Saturday, August 1, 2015

Supermodel Wars: Cindy´s New Show

Cindy Crawford is making a television show about the "Eighties modelling wars" but, sadly, will serve only as producer not as a star. The supermodel - who has worked in television before, presenting MTV's House of Style in the Eighties, and who first appeared on screen in 1995's Fair Game - is preparing to contribute to the drama for NBC, currently titled Icon.

Set to depict the "modelling wars in the Eighties that occurred between Ford Modelling Agency [now known as Ford Models], and Elite Model Management," the show is nonetheless fictionalised, rather than strictly autobiographical. Far from allowing us an insight into real-life situations involving Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and others, initial reports suggest that "no actual names of models or figures from the time will be used".

Ford was established in 1946 by Eileen Ford and her husband, Gerard W Ford, and ruled the New York fashion scene for decades until John Casablancas of Elite Model Management, a Paris-based agency, opened in the city. Models left one agency for another during this time - with major names including Beverley Johnson and Christie Brinkley jumping ship, and in some cases bouncing right back to their original agency again - although Crawford has always remained with Elite, which discovered her, along with names including Gisele Bündchen, Stephanie Seymour and Tatjana Patitz. Ford represented Crawford's friend and fellow supermodel Christy Turlington during this time, as well as Elle Macpherson.

Crawford joins Anne Heche and James Tupper, who proposed the idea to Crawford, on the project Variety reports, and who will both serve as executive producers when the show gets underway. Robin Bissell, the producer of The Hunger Games, will also produce and will write the script. Far from longing to step into character again, Crawford stated late last year that acting is just not her strong suit.

"I do not like acting," she deadpanned. "I just did a commercial this week with Sophia Vergara - and she's so funny. We had a scene together, and I kept saying to the director, 'Please, remember I'm not an actress!' She's just funny, she can do these crazy things with her face, and I just realised after the shoot I just don't enjoy it. I'm very comfortable being myself in front of the camera - but not trying to be someone else."

Fortunately, it sounds like this project will be right in the supermodel's comfort zone, despite marking her debut as a producer.

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