What does it really mean to have a versatile face ? Indeed it is an unusual way of describing one’s face , isn’t it ? Does it mean it is flexible? Does it mean it is place-less and timeless ? Does it mean it can fit well in the emotional presence and adjust to all situations?
I wont get into what is considered as beautiful in the Fashion industry since there is a Golden Ratio , structure and symmetry. For instance, the distance between eyes is usually should be 46% of the width of the face !!!
I also wont get into the details of describing the faces of Drama actors since that is a different subject . The training of one’s character to be able to do that is beyond my blog today , so we wont go there !
But I do photograph many models and indeed they are some I love to photograph and some I truly would like to run away and lock myself out of the Studio!
Please remember It doesn’t mean because they are not ” Pretty” per say ! But I don’t look for Pretty !
It is something I struggle all the time ..It is something I have struggled since I was a child . Because perhaps I didn’t want to be just ” Pretty” !
So indeed there are those faces I love.. I love them because there is this big character sitting behind those eyes ! I love them because they have a style , a true style of their own ! It is also the reason why only a few make it to the industry and barely bring 1 million a year these days !
I will start with one of my favorite ones :
Verushka and why so many great photographers and great editors were fascinated with her?
I have purchased this book http://www.assouline.com/9782759402960.html : The book weights about 16 pounds . The ultimate edition by Assouline , Linen cover , hand dipped , a true mind orgasm for photographers and art-lovers ! Words by Avedon , Sontag , Diana Vreeland , Lehndorf …just to name a few.. and words about this very unusual woman !
” Her physique melted in her intellect , that’s why she was so beautiful ” …” With her it became Beyond the Art of Fashion , it was beyond a Pose ” …” It was scary with her in the beginning , because she would fit in your dreams , but you would not “… ” her uniqueness , her humility , her warmth , her curiosity , her ability to listen and telling stories..made her beyond Commercialism , She is Art herself “…” I have become a Warrior against wearing Fur , Veruschka’s own words”
Then Last night I ran into the 25 years of Kate Moss inside of VanityFair! Barely at 5.7 feet , she used to earned $9 million in one year ! What did she have? A few things no doubt , a versatile Face and her own Style ! The Girl knew what to wear and how to wear it ! ( The first 10 images of the slideshow are of Moss )
Then Monica Bellucci , Ines De la Fresange , Claudia Schiffer , Yasmin Parvaneh ..Iman , Linda Evengelista ,..and more..
Today many editors also run into the same issue , choosing the right face for a cover/spread ! Many editors simply choose Celebrities than ” Models ” . All of the women in the slideshow are now in their 30’s , 40’s and 50’s and many of them are still used by photographers..
I like a Chic Face ! The word Chic ( French ) has been applied to other things, social events, situations, individuals, and modes or styles of dress ! “If it had been worn by somebody with no chic it would never have become a style.” Said about Audrey Hepburn..It is not only a style but it is a manner… Pretty means Nothing ! Its how you carry yourself !