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The faces of fashion are white, young and thin. No breaking news here. When a magazine decides to use a plus-sized model in an editorial, the emphasis lies on the fact that she’s not “straight-sized” and she’s often nude or semi-nude. It’s extremely rare that a heavier model is used without her curves being explicitly mentioned and made the focus of the spread. The same goes with age. It will be the main subject of the article and it will be mentioned how good the model still looks – for her age, of course. And most often than not, you will see the face of one of the supes of yesteryear like Linda, Christy or Helena.
Harper’s Bazaar is now doing an “homage to the diversity of women” in their September issue, cast and styled by the magazine’s Global Fashion Director Carine Roitfeld and shot by Karl Lagerfeld. I seriously don’t know what to think about this editorial. First, and most importantly, I think that diversity should be normal, a thing seen in every magazine, all the time, without a special mention, without it being an “homage”. The variety of model shape, age, size and race used here is rare and great, but it would be even better if it were just a “normal” editorial, not an oddity. I also don’t know what to make of the juxtaposition of old and young, big and small, straight-sized and plus-sized. What exactly is the point here? To show how crazy-old one model is? Or how freakishly tall another? It kind of leaves a bitter aftertaste and reminds me a little bit of a circus freak show. So, what do you think? Am I being too sensitive? Or do you agree?

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As a teenager in the early 90s, I was literally obsessed with the reigning supermodels of the time: Cindy, Linda, Christy, Naomi, Claudia.  I mean, I even bought Cindy’s workout video, with no intention of ever doing any of the exercises; I just wanted to ogle her. For me, these women epitomized everything I thought you had to be to be successful and loved: tall, thin, beautiful; admired by men and women alike. They were the embodiment of beauty and glamour and everything I didn’t even dare dreaming of ever becoming. I collected everything I could possibly find about them and tore out every picture, ad, article and snippet I could find in fashion magazines. I had literally binders full of stuff about them. But the mother-of-all of everything these supermodels represented really were the 90s Versace campaigns shot by Richard Avedon. I don’t remember even particularly liking the clothes, but no one could ever be any more glitzy and sexy than these women. So, in celebration of my youthful enthusiasm for these over-the-top images, here a trip down memory lane.

Spring 1987Versace Spring 87Even though this ad is from the late 80s, I really just had to show you Christy’s and Cindy’s baby-faces.

1990Versace 1990 wonk eyeDon’t even mind Christy here: What kind of god-awful watch is this?

Spring 1991Versace Spring 91_2Look at that hair! Are we still in the 80s?

Fall 1991Versace Fall 91 TriumviratHelena Christensen, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington. Did anybody say fierce?

Fall 1992Versace Fall 92 CowboyYee-haw! Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Yasmeen Ghauri and Christy Turlington shot by Irving Penn.

Spring 1993Versace Spring 93 SandPlaying in the sand: Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell and Shalom Harlow shot by Richard Avedon.

Fall 1994Versace Fall 94_2It really didn’t get any better than this: Nadja Auermann, Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford and Stephanie Seymour shot by Richard Avedon.

Fall 1994Versace Fall 94Oh, just Christy and Claudia hanging with a bunch of chiseled naked dudes.

Bonus 1994Versace 94 bikerWhat? Just some friends waiting for the soccer game to start!

To celebrate its “25 Years of Fashion”, Vogue Italia’s July issue comes with not one, but six different fold-out covers, photographed by Steven Meisel and featuring models such as Gisele Bundchen, Linda Evangelista, Natalia Vodianova, Stella Tennant, Raquel Zimmerman, Cameron Russell and Amanda Murphy.
The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani, told the Telegraph: “If you think about all the [fashion] movements we have had in the years, they came from a situation that’s social, economical and political. So why should we not reflect our time? Everything you would expect to be on the inside is on the outside.”

First, we have Stella Tennant in an S&M-influenced shot. Nice, but not my favorite.Vogue Italia Stella
Then the grungy-one. Yeah, I never really got the appeal of the whole grunge thing. So even though the models are wearing Prada, I’m not particularly feeling this cover.Vogue Italia
Gorgeous portrait of Natalia Vodianova. Very pretty.Vogue Italia Natalia
I really like this one: It reminds me of the glorious, Richard Avedon-lensed Versace ads of the 90s. At the time, I was quite obsessed with them. I even tore them out of magazines to put them into folders, where I would collect them.Vogue Italia Raquel
And here she is, one of my all-time favorite supermodels, Linda Evangelista, doing what she does best: Looking ah-mah-zing!Vogue Italia Linda
Last, but not least, Gisele in Dolce & Gabbana, reminding me of the actual ad campaigns of the brand.Vogue Italia Gisele