I’m not a narcissist. I know I’m not even close to being a model. And my love affair with carbs and wine is far too decadent to ever quit. But that doesn’t stop me from sitting in my bath tub under the water, pretending I’m shooting for Vogue underneath a water fall. Whatevs. It happened once or twice. Shut up. DON’T LOOK AT ME!
But then I see a rare and elusive ad campaign like the one for Marc Jacobs fall 2016, featuring famous people who, like yours truly, don’t have the “traditional” credentials to be a model, and all of a sudden I saw a glimmer of hope.
I’ll be honest. I’m not the biggest fan of having movie stars and singers on the cover of Vogue and W Magazines. Simply because those magazines are sacred. They are the fashion holy books … and for some reason it makes me want to ritualistically set fire to them when I see Taylor Swift starring back at me all smug insisting she’s a “style icon.” No. Her stylists are. Not her. Try again, magazine cover. Where are the up-and-coming models that don’t have reality stars for family members?
But I love me a good fashion ad. Especially ones from Marc Jacobs, as they are always pleasantly out of the box. Like, for example, I about peed myself with joy when I saw Missy Elliott was the model in one of his fall 2016 ads.
Missy, who is a once overweight rapper, dripping in talent (you aren’t human if you don’t immediately feel the need to shake your ass when “Work It” comes on) known for her baggy clothes and tomboy-ish style, is now in the same space as Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.
And Sissy freakin’ Spacek?! Stop it. She just has a creepy look to her, but in my opinion, that makes a fierce model. Give me an ad with an actress who portrayed a teen dripping in pigs blood who then murdered everyone at prom over Taylor Swift any day.
And Jarlos, the first gay couple to be signed to a model agency. To me their pictures are very reminiscent of something Robert Mapplethrope would have done, which is a beautiful nod to his creativity. And so important, especially because of what is happening in the world right now, to showcase men and women just feeling comfortable in their own skin.
Marc wrote on his Instagram that, “in a continuing series of portraits for our fall 2106 ad campaign, the individuals in these photographs represent a collective embodiment of love, honesty, integrity, courage, strength, curiosity, and inspiration. Together, as one story, this collection is a reminder to question and challenge normal and to continue exploring and pushing boundaries.”
It gave me chills when I read it.
Beauty is everywhere, and it isn’t just on the Instagram and SnapChat accounts of the Hadid and Kardashian/Jenner sisters, even though we are being fed the contrary. A 6 foot tall, size 0 model with perfect skin is no longer the norm, nor should it be. We should be embracing our flaws, not contouring them or “lip kitting” them.
I applaud Marc Jacobs for portraying these women/men in a high fashion ad space and glorifying them, flaws and all.
It gives me hope that one day my strange ass could one day grace a high fashion ad. Hey … a girl’s gotta dream.