If we can’t have actresses posing just as, you know, themselves then can magazine editors at least start picking stars of yesteryear they actually look like? Vogue Global has definitely used up its Marilyn (and for that matter Audrey Hepburn) cover quota for the next decade. Scarlett Johannson, Paris Hilton, Christina Aguilera and Lindsay Lohan are going to have to find a new star’s style to plunder. And there’s a wealth of fascinating old Hollywood stars to play with who had their own iconic style and stories. Some of them even Madonna hasn't tapped yet.
Here’s my list of who I would like to see emulated next time a magazine stylist runs out of inspiration.
Clara Bow – The 1920s are pretty zeitgeisty right now. So why aren’t I seeing any covers with someone decked out like the original It Girl and Flapper? With her red hair, Brooklyn accent and scandal-riven life Ms. Bow needs to be back in the picture.
Lena Horne – An incredibly beautiful, civil rights campaigning singer and actress who made Stormy Weather her signature song. Max Factor himself designed a make-up line for her. Horne died only last year at the age of 92.
Theda Bara – Her name is an anagram of Arab Death! Exotic! Next time a fashion magazine doesn’t know what to do with a curvy girl they should check out this vamp’s wardrobe. No black suits here. No sir.