Quick Change Artist

As one of the few models to ascend to the numero uno position on Top 50, Raquel Zimmermann has had the kind of career few models can hope for. Top tier campaigns? Booked ’em all. Coveted covers? Been there, done that. Seeing Raquel on the cover of Italian Vogue this month isn’t all that surprising, but Steven Meisel’s image of the famously blonde Brazilian as an aloof brunette feels unexpected. The curly wig renders Raquel almost unrecognizable and the simple image lets us know that we’re in for a studio shoot all about transformation.

Given the apt “versatile” headline, scrawled on the cover in lavender letters, we’re guessing that Meisel understands exactly what Miss Zimmermann’s appeal is all about. No one disappears into a new guise quite the way she does – take a look at the wildly different, flame haired look on her previous VI cover almost a decade ago.

Vogue Italia August 2011 FASHION EDITOR Karl Templer HAIR Jimmy Paul MAKEUP Pat McGrath

 

Vogue Italia June 2002

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27 Comments
  1. I LOVE Raquel, she’s one of the best models of all time. But I don’t know about this cover. It could’ve been great, but it just falls flat. VI has been getting worse these past couple years. Meisel is running out of ideas.

  2. Unlike many i really love this cover! It’s clean and simple and you can see Raquels chameleon skills. She’s iconic!

    But shame on Meisel for giving her only 2 covers in het career. Here’s to many more!

  3. THANK U PEOPLE! i thought i was the only one havin this kind of ideas. most of meisel 2010 is boring,no juice,terrible castings. vogue italia could shock and experiment instead of drawing giant question marks inside people brains.

  4. LOVE the second cover!

    Raquel is amazing! not a fav of mine, but totally respect!!! she’s major and deserves all the work!

  5. I’m not really a fan of Raquel’s look but I think she’s a fantastic model, able to convey so much in photo’s.

  6. RAQUEL É SEM DÚVIDAS ALGUMA UMA DAS CINCO MELHORES MODELOS DE TODOS OS TEMPO. A SABER: GISELE, RAQUEL, ISABELI FONTANA, DARIA WERBOWY AND CINDY CRAWFORD. MODELS BRASILIAN ARE THE BEST OF THE WORLD!

  7. Yay Raquel!!! Been a long time coming, so good for her. She continues her domination, so I really get #16. I love La Linda, but #10?? Is she even working at the moment?

  8. Is the brunette crop fashion. Let’s have a llok at july Vogue Paris cover, it seems it is the new obsession to put short brown hair on brasilian models.

  9. i prefer the 2002 cover. much more exciting!

    at first look i thought that Christy Turlington was on the cover. and then i must agree with the first comment left here. b o r i n g. everyone could’ve made this cover. it doesn’t scream meisel to me. it’s flat.

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