Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Role Model: Eniko and Guinevere

So you think only uber skinny girls can become models?

How then do you explain my girl Lara Stone, aber? Well even Coco Rocha is rather bulky lately, no?

Despite being relatively plump compared to the current crop of beautifully cadaverous models (hello, Siri Tollerod and Olga Sherer!) Lara Stone is no doubt one of the world's top models. Go ask Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld.

I still like my models emaciated like hell though. I'd marry Kinga Rajzak, Magdalena Frackowiak, or Amanda Laine anytime... and the list of these girls go on and on, I even have an altar for them in my bedroom.

But I don't mind those girls with, well... rounder arms, wider hips, and heavier bosoms landing in some fashion magazine or walking down the catwalk.

God knows I worship two of the, I don't want to say this... uhm, the fatter (there!) girls in the modeling world. They are absolutely two of the biggest names around and lo and behold they're not exactly as gaunt as the other mannequins.

In fact, their round figures have given them a special niche coz (1) there are very few of them and (2) they can do nudes much better than those girls with bones poking out of their hips. Besides, they always deliver some of the most inspiring fashion editorials and campaigns.

Eniko Mihalik, 21, is best known not only for her curvaceous body - she is size 4 (gasp!) - but also for her amazing face framed by two of the most astounding cheekbones on earth.

After winning the Hungarian Elite Model Look in 2002, she had her debut in 2006 at the Chanel couture show. She is currently under Elite (Milan and Paris), Marilyn Agency (NY), and Storm (London).

In 2008, world-famous photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vindooh Matadin put Eniko on an exclusive six-month contract.

She has appeared on the covers of Numero France, Vogue Nippon, W Korea, i-D, and V and has snagged countless editorials in such fashion bibles as Elle, Italian Vogue, and Vogue Paris. Among her campaigns are Gucci, MaxMara, Nicole Farhi, and H&M. Eniko is also in the 2010 Pirelli Calendar.

You can read more about Eniko on her Model Manual profile and her FMD entry.

Next is model veteran Guinevere van Seenus, 33, who is size 4 (oh dear!). The American's mother agency is IMG Models New York.

Her very long list of magazine covers starts with W in March 1996 followed by a cover on i-D in May of the same year. Since then she had landed on the covers of some of the biggest magazines in the world, including Numero France, Italian Vogue, i-D, Dazed and Confused (both UK and US), and L'Uomo Vogue.

In the spring of 1996 she also appeared as the face of Chanel and Jil Sander, thus starting an extremely successful career in ad campaigns with such brands as Bottega Veneta, Dolce and Gabbana, DKNY, Gap, Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, Nars, Moschino, and Versace under her belt.

Guinevere has also appeared in the Pirelli calendar in 1996 and 2006.

Her Model Manual profile is found here and her FMD entry is found here.

While Guinevere's career is years ahead of Eniko, it can be said that both models were the premiere "round models" in their generations that were largely dominated by girls who don't have hips and boobs to speak of.

I don't want to discuss the dearth of more hefty models these days.

I just hope people realize that models represent an ideal. They personify an aesthetic envisioned by fashion photographers, designers, stylists, and editors. It just so happens that the prevailing aesthetic of the moment is the more fragile, emaciated look.

Regular people (a euphemism for those with a body mass index of more than 20, moi included) are not supposed to refer to these images of perfection for their self-esteem, OK? Now go back to your carbs.


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