Kelly Kopen: Model Moment
Raise the topic of fashion models with anyone outside of fashion, and prepare to take the defensive. No, they’re not (all) suffering from an eating disorder; no, they don’t all earn $10,000 a show and; no, they don’t all look the same (read: are from Eastern Europe).
Every now and then a model breaks the mold. We call them “oddballs.” Think Kate Moss breaking the industry standard with her migitude 5’7-inch stature, Alek Wek with her baby-like features (and 36-inch inseam — 36 inches? dang) or Omahyra Mota with her androgynous look.
The latest conteneder? Enter Kelly Kopen, the tomboy with a personality that is just as “oddball” as her distinctive look.
I had first met Kopen during the production of the Chanel Cruise 2008 show. Her style? Totally stood out from the other girls (check out the Models Street Style feature I did with her in my blog archives: December 2008). Her vibe? Too cool for school. Let’s just say that if it weren’t for her teaching me how to do “the monkey” at the Chanel after-party, my moves wouldn’t be as fresh on the dance floor.
Fast-forward a year later, and I bump into Kelly Kopen at the Alexander Wang after-party (pictured above). OK, so what prompted me to feature a model moment with Kopen? Last week I walked into H&M, happy to see that its Spring 2010 visuals were up. The usual crop of girls were featured in the lastest campaign (Liya Kebede, Anja Rubic to name a few), but there she was: Kelly Kopen. Congrats.
Watch for her growing importance this year. Just sayin’.