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Thursday
Jan162014

Karolina Kurkova's Pursuit Of Supermodel Status | Fashion Activism & Smart Sensuality Women

Alicia Keys - Girl on Fire

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Crystal Renn & Karolina Kurkova | Steven Klein | Interview Magazine March 2012 | ‘Strict Institution’

Today’s New York Times Fashion & Style section profiles Czech fashion model Karolina Kurkova, who has achieved semi-supermodel status, and is leaving third base heading for home plate to earning the title ‘supermodel’. As her career winds up into full motion at age 30 — a late retirement date for many models — the mom of a 4-year-old son Janelle Monáe with husband Archie Drury hit the stage last September for the second Global Citizens Festival. Kurkova followed Alicia Keys and her performance of ‘Girl on Fire’, joining the singing back stage.

After the applause died down, she stepped out in front, statuesque in a white Proenza Schouler leather skirt and Manolo Blahnik stilettos. Her blond hair whipped as she leaned into the microphone and spoke with the brio of a cheerleader and the confidence of a politician.

“Hello global citizens, the world is on our shoulders,” she called out.

Whether she’s appearing on Jay Leno, dropping into sitcoms, attending a charity bash, or goofing around with Russell Simmons, Amy Sacco, Gayle King, Prince Harry, or Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the UN, Karolina Kurkova is in fine form.

Always wanting people to have a good time, Kurkova says “I’m the girl who gets asked to do things.”

AOC’s Anne Enke is old enough to remember when supermodels ruled both the catwalks and pop culture. With a few exceptions, writes Bob Morris in today’s Karolina Kurkova profile, today’s top models like Joan Smalls, Saskia de Brauw, Liu Wen, Karmen Pedaru and Cara Delevingne are barely known outside of fashion’s inner circle.

In a young world that pronounces models as ‘supermodels’ after a single fashion bible cover, there’s a pure pursuit of instant fame and not staying power. George Michael’s 1990 video for ‘Freecom ‘90’ featuring Linda, Naomi, Christy and Cindy — best represents the era of true supermodels, writes Morris.

AOC constantly explores the relationship between fashion and the totality of women’s worlds globally. We’re also focused on the takedown of the supermodels, Smart Sensuality women too strong, sexy and in charge for their own good. Hence, they had to be reduced to size — and that includes Karolina Kurkova.

See AOC Karolina Kurkova Daily Archive editorials.

Anne Talks Body Image

Mikimoto Pearl Girls 1972: Sensual, Beautiful with Clavicle Fat AOC Body

I argue that the move from an average size 4-6 in models pre Kate Moss (who I love) to size 0 has worked to desexualize women at a time when — like ripe fruit — we were bursting open with pride and celebration over our physicality and sensuality.

We had ideas of buying our own pearls, a goal that threatened the entire gender relations shooting match. It’s tough to imagine that women with bodies like these 1972 females had to be recast as ‘fat, potato chip eating mommies’, but that’s how far we’ve come since 1972.

It’s a dramatic fall and power shift from the end of Christy, Linda, Cindy, Naomi and company.

Stephanie Seymour, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell

If the Supermodels Are Now ‘Fat’, Let’s Reboot Fashion Brains AOC Body

Former supermodel Cindy Crawford, now 43,  announced this week “I would not have become a supermodel in 2009. I look too healthy.”

Crawford’s deliciously female body “with big breasts, normal thighs and toned upper arms” is no longer what the industry is looking for, she said.

More AOC Body

Just Say ‘No’ | Programming Your Brain’s RAS System to Hate Size 0 Fashion Ads

Pirelli Defines Sensuaity & Fashion Bodies | Arthur Elgort | Karl Lagerfeld

Does Today’s Fashion Strategy Suppress Female Libido?

Lipstick Wearing Activists

Angelina Jolie & Alicia Keys Help Me Say ‘Flip It: I’m A Lipstick-Wearing Activist’ Anne’s ‘Sensual Rebel Blog

Just last week I was having an earnest conversation with a VIP in my life about moving again. He was pressing me about my need for full-frontal engagement with activism and also my evolution as an artist and artisan.

Granted — there was some misunderstanding in our communications — but when he suggested that I wouldn’t be happy living in South Beach and in Arizona, I replied in my typically fired-up, passionate response to key life questions: “I’m not a citizen of Philadelphia; I’m a citizen of the world.”

Reflecting back on the early says of AOC — now almost eight years old — I wrote about my evolution as a lipstick-wearing activist, inspired by women like Alicia Keys, Angelina Jolie, Christy Turlington and Shakira:

These wealthy super stars live in 2 Worlds, using their celebrity status and talent to focus our attention on massive, lethal problems that threaten the existence of billions of people.

In the case of Alicia Keys and Angelina Jolie, we admire their beauty and style, along with their dedication to human causes. Their message is simple: If we all do one little something, the planet improves exponentially. Sometimes shifting into first gear, leads to second and third.

