Quick Change Artist

July 27th, 2011 Posted by Janelle comments (27)

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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  1. Dom says:

    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. k says:

    i really love racquel but those wigs….


  3. elven says:

    Why didn’t they just use Alana Zimmer?

  4. Mama says:

    Models.com couldn’t have made a more perfect headline for her/the cover.great!

  5. anlabe says:

    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!

  6. RICCARDO says:

    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.

  7. RICCARDO says:

    * i mean 2011

  8. D. says:

    God I love Raquel… Shes only had 2 VI covers??.

  9. Nádia says:

    LOVE the second cover!

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

  10. person says:

    VI had TWO great covers in a row and then Meisel ruined it with this one.

  11. ewa says:

    can somebody tell me what’s the black thing on her lips??

  12. anlabe says:

    Oh god I was wrong, this is her fourth! Still too few

  13. Bckls says:

    Total chameleon.

  14. Marty says:

    i enjoy this. want more

  15. gav says:

    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.

  16. Janelle says:

    Ewa, I believe that is an old fashioned bobby pin that she has in her mouth.

  17. PAULO GÓIS says:


  18. Nik says:

    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?

  19. Nik says:

    I mean I DON’T get her at #16.

  20. bloggerquest says:

    The July 2002 Vogue cover seems to be inspired by the video by Mylene Farmer

  21. lara says:

    This is Raquel’s 4th VI cover. 2 other covers were group shots.

  22. BowBow says:

    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.

  23. folx says:

    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.

  24. Bouche Rouge says:

    Anja has the same hair as Raquel in the Fendi campaign…its really the new trend!!

  25. glunge says:

    nice image.
    gorgeous makeup.

    very donna mitchell & bob richardson.

  26. KS says:

    i thought its jamie bochert on the first pic. haha.. Raquel’s versatility is awesome.

  27. My Fashion Medicine says:

    I love this cover so much!! I hope the editorial inside is so good as the actual cover cause last month it was great cover and a blah editorial!!


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