Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Unforgettable Beauties

Vogue Italia and photographer Steven Meisel are notorious for plucking relatively unknown faces and launching them as modelling's next big thing via a berth on the influential magazine's cover. The June 2012 edition is therefore a veritable treat for true modelling aficionados with the return of the sublime eighties supermodel Isabella Rossellini looking positively radiant under the Vogue Italia cover tag line "Feeling Good." The accompanying editorial feature shines the spotlight on multiple generations of top models including Rossellini, Susan Forristal, Donna Mitchell, Lauren Helm, Carolyn Murphy and Guinevere Van Seenus. 

It is gratifying to see iconic models like Rossellini, Forristal, Helm and Mitchell being celebrated in an industry which is predominantly youth-fixated. Growing up as a teenager, I recollect studying images of Lauren Helm in the Revlon Unforgettable ad campaign lensed by Richard Avedon and being transfixed by her hypnotic beauty. Seeing Helm again today in Vogue Italia, she looks even more beautiful than she did back in her early twenties. I also fondly recall Rossellini's cerebral beauty peering out from countless American Vogue covers and her fourteen year tenure as the face for Lancome cosmetics. As an adult, the allure of Rossellini, Helm at al. lies for me not only in their beauty but also in the the humour, grace and charisma of women who have clearly evolved beyond the world of modelling.

Isabella Rossellini
Vogue Italia - June 2012
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - models.com

Donna Mitchell
Vogue Italia - June 2012
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Guinevere Van Seenus
Vogue Italia - June 2012
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Carolyn Murphy
Vogue Italia - June 2012
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Susan Forristal
Vogue Italia - June 2012
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Lauren Helm & Carolyn Murphy
Vogue Italia - June 2012
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Guinevere Van Seenus
Vogue Italia - June 2012
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Guinevere Van Seenus
Vogue Italia - June 2012
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Isabella Rossellini
Vogue Italia - June 2012
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Lauren Helm
Vogue Italia - June 2012
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Lauren Helm, Carolyn Murphy & Susan Forristal
Vogue Italia - June 2012
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Isabella Rossellini
Vogue Italia - June 2012
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

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