It seems crazy to say it, but Gisele’s last American Vogue cover prior to this one was in 2010, even though she’s made the international rounds and co-chaired a Met Gala. Some of that is because she scaled back when she got married and had kids, but still; we’ve had Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner, but it took that long to book another one for Gisele? This is the woman who once did three in a row, and chased that a few months later with TWO in a row. You’d think Anna would find a way. Just for fun, the slideshow looks back at her previous covers — and I have to say, they’re not her best, which may explain why she tapered off with them.
She comes off as pretty likable in her 73 Questions video:
The cover story is a mix. There’s wisps of the entitlement and obliviousness that led to her minor scandals, like when she announced that mothers should be required by law to breast-feed; that hospital birth is violence against both mother and child; announcing sunscreen is just a bunch of gross toxins; and wearing a burqa to sneak in and out of a plastic surgery clinic in France. And there is a single-minded purpose of recasting her as a magnetic global activist who’s passionate about leaving the Earth a better place than when she found it. And the thing is, both those sides of her personality seem true. The things that in the past have bothered me about Gisele seem valid, as do the parts of her I liked in this interview, who said all the right things about the environment. We contain multitudes, after all; I, personally, can be annoying and okay in equal measure, and it follows that so can Gisele. It’s summed up reasonably well in this sentence by the author:
Those who dismiss this as woo-woo nonsense risk missing the vigor with which Gisele has undertaken a second career as protector of planet Earth.
Though those aren’t her words, that sentence sparks both my reactions to Gisele in one bite: I both admire Gisele for apparently putting her money where her mouth is, and also find it hilarious that of course Gisele — even if she didn’t pen it — would find a way not to be sketched simply as an activist, but rather, as our Wonder Woman, the warrior to whom we owe our future.