Setting all political affiliation aside, I am a little put off by the March Vogue cover. Really? Michelle Obama? I’m going to get shot for saying this (when has that ever stopped me?), but a) she is not much to look at (sorry, told you) and b) she is in no way shape or form a style icon. Granted she is, I’m sure, a wonderful, smart, interesting woman, but she is not Vogue cover worthy, I’m sorry. Save her inspirational, uplifting stories about how she is a great mother and rules the roost even though her hubby is president for Time. She is the first lady, not a covergirl.
Which leads me to my real point, since when did models stop gracing the covers of magazines? Why have they been evicted from the supermodel throne by these sassy little starlets? Call me crazy, but isn’t that what models do? Now they are just stuck with the editorials, ad campaigns, runway shows, and (gasp) showroom appointments?
I read an article once about how models no longer have the star appeal and the personalities of the first generation of “supermodels.” Well, here’s a thought, maybe if you actually put them on the covers of your magazines and let them be interviewed and have personalities rather than just being lifeless mannequins on the runways, people would sit up and take notice. Personally, I miss the days of Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell (to name a few). They were celebrities in their own right. People wanted to know about them. Now, the closest thing we have to “supermodels” are Adriana Lima and Heidi Klum (thanks to the brilliant marketing of Victoria’s Secret). No offense to Jessica Alba and Sarah Jessica Parker, but I will turn on the TV if I want to see you, or better yet, pick up a copy of US Weekly. Using actresses as models on fashion magazines makes it feel less authentic and more commercialized. It takes the edginess out of “fashion.”
I miss when fashion was raw and real. I miss backstage runway catfights. I miss the supermodels of the 90’s. I want to see Lily Donaldson and Jessica Stamm on the covers of US fashion magazines. Take a stand, ladies! Reclaim the throne. I’ve got your back.