Will being a supermodel ever be the same?
I recently read an interview on Style.com with former supermodel, Paulina Porizkova, where she spoke on a few topics including the evolution of modeling.
Paulina Porizkova is one of the most notable models of all time. Making her debut at the tender age of 18 years old in 1984, she quickly rose to supermodel status.
She has graced the cover of numerous magazines including Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. In 1988, Porizkova became the higest-paid model when she landed a contract with Estee Lauder.
Paulina Porizkova is now 50 years old and speaks openly about her views on the fashion and modeling industry today.
Porizkova claims that the ’80s were the best time for modeling, and I could not agree with her more; although I was not born until a decade later.
However, I first fell in love with fashion as a result of my somewhat obsession with supermodels of the ’80s and ’90s. I discovered certain designers because models like Naomi Campbell, Brooke Shields, and Cindy Crawford were representing their brands. Models were the “It Girls.” They were the superstars.
Those were the days when actual models could land gigs to be on the cover of major magazines or become the face of a company. They were picture perfect, yet their imperfections were still evident.
As Porizkova stated in her interview, retouching of photos was pretty much non-existent therefore you either had it or you did not.
Now, models have to compete with just about everyone for a job. I cannot even recall the last time I walked past a newsstand and saw a magazine that did not have a celebrity on the cover.
Think about it, how many models can you actually name? They have pretty much went back to being “coat hangers.”
Sure, it is nice to see the Kardashian-Jenner gang featured in a Balmain campaign but I probably would have preferred to see Kendall Jenner alongside fellow models Imaan Hamman, Elsa Hosk, Sasha Luss and newcomer, Chynna Rogers.
Of course, things will probably never return to how they used to be but I am really hoping to see a shift in the modeling community over the next year. I think we are ready to return back to the days of Supermodel domination.
We want to see Binx Walton on the cover of our favorite magazines and Gigi Hadid selling the products we adore. I will appreciate Beyonce being on the cover of Vogue and Justin Bieber in a Calvin Klien ad, but I would also love to hear the term ” Supermodel” being used again.