At the Sockholm Film Festival I saw a few movies and two of them about the fashion and beauty world were very good documentaries. About the front and the back side of fashion. About faces: supermodels then and now, was one of them. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.
At the metro station going in to town I met those two beauties. Maryn Diaye to rhe left is a performance artist.
The wonderful staff at the press center recieving me for the private screening in a room at Berns. I had missed the date the movie was shown and they were very helpful to let me see it after…and what can be better than to sit in a private room with a big screen Tv.
Isabella Rosselini, talked about her late start as a model and about being the face of Lancome for so many years…
and about being the daughter of the iconic actress Ingrid Bergman.
When she turned 40 Lancome ended the contract with her, she was then “too old” to be an image of beauty even though most of their clients were 40 and older the image of beauty as youthful had to be kept.
her naked face behind the make-up. can you image how many millions Lancome made with her face as their image.
Jerry Hall. She gives the impression of sooo much energy!
She really loved that time of modeling and has so many great stories to tell. I Once worked with her for Italian Vogue with photographer Jean-Paolo Barbieri. She was a beginner then with real diva manners which I thought was her insecurity. She hardly spoke to anyone at the set except the photographer and hair and make up. It was a strange day at work. Seeing her now feels really good. Diva or not her energy is Great!
Bethann Hardison was one of the first black models. That was very unusual then in the 70s. Black beauty was not yet really accepted. And that is not very long ago! She now has her own model agency in N.Y
a young Bethann.
Marisa Berenson was this upperclass high society model, who also became an actress. She talked about how she really had to prove herself as an actress because being a model she was not taken seriously. She was born into the world of fashion. Her auntie ( if I remember right) was the famous couture designer Elsa Schiapparelli.
Who found herself not beautiful but created an image of beauty.
Marisa as young. We would meet at different places and occasions. One was cafe du Theatre at av. Matignon (or Montaigne ?) Another at parties with Kenzo and Yves St. Laurent. Our life styles were very different though but I always felt a soul to soul infinity with her.
From one of her movies. Which one I didn`t catch…
Paulina Porizkova was after my time, in the 80-90s. She was this refuge who came to Sweden and she was famous as a child through her life story being in all magazines. She talked about the uncertainty in the model world, of never knowing whether you were good enough or if they liked you.
She was a beautiful young girl, with a special life story
turning into a super star never feeling loved until she loved herself.
Pat Cleveland! Pat was really my time, the 70s. We would hang out a lot! Always around Kenzo! We were the Kenzo gang! She was the wild one. I was the quiet one. She would write poetry and read it aloud at his house. She would dance the whole night and expose all her wilderness. I would also dance all night. My wilderness was of a different nature. She was very extrovert and i was introvert. I think modeling has been important for both of us, a way of expressing that which could not be expressed in so many other ways back then. It was safe somehow to be an individual personality behind the face of fashion.
I LOVE PAt! Her and I and so many of us from that time all came together, or rather Kenzo brought us together, for his 30 years show, which was also his last in 2001. We stayed for 3 days in the same hotel, preparing for the biggest show ever. later I spent a few days at her house, with her family at the lake Como in Italy. Her whole house was filled with her generous personality. The wild Pat had found a good platform in life where she could express her love.
Here she is from the 70s
And here is Eileen Ford. The model mama who took me into her home when i was 19 and came to N.Y. for the first time.
Seeing her like this brings up a lot of memories. And I look at her face and think, she has had a face lift…or more. So what! What does that matter! Everyone does as they wish and what makes them feel best. My question is just
what IS BEST? Is it to look younger when age is catching up? Or is it to feel BEST inside? Or is it both? Age will come anyhow and no matter what I do to my looks I must accept that. And accepting with Love to myself, to who I am and my precious life is for me the Best.
Christy Turlington! She stayed pretty natural and has today made a line of Ayurvedic natural beauty products.
This picture just happened. Two frames came together. Christy also stayed at Eileens house.
Some of the oldies today, in a photo shoot for the movie, looking great!
Carmen Dell`Orefice, the one and only supermodel who is 81 and still working a lot
She has quite amazing features…and she admits her lifts and other fix. But she has the features that can have that i think. Her face has already very great bone structures…hm, interesting!
She seems very interesting and is someone I would love to meet.
As I walked out from Berns to see the other movie, at Zita, it was already dark and the red carpet was rolled out to receive the celebrities and guests for the film awards later that evening. So being a guest I went straight back after the movie to the Party. What a day! And what a night! So many good meetings and so many good memories and so much good presence in just being me in the middle of it all. Grateful and blessed!