Monday, August 21, 2017
The legendary Lara Stone embodies the central idea which underpins modelling as an industry, which is to act as a vehicle for designers, creative directors and editors and become the ultimate blank canvas, insubordinate to the clothes. However, by virtue of her body shape it would be difficult to argue Stone doesn’t influence the creative vision of those she works with. Whenever I recall high school, and the Sunday afternoons spent with a cup of tea flicking through glossy magazines, inevitably there are a few Vogue Australia campaigns in which Stone features. Those images are often raw, powerful and vivacious. While it doesn’t seem like a far cry to cast a busty, tall, blond white woman in campaigns, when she first exploded onto the modelling scene I can remember a distinct shift in the conversation on what a top model looks like. She’s featured on countless covers, walked for the crème de la crème of fashion houses and featured alongside the likes of Kate Moss.
What’s most intriguing about Stone, is her versatility. She beautifully portrays the shape and form of a strong and powerful woman, and at times bearing all, but with careful application of the right beauty products she seems otherworldly and somewhat celestial. From her modelling debut for the couture shows of Givenchy in January 2006, handpicked by Riccardo Tisci. As they say, the rest is history and although she hasn’t been quite as active since 2015, a cameo appearance as herself in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) cements Stone as a formidable figure within the realm of pop culture. A legacy of stunning photo shoots, candid photographs backstage, and to top it all off a calendar month in the 2011 Pirelli Calendar (photographed by Karl Lagerfeld) and ranking No. 7 on Forbes' World's Top-Earning Models list. Although I’ve revisited the careers of several top models within recent weeks, there are very few that hold a candle to Lara Stone.