We will be judged along the way for being insincere, too sensual, too old or having clavicle fat. Who cares! When a progressive woman is cruising, doing something relevant with her life in the company of loved ones who understand and support her, she becomes a Smart Sensuality woman, the core concept of Anne of Carversville. ~ Anne

Alicia Keys Live

George Michael - ‘Freendom! 90’

Monday
Jun102013

Cindy Crawford, 47, Seeks Body Love & Self Acceptance By Age 50

Cindy Crawford on Body Image

Model Cindy Crawford, who helped define the terms ‘supermodel’ said in a recent interview with ‘The Edit’ magazine for Net-a-Porter that at age 47 — and with all her success — she has yet to “come to terms” with her looks and achieve self-acceptance. 

“I’m a normal woman, sometimes I feel pretty good and some days I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, nothing fits,’” Crawford told the magazine. “My new resolution is that by the time I am 50, I want to have come to terms with my body.”

Saturday
Feb092013

Kate Upton Covers Sports Illustrated 2013 | Kate Moss, Lara Stone & Natalia Vodianova in W Magazine March 2013

Lara Stone by Mert & Marcus for W Magazine March 2013

Models.com features this fabulous images from W Magazine’s March 2013 issue, a preview of ‘From East to West’, starring Lara Stone, Kate Moss and Natalia Vodianova, lensed by Mert & Marcus with superb styling by W Fashion & Style Director Edward Enninful. 

W’s Editor in Chief Stefano Tonchi provides context on these cover story images, channeling the great Diana Vreeland with this recollection:

As I was editing the images for the March issue that were hanging on the walls of the W art department, I thought of a quote by the late Diana Vreeland about fashion and the power of the imagination. I had trouble recalling the exact words, so I called my friend Alexander Vreeland, who is working on a book about his grandmother’s famous maxims, and asked for help. I promptly received an e-mail— though I’d like to pretend it was one of Ms. Vreeland’s memos, beamed from the afterworld. “We live only through our dreams and our imagination,” it read. “If it is not there in fashion, fantasize it. Fashion must be the most intoxicating release from the banality of the world.” And so, for this big fashion issue, our team of editors, photographers, writers, stylists, makeup artists, and hairdressers took the most exciting ideas from the runways one step beyond.

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Our girl Kate Upton has landed her second Sports Illustrated cover, fronting the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue going ‘Polar Bare’. One question? Can we agree that Kate’s breasts have been photoshopped to the size of her head??? If we get our the ruler — this is the measurement.

Thankfully, Kate Upton has way more brains than the male fantasies ready to pounce on her sexy pics. This could be a reason why women are poised to outearn men in the future. Read ALL Kate Upton at AOC

From the earliest days of humankind, carvings of ‘Gaia’ and all the goddesses as fecund life bearers covered walls and monuments. In our collective unconscious, perhaps some things never change.

Joining the 2013 Sports Illustrated cast as ‘rookies’ are Emily DiDonato, Hannah Davis, Kate Block and Natasha Barnard. 

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In comment to friend feminist Soraya Chemaly’s BuzzFeed post ‘Dead’ Models in Fashion Ads

Anne took issue with BuzzFeed including the Wrangler’s ‘We Are Animals’ campaign as really bad news. Anne loved it and wrote positively about the campaign by Jeff Burton. This led to conversation about the European campaign being sensationalist, a charge Anne rejected given Europe’s commitment to environmental values and advancing the nature and humanity connections in their public policies.

After saying that American fashion media is pure milk toast and rarely a source of inspiration for serious thinking on Anne of Carversville, Anne wrote in her comment:

“One of the most defining experiences on this topic for me was a MET show at the Costume Exhibit on supermodels a few years ago. When you see American Vogue in the late 60s and 70s, you wouldn’t recognize it.

The imagery was so strong — and yes there was nudity, god forbid! Women were going places and we were smiling, optimistic and powerful in our bodies.

I can’t help but think that a study of the changing images of American Vogue would coincide with the rise of social conservatives against women in America, our collective pursuit of materialism as that which defines us, and this wave of pc behavior coming out of women ourselves.

Maybe it’s pure coincidence that today’s American Vogue and Anna Wintour would be picketed by both sides for showing a nipple and the fact that in Iowa a bill was introduced yesterday making abortion and the morning after pill murder. Or that right-wing pastor Kevin Swanson says our wombs are full of embedded dead babies if we’ve used birth control.

For me, the changing images of American Vogue tell more about the forces against women in America than just about any other visual document that comes to mind. One thing I can say for certain is that Vogue doesn’t offend. They meet all the criteria for not using any shocking visual impact to make a point. God, I wish they did! Because we need some shocking visuals on our side of this war against women.

An American media editorial that does ask probing questions is W Magazine’s February 2013 ‘Heavenly Creatures’.

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Kate Moss and Natalia Vodianova by Mert & Marcus for W Magazine March 2013