Elle is getting a lot of use out of this Dior line — the top here is very similar to (if not the same as) what Michelle Obama wore on the US cover. I suspect Dior may be paying Elle for this honor, to be honest. Having said that, I actually really like this cover — it’s got so much movement, and it looks so ’80s (it was shot by Giles Bensimon, so it makes sense that it would feel like something he would have snapped in his heyday). I also like Chrissy’s flippy little haircut here, but — if I may pick a very small nit — the strands in her face make me feel a wee bit like I might sneeze.
But ultimately, to me, (appropriately, given that the sub-head of this cover story was called A Lesson in Social Media), the best part of this whole thing is Chrissy’s take on her editorial on her Insta:
That was a very humorous journey. I laughed. It’s also just a good piece; Chrissy is a very lively interview, because she’s naturally funny, and she’s very honest, and she’s not actively trying to make the journalist’s life any harder than it has to be. I also liked learning that John Legend has a bowling ball with his own face on it.
This bit was also good:
She was discovered as a model aged 18, while working at a surf shop in Huntington Beach, California, but it took Chrissy two years to book a job. ‘It was boring stuff, catalogues,’ she says. ‘I was a mannequin, really.’ Gradually, she began building a commercial career, booking campaigns for major brands such as Nike and appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Now she’s signed to IMG, who look after the likes of Karlie Kloss and the Hadids.
Maybe because she had to graft to get there, Chrissy has never hesitated to pull back the veil on her industry. I ask about the stretch marks post.
‘Everyone Photoshops them out,’ she exclaims. ‘It’s insane. And I don’t want anyone to feel like they’re the only ones. I was on a Victoria’s Secret shoot and it was a big turning point for me to see those women with scars and stretch marks and bruises. Who’s to say it’s even a flaw?’
For real! Can we make Random Leg Bruises That You Don’t Remember Getting the next big thing?
[Cover: Gilles Bensimon for Elle UK]