Sister Wolf is pretty grumpy (try fucking mad) about a lot of things: pretentious (fashion) bloggers, especially the ones who use words like “rad” and “gnarly”, horse-like fashion editors, overpriced and over-accessorised “It” shoes and clueless style in general.
She does like a few things though, like Yohji Yamamoto and tattoos. Oh, and she’s the living proof that you don’t have to chop off your long black hair or lay off the red-lipstick-Morticia-look just because you’ve hit your fifties.
Here’s how she introduces herself:
Sister Wolf has been mad for a long time. She is here to share the joy. Celebrities make her mad, Republicans make her mad, cultural crimes and the misuse of language make her apoplectic. Lots and lots of other stuff, too. Funny things make her happy! Horrible things (like those chimps who didn’t get any birthday cake) make her day.
Read Goddammit I’m Mad
A few weeks ago I watched the brilliant Channel 4 documentary series from 2003, This Model Life for the first time. Here acclaimed film-maker Jane Treys zooms in on life in fashion’s fast lane as pictured in the life of two very different British models.
First up is the incredibly beautiful, tall and majestic supermodel Erin O’Connor who jets between Paris, New York and London to strike poses for Jean-Paul Gaultier and Valentino. She’s a the top of her game and is wisely investing her money in NY property.
Quite a bit further down the slippery supermodel ladder we find bubbly blonde Ruth Crilly who is hanging on with a firm grip. What she lacks in height and serene beauty compared to Erin O’Connor she makes up for in charm, drive and a great sense of humour. In the first episode we follow her as her agency ships her off to Japan where Ruth is hoping to earn enough money to pay back her mum and erase those horrible credit card debts. It’s not a great success (the Japanese are not big fans of the quirky gap between her front teeth, although they’re too polite to say it) but Ruth takes it all in stride.
Same happens in a very hot and humid New York in August, where all her potential customers seem to have fled the sticky city and Ruth ends up spending more time with a baby turtle in her dingy model apartment than at castings.
So bottom line and what I actually wanted to say: After watching the programme I googled Ruth Crilly and found out that seven years later she’s still in business as a successful model and as the author of a popular blog: A model recommends. Here she tests and recommends beauty products via posts and YouTube videos. It has quickly become my favourite beauty blog (well, actually the only one I really care to read) because it’s so down-to-earth, useful and honest and just as delightful as the woman behind it. Go check it out and see if you like it too.
Watch This Model Life on Channel 4 On Demand (only works in the UK I think)
Visit A model recommends
1. A state of extreme ugliness. Ex: “The level of fug at the Video Music Awards is always hard to stomach.”
2. A proper name for someone possessed of eternal heinousness, as Chloë Sevigny: “Oh look, there’s Fug, looking all miserable and dour in her black turtleneck and white frilly farm dress.”
Det er en lille smule ondt, men ikke for meget. Og så er det voldsomt velskrevet, når de to forhenværende “recappere” Jessica Morgan og Heather Cocks revser (og af og til roser) diverse A-D celebrities tøjvalg.
Udover at det er en fryd at læse, så er det altid sjovt at lure på kändisserne og deres outfits – og sjovt nok er jeg (næsten) altid mest begejstret for dem, der bliver dømt mest hæslige og gakkede af de to bloggere. Som f.eks. Chloë Sevigny, Roisin Murphy, Maggie Gyllenhaal og dronningen af quirky avantgarde: Hussein Chalayan-musen Tilda Swinton.
It’s a bit evil, but never too much. Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks used to work as recappers but for the last 6 years they have been the driving force behind the extremely witty and well-written blog GoFugYourself that tears apart A-D celebrities’ outfits on the red carpet.
It’s always fun to see what the celebs are wearing and the blog is quite a “reverse” inspiration to me, as I tend to love the outfit that the bloggers hate the most. Like the ones seen on Chloë Sevigny,Roisin Murphy, Maggie Gyllenhaal and of course the queen of avantgarde: Hussein Chalayan muse Tilda Swinton.