Did Cindy Crawford's George Magazine Cover Portend America's Struggle With A Female President?

Supermodel Cindy Crawford by Herb Ritts for George Magazine first issue September 1995.

Supermodel Cindy Crawford by Herb Ritts for George Magazine first issue September 1995.

There’s more than one wonderful story in Esquire’s new read: The Inside Story of John F. Kennedy’s ‘George’ Magazine. Writer Kate Story answers her own question about whether or not Kennedy’s then-revolutionary magazine that mixed politics with pop clture gave America a glimpse of our Trumpian future.

The Los Angeles Times asked: "Is John Kennedy Jr.’s ‘George’ making American politics sexy? Or is the magazine just dumbing it down more?"

Supermodel Cindy Crawford graced the first cover of ‘George’, a crucial decision in making it clear that the magazine was’t the “John Kennedy magazine” but a publication that stood on its own. Kennedy invited fashion photographer Herb Ritts and his creative director Matt Berman over to his TriBeCa loft, where they joined Kennedy’s wife Carolyn Bessette.

Kennedy proposed putting Bill Clinton on the cover, but Ritts suggested Cindy Crawford. At the time Crawford was appearing regularly on TV in Pepsi ads and as the host of MTV’s ‘House of Style’.

Story writes that Bassette loved the Crawford idea, calling it “perfect”. Bessette listed the supermodel’s attributes: “She’s all-American, a self-made woman, sexy, strong, and smart.”

Bassette confirmed a truth about the ‘90s supermodels, a reality that ultimately led the titans of fashion to cut new models down to size, in AOC’s opinion. The new heroin chic, waif model exemplified by Kate Moss was the exact opposite of a fiery, confident member of the 90’s supermodel tribe. Size 0 models couldn’t call the shots like a vibrant, self-confident size 4-6 glamazon.

Herb Ritts seemed to channel the same vibe in his ‘George’ September 1995 cover idea. By August, 1996, Los Angeles Times writer Robin Givhan postulated that the fashion industry had “a nihilistic vision of (female) beauty that was reflective of drug addiction.”

Ritts suggested dressing Crawford as George Washington — a “cheeky play on politics and pop culture.”

“He called my hotel. He reached out directly. And who’s going to say no?” Crawford says. “I trusted Herb Ritts enough to know it would be okay. But it was kind of like, I’m going to do what? Dress like George Washington? With the wig and everything?”

President Cindy Crawford | Manly or Not?

For a moment, there was more to the story — a move that would have been sensational for ‘George’ and also for America’s always on its knees women’s movement, as exemplified by Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump two decades later.

Story writes: “It wasn’t just the wig. After studying old paintings on the set of the photo shoot, the team decided to stuff Crawford’s skintight breeches with a sock. Matt Berman was unsure whether Kennedy, who wasn’t on set, would be quite that adventurous, but he figured they could make changes in postproduction. Sure enough, when Kennedy saw proofs a few days later, his response to Berman was “Maestro, what the fuck?” They airbrushed out the bulge. “

Can you imagine the Republican outrage Crawford’s sock crotch would have caused to political elites who view women politicos as ballbusters. As we speak, women presidential candidates are experiencing the 2016 tune all over again. Today’s headlines:

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From top left: Democrats Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Amy Kloubuchar (AP photos)

From top left: Democrats Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Amy Kloubuchar (AP photos)

Winnie Harlow Channels Ru Paul's Iconic Launch of MAC Cosmetics” Viva Glam Lipstick For AIDS + HIV Help


MAC Cosmetics” Viva Glam lipstick celebrates 25 great years of irresistable lips, launching the beloved Winnie Harlow to channel Ru Paul’s groundbreaking 1994 campaign. Recreating Ru Paul’s red corset and thigh-high boots, the campaign is shot by Gabriel Perez Silva. / Hair by Jordan Jay Brumant; makeup by Adam Burrell

MAC has donated $500 million to organizations that help people living with HIV and AIDS — all because MAC lovers bought VivaGlam lipstick. They include God’s Love We Deliver, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Open Hand/Atlanta, Inc, and more.


Winnie channeled Ru Paul’s iconic ads last Halloween — and we call her one enterprising model woman!


Thando Hopa Covers Vogue Portugal April Issue 'Africa Motherland' Dedicated To Humanity's Home


South African model Thando Hopa covers Vogue Portugal’s April issue with the awesome title ‘Africa Motherland’. The issue is "dedicated to origins and Africa, as the cradle of humanity".

This reality of human existence is the very ‘blood and guts’ of Anne of Carversville and our GlamTribal Jewelry collection.

No — it’s not a case of cultural appropriation that fashion is claiming Africa as the homeland of humanity. It’s a much-needed recognition of a scientific reality and one that is controversial.

A 29-year-old international model, lawyer and activist, Thando Hopa also makes history as the first woman with albinism to grace the cover of Vogue.

She was also the first black South African grace a Pirelli calendar, appearing in the ‘Alice in Wonderland’-themed 2018 edition.

Thando took to her Instagram page to celebrate the big news on Tuesday, 2 April 2019, with a lengthy post, stating:

“I once said to a close friend that it would really be lovely to see a woman with albinism on a Vogue Cover, I would not have imagined that that woman would be me. We are the ones we have been waiting for. I’m emotional, because I see progress and get to form part of a progressive story and narrative. I got to a place in my career where I appreciate every specimen of my body and knowing that wherever I go, my existence, the way it is, has always and will always be enough.”

Hopa is a member of the BBC’s 2018 list of the 100 most influential and inspiring women around the world. BBC women described the women as “leaders, trailblazers and everyday heroes”, chosen from 60 countries and ranging in age from 15 to a 94 years old. The cover star thanks everyone who has helped her to this moment including the BBC, Tim Walker and Edward Enninful.

Thando was the first black South African to appear in a Pirelli calendar, joining the all-black ‘Alice in Wonderland’ 2018 edition, lensed by Walker with British Vogue Editor-in-Chief- Edward Enninful in charge of styling.

Eye: The All-Black 2018 Pirelli Calendar Is Perfect Timing For Tim Walker, Edward Enninful, Duckie Thot & Its All-Star Cast

Thando Hopa ‘The Queen of Hearts’ and Whoopi Goldberg ‘The Royal Duchess’’ by Tim Walker for the all-black ‘The Pirelli Calendar’ 2018

Thando Hopa ‘The Queen of Hearts’ and Whoopi Goldberg ‘The Royal Duchess’’ by Tim Walker for the all-black ‘The Pirelli Calendar’ 2018

Hopa did not become a model for the glamor of it but because she wants to represent young women who, like her, do not see themselves represented in the media.

“A lot of people don’t understand that if you are a young girl and you don’t see your image anywhere … it’s difficult to understand how invisible you become in that society, that community. Your sense of belonging is not recognised,” she said.

Read on Thando Hopa on Tolerance, Acceptance and Defying Stereotypes Wanted Wanted Magazine