Sometimes, moments just happen to coordinate and work out. But I do think that if I was to say anything, we were allowed to just be ourselves. Each one of us had a very unique look in the sense that we looked different. There was no conformity about our look—and our personalities too, we had very different personalities, and emotionally and mentally we were different—but I think that that put together created this strong force of women. And no one told us to be any different. No one ever came up to me and said, “you need to reshape your body, to lose weight, or to be more outgoing, or less outgoing”. We were just allowed to be us, and I think at the end of the day, isn’t that the whole point of being a human being? To be allowed to be yourself, to be accepted the way you are? Ironically enough, in a business where a lot of styles and looks are dictated in some way, from the point of view of the media onto the audience, I think it’s so great that we got to just remain our quirky selves and have the body shapes that we had without anyone ever pointing a finger at anything. Maybe that’s what gave our careers longevity.
Christy Turlington's modelling career has spun more than two decades but it looks like she's never been a real fan of it. Turlington, who is currently promoting her new documentary 'No Woman No Cry', recently spoke to the Telegraph who seemed more interested in finding out about her modelling career than the documentary aimed at supporting maternal health in developing countries.
The Cut pulled these interesting quotes from the feature:
On whether she considered her looks a curse:
"I used to think so, but I don't any more. When I was 18, and my looks were what I was - and all that I was - it did feel very limiting. It got to the point where I wondered what I was doing. But modelling gave me the kind of confidence that a lot of girls in their teenage years don't have. In the end, I think that the industry saved me from having to be self-conscious."
On charity work versus modelling:
"[T]here's nothing rewarding about modelling. It was a fun opportunity that allowed me to see the world but spiritually and intellectually there is nothing rewarding about the profession at all."
"We were this oddity that occurred in pop culture at that time. But I don't think we created anything; I think we just happened to be there at that moment... Maybe there haven't been that many at any one time again, but just think of Gisele [Bündchen] and Daria [Werbowy]. And look at Kate: I met her when I was 18. Her father worked for Pan Am and so did mine, so we had that in common. She was always funnier than everyone else, and savvy. What has kept her going all this time is the fact that nothing takes her over; it's she who takes over."
Supermodel Beverly Johnson - widely considered one of the 20th century's most influential people in fashion - has a lawsuit to deal with, after an ex-boyfriend filed papers claiming she brought a gunman to his home in an attempt to force him to break up with her. Documents from the Riverside County, California legal system show Mark Anthony Burk alleging that Johnson brought a separation agreement - along with a reportedly armed Chuck Zito - to his house and offered him $2,000 to stay out of her home. Burk claims Zito flashed a gun during their encounter.
'Godfather' producer Robert Evans is also being sued, and TMZ says it's because Burk's lawyer claims Evans (one of Johnson's former lovers) was involved. Burk claims that on the day of the confrontation, he left the property and stayed at a neighbour's home until everyone left. He additionally alleges that Walter Morgan took personal belongings from his home, including Burk's mother's ashes.
Burk is asking for unspecified damages in his emotional-distress suit. Zito tells TMZ that he was hired as a bodyguard for the day in question, but claims: "I was not carrying a gun and don't need to carry one."
Since her debut in 2004, our favourite Canadian supermodel has fronted a variety of advertising campaigns and covered many high fashion magazines. But it seems that’s not enough for this ambitious 21-year-old. Rocha is now gearing up for another “Coco Moment” in the fashion industry. This Wednesday, she declared on her blog Oh So Coco that she will be launching a clothing range. In her posted video, capturing snippets of Coco sketching in her apartment, she said: “Hey everybody, welcome to my blogspot, Oh So Coco. As many of you know, I’ve been in this industry for quite some time as a model. I have decided to start my own line! So this is where you come in, I need your suggestions on what my line’s name should be. So please leave your comments and I’ll be happy to look at your suggestions."
So far, she’s received over 160 comments, suggesting some very strange names indeed. “Volubilis”, “Oleander” and “Tuque” to name a few. Someone even suggested “Stepdancer”, supposedly linked in with Coco’s love of Irish step dancing (during Jean Paul Gaultier’s A/W 2007 show Rocha opened by Irish-dancing down the catwalk). But mainly it seems her fans think she should keep it simple and easily recognisable with ideas along the lines of “Oh So Coco”, “Coco Rocha” or “Coco Couture”. Check out her blog if you think you can do better.
You know London Fashion Week really is creating buzz all over the city when even Madame Tussauds is getting in on things. Starting Sept. 15, just three days before fashion week, the wax museum will open a specially themed area with a brand new Kate Moss.
The supermodel made her museum debut two years ago, but she'll change her wardrobe for the exhibition. She currently sports an LBD but will upgrade to a gold evening gown with shorter hair and more dramatic makeup. Also in the exhibition will be Tyra Banks, with a red-carpet-ready black gown with feathers.
70s supermodel Naomi Sims tragically lost her battle to cancer yesterday at the tender age of 61. Many feel that the model was responsible for breaking racial boundaries in the modelling world and was among one of the first black models to be represented by Wilhemina.
In her lifetime, Sims modelled for designers such as Halston and graced the covers of both Interview and Cosmopolitan.
According to The Cut, two photographers of Sims are featured in The Model As Muse exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Modelinia has put together a countdown video honouring the five cutest model-puppy pairings, and (save for a few seconds at the very beginning), it's the most adorable thing I've seen in ages. Besides my pet papillon, of course.
Chanel Iman has an especially excitable dog called Louie Dior who doesn't appear happy to sit on Santa's lap, and Daisy Lowe puts her pup in a tuxedo for a dance party. What I'm saying is, if you're a dog person, just watch.
If Gisele's pregnancy hadn't been all over the magazines and internet for the past few months, then we'd never believe she was expecting based on this new London Fog ad. It seems the supermodel's growing belly was Photoshopped out of the seductive campaign to "respect her privacy". Although Karolina Kurkova seems pretty pleased with her mum-to-be stomach, as does Adriana Lima, Gisele apparently would like to steer clear for now.
Speaking of Gisele's ad campaigns, Grazia have speculated that the model's pregnant shape might have kept her out of the Rampage ads. Bar Refaeli replaced her, maybe because both labels' parent company, Iconix, wanted to do a little switcheroo?
Gisele also has signed on to host a "kids-friendly webisode series" called GiGi & The Green Team, which will star an animated version of Gisele who's a supermodel by day and a superhero environment-protector by night. The series will start on AOL this autumn, and Gisele's baby is due a few months later in December.