,  Pat Cleveland. Discovered in 1967, Cleveland had no desire to be a model, her passion was fashion design. Although, her designs got her featured in Vogue, it was her look that had Ebony magazine wanting her for their national runway tour, Fashion Fair.

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Cleveland was definitely a sight to see on the 60’s and 70’s modeling scene. Entering an industry that showcased mostly white models, Pat stood out like a sore thumb. Born with an African American, Native American, Swedish and Irish ancestry, there were very few women who looked like her at that time. She was light-skinned, tall and slender, with black wavy hair that she often referred to as her “magic carpet”.

pat clevelandDespite success in America, Cleveland became tired of being singled out due to racism. So she left for Paris vowing never to return until US VOGUE printed a black model on the cover. While in Paris she modeled for the world’s top designers such as Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Mugler and Christian Dior. On the runways is where she really shined, her appearances were like theatrical performances, her walk and presentation of the clothing was something that could never be duplicated.  “When she moved, she painted the air around her with the clothes,”- Janice Dickinson.

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Pat Cleveland delivered something the fashion industry had never seen at that time. She was different and because of her perseverance she introduced the world to a look that is now celebrated. She changed the game for models past and present. Pat Cleveland, a supermodel for the ages!

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Enjoy!

SUPERMODEL FLASHBACK: NASTASSIA KINSKI FOR US VOGUE MAY 1981

23 May

This past week, I watched a documentary on the fashion editors of VOGUE, aptly titled IN VOGUE: THE EDITOR’S EYE. I was amazed at how each editor featured, from Babs Simpson to Grace Coddington, brought their own eye for style and fashion to the legendary magazine over the course of 50 years. It was definitely an educational eye opener for me that I thoroughly enjoyed!

There were a slew of pictures that were featured in the magazine over the years, but only a few stood out for me. These photos of actress, Nastassia Kinski were taken by the talented, legend Richard Avedon. Let’s take a look at some of the awe-inspiring photos that inspired today’s flashback.

EVE& THE SERPENT: starring Kinski and a flirtatious python.

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This outstanding picture was created when fashion editor, Polly Mellen, learned that Kinski liked snakes because they are “exciting when they move.”Mellen rushed  to Avedon and insisted that the team “must send out for a snake!” The result was Vogue history!

“You couldn’t imagine being there. I mean, the snake kissed her! The snake wound up her little naked body and put its tongue in her ear, and the picture was done. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The snake had been defanged, so there was no worry on that stance.” Polly Mellen

RICHARD AVEDON. PLUS. POLLY MELLEN. PLUS. NASTASSIA KINSKI. EQUALS. AMAZING!!

Enjoy!

SUPERMODEL FLASHBACK: SUPERMODEL RAT PACK- CHRISTY, LINDA, NAOMI… OH MY!

16 May

So, if you saw last week’s edition of SUPERMODEL FLASHBACK,  then you’ll know that I’m obsessed with the supermodel era of the 80’s and 90’s, and I always will be! There’s something about that time, I can’t even say exactly what it is, that fascinates me so much.  I am drawn to it. Looking at supermodels of the past makes me want to be a supermodel! Let’s take a look at a few pictures of my favs- Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and of course Naomi Campbell, or as I call them the SUPERMODEL RAT PACK.

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GLAMOUROUS! FABULOUS! FASHIONABLE! FUN! THIS. IS. MODELING. AT. ITS. FINEST!!

ENJOY.

SUPERMODEL FLASHBACK: TYRA BANKS & SUSAN HOLMES

9 May

Check out Tyra Banks and Susan Holmes, putting the ‘super’ in supermodel, in US Elle May 1993. Talk about a Throwback Thursday!

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The bright, wild colors, the crop tops, the shoes! This editorial looks like it could have been shot today, of course we all know fashion comes back in cycles but this look is so on trend right now!

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High waist shorts!! You cannot tell me that these are not in stores at this very moment!

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*SIGH* Why can’t models look like this anymore?? This era of fashion and supermodels is sorely missed…..

Photo Credit: Gilles Bensimon for US Elle May 1993