CHRISTIAN DIOR DENIM MODEL IDENTIFICATION
by Jeremy Danté
putting a name with a face and adding that to a sound with an all-star rap roster; after getting news of the epic “christian dior denim flow” collaboration with kanye west, pusha t., kid cudi, lloyd banks, john legend and ryan leslie- i had to represent my girls through image identification. as the track begins, an army of male vocals enters your speakers; the beat begins to stutter and the bass line melodically hits your eardrums. suddenly, all instrumentation stops as a voice transformer announces four times consecutively, “all the models to the floor right now”. veronica webb is the first of the female models mentioned and rightly so, webb is the first black female supermodel to ever land a major cosmetic contract in history. following webb in the fashionesque rap track is noemie lenoir, who was discovered at the age of sixteen and has since appeared in commercial advertising as well as on the cover of french vogue and in films like rush hour. the track proceeds to further slay in model mentions naming our favorites chanel iman, represented by IMG models, sessilee lopez, represented by major model management and arlenis sosa, who is represented by marilyn management. chanel and sessilee both share the rank as fashion’s no. 13 female model, as arlenis ranks at no. 22 within the top 50. selita ebanks, jourdan dunn, joan smalls & lara stone share the next bar in the verse- packing a powerful punch singularly and as a team. selita ebanks was cast for kanye west’s unreleased video for ‘runaway’ and is best known for her work as a victoria’s secret angel. hailing from london, jourdan dunn is represented by women model management and has been killing it this show season during her return to the runway since giving birth last season. our beloved joan smalls, represented by IMG, closed the show at dior for the SS11 season in paris, just yesterday- not bad if you close at dior one day and make it on a rap verse for a song that is released the following morning. ranking no. 1 as the top female model is lara stone and her image, presence and credibility are well known in today’s fashion game. next, west name drops jessica gomes, jessica stam, esti ginzburg and coco rocha- gomes has been seen most recently in nicole trunfio’s jewelery look book more recently, while jessica stam continues to dominate fashion campaings, editorials and runway. both bar rafaeli and esti are credibly known as sports illustrated models, rafaeli is currently dating leonardo dicaprio. of course, coco needs no introduction; ranking as fashion’s no. 25 highest earning; campaigns, runways and tv spots are nothing new to this high fashion veteran. iconic females kate moss, alessandra ambrosio and anja rubik drive the nail further into the coffin, sealing the deal on the tracks model heavy rap verse. in finale, abbey lee kershaw, sexy supermodel on the rise- irina shayk and bombshell, doutzen kroes walk the tracks rap runway into the hook where pusha t. leads the song towards a beat shift where ryan leslie enters to school listeners on model behavior. all in all, from beginning to end- in fashion relativity, as well as sonically and conceptually- the song is everything i live, love and die for. beautiful women, astounding talent & hard hitting bass lines are all anyone needs in order to be inspired. a great cast of rap and vocal talent with solid production, an astounding fusion of style and sound- i dont know if i could stand it but the game would truly be changed if every chick mentioned was cast for an epic video- it could be the george michael concept of our generation. the track is a full force personification of everything i love, hip-hop and supermodels. nothing beats bad bitches and bass lines.
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