She’s Baaaack: Meisel Shoots McMenamy for Vogue Italia

Remember Kristen McMenamy? She was the ubiquitous, chameleon supermodel in the decade spanning the mid ’80s to the mid ’90s.

Cutting her long locks and opting for a severe, cropped cut put her on the map. Her angular features and stark white skin played well to the camera, especially in black and white.

KM Vogue It 1985
Vogue Italia, Dec 1985 by Peter Lindbergh
Kristen and Naomi, Vogue Dec 92 by Steven Meisel
Kristen and Naomi do grunge, Vogue Dec 92 by Steven Meisel
Martine Sitbon ad by Nick Knight, 1991/2
Martine Sitbon ad by Nick Knight, 1991/2

She did heroin chic, she did retro, she could do girlie…but there was always a very specific personality present (unlike so many of the girls today).

vogue uk dec 93 mario testino
Vogue UK Dec 93 by Mario Testino
km vogue us 1995 steven meisel
Vogue 1995 by Steven Meisel
vogue italy aug 93 cover
Vogue Italia Aug 93 Cover

Well, she’s back – like you’ve never seen her before – as seen through the eyes and lens of Steven Meisel for the July 09 issue of Vogue Italia. Some of her best work was in front of Meisel’s camera, so it’s only fitting that he documented her comeback.

Vogue Italia July 2009 Cover by Steven Meisel
Vogue Italia July 2009 Cover by Steven Meisel
Vogue Italia July 09 by Steven Meisel
Vogue Italia July 09 by Steven Meisel
Kristen McMenamy has many faces - Vogue Italia July 09 by Steven Meisel
Kristen McMenamy has many faces – Vogue Italia July 09 by Steven Meisel
Kristen McMenamy, the Legend for Vogue Italia July 09 by Steven Meisel
Kristen McMenamy, the Legend for Vogue Italia July 09 by Steven Meisel
Kristen in Wonderlandy for Vogue Italia July 09 by Steven Meisel Kristen in Wonderland for Vogue Italia July 09 by Steven Meisel

View the Flash photo story on the Vogue.it site to get the full experience. It’s breathtaking.

One can almost hear her brash laugh in the background, no? “I’m baaaaack! Miss me?” We did!

The supes are everywhere. Naomi will be fronting a Fall fur campaign for Dennis Basso (but she’s never left us, has she?). And Christy Turlington is turning it out for Fall YSL.

Vogue Italia July 2009 images from Style.it.

Past editorial images from the Kristen McMenamy fan site.

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