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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
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.
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.
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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
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