Friday, July 17, 2009

Flashback Friday – Supermodel Edition - George Michael - "Freedom"

What, not American Vogue actually putting a model on their cover! Stop the presses. Was Jennifer Aniston, or "Scar Jo" not available?

The supermodels (aka The Supes) from the late '80s/early 90s are working like crazy lately. The holy trinity was Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington. Then suddenly it was all about undernourished 15 year olds from Eastern Europe. Designers said they wanted models to be hangers. A famous model would distract from the clothes. I call BS. I find having a runaway of women who all look the same with no life/emotion/passion is boring.

In America, celebs have completely taken over the covers. Out of twelve issues of Bazzar or Vogue maybe one or two issues will have a model on the cover. Even though I work in entertainment, it's annoying. If I wanted to read yet another article about Jennifer Aniston getting over Brad Pitt, I would read a gossip magazine. I don't buy them because I don't care. Let the celebs have Us, People, InStyle etc.

Also the photoshopping is out of control. If you look at older issues of American magazines the air brushing was done with a lighter touch. I wonder if the use of actresses is one of the reasons.

Anyway it's nice to see 40 year old Christy on the cover. She's finishing up her Masters at NYU.

I'm glad the supes are back. It's ridiculous to see a 16 year old modeling a $2,500 suit. The model looks like she's playing dress up. How does this help sell said suit?

This VIDEO is one of my favorites. I think the director was David Fincher. Beautifully shot.

Have a great weekend.


erin said...

amen about getting celebs off the fashion covers and real models on it.

gibber said...

GREAT SONG, GREAT VIDEO. one of my favorites too. And i like that there was a little something for everyone in that video :)

J.Doe said...

It's strange how I can watch the same videos now as I saw when they originally came out about 20 years ago and see them with different eyes and different mindsets. Whereas before I focused on only the song now I see the whole video with the song. It was beautifully done.

Monie said...

"...It's ridiculous to see a 16 year old modeling a $2,500 suit..."

That's so true. Lol

Yeah this celebrities covering fashion mags thing has been out of control for quite a few years. I collect fashion mags from the 80's and those covers with actual models are amazing. Especially Elle covers from about 1985 til about 1990.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

erin - I wish they would. It's out of control.

gibber - ha, yes there was.

j. doe - I know! I think some of the videos from this era were incredible. I can see how they launched the career of several prominent film directors.

monie - The covers today also seem a lot "busier". Most are not memorable.