Note | Nudity Returning to this absurd Karlie Kloss conversation (yes, I am really steamed!!!) I quote the erudite, male blogger from down under:
Kloss’ current commercial value lies in the fact that she is the classic beauty – the classic beauty set to be considered the world’s number one model as the likes of Natasha Poly move further into their own careers. Mario Testino’s implied-nude photo shoot with Karlie Kloss doesn’t play to that classic strength. There’s no allure to it and, frankly, it’s not that much better than what you’d expect to find in a whole range of low-brow men’s titles. Sure – Karlie Kloss looks stunning in the photo shoot; with her features, how could she not? But the technical work that went on the behind the lens doesn’t play to her strength. The strength of the allure that we love about her simply isn’t there.
That allure is what Karlie Kloss really brings to the fashion industry – Testino’s photo shoot with all its half nudity and sultry looks offers up something that is merely hot. Most any model can look hot in a photo shoot – Kloss has way more to offer than that.
What poppycock! I have no problem that this alleged consultant gets a hard-on from Karlie Kloss's classic beauty. He's got a thing for Grace Kelly, he writes, -- who was bitterly unhappy being the fairy princess most of her adult life, but who cares. We're talking fashion and sexuality here.
By what measure is Natasha Poly one of the world's top models? Because she's #2 on the Models.com list? What I know is that she's not on the Forbes list of top 10 estimated model earings. None of us understand the Models.com rankings anyway.
But my real point is that the woman below Lara Stone in images that follow is Natasha Poly. I fail to see the difference between the Natasha poly shots and the Karlie Kloss ones.
So what is all this mental masturbation about Poly avoiding being sexy, and being only sensually aloof? Being 'hot' hardly destroyed Natasha Poly, as the blogger writes will happen to Karlie Kloss now that she is ruined in his mind.
Being VS Hot is the Financial Ticket to A Model's Success
In fact, the best ticket to making any serious money in fashion is via an association with Victoria's Secret, who is the only brand known for consistently paying models what they deserve. (Having criticized my alma mater ruthlessly for those damn Las Vegas, 20' wings, my praise of the way they treat models comes from an equally passionate place.)
Every model who cares about her bank account wants to work with VS, which specializes in 'hot' women who are also sensual, beautiful, nice, have plenty of philanthropy projects and frequently kids these days. They are not Grace Kelly ice queens, as recommended by said adviser to women models -- no affront to Grace Kelly intended. She has always had my sympathy and support.
I swear that men do not have enough to do in today's world, and they should keep their noses out of women's career decisions, especially when they have no idea what they are talking about. Period. If we want to talk about the earning potential of models, I refer you to the Forbes list below Natasha.
What the erudite Australian blogger is writing about is the industry perception -- that good girl stereotype -- of how models succeed.
To add insult to injury in above quotes, note also that Lara Stone, #4 on the Forbes list, got an exclusive contract with Calvin Klein after posing knowingly nude half of her career, including some very racy shots for Interview by Mert & Marcus.
Forgive me, but I didn't notice the lens and lighting in those shots, and I doubt that most viewers who aren't camera hawks did either. I would also like to add that it's no wonder that women are f***ing sexually dysfunctional. I just wish that men walked in our sexual morality shoes one month a year. Anne
Natasha Poly for Victoria's Secret in images that hardly ruined her career. Is this good lighting or bad lighting? Should the photographer be fired? Is she 'hot' or 'sensual'? How about 'high brow' or 'low brow'?
2010 Forbes List of Top Models