RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Pearl, aka Matthew James, just scored a drag-world coup by signing with Wilhelmina Models. The agents at Wilhelmina plan to use both Pearl and Matthew for various projects: “We are pleased to represent hair and makeup artist Matthew James. We are also pleased to represent Pearl for advertising and editorials.”
Meanwhile, the show's winner Violet Chachki worked with Steven Klein and models Anna Cleveland and Charlie Himmelstein on the editorial Caged Heat for the current issue of Interview.
Perhaps moved by increasingly derisive public outcry, particularly online, France is cracking down on portrayals of excessive thinness. A law banning too-skinny models has been adopted, following similar measures in Italy, Spain, and Israel.
In an age when so many models are having their limbs and waistlines chopped and mangled by Photoshop, you'd think they wouldn't have the appetite for more mockery. But no. In a rare show of humility and humor, they're flocking to British anti-artist Sean Ryan for his badly drawn caricatures. In fact that's the name of his hugely popular Instagram, Badly Drawn Models. In the style of atrocious fan art, he lovingly gives their flawless mugs a serious case of Picasso face. Because even models know you haven't arrived unless you've been parodied.
Already toy-like, Lindsey Wixson has now been made into an actual doll. The year-long project, aptly called Modoll, is the brainchild of photographers Santiago & Mauricio, who worked closely with the American model and tech studio Fauxography to study, scan, and 3D-print Wixson's unique features, down to her trademark gap-toothed pout.
Santiago & Mauricio also enlisted the keen eye of stylist Charlotte Stockdale to select key looks from the fall 2015 collections, then miniaturized by AY Collective. Makeup artist Ralph Siciliano and hair stylist Thanos Samaras, too, pitched in with their respective expertise.