the icons: jamie bochert, liya kebede, karmen pedaru, and vivien solari
With decades of experience in front of the camera, we celebrate the icons of the industry whose looks, personalities, poses, and attitudes have defined an era of fashion. Here, they share their experiences and advice for the next generation.
Jamie wears coat Louis Vuitton. T-shirt vintage from What Goes Around Comes Around NYC. Badges stylist's studio.
Jamie Bochert, 32, modeling for 9 years
How has your relationship to the camera changed as you've matured into a woman? I'm more confident now and I can find the mood and create an image I'm proud of. How do you hope to come across? I'd like to be authentic, and come across as honest and not trying to be something I'm not. How do you retain your sense of self? By being honest and authentic. From no-sees to go-sees, what are your tips for making it in the industry? Be yourself. More than a model: what do you do away from the world of fashion? Play music.
Liya Kebede, 38, modeling for 20 years
"The older you get the more comfortable you are with how you look and who you are as a person.
I think that shows in your work."
Karmen Pedaru, 26, modeling for 10 years
How many shoots have you appeared in? More than 1500. How has your relationship to the camera changed as you've matured into a woman? I'm more comfortable with myself. What do you think about when you're in front of the camera? Every time it's different. What are the differences -- if any -- between being shot by a female photographer rather than a male? I think female photographers are more detailed. How do you keep your sense of self? I think the model still brings her personality into the character. From no-sees to go-sees, what are your tips for making it in the industry? Luck, for sure, like everything in life. A lot of dedication and the way you look.
Vivien Solari, 37, modeling for 19 years
"Modeling has a lot to offer but it's important to remember it's a business, so always be professional and don't take things personally."
Photography Amy Troost
Fashion Director Alastair McKimm