What a way to wrap a Vogue year! Vogue Italia December 2011 is pushing a body issue. No, scratch that! Is pushing a Karlie Kloss body issue with an extra strength mention, wrapped as a gift!
We knew Karlie was amazing before, but now… she really outdone herself. So did Franca Sozzanni, whose Vogue continues to lead the fashmagazines pack with its originality and uncomfortable approach. Franca, thank you! Karlie, thank you! Steven Meisel, thank you! This is how I want all my Vogues to be like! Hit the jump to see more Karlie Kloss body splendor (or click here for the gallery!)
She is way toooo thin for me to admire. But I do like / want models in fashion magazines.
Finally when I compare Karlie to other great American models from the past she is not in their league. Cindy, Christy, Stephanie, Brooke, Gia & the list goes on make Karlie look like a tween!
Amen to that!
I know what you mean, Keiko and I totally agree with you! The thing is Karlie is a model of today. For today’s people. And beauty concepts have changed since the the supers days (nobody can stand next to Cindy, Christy, Linda and so forth!) and Karlie is the very embodiment of that change. And the beauty within.
I know she’s thin, but her body isn’t sick – looking. She’s very athletic. She used to be a ballerina, so I guess that’s where she has it all. I doubt the pictorial would’ve been so fashionable if Gisele was in it, for instance. Gisele is too womanly for this kind of images to pass on as stylish or even Vogue worthy. Karly is perfect – a respectable percentage of people doesn’t find her appealing in ways Gisele (or Cindy) would’ve been. And that makes it possible for her to showcase the fashion of such a pictorial more than the se%ual side of it.
She’s way to thin. It’s not an attractive view. So I am (or we are) so yesterday then? I see….. Is Gisele to womanly for VS Angels too then? Karly doesn’t fit in there either in my opinion.
If fashion looks only good on stick thin girls like her what do most people, also a the fashionable ones, has any longer to look for in today’s fashion?
Anyway with all the austerity measures we face I think it’s better to be “yesterdays” and stay away from today’s fashion and trends.
*With an apologise to keiKo I replied yet……
Kpriss, of course my rant is not to you; you agree with keiKo too….:)
I totally get what you’re saying about Karlie being the model for today – one always has nostalgia for their era. But i don’t see anything remotely beautiful, creative, edgy, artistic, sexy or attractive although I applaud the choice of a covergirl who is revelant to fashion. It is sad that the aesthetic of beauty today is extremely thin & boyish not slender / womanly type.
Back in the day I admired Paulina Porizkova, Elle Macpherson, Michaela Bercu & Christy Turlington – lucky me!
Oh, it’s not “yesterday” as in dusted and forgotten. It’s another time’s beauty stereotypes. I too feel I can’t identify myself with Karlie. However, when it comes to modeling, she’s got that extra something many models lack. On the catwalk and in pictorials too.
Now I can’t go to extremes and say I want her out of my sight. She’d be joined by Chanel Iman and others that are also pin – thin. And it’d be most regrettable since they’re charming and really beautiful (young) women.
Gisele? She retired like 5 years ago? from the VS Angels ranks. And I think it was more of a personal decision – I think Gisele started sifting through her modeling options aiming for a more exclusive/ist aura. And she did it, didn’t she?
Ditto about Karlie’s ballerina training Kpriss. Her corporal leaness does not really surprise me. Ballerinas tend to keep their bodies almost all their lives. One can be thin and in good health. I doubt Karlie could keep up with her new found hectic career otherwise.
I had track & field training when I was a teen especially in high jump & long jump so I had to keep a lean body but looking back on it now, despite being called Olive Oyl, Giraffe & the mobile weather report, I know my thiness did not effect my health at all.
Having said that I still think she and Chanel Iman, as pretty as they are, seem odd in the VS possey imho. Lingerie is about the body and not just the face or a model’s notoriety.
However new & relatively unknown VS angel Lais Ribeiro caught my eye & I think she is perfect.
Yes I love the real supermodels too but sadly the standards keep changing every decade or so. Remember the media fuss when Milla Jojovich started modelling at 11 or when nothing came between gorgeous but underaged Brooke and her CK jeans? It all seemed rather innocent & naive back then. Not so innocent & naive today methinks….
Yes, I remember that fuss about Milla. I have never found it innocent, just wrong. Brooke’s performance in ‘Pretty Baby” has also been very criticised and when I did watch the film somewhere in the ’90’s I found it sick to. (Brooke has been troubled being exploit in her childhood like that.) As I am tired today to see that Fanning sisters and have to hail them? No thanks.
As for Karly; she’s very pretty and the camera obviously adores her. Just a few more pounds would make her really attractive and even more so gorgeous and feminine. This images are only great to pretentious fashion people. For followers whom I call sheep. Fashion sheep. it’s not what people in general like; just that small group. And I say this with no apology to anyone. It’s my opinion. Behhhhh….
DollyBird has some very strong point what she said about lingerie models and about innocence and being naive; well, it’s about time! Because older fuller models are attractive to watch; why else love people celebs over 30 almost 40 like Charlize Theron (just as an example) in commercials and fashion shoots? Really, I almost begin to like a celeb on a cover because she has a more realistic age and body and I don’t feel a p*ed*phile or an admirer of anorexia. There, I said it!
@ Riana ~ ditto! Well said.
@ DollyBird ~Totally agree. Society was a bit more polite back in the ’80s – the CK / Brooke Shields ad was a real shock but now it is so de rigueur.
Print media has really lost its way – underage girls are the imagery for women – totally senseless – IMO. Sometimes I imagine what if reality took over fashion magazines the way it has taken over TV – would I be happier? Probably … not!
My favorite VS angel is Doutzen – that should say something ;) (oh, and Lais? She’s aaaah-maaazing! So beautiful, so graceful, so natural!)
You know what I think? I think it has to do with that youth obsession? Women are fed with younger and younger models to feed their age insecurities, their fear of growing old and insignificant, unappealing. Today’s society is really frail – its core is fake and rotten, we shouldn’t be afraid to speak out and tell it like it is. And more – we shouldn’t feel threatened by images like the ones above – we know the real deal. We know the real principles. The can’t fool us! Right?
So true! So true! Your comments are exactly how I feel.
Ps. I too think Doutzen is perfect VS angel – my favourite is Caroline Weinberg – she is womanly & beautiful without the hype.
@keiko – yes Caroline Weinberg is so sweet. I wonder whatever happened to her. Along the same blonde vein where are the sensational Dutch girls Dewi Driegen & Ufke Sturm too. I know its normal to have a model turnover & they move on in life but I kind of miss seeing them & a few others.
Yes, our many Dutch beauties are also exchanged for younger examples. Doutzen, only 26, and so very gorgeous is yet talking about the end of modelling and takes acting classes and has her (small) first part in a Dutch film.
DollyBird it’s Ifke (Sturm). She still works but not on that “high level” (ahem) anymore plus she leads a model-agency.
Yes, Dewi….or the strong face of Rianne ten Haken…sighs..
My fave Angels are (of course) Doutzen and fun Adriana Lima. On December 15 this year’s show will be broadcast here. Sort of presented by Doutzen. First half hour is a about Doutzen. I am going to watch the shows and look with a eagle yes at Karlie! :)
is Riana our late ,adorable ajinjer???
Leave a Comment