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Shalom Harlow’s Life in Looks—From Grunge to Glamour

By newadmin / Published on Friday, 06 Jan 2023 05:12 AM / No Comments / 4 views


“I wasn’t a blond, and I was on the cover of Vogue. It was…significant,” notes Shalom Harlow, with a smirk in her Life in Looks. The video follows a grunge-to-glamour through line, as it starts with the model’s appearance in Marc Jacobs’s infamous 1993 collection. “This is how I looked in my off-hours,” says Harlow of that historic runway. She also talks about the pre-Instagram moment she had at Alexander McQueen’s spring 1999 show, where she stood on a rotating platform while two robots sprayed her with paint. Twenty years later, in 2018, Harlow would go viral with a Versace video that marked her joyous return to modeling.

The model’s behind-the-scenes dish spans her work in fashion and film. She describes the 2001 rom-com Head Over Heels as being something like a “Scooby-Doo episode” and dismisses rumors that she and her BFF Amber Valletta—who dubbed themselves Shalamber—were fighting on Todd Oldham’s spring 1995 catwalk. (It’s been suggested that Harlow’s ensemble in that show—a white midriff top and rhinestone mini—inspired one of Zendaya’s 2022 Oscar looks.) 

Other revelations relating to Vogue include the fact that in the famous 1994 Steven Meisel shoot in which Harlow, wearing Christian Lacroix haute couture, pushes a wheelbarrow through a garden, Grace Coddington was off camera holding the train to get that just-so effect. And that in 1995 copies of the magazine were pulled from supermarket shelves in the South because one of the images in the couture portfolio, photographed by Irving Penn, included some exposed sideboob. Press play for more juicy tidbits.  


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