WHO WOULD MAKE A BETTER MODEL THAN A DANCER?

I was in the bookstore the other day looking for literary magazines and somehow got caught up in the latest issue of Vogue Hommes International. I’ve been a fan of Keanu Reeves all the way back since River’s Edge (honestly) and I saw on the cover that there was an interview inside with Bret Easton Ellis (novelist, Less Than Zero, American Psycho, Glamorama, etc. etc.) Interview with BEE is pretty funny, actually, in a way it likely wasn’t intended to be. IE: interviewer: So, you were an icon in, like the 80’s. BEE: Yeah, it was hard being an icon. And confusing. Seriously. I’d get in a fight with my boyfriend and I’d be like, wait, you can’t criticize me; I’m an icon!” But my favorite BEE quote is here.

Anyway, I was flipping through and there are all these little mini interviews with and photos of writers (Stefan Merrill Block too!), architects, actors and filmmakers, of course designers and models.

(French actor / filmmaker Louis Garrel by Bruce Weber, images from here)

But not a single dancer anywhere. Why not? They’d make such good models :)

(photos of Sebastien Marcovici and Robert Fairchild by Paul Kolnik, from NYCB website)

(Jose Carreno and Roberto Bolle by Tommy Ng, from ExploreDance)

(David Hallberg and Herman Cornejo in Gene Schiavone pic, from here)

(Sergey Surkov, my photo; Slavik Kryklyvyy from here)

(Arunas Bizokas, my photo; Linas Koreiva, from here and here)

Vogue Hommes should so hire me to compile a dancer spread! Fabrizio Ferri can do the pictures. Maybe Bruce Weber, though he can get kind of cliched and corny… No, Fabrizio.

Then, yesterday, I saw Valentino: The Last Emperor, which was pretty good. The Dolce Vita-esque scenes were the best :)  And it reminded me of Fashion Week’s being moved from Bryant Square to Lincoln Center, and I thought how excellent (and fitting of course) it would be to have NYCB and ABT ballerinas as the models, an idea Kristin Sloan had proposed on the Winger a while back. Ballerinas generally have far better bodies than models. Come on!

(Stella Abrera, photo by Nancy Ellison, taken from here)

(Irina Dvorovenko, from ABT website)

(Janie Taylor, by Paul Kolnik, from ExploreDance)

How sweet would Janie look in this Valentino gown (middle, pink, image from here)

And Irina in this (image, here):

15 Comments

  1. You're so right, Tonya. I mean, if I had to put on a fashion show, I would so commission NYCB dancers (or any ballet dancer) instead of Ford Models. They would have no trouble conquering the “catwalk”. Adrian Danchig-Waring, the newly promoted NYCB soloist, would be perfect with his long, lean frame and chiseled face.

  2. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    What is Naked calendar?! Going to have to look it up…

  3. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    Hi — oh wait, is she the one who's dancing with Slavik now? I've been crazy busy lately but someone told me Slavik had a new partner and Melaina sounds familiar — was it you?! Sorry, I'm going nuts lately :)

  4. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    Yes, hehe — I did leave Ashley out! I left a lot of people out — including my favorite — mainly because I couldn't really find any new pictures that I hadn't already posted all over this blog :)

  5. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    They should, right! Funny, it was a really nice day out the other day — I think Friday — and I decided to eat lunch out in the park, and I soon realized he was sitting at the table next to mine!

  6. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    Thanks Katrina! Wow, what a picture 😀 Now that you show me that, I do remember seeing him in an ad — I think it was for Gap…

  7. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    Oh wait, I just looked her up and see she is Standard, not Latin. She is really pretty. Now I wonder who Slavik's new partner is though…

  8. Yep, he was a Gap add…

    I was doing a picspam post for my livejournal as one of my friends on there saw that I had a Sascha Radetsky icon and was wondering what he was up to

  9. Dancers would make such great models.

  10. OMG…you saw him! To me, spotting a NYCB danseur is like spotting a A-list superstar. My jaw would have just dropped to the ground with admiration.

  11. The rumor is that Anna Melnikova and Slavik have been dating and that they will start dancing together soon.

  12. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    Thanks Shim!

  13. I completely agree with you! Dancers do not get the attention in magazines they deserve! Why would anybody on earth ever prefer Britney Sprears over Irina (one of my faves) ???? Let's create the spread you are talking about and put it in Encore!Magazine – would be gorgious, I think! :-) Best wishes from St. Petersburg. x Martine

  14. I completely agree with you! Dancers do not get the attention in magazines they deserve! Why would anybody on earth ever prefer Britney Sprears over Irina (one of my faves) ???? Let's create the spread you are talking about and put it in Encore!Magazine – would be gorgious, I think! :-) Best wishes from St. Petersburg. x Martine

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