Monday, March 1, 2010

The VI Cover

I'm still in a daze. A wonderful, dreamy daze.

The word classic comes to mind. There's just something to be said for a beautiful cover with a beautiful model. Yes, beautiful. Even if you're not a Freja fan it would be ludicrous to say that she isn't beautiful. I know it's subjective, but please let's be real. I know it's too early to say, and of course I'm biased, but I hope this cover becomes an iconic one in the history of VI, simply for what it stands for and for what it means to models. After all, Freja is a model who has seemingly defied all norms and odds to reach the pinnacle of success in her field.

No frills (except for the clothes), no thrills; just clean, straightforward, feminine beauty. Thank you Meisel for getting over whatever qualms you had and finally making this happen. Freja fans around the world are rejoicing right now for sure. And thank you fashion industry for showing everyone that hard work, perseverance, dedication to craft, and steady evolution CAN win out in the end sometimes; that luck and fickleness are not always the major determining factors in a model's career. Speaking for all the long time fans out there (and there are many), I can say that we're absolutely elated and that this couldn't have happened to a better more deserving model. I'm sure everyone reading this is a fan, but if you're not you have to at least respect what Freja has been able to accomplish over half a decade in an industry notorious for treating models like they literally are a dime a dozen.

Anyway, the features of Freja's face are unique in that they are both strong and delicate. This explains why she can go from doing androgynous editorials like this one, to feminine ones like this one. It's a very rare face that can handle both types of styling and aptly express such two different sides so well. Some people may not understand this feminine Freja, but it's something I've been hoping to see again for a very long. It's something who's lack of I've complained about countless times on this blog. Perhaps Freja's personality and off-duty street style have created an overshadowing persona, inhibiting some people from seeing anything else but androgyny? Well, it's their utter loss. And no matter, because the people who count can see it too and this cover is proof positive. Bravo Meisel. Brava Freja. Your fans have never been more proud!

Image Credits: via tFS member tarsha


Amber said...

This is it.

Anonymous said...

i'm probably going to get flamed for this, but the lips look outrageous. sort of like clown lips. most of it probably has to do with the colour, and the lining. wish they could've taken it easy on the outlining.

Anonymous said...

No I do agree with you. The lips are so unflattering, but the look she's giving with her eyes is gorgeous and so soft. She looks so ladylike and mature, and so different from anything she's done before.
I think Meisel pulls out that feminine side that Freja's always had.
Can't wait to see the editorial inside, I bet it's stunning.

Rrose Sélavy said...

@ anonymomous above: Valid But I think it works in this context, and I'm sure there is a purpose behind it. Maybe it will make more sense (and look better) once we see the accompanying ed? If you just stare at the lips, they're indeed exaggerated and clownish. But taken in with the rest of the cover it works for me.

Anonymous said...

True. The makeup is very strong (she also has blue eye shadow lol), yet her gaze is very soft.
Can't wait for the editorial.

Anonymous said...

Ahh, I don't read Italian but you can be sure this will be in my collection. It's a truly stunning cover.
I wonder why Meisel changed his mind. Regardless, I am ecsatic.

Thank you very much for this blog!

Anonymous said...

She's so pretty. I love her.

Anonymous said...

i cant stop staring. i love her more

Anonymous said...

i've seen the editorials and she's been paired with mathias lauridsen.there is some sort of story line there about the editorials i guess.they're beautifuls and i like them, though in some of the pictures, i think mathias shines more than freja.i found the pictures in this one website called fuckYeahfrejabeha.