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 June 2002