The Wait Is Over

The girls are here and they’re better than ever.   Liya Kebede,  Natalia Vodianova,  Anna Jagodzinska,  Isabeli Fontana,  Lara Stone,  Jourdan Dunn,  Raquel Zimmermann,  Caroline Trentini and Natasha Poly grace the cover of May’s epic issue of Vogue. Fashion addicts have been waiting for this one forever and the cover is more than worth it. Looking as polished and elegant as vintage Breck girls the chosen 9 are pitch perfect representatives for the model as a muse. The force behind this must have issue? None other than Steven Meisel, who is featured in a special article about his lasting influence on the world of modelling.

You’re going to want two copies.

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  1. What in the world is Anna J doing on the cover with those two? I know Meisel is crazy over her right now, but that spot should have been reserved for Natasha Poly or Raquel, CLEARLY.

  2. Beautiful cover..would have been nice to see Karlie here ..love that Anna j is right on the front

  3. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! SO FAR 3 CONSECUTIVE MONTHS VOGUE (AMERICAN VOGUE) HAS FEATURED COLOR ON THE COVER // MARCH – MICHELLE OBAMA // APRIL – BEYONCE // MAY – LIYA

    VERY SCHOCKED AND HAPPY. ITS A NEW DAY!

  4. I have to say that I’m kind of unimpressed. The cover just looks so horrible photshopped, and why are the only two ethnicities represented white and black? There are so many beautiful, interesting asian, latin american, indian etc. models that could have been chosen. Quite boring, in my opinion.

    Although Liya, Natalia and Isabeli look fantastic.

  5. I love it! Jourdan, Natalia, and Natasha (who should replace Anna J’s spot..) looks the best! Where is Toni though!?

  6. I don’t understand why Isabeli is out of Top 50 models, she is one of the best models nowadays doing the great jobs.

  7. no one rally looks at her best at all…they just look as good as a pice of plastic can be..no personality at all..but this s waht Meisels s good at..to give the same look any models he picks

  8. Snejana’s butler how can I put this…

    If Luxx is Batman then I am Bruce Wayne. Were very close, she has assured me that no thanks are necessary.

  9. finally actually models rather than famous people (aka kate hudson and reese witherspoon) on a cover of the american magazine!!!

  10. I so agree with you Laila! Anna J soudn’t have been on the cover. that spot is definitely for Natasha. She IS the Model of the Moment!

  11. I’d love to see Natasha on the main cover, but the fact she’s right at the end for me is cool, like closing with the best

  12. liya’s 3rd US vogue cover…amazing!!

    i wish they could have put models that weren’t featured as a “model of the moment” before, which is why i’m thrilled to see jourdan, natasha, and anna j on the cover.

    lara looks absolutely perfect and i’m so happy to see her on the cover!

  13. Steven Meisel has always picked the one who’s THE girl tomorrow. Natasha Poly established her career already, and regardging the versatility of bookings Anna J. did for this year, together with wide range of editorials, she’s the next. And it’s a bit politics always: the cover unites IMG, Women, Marilyn, DNA and Next. Surprise? 🙂

  14. It is quite horrible that we’re all SO grateful just because actual models, and not some celebrities are gracing the cover of one of the leading fashion magazines in the world, don’t you all think? I mean, we all know this is how it always should be – I hope we will get to see the girls more often, instead of Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. But even so, these pics look kind of lukewarm – I’m afraid Meisel hasn’t done such a great job this time. There they are – some of the best girls in the business – and they’re looking tired and unmotivated, and it’s hardly their fault; we all know Natasha and Co. can rock. Besides, am I the only who thinks the lighting is bad? It is as if they wanted to make all the girls look disturbingly similar – hardly a joyous manifesto of diversity. I won’t even mention the styling – usually a bombshell, Lara looks like a confused kid due to the makeup, and the one who styled Natalia’s fringe deserves to be dismissed.
    Hope the mods are not angry my post got so long. I would like to hear your opinion on some of the aforementioned “issues”.

  15. The looong wait is definitely over! But I was surprised to see Ana J on the cover with the legendary Liya and Natalia! Remember August 2004, with Gisele, Daria and Natalia on the cover? I guess they should put Coco Rocha or Lakshmi! I am not into Ana J although she has quite a portfolio too! I think for the cover it has to be Natalia, Liya and Natasha! Meisel forgot Julia stegner!

  16. agreed liu wen and lakshmi, karlie and where is coco??? lol

    and agreed again it would have been nice to see models who have no already been featured on a model of the moment cover, although this cover looks good.

