Showing posts with label Features. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Features. Show all posts

Monday, September 20, 2010

#1480 Dirty Work – my Sunday Magazine feature on the darker side of male modelling

Bruce Raubenheimer walking Zambesi F/W 2010 and Michael Whittaker walking Raf Simons S/S 2011. Photo: Sunday

Male models tend to be young and tall, with high, Slavic cheekbones and short back and sides that Sir Edmund Hillary himself would have been proud of. Jet-setters, they’re in New York one day, Paris the next; paid handsomely for their ability to sell clothes, an ideal of luxury and, by implication, a model lifestyle - an impossible dream of effortless beauty and sublime happiness. But here’s the reality: months on the road away from friends and family, apartments crammed six guys to a bedroom, pay rates that pale in comparison to that of their female counterparts. And then there are the creeps – predatory men who offer money and fame in exchange for sexual favours, and who have the power to kill careers if scorned. The drugs and drinks flow freely up the noses and down the throats of vulnerable boys barely old enough to drive. It’s a self-perpetuating cycle. If one says no, there’s always another waiting to take his place.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

#1358 Arena of the absurd – my Haute Couture feature for The Dominion Post

Just six rows in front of me sits Anna Wintour, venerable editor-in-chief of American Vogue and star of fashion's favourite doco-film, The September Issue. To her right, the fiery haired Grace Coddington, Wintour's creative lieutenant. To her left, Blake Lively, in town to shoot a few summer episodes of teen megadrama Gossip Girl. Fellow Gossip Girl-er Leighton Meester is placed a little way along, with French actress (and Harry Potter seductress) Clemence Posey. Other members of note in the front row include Daphne Guinness (ultimate fashionista and heiress to the Irish beer and banking fortune), supermodels Natalia Vodianova and Milla Jovovich and Hollywood starlet Jessica Alba. It's day two of Paris' Haute Couture Fashion Week, and the Chanel show is about to begin.