the icons: guievere, carmen, alek, sasha, mini, and hannelore
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.
Guinevere wears T-shirt model's own.
Guinevere van Seenus, 39, modeling for 25 years
How has your relationship to the camera changed as you've matured into a woman? It changes every day. Depending on mood, setting, jet-lag, type of camera and who is looking through the lens. How do you hope to come across? I want to give the photographer and team what they want, and more. It is a constant and difficult pursuit because I always feel that I could do better. What are the differences between being shot by a female photographer rather than a male? It's more important how the photographer feels about and imagines women, and how they express that in their images than their gender. What are your tips to making it in the industry? Appreciate what is beautiful and unique about yourself. Learn to embrace, love it and share it.
Carmen Kass, 37, modeling for 23 years
"When you're young you aren't as aware of your body so you have more insecurities. When you get older it's easier to know how to pose."
Alek Wek, 39, modeling for 21 years
Sasha Pivovarova, 31, modeling for 11 years
How many shoots have you appeared in? I lost count a long time ago! But I know I've appeared on over 50 magazine covers. How has your relationship to the camera changed as you've matured into a woman? It hasn't. We're still in love with each other. What do you think about when you're in front of the camera? How to work a garment in the best possible way. What are the differences between being shot by a female photographer rather than a male? I don't see any difference. I always work with a brilliant people. How do you retain your sense of self? The camera doesn't steal your soul. I don't transform much, I'm just being myself.
Mini Anden, 38, modeling for 28 years
"Modeling is quite strange, and sometimes you feel quite silly, but with age and experience I've been able to let that go and just go for it."
Hannelore Knuts, 38, modeling for 17 years
Photography Amy Troost
Fashion Director Alastair McKimm