My father said to me, this is over at 25 if you're lucky.
Well, essentially, the supermodel never goes away. Yeah. We have this fantastic and lasting industry in what's thought to be an ephemeral industry. Supermodels working 20 years, 30 years into their career, that says something. That's fascinating.
You have Iman, you got Linda Evangelista. She's in covers of Vogue and incredible campaigns. These women, like Linda, have so much personality, have so much presence that I think they're really exciting even to newer generations.
In that time, they said you're overexposed and what's gonna happen is you're not gonna be able to work if everybody sees you everywhere. (STAMMERS) They're gonna get tired of you. There's no such thing as overexposure for a girl today.
I think some of our challenges are our greatest impetus to go further and be more.
You know, you get to a point where you're just like, you know what? I want to be something more and I want to do something more and I want to say something more than just being a face.
People like Tyra Banks, they did the right thing but they didn't, not within the modeling industry. They did it within the entertainment industry.
You couldn't do what Heidi Klum has done. You couldn’t make a trademark because there was a snobbery about, oh, you're a model. Oh. Oh. Like that.
(LAUGH) So one day you're in and the next day, you're out.
And my work, my job is perfect, 'cause I'm doing what I want to do in my life right now. I'm not a, you know, a product anymore. I'm branding myself.
The supermodels became recognizable almost to modified presences in and of themselves. And the fashion industry not only created them but they promoted them. So these women are now very much of a branded product in and of themselves. So I don't know that it's necessary a fascination with models of a certain age as it is that we've almost inadvertently pushed the acceptability.
You know, Dior, like John Galliano brought all of these, you know, all the supermodels back for his couture show at Versailles in 2007. You know, that was like, it was that. Like, he (STAMMERS) you're bringing women who have, you know, who are almost 40 to bring back fashion and to bring back your runways. And Gisele was actually among them. And so that's saying something. Like, I think the designers are looking for somebody who is actually making their clothes look even better and give them more personality.
So I think, if anything, the supermodels are champions of change. Women of all ages are included in advertising and editorial campaign. Any major (STAMMERS) fashion magazine may have models from 15 to Carmen and everywhere in between and that really wouldn’t have happened 33 years ago. The franchising of international fashion brands globalizing a brand, suddenly this commodity which had always been of great value became an international mover and shaker of business.
This business is a business that was built on the history. We are the accumulation of everything that has happened to this point. And the girls that come up today get the benefit of everything that every model who made a mark or who created a outlet or a different business along the way, she is getting the benefit of today, and it'll keep moving forward. You know, the history of everything we've ever done.