Sunday, April 22, 2012

Opportunity Lost

When I first heard that Vanity Fair would be assembling six of modelling's most iconic faces for it's September 2008 issue, I could barely contain my initial excitement. With celebrated photographer Mario Testino at the helm and modelling legends Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington in tow, I eagerly anticipated the September issue's release date. You can imagine my sense of bewilderment then, when I received my issue of Vanity Fair only to discover France's First Lady and former model Carla Bruni on the cover with the small tagline "When Supermodels ruled the Earth" vying for attention on the cover's bottom far right hand corner. I quickly thumbed through the issue in search of the feature article and soon realised why Linda et al. had been relegated to the inner confines of the magazine. As much as I loathe to say it, the Testino lensed images of the Supers were unflattering to say the least, with each subject airbrushed to the point of resembling wax models. Stylist Michael Roberts' selection of tight corset bodice tops, lacy transparent ensembles, and mumsy outfits combined with the model's heavily made-up faces contribute the editorial's overall lacklustre appeal. Check out the images below to make your own assessment... 

Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Christy Turlington,
Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista & Claudia Schiffer
Vanity Fair - September 2008
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Stephanie Seymour & Claudia Schiffer
Vanity Fair - September 2008
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Claudia Schiffer,
Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista & Christy Turlington
Vanity Fair - September 2008
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Cindy Crawford & Christy Turlington
Vanity Fair - September 2008
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Stephanie Seymour, Christy Turlington,
Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford
& Naomi Campbell
Vanity Fair - September 2008
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour & Claudia Schiffer
Vanity Fair - September 2008
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Carla Bruni
Vanity Fair - September 2008
Photographer - Annie Leibovitz
Source - models.com

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