I really love doing the SUPERMODEL FLASHBACK segments every week. I get a sense of excitement every Thursday and it makes me happy to know that this segment is becoming a constant staple on Miss Monet. With that being said let us get into this weeks flashback, Brooke Shields.
Shields began modeling in 1966 at just 11 months old, landing her first job for Ivory Soap. She carried on a successful career as a child model working for Eileen Ford, who later stated that she started the children’s division of Ford Models strictly for Shields.
Shields found great success in the 80′s, becoming the youngest model ever to debut on the cover of VOGUE, and proceeded to dominate the magazine for an astonishing 14 covers. After becoming a cover model, she went on to appear in print and TV ads for Calvin Klein, all at the age of 14. The ads for Calvin Klein Jeans, featured Shields using the famous tagline “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” Both Shields and Klein’s careers catapulted after the ads aired, even though they were deemed too controversial.
Iconic Calvin Klein ad shot by Richard Avedon
By the age of 16 Shields had done what most models try to do, transition from modeling to acting. While others struggle to accomplish or even maintain both, Shields had done it without breaking a sweat. Thanks to movies like Pretty Baby and The Blue Lagoon, Hollywood was very familiar with her and not just because of her face. In February 1981, Time magazine reported that her day rate as a model was $10,000. And by the end of 1983, Shields was on the covers of PARIS VOGUE, AMERICAN VOGUE , and ITALIAN VOGUE all between the months of September through December.
Brooke Shields was the face of the 80′s, became the sitcom- actress of the 90′s and an advocate for postpartum depression in the new millennium. She has long surpassed the careers of her peers and has proven that she is more than just a pretty face.
In this week’s edition of SUPERMODEL FLASHBACK, we take a look back at the internationally acclaimed and legendary supermodel, Pat Cleveland. Discovered in 1967, Cleveland had no desire to be a model, her passion was fashion design. Although, her designs got her featured in Vogue, it was her look that had Ebony magazine wanting her for their national runway tour, Fashion Fair.
Cleveland was definitely a sight to see on the 60′s and 70′s modeling scene. Entering an industry that showcased mostly white models, Pat stood out like a sore thumb. Born with an African American, Native American, Swedish and Irish ancestry, there were very few women who looked like her at that time. She was light-skinned, tall and slender, with black wavy hair that she often referred to as her “magic carpet”.
Despite success in America, Cleveland became tired of being singled out due to racism. So she left for Paris vowing never to return until US VOGUE printed a black model on the cover. While in Paris she modeled for the world’s top designers such as Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Mugler and Christian Dior. On the runways is where she really shined, her appearances were like theatrical performances, her walk and presentation of the clothing was something that could never be duplicated. “When she moved, she painted the air around her with the clothes,”- Janice Dickinson.
Pat Cleveland delivered something the fashion industry had never seen at that time. She was different and because of her perseverance she introduced the world to a look that is now celebrated. She changed the game for models past and present. Pat Cleveland, a supermodel for the ages!
This past week, I watched a documentary on the fashion editors of VOGUE, aptly titled IN VOGUE: THE EDITOR’S EYE. I was amazed at how each editor featured, from Babs Simpson to Grace Coddington, brought their own eye for style and fashion to the legendary magazine over the course of 50 years. It was definitely an educational eye opener for me that I thoroughly enjoyed!
There were a slew of pictures that were featured in the magazine over the years, but only a few stood out for me. These photos of actress, Nastassia Kinski were taken by the talented, legend Richard Avedon. Let’s take a look at some of the awe-inspiring photos that inspired today’s flashback.
EVE& THE SERPENT: starring Kinski and a flirtatious python.
Eve and The Serpent
This outstanding picture was created when fashion editor, Polly Mellen, learned that Kinski liked snakes because they are “exciting when they move.”Mellen rushed to Avedon and insisted that the team “must send out for a snake!” The result was Vogue history!
“You couldn’t imagine being there. I mean, the snake kissed her! The snake wound up her little naked body and put its tongue in her ear, and the picture was done. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The snake had been defanged, so there was no worry on that stance.” Polly Mellen
RICHARD AVEDON. PLUS. POLLY MELLEN. PLUS. NASTASSIA KINSKI. EQUALS. AMAZING!!
Check out Tyra Banks and Susan Holmes, putting the ’super’ in supermodel, in US Elle May 1993. Talk about a Throwback Thursday!
The bright, wild colors, the crop tops, the shoes! This editorial looks like it could have been shot today, of course we all know fashion comes back in cycles but this look is so on trend right now!
High waist shorts!! You cannot tell me that these are not in stores at this very moment!
*SIGH* Why can’t models look like this anymore?? This era of fashion and supermodels is sorely missed…..
Photo Credit: Gilles Bensimon for US Elle May 1993