Cindy Crawford reflects on ‘big shift’ digital cameras caused in fashion world

Cindy Crawford has reflected on the impact digital cameras have had on the modelling industry.The supermodel started working in 1986 and quickly began starring in campaigns alongside fellow stars including Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Sc…

Cindy Crawford has reflected on the impact digital cameras have had on the modelling industry.

The supermodel started working in 1986 and quickly began starring in campaigns alongside fellow stars including Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, and Kate Moss.

Over the course of her career, Crawford has posed for many photographers, including the late Richard Avedon and Herb Ritts, but in an interview held as part of Vogue’s recent Forces of Fashion conference, she pondered whether the use of digital cameras means that there is less spontaneity on set when compared to traditional film.

“What I’ve noticed is sometimes (photographers are) like, ‘OK, we got it.’ Because they see it big (on a screen),” she commented. “Sometimes that next thing that was gonna happen was like the unplanned thing. Or sometimes, for instance, you’re modelling and you’ll do something that looks bad but the next thing was gonna look good but they’ll stop you at the bad… we used to be like, ‘O.K. now we’ve got it, let’s just do two rolls for the heck of it and throw it away,’ and that might be where the magic is.”

Crawford went on to recall how strange it was when photographers such as Michael Thompson first began using digital cameras, as there was less focus on what the model was doing.

“When you were shooting with film and there was no monitor, all the attention was on the set, on the model. So, there was an aspect that you were performing in front of the hair(stylists), the make-up (artists), the stylist. Everyone’s eyes were on you, and when you’re receiving that (attention), you put it on, you perform,” the 53-year-old remembered. “All of a sudden, everyone was hovered around the monitor, and I’d be standing on set like, ‘Guys, I’m over here, I feel alone.’ That was a big shift for me.”

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Cindy Crawford was pressured into posing nude by photographer

Cindy Crawford regrets once allowing a photographer pressure her into posing nude.The supermodel made the startling confession during a joint interview with her daughter Kaia Gerber at Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conference on Thursday, as the pair began…

Cindy Crawford regrets once allowing a photographer pressure her into posing nude.

The supermodel made the startling confession during a joint interview with her daughter Kaia Gerber at Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conference on Thursday, as the pair began to discuss how the #MeToo movement has affected the fashion industry.

While the 53-year-old has willingly posed nude for the likes of late photography icons Herb Ritts and Helmut Newton, she shared one incident in which she was put under pressure to go nude during the shoot.

“I’ve done a tonne of nudes throughout my career, but I never ever felt bad about (it) except for one time. And it was because it wasn’t supposed to be a nude and I kind of felt like a little pressured into it,” Cindy explained.

She gave no further details about the photographer, or when the distressing incident took place, but insisted it didn’t happen when she was under the age of 18.

“I, even as a woman of 53, want to feel respected and protected in any work environment I’m in. But that one time with that guy, it just felt not right. Those are the only ones I regret. They actually are not even full nudes; they were from the back, sort of. But I didn’t vote myself in,” she continued. “Sometimes they don’t like when you say no, but now I think models feel more empowered to say ‘no’.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Kaia opened up about the challenges she faces as the daughter of one of the world’s most famous women.

“I came from an already known family so it was easy for people to have preconceived ideas about me,” the 18-year-old reflected. “The biggest struggle was proving people wrong. I almost had to go backwards before I went forward.”

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Alek Wek recalls first nude shoot: ‘I was a virgin and didn’t want to be naked in front of a man’

Alek Wek’s iconic 2000 Pirelli Calendar shoot nearly didn’t happen as she felt uncomfortable posing naked.The Sudanese model, who settled in Britain as a teenager after civil war broke out in her home country, was scouted in 1995 and has gone on to…

Alek Wek’s iconic 2000 Pirelli Calendar shoot nearly didn’t happen as she felt uncomfortable posing naked.

The Sudanese model, who settled in Britain as a teenager after civil war broke out in her home country, was scouted in 1995 and has gone on to enjoy more than 20 years in the fashion industry.

Among her most iconic images is the photo for the Pirelli Calendar, where she posed for Herb Ritts completely nude with her body, painted by Joanne Gair, shimmering in the light, and her hair styled into a mini spiked mohican.

“I was still a virgin and didn’t want to be naked in front of a man,” she recalled to ES Magazine. “But my agents said to me, ‘You’re good, you’re safe, and they’re going to celebrate you’.”

Alek’s other achievements include being the first African model to appear on the cover of Elle, and she has also been lauded for being the first black model who didn’t conform to a Caucasian aesthetic.

Asked about the diversity in modern day fashion, the 41-year-old echoes what lots of other models have stated; that while things have got better, there’s still a long way to go.

“Let’s see what happens in the next five years, in the next 10 years even,” she mused. “What has been realised is black (culture) makes a lot of money — our music, our style — and it’s a big freakin’ market. And because of social media, if you don’t put black people in your magazines, you’re gonna be exposed. You don’t find black beautiful, you’re gonna be exposed. We can’t be excited because all of a sudden we’ve seen small steps towards diversity. I think it’ll take time to see if things (in fashion) really change.’

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Helena Christensen models metal bikini she first wore in 1991

Helena Christensen has once again modelled the metal bikini she first wore 27 years ago.The Danish model rose to fame in the early 1990s, having landed campaigns for the likes of Revlon, Chanel, Versace and Prada. Perhaps one of Helena’s most famous ed…

Helena Christensen has once again modelled the metal bikini she first wore 27 years ago.

The Danish model rose to fame in the early 1990s, having landed campaigns for the likes of Revlon, Chanel, Versace and Prada. Perhaps one of Helena’s most famous editorials saw her pose in a Thierry Mugler metal bikini for LA magazine in 1991 and she has now recreated the photoshoot for U.S. InStyle magazine’s August 2018 issue.

“I wore this exact Thierry Mugler metal outfit when my dear friend and mentor Herb Ritts photographed me in 1991 for LA magazine,” she wrote on her Instagram page on Wednesday (27Jun18) alongside the original and recent photoshoot. “It was a tight squeeze then and it’s a tight squeeze now but I did it. Thank you Julie (Pelipas, fashion director) for bringing this amazing outfit back to me! So excited to be part of this issue with all those true bada*s girls.”

Helena worked with InStyle editor-in-chief Laura Brown, hairstylist Harry Josh, make-up artist Hung Vanngo and manicurist Honey on the new shoot, which also included images of her posing in swimsuits in New York’s Financial District.

While some may have felt uncomfortable posing in such a public arena, the former catwalk star took it all in her stride.

“(True New Yorkers) could give a s**t about what anyone looks like. I was just another weirdo strolling downtown on my way to work,” the 49-year-old shared in a chat with InStyle. “Even though it can be awkward and uncomfortable, it adds something to my life. I like what (modelling) adds. I think it’s important to try all kinds of things in our relatively short lives.”

Another special moment Helena discussed was when she stepped out on the Versace runway alongside fellow supermodels Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell and Carla Bruni in honour of the Italian brand’s 20th anniversary in September last year. And the brunette beauty couldn’t believe the online reaction the spectacle received.

“I thought my phone was malfunctioning,” she said of the 30,000 Instagram followers she garnered overnight. “It was so much bigger than I had imagined. Afterward the other girls from the show were just standing there with tears in their eyes and hugging us. It became very emotional. I hope that Gianni (Versace) felt that energy coming from earth. He definitely would have.”

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