The Godfather

April 14th, 2009 Posted by Betty comments (27)

If you are like most of us in the industry, Steven Meisel holds an extra special fascination because of his prodigious talent and vision, his longevity and his ability to instantaneously create a star. What also sets him apart from any other photographer is, in the word’s of Vogue‘s Jonathan Van Meter an “almost impenetrable mystique“. It was with great excitement that we read the excerpted interview with Meisel on There are so many intriguing and never known details about the legendary lensman. The complete story appears in the May Vogue along with some personal pictures and a page of “Defining Moments” when he captures the changing moods of fashion. Get 2 copies. It’s most definitely a keeper. (Read excerpted interview here)


Ph: Steven Meisel from In the picture with Meisel: (Clockwise) Carolyn Murphy, Liya Kebede, Kristen McMenamy, Coco Rocha, Jessica Stam, Amber Valletta, Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Karen Elson, Natalia Vodianova, Guinevere Van Seenus, Stella Tennant, Agyness Deyn.

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  1. Nigel S. (N.S.) says:

    😀 quite simply, HEAVEN on Earth!
    They all look so beautiful. Wishing I was a fly on the wall…
    Naomi, Linda and Gisele look divine.

  2. KMV says:

    I would have loved to have been here, too. All these legends and sure-to-be-legends in the same room is extraordinary. And it’s not about who “outshines who” or who is “giving better face”. It’s all about Steven Meisel. And what an honor it is to be asked by Steven to share this special moment with him!

  3. Homotography says:

    He’s The Godfather indeed. It’s great the Model issue honors him with this spread, he’s behind the success of many great models.

  4. trumancapote says:

    again again again.. u guys dont know that Franza Sozzani ( vogue italia editor ) created him…n keep his legend alive any issue…for the last 25years

  5. Ambigous says:

    OMG!!!! Linda Evangelista is there!!!!

  6. paul1 says:


  7. KMV says:

    Or trumancapote…it also could work the other way around…that Steven Meisel built up and sustained Franza Sozzani. Who is to say that she would still be sitting in her position today if it weren’t for Meisel’s great influence in Vogue Italia?

  8. KMV says:

    Sorry, “Franca” Sozzani. 🙂

  9. raie says:

    omg ive never seen what steven looks like this is the first time hes kinda young looking i must say

  10. alex says:


  11. JASON KANNER says:

    I am framing this for my office. This is absolutely the coolest thing I have ever seen VOGUE do. Beyond

  12. K says:

    I wish Vogue would sell prints of this photo!!

  13. trumancapote says:

    the interview s a very nice trip back in a time impossible to coem back

  14. damnthatlion says:

    why isn’t Małgosia included?

  15. bell says:

    i love this man

  16. poo says:

    He’s simply the best. Ever. No one gets fashion and models the way he does. He’s just it.

  17. Whodunnit? says:

    Is it just me, or is fashion getting really good again.
    Seeing all these great models in one story is such a treat.
    I hope it is a sign of things to come!

  18. Idan says:

    i love him! i love his work! Steven Meisel is amazing!

  19. Vilmar says:

    ahhh I dont see ash and eliza in the photo …

  20. Liz says:

    OMG, look at Karen Elson! Easily the prettiest of them all. This woman is not from this world. She’s some kind of fairy, or mythological creature…it’s not possible to be this beautiful and classy…
    Stam, Linda, Christy and Aggy are kicking ass too. I just miss Kate Moss. She should be in this picture…

  21. Liz says:

    Even though I know Kate wasn’t discovered by Steven. But, anyway, this picture is so epic, she should be there…

  22. Eamon says:

    Amazing! I think there was room for Alek Wek though. I know Meisel had great sway with her career.

  23. Zakuro says:

    The Godfather,,,right.
    He has the talent to find girls with a diamond in the rough and creat something new with them.
    It looks that he is sourrounded by his dear daughters.

  24. GP says:

    Vogue always use celebs for covers but once a while she will give you all models at once. Amazing!!! Can’t wait to buy it in Australia.

  25. Ryo says:

    Queen Naomi! She stands out in this photo for me.

  26. sam says:

    this is totaly absured, steve meisel didn’t make all the supermodels, or is not in charge, although i know he has done a great job boosting and creating their careers, but what would sasha pivovorova be whitout PRADA, would gisele bundchen have dated tom/leo if dshe wasnt with Vic Sec., what would carolyn murphy be without ESTEE LAUDER, what would kate moss be witout CALVIN KLIEN, would jourdan dunn be here if PRADA didn;t book her in that fashion show,and where would doutzen kreos be???? u can answer that question

  27. mari says:

    gisele are the best!!ALWAYSSS..SHE IS PERFECT

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