Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Global Beauties

Growing up as a child, I was fortunate to have been surrounded by inspirational and beautiful women from a variety of cultural backgrounds. My mother is Chinese-German, her two best friends were Welsh and Egyptian, whilst my nanny, who was more like my older sister, was native Papua New Guinean. My best friend Mishkaa, whom I have known since the age of six and remains to this day one of the true real beauties in my life, happens to be Welsh-Chinese. During my adolescence, I therefore found it perplexing as I scanned through my mother's fashion magazines, to note the very clear absence of non-caucasian models in advertisements and on the covers.

In 1987, I recall vividly flicking through Mademoiselle magazine at the newsstand and catching sight of a Revlon ad featuring four ravishing beauties in an image shot by the late great Richard Avedon. The models featured were Tatjana Patitz from Germany, Somalian Iman Abudlmajid, Talisa Soto from New York via Puerto Rico and the sassy Texan Jerry Hall. And hence, began my life-long interest in  models, as it was one of the first times that models were allowed an identity as their names and country of origin were figured prominently on the ads.

Revlon's iconic "The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon" campaign ran from 1987 till 1991 and was shot in its entirety by Avedon, featuring the leading models of the day in the most elaborately composed shots with big hair, gorgeous make-up and glamourous outfits and accessories matched according to theme. The campaign was so expressive and wondrously beautiful, and it encapsulated the essence of global beauty with models from all four continents appearing throughout its run. For a young kid growing up, it had a lasting impact as it was one of the first campaigns of its kind to truly adopt an all-inclusive and diverse appreciation of beauty.

Tatjana Patitz, Iman Abdulmajid, Talisa Soto & Jerry Hall
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - derclubhaus.blogspot.com

Linda Spierings, Rebecca Ghiglieri, Estelle LeFebure & Kathryn Redding
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - paperpursuits.blogspot.com

Kara Young, Laurence Treil & Christy Turlington
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - superqueen.wordpress.com

Claudia Schiffer, Rachel Hunter, Paula Abbott & Rachel Williams
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - paperpursuits.blogspot.com

Rosie Vela, Patti Hansen, Renee Russo & Beverly Johnson
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - paperpursuits.blogspot.com

Kersti Bowser, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford & Paulina Porizkova
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - thefashionspot.com

Beverly Johnson, Louise Vyent & Iman Abdulmajid
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - thefashionspot.com

Frederique, Karin Lund, Kim Alexis & Claire Hoak
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - paperpursuits.blogspot.com

Jerry Hall, Rachel Williams, Patti Hansen & Estelle LeFebure
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - thefashionspot.com

Cordula Reyer, Fabienne Terwinghe, Michaela Bercu & Carré Otis
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - superqueen.wordpress.com

Gail Elliott, Cindy Crawford & Iman Abdulmajid
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - paperpursuits.blogspot.com

Lauren Helm, Tara D'Ambrosio, Rebecca Ghiglieri & Hunter Reno
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - superqueen.wordpress.com

Michelle Brooks, Nastasia, Linda Evangelista & Sandra Zatezalo
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - paperpursuits.blogspot.com

Susan Miner, Maki & Janice Dickinson
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - thefashionspot.com

Alexa Singer, Sandra Zatezalo & Milla Jovovich
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - superqueen.wordpress.com

Monca Bellucci & Carmen San Martin
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - superqueen.wordpress.com

Cara Leigh, Lisa Kaufmann, Annie Morgan & Ashley Richardson
The Most Unforgettable Women in the World wear Revlon
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - paperpursuits.blogspot.com

1 comment:

  1. Seriously the greatest ad campaign for model lovers ever!

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