Now, to be fair, Anna is to blame for the fact that I am staring at Sarah Jessica Parker’s smiling face on the cover of Vogue right now, and it’s pretty hard to wrap my head around the possibility that Anna did something that was not perfect. However, there’s been a lot of talk about luxury brands (like Gucci, YSL, Fendi, Chanel, really, all the ones you’ve heard of ) casting models rather than celebrities in their upcoming campaigns. Which is what they used to do, before celebrities were on the cover of every magazine. It may indicate a shift back, because as YSL’s Stefano Pilati pointed out, “Actresses are fantastic, but they’re not models and it’s not easy.” True! Compare these two videos from the September Issue.
Now, I love Sienna. I really don’t think she’s toothy, and I’m eternally grateful to her for teaching me how cool dresses can look with a belt. But that picture of her is Godawful. And apparently it was the best they could get after Mario Testino was literally screaming at her not to move. Which he has to do because she’s not a supermodel. And since she’s also not a silent film star, she doesn’t spend all day trying to figure out how to communicate things entirely through body language. She also apparently doesn’t know to show up with clean hair. As a result, she looks awkward, and the photographers really can’t expect the same kind of picture that they would get from someone whose job was to be photographed. Someone like, oh, Coco Rocha and Raquel Zimmerman…
Because, Good God, they are modeling the shit out of that texture shoot. They look like they’re modeling when they’re just standing around with Grace (while Sienna looks like a little girl who is really excited to play at being a model). Notice how the only thing anyone says is “more light”? Yeah, that’s because those girls are really good at their jobs. I bet they show up on set with clean hair, too. And, look, if the goal is to make products and magazine covers look visually appealing, then I’d much rather see them than Jennifer Anison slouching naked on a rock.