Sunday, March 12, 2017

Of "Supermodels," Horizontal Hair, and Waking up for $10,000

I was pleased when India won this season's title of America's Next Top Model (ANTM). I thought that her photographs were stellar and consistently beautiful, like this one, which references some favourite 1970s looks with its horizontal curls, monochromatic palette, and platform shoes.

I adore horizontal curls of the Studio 54, 1970s vintage. Here are a couple of authentic--and throwback--images:

And speaking of "horizontal," I couldn't help but think of Linda Evangelista's infamous, cheeky pronouncement to Vogue in 1990 that she (and Christy) "don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day." Evangelista's intent behind that pithy quote has been analyzed, discredited, and spun, but I'm drinking it neat: a model of Linda's caliber can command whatever she wants.

Plus, she never called herself a Supermodel. That would be too-too.

However, on this season of ANTM a new panelist was quite vocal as self-identifying as a Supermodel. Ashley Graham, who's done Sports Illustrated, is currently in Vogue, is the face of Prabal Gurung's Lane Bryant collection, claimed the Supermodel mantel for herself throughout the show. Martin appears to be supersmart, superconfident, and superbeautiful, but Supermodel? I don't think that a true Supermodel would announce herself as one. She'd just be one.

That said, old school model Eva Herzigova could add Supermodel to her CV and I wouldn't bat an eyelash. She ruled the Bottega Veneta runway, despite being twice the age of current runway favourite Kendall Jenner, whose career had a speedier trajectory than the javelin her dad tossed during the Olympic Games. I loved seeing a woman in her 40s pretty much stop a show with her beauty.

A future Olympic Equestrian, peut-ĂȘtre?

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