The public relations fracas surrounding the appointment of Edward Enninful as British Vogue‘s new editor-in-chief has thrown the spotlight on one industry conundrum: Do models make great editors? Many who follow the changes that Enninful is making at the magazine would be scratching their heads that he picked Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell as Vogue‘s contributing editors.
But that tradition of tapping on modelling superstars is not exactly new. Just think of the arty fashion title 25 which is started and edited by model Anja Rubik. While Coco Rocha and Edie Campbell are contributing editors at PC Magazine and Love respectively. Even the legendary Grace Coddington was a model before starting her career in publishing.
While their roles might not overtake full-time editors (they still plan and curate the contents of magazines on a daily basis) and remain more of a publicity shtick to garner more eyeballs and prestige, choosing the right models on board any team can be a creative gathering of minds. Here, we handpick the seven names who we will assemble for our own fantasy dream team.
#1: EDIE CAMPBELL
Who: The 26-year-old English model who’s the modelling industry’s de facto wordsmith. Campbell’s journalistic gigs include writing for fashion magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Love, as well as Britain’s The Times newspaper and conservative British magazine The Spectator, where her essays range anything from travel to her first-hand experience at fashion events. Love‘s editor-in-chief Katie Grand reportedly said: “She’s a beautiful writer… She’s extremely intelligent and educated.”
Most likely role: Contributing features editor. Besides her natural gift for the English language and witty style of writing, Campbell’s extremely well-read and in tune with politics, the arts, and current affairs. It could be that having a mother who’s a former fashion editor at Tatler and British Vogue rubbed off on Campbell. Wouldn’t it be just fab if Female got Campbell to co-edit an issue, like how we did with Bagaholicboy in April?
#2: KENDALL JENNER
Who: The 21-year-old American model and one-fifth of the Kardashian Sisters. This season, Jenner’s body of work includes fronting campaigns for Fendi, Estee Lauder and La Perla.
Most likely role: Social media editor. Because when it comes to the Instagram game, no other model does it better than Jenner. Her selfies and behind-the-scenes shots of her at work have become part of our daily social media feed for their fun antics. As of press time, she ranks as the 10th most followed personality on Instagram, with over 82 million followers — far overshadowing good pal Gigi Hadid and Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima.
#3: SLICK WOODS
Who: Simone Thompson, the Minneapolis-born and New York-based model who is better known in the industry by her nickname Slick Woods. Her signature buzz cut and gap teeth have made her a favourite among designers like Jeremy Scott and Marc Jacobs who embrace her alternative beauty and style.
Most likely role: Assistant fashion editor. Judging from her Instagram posts, this girl has an inherent skill for putting together highly editorial getups that are big on street cachet. Think of her as an urban version of legendary French stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. Some of her #OOTDs that we love is one of a velour jumpsuit she paired with a ’90s-style bucket hat; and one of a baby pink shearling hoodie that she threw over another Moschino hooded sweater.
#4: CAMILLA DETTERE
Who: The 26-year-old is a relative unknown compared to her famous peers on this list but she prefers to keep it that way. It’s reported that Deterre — she’s the daughter of an Australian artist dad and a German restaurateur mother — turns down some casting agents. But that didn’t stop her from working with brands like Toshop Unique, Uniqlo and H&M and appearing in editorials for magazines like I-D and Vogue. Part of the reason why her modelling CV has been so spartan? She’s the ultimate millennial, dipping her toes in other projects such as designing a restaurant and co-founding a homeware label.
Most likely role: Contributing photo editor, thanks to her past experience assisting top photographers such as Mario Sorrenti and Annie Leibovitz. Her technical knowledge and interesting angles (just check out her shots on her Instagram to see why), would make for some superb images.
#5: MAY HONG
Who: You might have spotted Hong in the book High/Low Good Taste/Bad Taste – Metropolitan Museum of Art Rei Kawakubo, in all her indie-cool, cropped hair glory. You might have also spotted this Korean-born, Queens-based model walk for shows by independent labels such as Lutz Hudlle and Eckhaus Latta and in a campaign for Adidas Originals and Urban Outfitters.
Most likely role: Contributing creative director, for her stimulating and left-field approach to art (did we mention her Instagram account is called @clitselfie). How much more artistic can she get? She creates her own ceramics and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design where she specialised in printmaking. One thing’s for sure: A fashion spread directed by Hong will not be boring.
#6: JULIA NOBIS
Who: The 25-year-old Aussie supermodel who is also a qualified emergency-care doctor. For now, she’s still a regular on the fashion week circuit, and almost always appears on all major runways. Her latest was the Raf Simons’ S/S ’18 show.
Most likely role: Columnist. While not exactly related to fashion, just imagine having a model doctor answer all your fitness and health questions.
#7: KAREN ELSON
Who: The 38-year-old flame-haired English model-slash-singer who’s now based in Nashville where she is building her music career with her folksy and bluesy vocals. In April, she released her second album Double Roses.
Most likely role: Contributing lifestyle editor. With a legitimate music career, Elson would be our go-to music authority. After all, music and uncovering the next big thing in pop culture are big with the Female team. Having someone on the forefront of it in the team would be a valuable asset, don’t you think?