Claudia Schiffer has somehow managed to overcome Karl Lagerfeld’s aversion for children and mothers. Not only she’s a mother herself, but she was also photographed by the Kaiser while she was 7 months along with her third child. For a Vogue cover!
That alone should make us appreciate Claudia even more than we used to. And consider Karl’s wisdom in a comic perspective, as we always do. However, Karl’s latest fashion cum art deed managed to raise more than eyebrows: it raised the fashion discrimination pulse. Stern Fotografie is a quarterly photography magazine and Karl was commissioned for its 60th anniversary issue. He chose Claudia Schiffer for the occasion: his muse of 20 years. (the story continues with more images right after the jump!)
20 years have passed since the Kaiser first photographed Claudia and for Stern, he chose 50 photos and six different covers. His all-time Claudia photo-favorites. Only the fashpeople refused to celebrate at the sight of one particular Stern Fotografie cover: Claudia Schiffer hiding under a thick layer of afrodisguise. Unarguably derailed, the photo is, nevertheless, the artistic expression of Kaiser’s usual elitism. Which should have ceased to surprise anyone (and their respective dog) for eons.
We’ve even witnessed Carine Roitfeld’s black makeover editorial with Lara Stone. Which was also supposed to be a high fashion cum art gesture. The problem, I think, does not actually reside in building up (and showing) these images. The issue here, as always, is the under-representation of black (and more) models in today’s fashion. We pride ourselves with the democratization of fashion, we even have the honor of being contemporary with the first African American president in the history of the United States. And still, our catwalks remain snow white. Who should we blame now/still? (photos via 1, 2)