Tuesday, February 08, 2005

today's edition of hart takes a look at a very troubling trend. we've noticed it happening over the years, but didn't really pay attention. today at borders, though, it hit us. where are all the models? you may think they're everywhere - especially since it's fashion week. but there's one place they're not, on the covers of magazines.

think about it. when's the last time you saw a model on the cover of vogue? foreign editions don't count. and neither does that issue a few months back with all the supermodels. we're talking one fresh-faced no-name gal. we think it's been years. even lucky magazine has ditched models for cover shots of such b-listers as keri russell (on stands now) and mila kunis. okay, they're cute and all, but can they master the catwalk?

if a model can't aspire to the cover of vogue, then what does she have really? sure, tons of blow, tons of cash and tons of men willing to shower her with tons more cash. but she doesn't really have much of a name for herself. and you know why? nicole kidman. nicole is a symbol of what the world has come to: actresses who think they can model. today's actress almost can model. she's undeniably gorgeous, has the figure of a twelve-year-old and knows her designers. these are no katharine hepburns. katharine notoriously dressed for comfort and not style (though she was quite stylish in her own way). she was an actress of substance not superficiality. while nicole is certainly talented, she is often more recognized for what she wears than whom she plays.

what we need are some more of the contemporary katharines - emily watsons and samantha mortons. pretty though they may be, they're more about the work than the awards show. these women, if truly recognized (and not just by the academy), could bring more focus on the films than the fashions. trust us, we love fashion and we don't want to move it out of the spotlight. we just want the right people putting it there. celebrities on the cover of vogue, w and harper's bazaar should be the exception, not the rule. cover shoots are a job for professionals and there's no one better trained to do it than a model. please american editors, take after your european counterparts and bring back the supermodel. janice dickinson just isn't cutting it anymore.