Thanksgiving is a stupid holiday, I’m not going to post anything relating to it! Instead, I bring you the following list of fashion aliens, in which we count down the most fragile, bizarre, unusual specimens of beauty to be found in the mainstream modeling world. The countdown begins with…
# 7: Lily Cole. Lily almost didn’t make this list because she’s more doll-like than alien. I envision her more baking gingerbread cookies than stepping out of a flying saucer. But there is something about her. And she is weird! I look forward to her starring as Alice in the Marilyn Manson-directed horror film Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll.
#6: Alek Wek. This Sudenese refugee broke right through the Western beauty standards that dominate the fashion industry. She’s walked the runway for Galliano and Calvin Klein, and can be seen in Janet Jackson’s inspiring Mark Romanek-directed Got Til It’s Gone music video.
# 5: Devon Aoki. Devon was discovered at a Rancid concert that she had gatecrashed at age 13. How cute! I kind of wish she’d get back to doing weird things like this iconic image for Alexander McQueen taken by Nick Knight, but unfortunately these days she’s just acting in a lot of awful movies like 2 Fast 2 Furious and War. However, she does still have her shining moments of glory, like her role as the deadly Miho in Sin City, which can be seen here.
#4: Polly Fey. This stunning woman is one of the only alternative models ever to make it into the mainstream without sacrificing a bit of her individuality. In the 90s she was one of the biggest models in London’s fetish scene, frequently appearing on Torture Garden fliers, as a muse for Pierre et Gilles, and on the runway for Skin Two. She quickly graduated to publications such as The Face and i-D (where she appeared together with Naomi Campbell). You can see more images of Polly here.
#3. Sasha Pivovarova. The Internet can be so cruel to Sasha! If you type in “sasha pivovarova” into Google Images, it comes back with “try also: gemma ward” (see #2, below). But I think that Sasha is more than just a Gemma-clone, though the two models do bear a striking resemblence. She’s still new to the scene, and I think we’ll see a lot of amazing, alien-like images from her yet.
#2: Gemma Ward. Gemma is perhaps the face most closely-associated with concepts of alien beauty. Her slightly-slanted, wide-apart eyes are her most celebrated feature, and her unique look has paved the way for a lot of the other “alien-beautiful” models that we see today. Nick Knight has said of her, “Gemma is one of the very, very few models who look as though they come from another dimension.”
Here’s Gemma side-by-side with Sasha Pivavarova:
#1. Masha Telna. But then, this model makes Gemma look like the girl next door. Those eyes – my god. She looks like a CG character! It’s actually unsettling. Masha has not yet appeared much in print, but you can see more images of her here. Not much is known about her – she doesn’t even have a Russian Wikipedia entry – but I’m hoping that we’ll see more of her and her gi-normous eyes soon.