Natasha vs Lara
Raquel Zimmermann’s No.1 spot at the ultimately prestigious models.com ranking is about to be knocked off after a two year run. So the debate begins at TI as usual (remember those times, the arguments over Sasha vs Raquel?).
Like previously, the two models gunning for the No.1 spot are tricky… both of them are very different on their own. Lara has more zing , while Natasha has that commercial appeal.
Here’s a little low down/comparison on Natasha and Lara in the Vogue, runway, campaign field… the jury— you decide:
Vogue Paris: TIE
They are both VP regulars, but covers wise, Natasha has 5 covers, Lara Stone has only 3 but the Feb issue all dedicated to her can make up for anything.
Vogue Italia: LARA
Meisel clearly favours Lara from the begining, he shot her solo for the Dec 07′ cover, while Natasha only appeared in a group editorial recently, when she made her Vogue Italia debut.
Vogue US: TIE
They are both pretty ‘new’ to the US counterpart. Natasha had her second ever solo ed in the April issue, and in the latest issue, Lara made her debut appearance in editorial, with Morgan Freeman.
Other Vogues: NATASHA
Natasha get it because Vogue RUSSIA dedicated one entire issue to her plus 3 other covers. Unfortunately for Lara, there’s no Vogue Netherlands.
Muse of designer: LARA
Simply: Riccardo Tisci. That’s where all the Vogue Paris alliance started. He introduced Lara to Carine, and the rest is history. Natasha is not particularly, strongly linked to a certain designer.
Lara is clearly an editorial darling and has worked with many top photographers. Over the year, she appeared in more editorials than Natasha, who tend to be among group editorials pretty often these days.
Lara was Calvin Klein Spring 07’s exclusive, plus she had records in opening Miu Miu, closing Prada. Natasha is hardly an exclusive runway model, but opens/closes practically the biggest shows and the most shows. Her winning point: that walk.
Need no explanations right? From Gucci to Nine West to Jil Sander, she can literally be the face of all brands, high or commercial fashion, luxury or minimalist… the list goes on. Moreover, Natasha repeats most of her campaigns. Lara’s biggest bookings so far remains multiple Givenchy campaigns, minor Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss ads— all in the same genre.
And is it a coincidence: they both did Jil Sander (for Fall 08′), the next season Spring 09′, Lara is out and Natasha did it all alone.
Designers/photographers who are sick of ‘seeing too much bones’ are very likely to go for curvier models like Lara. Part of her success has to be credited to her famous body, and that she dares to bare (sometimes too much) but it makes her different from others. She has a unique personality, one of a kind, that i-D issue on her simply said it all. Natasha on the other hand, is skinny skinny skinny, like every other model.
Who should be No.1? More likely Natasha, quite surely actually. Wait and see the rankings… soon.
[images: models.com, style.com]