A couple years back we broke the story at Examiner.com that Peter Lindbergh had orchestrated a Supermodel Reunion as part of his short film series published on Nowness.com. The details of the project were pretty hush, but all would soon be revealed. And what a reveal it was!
Supermodel Reunion | Top models of the ‘90s reunited in short film
The ‘90s decade is known for standout sitcoms, grunge rock, and the era of the supermodel. In January 1990 Vogue UK boasted a cover photograph by Peter Lindbergh starring Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Tatjana Patitz. For his short film series, Lindbergh has assembled some of the era’s biggest names in modeling for a short film entitled The Reunion which is currently featured on Nowness.com.
Known for producing stunning black-and-white imagery, Peter Lindbergh directed the short featuring models Karen Alexander, Nadja Auermann, Helena Christensen, Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova and Tatjana Patitz. Ranging in age from 40s to 50s at the time of the shoot, the models can be seen reminiscing about past photo sessions while posing for a group shot in knit sweaters. The clip includes a voiceover from Crawford saying, “The thing that makes working with Peter memorable is just Peter, his energy. He really sees the beauty in a mature woman, like through experience, through having children, through heartbreaks, through love. Through all of that, Peter thinks, adds to our beauty. And that’s what we’re here doing today.”
Lindbergh’s iconic Vogue image began a trend that would lead to ensemble casting of models in editorials and music videos, introducing the world to the faces of fashion who would remain household names to this day. While some of these legendary supermodels have lingered in the spotlight over the past 25 years, having them gathered together in one place for a group photo shoot was a rare treat. The black-and-white short was published as part of the Directors Cuts series at Nowness.
If you have never seen this piece or his other supermodel short entitled Walking I would strongly encourage you to take a look. These black-and-white mini masterpieces capture so much more than an era of iconic fashion models gone by. It’s a testament to a revolutionary period of time when everything was about to change for models of the world, everywhere.
These women were more than just stereotypical model-types or as they were labeled Supermodels. Prior to their successes, a working model could expect her career to last up until the age of 25, and at that point she would be considered a “classic” model, perhaps suited for an agency’s older division. At age 25! So going in at age 18 to 20, you think okay I have a few years to do this and that’s it. But these incredible ladies changed all of that.
Not only did they continue the work and pave the way for us all to continue working well into our 30s and 40s and beyond, they were the first influencers and arguably originated what would later become influencer marketing. Yes, they showed us how to secure a modeling contract and earn the coveted Supermodel title. But as they got older they worked to build their own brands and capitalize on their names in order to sell their own products. Talk about entrepreneurial efforts! Cindy Crawford, Kathy Ireland, and Brooke Shields are known for selling home furnishings but they also own a piece of the profits. Christie Brinkley, Raquel Welch, Vivica Fox, and Beverly Johnson have their own lines of wigs. Supermodels Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Elle Macpherson banded together and invested in restaurants. Paulina Porizkova wrote and published a children’s book. Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks became better known for their television hosting gigs than for their early work as models.
So when you watch these films — and again, I would urge everyone interested in becoming a model, or anyone who is simply a super-modeling fan, to watch it — look into their eyes. Behind their deep gazes are years of experience, knowledge, and life. Hats off to Lindbergh for capturing it all so well.