RIP Andre Leon Talley

I don’t have a lot to say. I yelled at him, then protected him til the end and beyond. I just couldn’t leave him and his legacy like that. He was a hypocrite for that VP Kamala Harris Vogue cover, but I didn’t turn on him. I guess you can be mad at someone and still love them, idolize them, be inspired by them. That’s what he taught me amongst many things. A legend. I’ll be rewatching his documentary tonight, The Gospel According To Andre. All I asked was no more January deaths, but he had to do it. He’s in heaven.

His life story was not only relatable, but resonated with me out of all the fashion mentors the most. Black people aren’t a monolith, being different is hard, to see someone else doing it makes it easier, makes you feel less alone. Don’t let anyone dim your light, shine brighter. A trailblazing icon. Thank you for your work, for elevating the culture. Rest in Prada. Via: The Talk Of Shame, Kurt Rowe, Dameon_Priestly_Artist, I Am Judith Heard, Murray’s My Name, CNN Style

Supermodel 101: Laetitea Casta

Oh la la, the French always sends the greatest gifts, and this bodacious bombshell is one of them. Discovered by photographer Federic Cresseaux while on family vacation, Laetitia Casta blew up when she snagged a Guess campaign in 1993. Sultry, with cascading hair, full lips, bedroom blue eyes and a body to die for, she went on to a deal with Victoria’s Secret in 1998.
Casta at 5’7 has done over 100 magazine covers (Rolling Stones, Vogue, Elle), has cat walked coveted runways (Paco Rabanne, Roberto Cavalli, Vivienne Westwood), bagged big campaigns (L’Oreal, Bulgari, Tiffany’s, Swarvoski, H&M) and was the last muse of designer Yves Saint Laurent. This iconic nineties supermodel has also been shot by major photographers including Herb Ritts, Annie Leibowitz and Albert Watson amongst others, I mean look at her profile, duh.

The activist and self-proclaimed rebel went on to have two children with Italian actor Stefano Accorsi, and is now married to French actor Louis Garrel (super hot couple). Laetitia still models, but has a successful acting career. A legendary bad bitch. Which picture is your fave? Via: Laetitia Daily

Maxing N’ Relaxing Beach Vibes

Laying on the sand with your hand behind your head for optimal beach vibes, check. But who did it better Janice Dickinson and Patti Hansen, or Wham? Photographers: Irving Penn & Gered Mankowitz

De-Conditioning: Paris Is Burning

I would like to be a spoiled, rich white girl, they get what they want.
Venus Extravaganza

A two for one special; in honor of The Black Lives Matter Movement and Pride Month, watch Paris Is Burning. A timeless, poignant documentary that chronicles ball culture, which birthed Voguing . The balls were created in reaction to systemic financial disparities between blacks and whites. As Venus from house Extravaganza stated, as implied throughout much of the film, as the world turned, being white is the best way to attain wealth. Screaming black is beautiful, the creation of the black panthers, are reactions of beating ‘white power’ into the world by force. To counter the hate you give, we have movements and mottos and more. White power has resulted in oppression and hate globally, that’s why it’s vile. Via: Cinephile IG

Seafoam Pigmented Lids

This seafoam pantone is perfect for a summer aesthetic, reminds me of my beloved beach. Try these looks with Milk Makeup’s eye pigment, a cream based eyeshadow. Unlike traditional dust it last longer and doesn’t crease. Which color would you like? I’m starting with lavender. Photos: Vogue, Toma Miu & Platinum D

Supermodel 101: Penelope Tree

The coolest of the Swinging Sixties It girls by far. “Hot, hot, hot. Smart, smart, smart.” This is how John Lennon described the effortlessly cool, aloof Penelope Tree. Once the girlfriend of photographer David Bailey, she got her start after being photographed at one of Truman Capote’s infamous soirées. Absolutely striking, with large, round, doe eyes and chiseled rosy cheeks, there is no face like hers. When I first saw her I was enthralled by how odd looking she was, like a tribal, sage alien from a jungle on some far away planet. A fucking icon. Which Tree is your favorite? Photos: David Bailey, Richard Avedon & Clive Arrowsmith.

Supermodel 101: Jean Shrimpton

My love of art in all forms and the vessels who produce it, knows no bounds. All of which I’ll share with you. Teenage me went through this OBSESSIVE phase with the 60’s and 70’s, believing myself ill-fated for being born afterwards. I was suppose to be a swinging mod, a rockstar groupie (maybe in the GTO’s with Pamela De Barres shagging Mick Jagger). Even though the term supermodel was coined in the 80’s, I still acknowledge Penelope Tree, Donyale Luna, their contemporaries and the lady above, Jean Shrimpton folks. Her sister Chrissy Shrimpton was Mick Jagger’s ex-girlfriend, he wrote the song Under My Thumb for her. But I digress. Jean Shrimpton was the muse for iconic photographer David Bailey. The British model appeared on countless covers, helped launch the mini-skirt and was coined “The Face Of The Sixties.” Big baby blues, pillowy pink lips and a jawline to chisel ice, she personified the swinging mod. An icon folks. Which photo of Jean is your mood? Photos: David Bailey, Gianni Penati and Richard Avedon.

Supermodel 101: Janice Dickinson

Before she was a botched face, loud mouth, controversial aught’s reality star, Janice Dickinson was super fucking hot. The self proclaimed “World’s First Supermodel,” was Mick Jagger’s lover and Jim Belushi’s best friend, who frequented Cosmopolitan and Vogue covers. She was definitely an 80’s It Girl. Large almond shaped eyes, pouty full lips, can’t tell if she’s naughty or nice demeanor, this party girl was a knock out.

Peter Lindbergh 1944-2019

RIP Peter Lindbergh the German photographer who captured the rise of the 90’s supermodel (the most prolific era of modeling EVER). “This should be the responsibility of photographers today; to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.”