Is the Supermodel Dead? And Should She Return?


Fashion Week starts tomorrow, and I'm excited to see some new faces on the runway. It's fun to spot top models such as Jessica Stam alongside up-and-comers like Hana Soukupova. For me, seeing the brand-new girls is one of the most exciting parts of any show.

Still, I know there are people who miss the era of the supermodel, when Naomi, Cindy, Linda and Christy dominated the runways and magazine covers. Claudia Schiffer recently said those days are over:

"In order to become a supermodel one must be on all the covers all over the world at the same time so that people can recognize the girls. That is, for now, not possible, not least because the advertising industry is very much taken nowadays by pop stars and actresses. Supermodels like we once were don't exist anymore."

She does have a point: Drew Barrymore is the new spokesmodel for Cover Girl, while Keira Knightley replaced Kate Moss as the face of Coco Mademoiselle. But is this necessarily a bad thing? Personally, I love Drew and would rather see such a smart, talented lady selling makeup than another pretty face. Tell me, would you rather gaze at supermodels or actresses—or would you rather see "normal" women in their places? Source

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