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SUMMER THREESOME: What do you get when you put a Victoria’s Secret angel, a Sports Illustrated cover girl and the most in-demand plus-size model on a beach in St. Barth’s? The cover of Glamour magazine, it appears.
WWD has learned that Matthias Vriens-McGrath shot Alessandra Ambrosio, Brooklyn Decker and Crystal Renn on the Caribbean island over the weekend for the cover of Glamour’s June issue. Judging from some TwitPics posted by Decker and Ambrosio, the theme of the shoot involved fun in the sun, with the trio lounging in swimsuits and showing plenty of skin. Celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson was on hand for the shoot, as he appears in one of Ambrosio’s photographs.
While Ambrosio was on the cover of Glamour in May 2006 — coincidentally, the last time the magazine featured a model on its cover — this is a first for Decker and Renn. And it is something of a crowning achievement for Renn, who’s been heavily promoted by Glamour since appearing in a Patrick Demarchelier-lensed fashion story in May. That shoot was greeted with much fanfare, given Renn’s larger-than-standard measurements (she is a size 12), and the industry’s then-still-growing fascination with plus-size women. (Renn went on to publish a memoir, “Hungry,” in the fall, about her teenage years as a high-fashion model, and appeared in V magazine’s Size Issue in January, in a multipage spread shot by Terry Richardson.)
At the same time, Glamour has seen how plus size can translate into great p.r. Case in point: In the fall, a small photo of a young pot-bellied model named Lizzie Miller, which appeared buried in the September issue, sparked enormous blog buzz and reader feedback — as well as a popular blog post by editor in chief Cindi Leive titled “The Picture You Can’t Stop Talking About: Meet ‘the Woman on p. 194.’” It also landed Miller and Leive on the “Today” show and made Glamour the face, as it were, of the Botticelli-body trend and a champion of real-women-with-curves in fashion. Since then, the magazine has prominently featured larger-than-average models including Miller and Renn in its pages.
The question remains: Will the combo of plus-size and bodacious play at newsstands? — Nick Axelrod