“I Regret Everything I Ever Said About Modeling. Maybe.” on Lady Clever

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The following is an excerpt from a piece seen on Lady Clever:

Over the last six years, I’ve done my fair share of complaining about modeling. The weird bones that have presented themselves on my feet because of shoes three sizes too small, the pinching and poking and general forfeiting of my person, the girls with putty brains and mouths filled with nothing: It’s all been annoying, and I’ve been pretty vocal about it. Comments like, “But you could do this forever!” have been met with a lot of eye rolling and “Dear God, no thank you.” I carried around a chip on my shoulder because I wanted to come off as something better than a model, a person not just complacent with being nice to look at–maybe. It’s hard to say how much of my outward disdain for the business is about genuine irritation or obligation to play the straight and narrow, work hard for a good life instead of having it being handed to you. Because over the last ten years, I’ve been handed plenty.

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“Chiharu Okunugi: From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con

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When an agency is really doing their job right, making sure all the nuts are bolted down, the career plans are in order, I don’t have shit to talk about there are simply no nada model moments on record. There are no failed test shoots, no DIY fashion shows in Bushwick basements, no documentation of offensive, wayward abuse of Sun-In. Yes, when this happens, as it very rarely does, an agency can make it magically appear as though a girl has simply fallen from the sky, preordained from the heavens to be strutting down catwalks wearing $5,000 Latex bikinis to the latest EDM soundtrack. This, my friends, is model magic.

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Field Trip: “Stef Van Der Laan – From Nada to Prada” on The Style Con

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The following is an excerpt from my regular series “From Nada to Prada,” as seen on The Style Con:

One million years ago there was a great movie called Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. For those of you kiddie bitches out there born in the ‘90s who’ve never touched a VHS tape, in a nutshell, the movie’s about a chick that moves from the country to do these horse-jumping tricks on the Atlantic City boardwalk whilst wearing totally unsexy bloomer-esque bathing suits. The goal is to hop on a charging horse and jump from the height of a three-story building into a pool of water and, like, I don’t know, entertain children or something. Anyway, it doesn’t go well and she goes blind. I mean, what do you expect when you strap a half-ton animal to your feet and go diving into a puddle? POINT BEING… the whole horse-jumping thing has gone the way of the dodo (for safety reasons clearly evident in the film), but the hairstyle the horse-jumper sportedis back like major.

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Field Trip: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Gemma Ward” on The Style Con

 

 

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The following is an excerpt from my piece “What We Talk About When We Talk About Gemma Ward,” as seen on The Style Con:

          “Gemma’s in a different stratosphere. She’s got that extra thing, that inexplicable thing.”

– Kristie Clements, Vogue Australia

In 2004, Paolo Roversi photographed then rising-star Gemma Ward for the cover of W Magazine. The Australian model was barely 17 at the time, a child with wide-set eyes and a downturned mouth, a little baby bombshell in the making. Her alien, supernatural beauty would inspire a sea change in the industry, superseding the models of Tom Ford’s oversexed Gucci days and paving the way for the subsequent success of ethereal stunners like Sasha Pivovarova, Snejana Onopka, Vlada Roslyakova, and Abbey Lee Kershaw. That cover, in all its dusty romanticist glory, signaled a new era in fashion, and Gemma Ward was placed squarely at the helm.

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Getting Ugly

Click through for my story about the Saint Laurent show in Paris last week, along with some music and pictures and all that yumminess.

Getting Ugly

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Of Fish and Fishermen. Dangerous Liaisons on Base Mag.

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Base Magazine just put out a beautiful fifth issue, built around the theme of temptation. Read my piece about my horrible taste in men on page 43. You can view the magazine online for free here.

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