When Carine Roitfeld launches a magazine, everyone pays attention. CR is the new solo project from the former Vogue Paris editor.
Roitfeld shocked many with her very unlikely choice of cover star for the premier edition. Kate Upton. In her very short career, Kate has faced heavy criticism at her chances of cracking the fashion industry. She regularly faces snipes about her ability to be a ‘real model’ due to her voluptuous body. But her appearance on the debut issue has earned young Kate some major fashionista kudos.
Kate’s figure and image has been widely debated. Despite snagging the highly coveted cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Victoria’s Secret dubbed her “too obvious” and refused to work with her in their up coming runway show. Their casting director, Sophia Neophitou even compared Kate to a “footballer’s wife”. Ouch! “She’s like a Page 3 girl,” Ms. Neophitou said, referring to the scantily clad voluptuous women featured in The Sun, a London tabloid. “She’s like a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.”
Meaow! Saucer of milk for Ms. Neophitou! Was there really any need to be so mean, especially at a time when quotes can go viral?
Just so you understand, Kate Upton is a US size 4. Today, the average American woman is 5’4″, has a waist size of 34-35 inches and weighs between 140-150 lbs, with a dress size of 12-14.
So, why did Roitfeld choose Kate? “No one will imagine me having a cover like this, but I want to be very positive about fashion,” Roitfeld told the New York Times. “It was an idea I shared with Bruce Weber about babies, animals, and little girls. I didn’t want a normal model. I wanted someone with a sensual body, someone who could be a mother for all these babies. Honestly, from the first time I worked with her – I saw in Sports Illustrated some pictures she did with Terry Richardson. I would not say she’s a controversial model, but she’s not a classic model. And I like that.”
So its a BIG thumbs up for Kate’s curves from the Queen Fashionista, Carine Roitfeld. Hopefully a lesson learned about healthy role ‘models’ and their place in high fashion. Who else will follow suit?