Manon Leloup, the 22-year-old French model, one of the most in-demand girls in recent years (she walked in 37 fall shows), recently codirected a new documentary with Niels Benoist titled “Speaking Dolls” (now available on Vimeo). It attempts to pull back the curtain, for better and for worse.
The film covers everything from the seemingly prosaic — Lambert stopping into a Potbelly in Times Square to shove a football-size cheeseburger down between castings — to models’ real concerns, namely making a living off a job with an inherently short shelf life. “At Phillip Lim, one girl looked just like me. It’s the girl who opened the show. People say it’s my double,” Lambert says of fellow model Emma Waldo in one scene. “Despite the fact that they know me, that they like me, she is a new, new face. She opened the show, not me. Sometimes, I just feel like I’m not fresh enough. I feel old, even if I’m only 18 years old.”
Edie Campbell has what it takes to be a supermodel, as her Vuitton runway strut last fall proved. Just don’t ask her to a party.
Unlike America, which has a habit of turning the daughters of its social registry into reality-show starlets, England is a place where girls from good families apparently become supermodels. Look no farther than Georgia May Jagger, Alice Dellal, and Cara Delevingne, or Stella Tennant and Jacquetta Wheeler before them: although they may not always dress the part—as soon as these girls were old enough, they all turned in their debutante frocks for dungarees and combat boots—they were all familiar with an opulent life prior to roughing it in the fashion industry.
In recent seasons, we welcomed a new one: Westbourne Grove-born Edie Campbell...
A few details on the upcoming calendar, from Vanity Fair Italia (here & here):
- Photographer: Steven Meisel
- Edition: 51st
- Year: 2015
- Shot in: May 2014
- Location: New York City
- Theme: Fetishism
- Stylist: Carine Roitfeld
- Number of Models: 12
- Revealed models: Adriana Lima, Isabeli Fontana, Raquel Zimmermann, Natalia Vodianova, Candice Huffine, Sasha Luss...
- Number of copies to be printed: 17,000
- Bonus: A peek at Sasha