Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Prediction

Photographed By Ellinor Forje

In 1991, Naomi Campbell graced the cover of "Time Magazine" In an edition which also featured Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford The story, "Supermodels: The Beauty And The Buck"" catalogued the models' quintessence. And to a certain extent, their fall, too.

Evangelista was described by the fashion forecasters as someone who knew that "the clock was ticking". According to them, at the mere age of 28, she was on her way out of the game, because models back then came with an expiration date.

Evangelista defied and re-defined the rules of her trade. Today, she's still modelling. The girls are all still modelling.

Campbell, then 22, was described as someone who should be watching her back as she already had three competitors. One was Tyra Banks. The other Beverly Peele. The third one's name has fallen into oblivion. Banks carved out her own place in history. Peele was occasionally seen here and there. Today Campbell is an icon.

The prognosticator's prognoses were as accurate as the tutor's when he told Albert Einstein's father that Einstein would amount to nothing.

Then again, maybe the seer wasn't as delusional as it seemed 20 years ago. On September 10, 2010, outside the Dolce  & Gabban store in New York, Campbell wasn't modelling in the traditional sense at all.

She danced.

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