So Gemma Ward is, according to reports, shooting/has shot the first ever cover (by Patrick Demarchelier) for Vogue India as I type. I've let my feelings about the launch of the magazine (high levels of ambivalence) be known earlier, but right now all I'm thinking is- does the girl actually look so oriental that she's the only model you can use for inaugural Vogue covers in this part of the world? I'd have liked it if they used an Indian model on the cover, even though most of them honestly aren't up to scratch, and I still wish they'd picked someone other than Gemma- Piv, Behati Prinsloo, Stam or even Irina (wishful thinking, I know) would've done just great. Huh. But at least they haven't gone the Cosmo way and done something awful like give over the cover to Aishwarya Rai, who is beautiful but has about the same levels of acting talent as Mischa Barton (thinking about it, probably less). More importantly in this context, since we're talking Vogue, she's also utterly lacking in fashion sense of any kind since her stylists are by and large inept and having the most perfect facial features in the country and a decentish figure doesn't automatically give you the ability to dress yourself before you make a public appearance . At least Rachel Zoe had some merit.. check pictures of her- Rai, I mean- at Cannes in 2003 if you want to know what I'm talking about. And as for the model I was actually rooting for to have scored the cover, Ujjwala Raut, it's an honest pity that urchin/waif/little girl is the look models seem to need these days, it's beautiful but if the bloody mag had been launching five years ago when looking like a grown woman was actually a good thing in the modelverse, she'd have scored the cover for sure. She happens to belong to the rather va-va-voom school of beauty that was hot around then, and was also probably the only Indian model ever to score jobs at the major fashion weeks on a somewhat consistent basis (Lanvin, YSL, Dolce & Gabbana- no matter how much I don't really like their stuff, they're still a big name- Emilio Pucci, Zac Posen, Viktor&Rolf, Vivienne Westwood, Givenchy and- oh, wait- Victoria's Secret, should it count?). She semi-retired when she had her kid about two years ago, but she's still fairly amazing. And at least her version of a fish face doesn't get on my nerves like pretty Gemma's....
That's her on the far left (Dolce & Gabbana advert, circa 2004)
Before I resume hiatus, I just want to ask: did any of you guys ever like Faithless? I just went through Outrospective all over again just now and it was like, hello Summer of 2002, cause it's funny, I loved them all through my high school years and haven't listened to them since. I guess a bit of watching couldn't hurt?
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