Tuesday, July 21, 2009

8/09 US Vogue - Worth a Look

Vogue's annual age issue, like the shape issue can be pretty hit or miss. This year's issue features a cover story on supermodel Christy Turlington which I still haven't gotten around to reading yet. The rest of the issue is filled with the typical Vogue editorials, beauty articles and profiles. Nothing to get too excited about but there are a few high points that make the issue worthwhile.

#1 Liya Kebede

She only gets a one photo and three paragraphs but the copy mentions her children's clothing line and her charitable work with the WHO and her recent honor by the Gordon Parks Foundation. The accompanying photo shows Kebede (her handsome husband in the background) wearing a stunning red Thakoon dress.

#2 Anna Cleveland

She may not make the same impact that her mother, 70s top model Pat Cleveland did in her heyday but Anna has been making an impression on the runway, booking shows with Zac Posen, Caroline Herrera and DVF.

#3 Pat McGrath

The always in-demand makeup artist shares her "must have" list of products and makeup tips. She keeps her own routine simple with a solid skin care regime, soft neutral colors and of course, mascara. She's worked behind the scenes on many makeup launches but I'm hoping that she launches her own line one of these days...or at least releases a makeup book.

#4 Shingai Shoniwa of The Noisettes

Shingai is as stunning as she is talented. When I got their first CD from the library a year ago, it was in constant rotation on my iPod. There was a time She and her band are currently promoting their second CD "Wild Young Hearts."

#5 Jenny Lumet

Vogue profiles the upper crust homemaker turned sought after screenwriter. Lumet, the black/Jewish daughter of Sidney Lumet and granddaughter of screen icon Lena Horne wrote last year's critically acclaimed "Rachel is Getting Married" and is currently working on a script about race at Brooklyn's International High School. Her own view on race, she shares, were influence heavily by her grandmother whose participation in the Civil Rights Movement nearly ended her career.

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