I went to see this movie while here in Tokyo. It’s based off a Japanese Comic book. The movie was directed and shot by Mika Ninagawa. I shot with Miss Ninagawa many years ago. Her sense of style has not changed. Each scene of the movie looked like a photograph and was beautifully shot. This movie reminded me of certain models in the modeling world all too much. Quite scary. It’s a perfect example of what not to do as a model if you want a long lasting career. But well done.
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Buddha was approached by a monk who asked ” How can I reach nirvana and become as enlightened as you?” Buddha replied “Your purpose in this life is to be a monk not to become buddha. You are perfect the way you are.” The monk went home and then killed himself. He’d give it a go in the next life. Buddha was deeply saddened. He didn’t mean for the monk to kill himself. Buddha would have to work hard, strive to explain better, so that was to never happen again.
The point? Everyone should work hard to be the best. Everyone should strive to become an excellent human being. Even Buddha had to work hard. No one is perfect. No one is born the best, the smartest, the most emotionally balanced and/or the most physically fit. Don’t lie to kids or adults and tell them to stay just the way they are. Tell them to work hard and strive to be excellent, to always better themselves, and always reach for the stars.
Alexander McQueen spring/summer 2012 collection is pretty in pink and black.
Make these summer night’s memorable by adding a little bit of fairy tale to an evening. Alexander McQueen’s spring/summer collection does just that with these elegant shaped dress’s. Love the ruffles! Love the Lace! And Love this pale pink! I’m ready to step into the fairy tale.
The bigger the better for glasses. Bright colored rims are great! White, Pink, Purples are my favorite.
Faux Collar necklaces really transform an outfit! Mix a faux collar with a plain sweater or a lace blouse.
- The 60’s
Records show that these first female “supermodels” ranged in looks and heights from 5’5 Twiggy ~ 6’3 Verushka
Verushka’s height is 6’3
Twiggy stands at 5’5
First Japanese “supermodel” Hiroko Matsumoto. Height unknown.
Naomi Sims regarded as the first black supermodel.
In February 1968, an article in Glamour described 19 models as “supermodels,” of whom were: Cheryl Tiegs, Verushka, Lisa Palmer, Peggy Moffitt, Susan Murray, Twiggy, Susan Harnett, Marisa Berenson, Gretchen Harris, Heide Wiedeck, Irish Bianchi, Hiroko Matsumoto, Anne DeZagher, Kathie Carpenter, Jean Shrimpton, Jean Patchett, Benedetta Barzini, Claudia Duxbury, and Agneta Frieberg.
- The 70’s
Sports Illustrated editor Jule Campbell abandoned then-current modeling trends for its fledgling Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue by photographing “bigger and healthier” California models and printing their names by their photos, thus turning many of them into household names.
The first African American model to be on the cover of American Vogue was Beverly Johnson in 1974.
- The 80’s
During the early 1980s, fashion designers began advertising on television and billboards. Catwalk regulars like Gia Carangi, Cheryl Tiegs, Carol Alt, Christie Brinkley, Kim Alexis, Paulina Porizkova, Brooke Shields, Heather Locklear, and Elle Macpherson began to endorse products with their names, as well as their faces, through the marketing of brands such as the beverage Diet Pepsi to the extension of car title Ford Trucks.
- The 90’s
This is when Supermodels began to make Millions of dollars instead of thousands.
1990 began with a January British Vogue cover presenting five of the top modeling stars of the era hand-picked and photographed by Peter Lindbergh. The five models were Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Tatjana Patitz. In 1990, their status as top models ended and a new era for the “supermodel” began.
These new Supermodels did talk shows, were cited in gossip columns, partied at the trendiest nightspots, landed movie roles, inspired franchises, dated or married film stars, and earned themselves millions. Fame empowered them to take charge of their careers, to market themselves, and to command higher fees.
As the 1990s progressed, the supermodels were joined by Claudia Schiffer and then Kate Moss. They were the most heavily in demand, collectively dominating magazine covers, fashion runways, editorial pages, and both print and broadcast advertising.
Kate Moss credited with beginning the “heroin chic” look.
- Late 90’s
Emerging in the late 1990s, Gisele Bündchen became the first in a wave of Brazilian models to gain popularity in the industry and with the public. With numerous covers of Vogue under her belt, including an issue that dubbed her the “Return of the Sexy Model,”.
American Vogue dubbed ten models (Doutzen Kroes, Agyness Deyn, Hilary Rhoda, Raquel Zimmermann, Coco Rocha, Lily Donaldson, Chanel Iman, Sasha Pivovarova, Caroline Trentini, and Jessica Stam) as the new crop of supermodels in their May 2007 cover story. They get critisized for looking anorexic.
Again I think they got it right in the beginning. In the 1960’s they had all types of female models from 5’5 – 6’3. They had very skinny Twiggy to larger sized women as supermodels. They all had a different look and I think that’s better than just seeing the same type of models. I think fashion needs to go back to the basics.
- THE 80’S
Jeff Aquilon one of the few to pioneer the term “Male Super Model” emerging in the early 1980s. He stands at 6’2. Little is known about him because back in those days male models were paid very little and no one documented much of anything because there was not much internet use.
BRUCE HULSE He worked during the industry’s most glamorous and edgy era–the 80s and 90’s. He stands at 6’2
- THE LATE 80’S ~ EARLY 90’S
Rick Dietz became famous by building Chippendales into a house hold brand. He changed his look and desire to be “model like.” In 1995 Herb Ritts shot the world wide campaign for Valentino and labled Dietz a “male supermodel.” He stands at 6’3.
Djimon Hounsou stands at 6’3, originated from Africa. He went to Paris and was homless until discoved by a fashion photographer in the 90’s. He has since graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model, been in numerous music videos and in several films.
- THE MID 90’S
Mark Vanderloo standing at 6’2 landed, by being in the right place at the right time, a national commercial for Holland’s dairy board in the early 1990’s. In 1994 he became Calvin Klein’s Obsession model. He then began the assault heading to Milan where he would end up being connected to what is now known as the Fab 4, who included good friend Alex Lundqvist.
Alex Lundqvist modeling career began in the summer of 1994. He stands at 6’0
- EARLY 2000
Lars Burmeister height 6’1, presence and strong looks were felt instantly by fashion observers and especially to photographer Craig McDean, who recruited him in 2004 as the spokes model for Hugo Boss.
Robert Konjic stands at 6’1. He’s been hot since 2009.
Clement Chabernaud height 6’0 was ranked #3 most sucessful model in 2012.
Mathias Lauridsen was discovered in 2003. Stands at 6’1 and was recently named #1 most sucessful male model on models.com but then was beaten by Sean O’Pry.
For me, I think they got it right in the 80’s. Jeff Aquilon and Bruce Hulse are my favorite looking guys. There body’s are perfect! They look like naturally active, fit men. I’m also a fan of the 90’s models Djimon Hounsou and Mark Vanderloo. Sexy!!! Why have the male models body type and facial features gotten more feminine in the past 30 years? I can’t wait when the 80’s & 90’s look comes back IN! As if, anywhere but in fashion, it was ever out.
Although I am not a big fan of Gisele, I really like these photo’s of her for Versace. Many times I find her photos un-flattering but I really like this advertisement. The blue from the pool and sky along with her glistening skin is fantastic. Gisele at her best, makes me want to go shopping at Versace.