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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

UK Vogue lampoons the deprived and unglamorous

UK Vogue with the help of Katie-loving Mario Testino, decided to do a sarcastic shoot featuring characters from a BBC UK TV series which is poking fun at the social class known in the UK as "chavs". The editrix thought it would be good fun to contrast the deprived, who frequent style-challenged Community centres and bargain department stores, with the "Vogue world":

Yeah but ... chav tracksuits are in Vogue (The Scotsman, June 4 2005)

YES but no but why? The fashion bible Vogue has this month treated the queen of "chav", Little Britain's Vicky Pollard, to a full-scale celebrity photoshoot taken by the esteemed photographer Mario Testino...
Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman said: "The notion of pairing the glamour of Mario's photographs with the harsh comedy of Little Britain was irresistible.
"Right from the start I was sure we needed to have a model in the pictures to contrast the Little Britain characters and the traditional Vogue world."
Instead of the usually glamorous locations, the shoot was taken in a west London community centre and a Sainsbury's car park.
Making her Vogue debut did not stop Pollard (Lucas) coming out with her trademark cheek. She told Testino, who is more used to snapping the likes of Madonna and Kate Moss, during the shoot: "Yeah but, no but, yeah but, shurr'up Testino! "Is that camera from Boots, yeah?...


A typical chav looks like a cross between Eminem and David Beckham, while a chavette ranges from a Kate Moss to a Victoria Beckham - sans high fashions. Katie's birthplace, Croydon, is said to be "chavette infested", with the typical chavettes sporting the "Croydon face lift" hairstyle.
Chavs are also infamous for wearing Burberry plaid hats and other accessories - usually counterfeits..."Imitation is the sincerest form of annoying the fashionistas...Burberry blames chavs for its disappointing sales...." Now you know why people give you strange looks when you wear Burberry plaid during your visit to the UK...


Food for thought - for Gisele:

Tyra Banks is so fed up with people thinking her breasts are fake, she takes off her bra on "The Tyra Banks Show" today and has a plastic surgeon examine her mammoth mammaries. The supermodel, who tells the upcoming Parade magazine she's up to 150 pounds, keeps her shirt on during the entire TV segment. The lucky surgeon confirms that yes, her lovely bosom is free of implants and totally real. Justifying the ratings stunt, Banks explained, "It's very frustrating for me to have to live my career with people thinking that."

Gis was in Barcelona last week for the local FW - she lasted only a season as the face of St. John, with Angelina Jolie replacing her. Angelina will get a percentage of sales - not a fixed fee.

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