To celebrate its 10th anniversary, WSJ. Magazine gathered 10 of the world’s top models from across the globe to commemorate a decade of style.
10 for 10 features Karlie Kloss, Caroline Murphy, Adwoa Aboah, Freja Beha Erichsen, Tao Okamoto, Anna Ewers, Andreea Diaconu, Rianne Van Rompae, Imaan Hammam, and Doutzen Kroes.
Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, styled by George Cortina, hair by Ward, makeup by Dick Page.
Karlie Kloss on the state of the model 2018: “Everyone’s a super-hyphenate person these days. It’s no longer enough to just be one thing, but also you don’t have to just be one thing.” “Being a muse is not always reflective of who you are and what you stand for,” “You were a canvas for other people’s visions as opposed to your own. You were seen and not heard.”
Caroline Murphy on social media: “It’s time- consuming, it feels invasive, and I like having some mystery,”
CM on being the elder statesman of the group at 45: “Mamma Murphy,” as she likes to be called, makes light of the fact she’s the oldest model by miming a cane and tottering around the set like a 100-year-old crone. “I’m very aware of the need to be a role model and to have an intention and purpose that translate for the younger generation,”
Adwoa Aboah on her ambition: “I hope I’m known as an activist even before I’m a model.” She started Gurls Talk as an online community, virtual safe space and roving girls’ festival—exactly the type of organization she wishes she’d been able to access while in crisis. “The Gurls Talk community is my tribe,” says Aboah. “Speaking at a school or doing a Gurls Talk festival gives me a reboot. It’s madness the energy being in my community gives me.”
Freja Beha Erichsen on her new status: Now 30, she claims she’s not so cool anymore. “I live in Carroll Gardens,” she says, of the Brooklyn neighborhood that’s a magnet for helicopter parents and Whole Foods shoppers. “That’s not very rock ’n’ roll, is it?”
Doutzen Kroes on social media balance: “It’s hard to find that balance of not sharing too much of yourself or making it a family album, but also keeping it professional,” Kroes says. “It’s always a whole discussion with my agents, like how do we do this?
Andreea Diaconu on modeling: “I grew up really poor, so when I had a little money, I was like, Oh, this is great,” says the 27-year-old SoHo resident. “It’s really good to not have to think about [how to afford] bread.”
Tao Okamoto on being discovered: “I think I was super lucky, and everyone has that first luck.”
Rianne Van Rompae on modeling: “Modeling was a way to get out of Holland and to meet people. I make enough money to be able to actually get as close as I can to my dream,” she says. “I don’t come from a rich family. I have to do it myself.”
Imaan Hammam on future plans: “My hair is my signature look,” she says, as hairstylist Ward Stegerhoek teases her locks into a grand halo of curls. “I’d love to make my own hair products.”
WSJ. Magazine’s September 10th Anniversary Issue is available on newsstands August 25, 2018
[Photo Credit: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin/WSJ. Magazine]