Today’s Flashback Friday is replacing y’days Throw back Thursday.
Sorry guys, I’ve been super busy and we forgot to post my usual Thursday post so to make up for it here’s an extra Friday Post with a special cover of supermodel Gisele Bundchen from April 2005
In the late 1990s, Gisele was the first in a wave of Brazilian models to find international success. In 1999 Vogue magazine quoted “The Return of the Sexy Model”, and Gisele was credited with ending the so called “Heroin Chic” era of modelling. She was one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels from 2000 until 2007, where she bagged one of the biggest supposed contracts VS had ever given. Since 2004, she has been the highest-paid model in the world, and as of 2007 was the 16th richest woman in the entertainment industry. In 2012 she placed first on the Forbes top-earning models list. As of 2014, she is listed as the 89th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
And so on that note I give you one of Gisele’s many Vogue Covers which I worked on. Also have a read of my funny story behind getting to this shoot below…………
There’s a funny story behind this shoot. I was in New York the day before the shoot happened and was taking a flight in the evening to LA where this shoot was taking place.
As I began my journey to JFK airport in New York a huge snow storm hit the city and within an hour so much snow had fallen over the whole city that roads were closing left right and centre.
I called my agent from the taxi saying I didn’t think I was going to make the flight. My driver was struggling to get through the snow and we were hearing on the radio that JFK were cancelling all their flights.
I explained to my driver that I was trying to get to the airport as I was shooting a Vogue cover of Gisele the next morning in LA and he insisted that there was no way he could see me miss that and that he would get me to the airport regardless of the weather.
He took every road possible and somehow through this treacherous weather he managed to get me to JFK. As I got into the airport they announced that all flights were being grounded. “What was I going to do?”
I was on American Airlines and as I approached the check-in desk the lady told me my flight was cancelled due to the weather conditions. I explained to her what I was trying to do and yet again like the taxi driver she insisted on trying to get me there. She said that if I could get to La Guardia airport they could get me on a connecting flight to Texas as they’d managed to clear the runways there from snow quicker than JFK . How on earth was I going to get there though?
Meanwhile Sophie Baudrand the Vogue bookings editor at the time was informed that I probably couldn’t make it, but I was in direct contact with her and insisted that I would somehow get to LA so they wouldn’t be without a hairstylist.
I somehow ( and looking back, probably dangerously so) persuaded a NY yellow cab to take me to LA Guardia airport. We slipped and slid all over the roads ( slowly of course) but this driver somehow got me to LA Guardia airport and miraculously I got on a flight to Texas that evening, which ended up being the last flight out of La Guardia before they closed the airport down due to the snow.
I connected to another flight in Texas at 12.30am and landed in LA at 3.30am, arriving at my hotel at 5am
All I can say is that I was on set at 8am ( on time by the way ) that morning, and this cover was born…….. We finished shooting by 1pm and we were having lunch on the beach at 1.30…..
At British Vogue I became known as the Intrepid Hairdresser. It was worth it too, as this has ended up being one of my favourite ever Vogue covers….. It is with Gisele after all
I want to say a huge thank you to my first driver, the yellow cab driver and the ladies who helped me at American Airlines in JFK and LA Guardia for their help in getting me to LA. I have no idea who they are but I’m sure good things would have come to these people.
Credits: Gisele British Vogue Cover April 2005
Photographer: Patrick Demarchelier
Model: Gisele Bundchen ( in Ralph Lauren)
Fashion Editor: Katie Felstead
Make-Up: Fulvia Farolfi
Nails: April Foreman.
Production: Stardust Visions.