Joan Smalls is one of my favorite models. Such presence! And, of course, she’s beautiful!
Apparently good looks run in the family. Peep the video to see what I mean.
Think models have it easy?
Me too, for the most part. I mean, you show up, a team of beauty experts makes you look pretty, and you pose for some photos or walk a runway.
I’m not saying it doesn’t require certain skills, but if you can handle rejection and people talking about your face and body like you’re not standing right in front of them, it’s not terribly stressful. And it’s rarely physically taxing. However…
I’ve heard Fashion Week is an exception. Back-to-back shows can take a toll. Damaged hair thanks to extensive heat styling, dyeing, extensions, etc. is a common complaint. And then there’s this:
This particular foot belongs to model Sojourner Morrell. She walked in 14 shows this season. The photo above was taken as she came down the runway at Louis Vuitton on the last day of Paris Fashion Week.
As you can see, models’ shoe sizes are not taken into account. You’re just expected to cram your foot into whatever shoe is handed to you.
American beauty Marisa Berenson was dubbed “The Girl of the Seventies” by Yves Saint Laurent. At the height of her fame, she appeared on the covers of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and was one of the highest paid models in the world.
She’s also the granddaughter of legendary fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, (her full name is Vittoria Marisa Schiaparelli Berenson), who, to my surprise, despised her modeling career.
Berenson, 64, recently told Interview magazine:
“She hated the fact that I was a model and I never really understood why, but then Diana [Vreeland] used to say to me that maybe she wanted me to get married and settle down and not have a hard time the way she had. Or my grandmother just didn’t like the fact that I was in the fashion world. I don’t know—it was a mystery to me.”
A visual biography, titled Marisa Berenson: A Life in Pictures, is due out next month.
Photo: The Cut