  17. not only 2, but three brazilians (Isabeli, Carol and Raquel) and two russians (Natalia and Natasha).

  18. Wish I could have seen Liu Wen and Lakshmi too, but I guess they are not Meisel favorites. Isn’t Sessilee one, tho?

    At any rate, I agree with above posters: it’s a terrible photoshop job. Jourdan and Raquel look like cartoons.

  19. I DON’T THINK Anna J SHOULD BE ON THE COVER, I THINK COCO ROCHA SHOULD BE IN HER PLACE OR LILY DONALDSON OR JULIA STEGNER BUT I THINK COCO IS THE MOST IMPRESSIVE ONE.
    STILL LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVEEEE THE COVER!!!!!
    I REALLY MISS MODELS ON THE COVER OF VOGUE AMERICA.

  20. I thought Coco Rocha would make it on the cover. This is so wrong. She has been consistently present in the past issues of vogue. I am disappointed.

  21. i like it as a whole. bad photoshopping granted.
    the last image would be better as the cover.
    caroline and natasha look amazing.

  22. I love the cover and all models but, where’s Karen Elson??I can’t belive, this was unforgivable!!

  23. There is no way Anne J deserves to be on the main cover with Liya and Natalia, Lara or Natasha would have worked. And raie, Hye, Daul and Lakshmi????? Are you high? This is a cover of all-star models not one hit wonders. Come on.

  24. There was a cover 2 or 3 years ago with some of those girls like requel and caroline and chanel and coco and agyness that i thought was perfect as those girls were the it girls 2 years ago…but this, they mixed new and old..anna j and liya?.i think every 2 years vogue should issue a cover with the latest blue chip girls…and every cover should have different faces then the previous one. they missed alot on this i think like lily, jessica stam and more….oh dont forget daria.

  25. I would like to talk about the rivalry between Brazilian and Russian models … we can observe is that the Brazilian will end with the monotony of fashion with their faces and attitudes of those who always show needs to be valued at twice the different girls and born of Eastern Europe, is proof that Gisele Bundchen has everything a professional would be the fashion and never will be!

  26. Wow.
    I love how passionate everyone is about models being on the cover of American Vogue. So many comments!
    I hope this is the beginning of a new era for models. Please. I want to see BEAUTY again and not “celebrity”… unless the celebs are stunning, of course.

  27. Natalia Vodianova’s face is always a scene-stealer!!!!

    I kept looking around and round but my eyes keep coming back on her mug shot, lol!!!

    it’s a Vogue tradition that always put a promising newbie on her way up, on the cover…..relax guys, this is epic! would you want another Aniston/Beyonce/ Kiera Knightly??? heck no!!! so stop whining and enjoy the beauties!!!!

    Natasha Poly is “The SuperModel of the new Millenieum!!!”

    Natalia Vodianova is the most Beautiful and the Most Versatile Editorial Queen!

    Isabelli Fontana is a Supermodel of All Seasons….

    Raquel, Caroline and Liya are consistent ly good Models

  28. I agree with raie (t would be nice if they had Hye Park, Daul Kim AND Lakshmi). We know that Lakshmi has a nice Goa story inside. Liya looks so gorgeous as ever. Not loving Natalia’s hair. I for one love that Anna J. got the cover; it’s so unexpected and fun. Jourdan rules the foldout imo. So sleek and beautiful in that gazelle-like Marisa Berenson way.

  29. I like Jourdan and Liya too…….But I’m into the Naomi Campbell look…..BLACK BEAUTY!!!……I think Chanel Iman would be a good Fit!,

  30. sasha should be on the cover!!! she is the real face of the moment. from commercial (gap) to high end (armani) she got it. if she’s on the cover, all eyes would be on her.

  31. well if you want models to be in the cover!! we all should go n buy THE MAGAZINE!!!
    LETS TELL THE EDITORS THAT MODELS IN THE COVER CAN SELL A REALLY GOOD AMOUNT OF MAGAZINES!!!

  32. Gorgeous but over-photoshopped.
    I personally find the choice of models quite confusing. There are new models, then models who have been around for a while, then models which could possibly retire in the near future. I think that the cover should have been focused on more new models.
    Anna J, yeah, she’s new, Karlie Kloss, perhaps? Toni Garrn deserved to be on the cover. I think they should have included an Asian model too.

  33. the cover is gorgeous,but i really miss carmen kass and our
    darling caroline ribeiro on the inside…meisel was the big hands behind their career!!!

  34. In the end, all of these girls are true super models of this century, congrads to all of them and also to the other superstars.

