Anyone who is a fan of the ’90s supermodels (or, as I think of them, the ONLY supermodels) needs to check out September’s Vanity Fair.
And if you’re too young to remember a time in fashion before actresses dominated magazine covers while wan, bug-eyed teenagers drifted down the runways — a time before Kate Moss, even! — then you really need this issue. Believe it or not, there used to be creatures that looked like WOMEN in fashion. Glamazon women who looked beautiful and powerful, and whom even non-fashion people knew by their first names: Christy, Naomi, Claudia, Cindy, Stephanie and my eternal favorite, Linda.
A few bloggers have had good posts on the supers lately. In addition to one from Martirio’s Way , which I pointed out before, check out Dressed and Pressed. I was also excited to see Iheartfashion’s great post on Nadege, who, while she wasn’t one of the “supers,” often worked alongside them, and seemed to be in every runway show for years.
Another model who worked with the supers during their heyday was Carla Bruni, now the First Lady of France and Vanity Fair’s cover girl.
On a much more serious note, the magazine has an excellent story on Zimbabwe. If you aren’t a big reader of the news, and you don’t know about the terror that Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe has inflicted on his country, click the link, dammit. The Vanity Fair piece is a well-written story that will give you some insight into a country blessed with rich natural resources but suffering from the world’s shortest average life span (36) and inflation that was running at about 9 million percent when the author wrote the story.
UPDATED TO ADD: That wasn’t your final reading assignment. You have to read this story about how, while people starve in Darfur, Sudan is exporting food to the Middle East.
UPDATED NOV. 2, 2011, TO ADD: A good story in the New York Times explains how political anarchy and militant group increase the effects of famine in Somalia.