Thursday, April 17, 2008
Goddesses of a Sort-13 Favourite Female Supermodels
“I never believed in the goddess thing,”says Ines de la Fressange, about her emergence as one of France’s legendary beauties. Ines de la Fressange is really one of amy all time favourite models...classic beauty and wonderful contemporary urban style and attitude. She makes a perfume but I haven't checked it out...I must try to remember that...
"Supermodels are the goddesses of our time" Camille Paglia.
"Money, power, respect; supermodels are the Greek goddesses of our time, if you want to believe Camille Paglia." Dr. Olivet on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
It is no accident that two major female characters on Law and Order have names referencing the olive tree...Dr. Olivet and Olivia Benson...conjure up the greek goddess of wisdom Athena. Athena gave us the first Olive Tree. All around us are signs that Paganism has never died away or been legislated out of our daily lives. Supermodels posing haughty and aloof on magazines are evidence of the power and need for humans to worship female energies.
There was a time when kids and young people lined up when a new movie was released featuring pop music. Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Woodstock and many others long before MTV arrived drew fans. The invention of MTV and videos was a force of nature for music lovers. Now our artists like The Cars, Michael jackson, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Public Image LTd, Bauhaus came into our homes and reflected our passion for music and clothes and art. Worship of the body and face with soundtrack became "normal".
I was not a fan of the band "Wham" it was too lite and bubblegummy for my punk tastes at the time...but later when George Michaels went solo...it was a time when certain musicians could create a scandal with their videos. It used to be that vj's would announce when a new video was going to be released and critics would respond...and fans would sit by the tv and wait for it's premiere run. Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson were known for their provocative images and lyrics. To my surprise at the time
George Michaels released a solo album and his single on video became a scandal. He wasn't IN HIS OWN VIDEO! HE BURNED ICONIC LEATHER JACKET! Rumours abounded that he was ill, dying, had snubbed the record companies. In fact, the video Freedom which featured several supermodels lipsyncing was a surprisingly spiritual event. The artist had removed himself from the cult of personality and the lyrics Freedom seemed to mirror the Buddhist idea of letting go of identity or ego, and replacing it with gorgeous but superficial icons of female form...using supermodels seemed to "mean" something in the video. In fact, part of the mystique unique to supermodels is that they don't speak. Their lack of voices is part of what makes they seem otherworldly. Their lipsyncing in the video adds to this mystique somehow...In many ways Michaels had snubbed the corporate world of recordmaking: they couldn't use him to sell his single. It seems hilarious now that critics freaked out and the video made such a startling debut. The video featured Christy Turlington, Linda Evangeslista, Naomi Campbell, Tatiana Patitz and Cindy Crawford. The male models are: Mario Serrenti, John Pearson and Peter Formby.
I liked Linda Evangelista because she was one of the few supermodels who smiled.
When Linda Evangelista mentioned to Vogue that "we don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day," she may have been playfully pretending the role of an up-scale union representative, yet that 1990 comment became the most notorious quote in modeling history. In 1991, Christy Turlington signed a contract with Maybelline that paid her $800,000 for twelve days' work each year. Four years later, Claudia Schiffer reportedly earned $12 million for her various modeling assignments. Authorities ranging from Karl Lagerfeld to Time had declared the supermodels more glamorous than movie stars.
Lisa Fonssagrives once described herself as a "good clothes hanger". I like her because she seems like a forerunner of the Hitchcock blonde. She was the first person on the cover of the first Vanity Fair...and I love Vanity Fair
First Name: Ling
Last Name: Tang
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Date of Birth: October 9, 1974
Place of Birth: Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia
Height: 5'9.5" ; 176.5cm
Measurements: (US) 32-24-35 ; (EU) 81-61-89
Dress Size: (US) 6 ; (EU) 36
Shoe Size: (US) 8 ; (EU) 39
agencies: Elite Model Management - New York
IMG Models - New York
I love Karen Elson...
Karen Elson is hooked up with Jack White of The Racontuers and White Stripes.
Iman always rocks my world...and she's cool, well spoken and well...with David Bowie!
Niki Taylor is just cool. She is a fantastic host and judge of "Make Me A Supermodel" and I fell for her when she was fighting back tears at the season finale, she really seemed motherly to the models. Also, she rocks because she was unconscious for six weeks after a car accident in 2001 and recovered.
Edie Sedgewick. Models are nothing if not the embodiment of the mysterious idea of a muse. Edie was Andy Warhol's muse for a brief time before her early death but she has remainded a legend. She is also a cousin to Kyra Sedgewick...star of The Closer I love Kyra!
This picture says everything about the magic of Twiggy.
Shalom Harlow...just her name is unearthly and goddesslike!
Birthday: Dec. 5, 1973
Birthplace: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5' 11"
-Discovered at a Cure concert in Toronto at age 16
-Sports Illustrated Swimsuit
-Victoria's Secret lingerie
-Appeared in Pirelli Calendar
Gisele, I just like her, she's feisty.
I wasn't a fan of Kate Moss for years. Then two things happened. She went blonde and I suddenly went wow she looks cool. she had always seemed kind of preppy to me before. Then when she was shown in photos suggesting she was doing drugs...she never ever went on the news and apologized crying repenting...or said anything...she totally ignored the tabloids. I thought that was brilliant.
Moss has appeared in music videos such as "Kowalski" by Primal Scream, "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" by the White Stripes, "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" by Elton John, "Sex with Strangers" by Marianne Faithfull and "Delia's Gone" and "God's Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash.
She also provided vocals for songs by Primal Scream (the 2003 version of "Some Velvet Morning") and Babyshambles. Her vocals are featured on the Babyshambles' song "La Belle et la Bête", singing the lines "Is she more beautiful than me?". Prior to breaking up with Pete Doherty, Moss co-wrote four songs on Babyshambles' second album Shotter's Nation—"You Talk", "French Dog Blues", "Baddie's Boogie", and "Deft Left Hand".
Moss has also DJ'd on more than one occasion at the Death Disco club with her friends Alan McGee and BP Fallon.
Moss is also known for her close friendships with many rock and roll icons and musicians such as Elton John, Mick Jones, Anita Pallenberg, Marianne Faithfull, Bobby Gillespie and Siobhan Fahey.
In 1999, Moss played a non-musical role in the British television comedy Blackadder: Back & Forth, appearing both as Maid Marian and as a fictional queen of England. (From Wikipedia.)
Heidi Klum because she created and produced Project Runway which I absolutely adore and am addicted to. Heidi Klum is also funny, strong, opinionated and in fact, she kind of intimidates me just a little and I like that! It's her serious German accent puts me on edge...when she doesn't like something she doesn't suffer fools. She is also married to the wonderful Seal, who on Oprah shared one of his mottos: "happy wife, happy life". Project Runway has highlighted the talents of hundreds of artists and the craft and design of making clothes...and for that, she rocks it!
The video "Freedom" was directed by David Fincher (Vogue, Aliens3, Fight Club, Se7en, Panic Room, Zodiac)
Supermodels/Visitors will be linked here...1) Gardenia 2) Traces of a Stream 3) One Gal's Musings 4) Puss Reboots 5) On A Limb With Claudia 6) A Gentleman's Domain 7) Chelle Y 8) A Piece Of My Mind 9) Red Letter Day