  35. this cover is amzing but THE PHOTOSHOP IS REAAAALLLY REALLLY BAD. can see from where jourdan is!

    ANYWAY IF YOU WANNA COUNT THE TOP MODELS OF THE PAST SEASON S/S 2009 AND ALL THAT, BE IT RUNWAY, EDITORIALS OR CAMPAIGNS. THEN, THESE MODELS SHOULD BE HERE!

    EDITA V
    ANNA SELEZNEVA
    HEIDI MOUNT
    TONI GARNN
    ANNA J

    but there is 2 models with colour there really deserve a spot imho, LIU WEN and LASKHMI. givenchy and max mara what the hell this is not fair!

    where’s sasha! where’s anja! freja beha! lil d! sesilee! maria carla boscono! miss coco rocha! stam will never fade away!

  36. WHERE’S ANJA RUBIK! SHE RULES THE RUNWAY WITH HER LEGGY STATURE AND RULES THE EDITORIAL WORLD AND DEFINITELY RULES CAMPAIGN – belstaff! GAP! chloe! etc etc.

    the polish stunner owns!

    LET’S PREDICT WHO WILL ROCK THE NEXT US VOGUE SPREAD WITH MODELS ON THE COVER.

    yulia, mariacarla, toni, abbey lee, edita v, anna selez, heidi mount, anna jagodzinska, ALI STEPHENS, arlenis sosa, liu wen, suvi, ymre, katrin thormann, sigrid argen!

    AND HOW DARE THEY FORGET MISS ALI STEPHENS!
    she is an american that deserves a spot there not because of the fact that she’s american. furthermore, this is also an american publication!

    they missed out CHANEL, ALI STEPHENS, ANGELA LINDVALL FOR AMERICAN MODELS.

    CARMEN KASS! – she’s a true blue example of someone that never fades. and she has the perfect look to grace the cover.

    ANJA. omg so many models were robbed!

  37. another full fledged force would be having:
    ESTEE LAUDER GIRLS + RAULPH LAUREN’S MUSES + MODELS LIKE NATASHA POLY AND RAQUEL
    aka
    hilary, carolyn murphy, liya, ubah hassan, valentina, tao okamoto

    then we’ve all colours!

    the new wave of models are definitely those fronting the PRADA AD CAMPAIGNS

    toni, ymre, sigrid, katrin, nimue and more!

  38. Amazing!
    Isabeli should be in the cover.
    Isabeli, Natalia and Liya.
    But I have to mention tat Raquel is an impressive profissional.

  39. I guess who is on the main cover is not up to Meisel. Vogue editor Anna picks them too. I would love to see different nationality on the cover like Lakshmi and Liu Wen. Have you ever seen an Asian model or celeb on Amarican Vogue? Maybe when the amarican president is Asian one day. The models look beautifully photoshoped. Much better to repeat Jen or Rees on the cover, boring!!!

  40. i’m too tired to see Raquel,Caroline,Natalia,Natasha or Liya it’s doesn’t mean that they’re bad model, no, but they’re too everywhere. So much Face Of The Moment out there, ex; Snejana,Liu Wen,Lakshmi,Chanel(of course),Siri,Karmen Pedaru,Magdalena F and so many…
    I know it’s not easy too pick who’s who that well represent for Vogue cover but please so many better faces out there Vogue.

  41. american models that should’ve been on US vogue on the model issue. because FINALLY it is the model issue. and it’s also a model issue after all, so why not have some american models + models from other countries! so many established american models or supermodels to choose from:

    Angela Lindvall! Sessilee Lopez! Heidi Mount! Chanel Iman! Ali Stephens! Karlie Kloss!

  42. two girls that most definitely dont get the recognition they deserve –
    edita v and marina linchuk !
    they r THE most beautiful faces working right now, especially marina – i cant belive she is only in the 30s in the top 50, below soo many other more average girls, she is absolutely stunning!

  43. I LUV THE FACT THAT THEIR MODELS ON THE COVER ISTEAD OF STUPID CELEBRITIES WHO CANT’T MODEL FOR THEIR LIVES, AND I’M ALSO HAPPY THAT THEY HAVE TWO BLACK MODELS ON THE COVER!!But the styling made them all look the SAME!! i mean c’mon now, they look all alike, they have should,ve pick styles that made them look a much more unique!!! They do it all the time!!! making the models look all the same, and they also should’ve picked better models, where COCO or Natasha,i’d love to see karlie kloss, and also this is AMERICAN VOGUE, so they should have not have lara stone(srry). Overall they made the models look like clones instead of unique supermodels and they chose some of the wrong girls, GO JOURDAN DUNN!!!

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