Boring news Dept...the cover of the August issue of US Vogue reportedly features Linda Evangelista. The last time Linda E was on the mag's cover page was the September 2001 issue, shortly before 9/11...maybe AW knows something we don't?
The mag claims that the supermodels are back and getting their revenge - from whom? Not AW, who was instrumental in their demise by promoting "heroin chic" and the various superwaifs, perhaps? Meisel and Co hated them - in the Bailey TV series on models, you can see Demarchelier and other top photographers waiting for up to 3-4 days before Linda, Naomi etc decide to show up for their shoots...that was in late 94 and 1995.
When high fashion types mention the word "supermodel" they have three names in mind -Linda E, Naomi C and Christy Turlington, known the "trinity". Naomi had to endure the typical NYC/London biz racism and was never really popular in those fashion capitals - but she is still huge everywhere else. At the age of 35, you have to try very hard to spot any cosmetic surgery she may have done. AW afficionados are often disturbed by Naomi's harsh treatment of her assistants - strangely, they have absolutely no problem with Kate Moss and her equally bizarre behaviour. Apparently "never being sober during work for the last ten years", as Katie herself admitted, is their idea of what modeling is all about.
Christy T is virtually unknown outside the USA - which leads us to Linda E.
After the biz grew tired of the "trinity", Linda, who was no longer with Gerald Marie, had an affair with MacLachlan and continued to be popular and on mag covers everywhere until 1997/98. Her catwalk times were over though - while in Porto for Fashion Week Portugal, she couldn't walk in a straight line. Barthez and "three years of seclusion" in the French Riviera followed.
Why did AW suddenly remember Linda again in 1991? In addition to the fact that she had lost 75 pounds (AW loves everyone who goes anorexic - she reportedly once promised Eva Herzigova the mag cover during dinner, if she managed to lose enough weight) there were real business reasons. The Wall St bubble had exploded and a whole army of "It" girls had been wiped out with the market crash. The biz had to appeal to older women again, in order to recover from the dive in advertising revenues. Linda was the perfect 36 yo for AW - at the time she actually looked like a woman in the mid-30s. After all, the average US Vogue reader was a "NYC racy divorcee, over 33 and with 2.5 kids"...
Today, after she admitted to have been heavily botoxed, Linda looks "ten years younger" - which means she is somewhere in 1996...anyone who compares the two US Vogue covers may find the whole thing grotesque - or perhaps a triumph for modern medical science.
Why is a 41 yo model -who looks like a 31 yo model- relevant?
Who knows - AW always has dollar signs flashing in her eyes, so there should be a twist. Or maybe not...perhaps something went wrong with their original cover choice? AW's minions in the NY Times and elsewhere will soon enlighten us - so, no need to worry.