2018年03月20日

Talk About the 1990s

Model Brandi Quinones isn’t interested in talking about the past. She’s up front about that on her Instagram page, which reads, “Forget the ’90s, I’m not going that way,” and she reiterated the same during a recent phone call. Who she is, Quinones suggests, has very little to do with “back in the day,” and everything with her getting up each morning and trying to do what she loves. “I work super hard,” Quinones says. “The past is great and cute, but I never look back.” Model-watchers might not have the same fortitude; Quinones’s reappearance on New York’s recent runways opened the floodgates of nostalgia.


Quinones walked for a trio of edgy, independent designers for Fall: Vaquera, Landlord, and Willy Chavarria, but in her heyday she was associated with some of the biggest names in fashion, including Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. Quinones says her first designer gift was from Azzedine Alaïa. She appeared on the cover of Vogue in 1994, and starred in ads for Chanel and Versace, after being noticed by Donatella.


As the model went about fulfilling what she sees as her destiny, with a megawatt smile and a killer walk, she did try “to kick the door open” for others. Reflecting on the early days of her career, Quinones says, “There were very few people that looked like me—there was Nadège [du Bospertus], there was Yasmeen Ghauri . . . but it wasn’t commonplace to have a mixed girl or a Spanish girl on a cover.”


“Love who you are” is the Quinones philosophy. “I work my butt off every day, seven days a week: two to four hours in the gym every day. I do two hours of elliptical, I do the sauna, and I do hot yoga about four times a week, and goddammit I look good!” she quips. Georgie, her beloved Chihuahua (Quinones was once famous for keeping five pet turtles), ensures she gets plenty of fresh air. In terms of products, Quinones is a fan of Skin Biology for body care, and maintains her long hair with products from Camille Obadia. “I had straight hair until I was 13 and then my Sicilian gene kicked in and I got curly hair and it’s so pretty, I love it.” Style-wise, she says that her personal look remains what it has always been: “a mix between super elegant and super edgy—and I’m also really good at vintage.” Quinones has noted with amusement the cyclical trajectory of fashion: “Designers were laughing at the things that I was wearing backstage, but [now] they’re designing everything I was wearing [then],” she notes.


At 39, Quinones remains obsessed with fashion in the sense that she is passionately engaged with the industry—“There’s nothing else I want to do,” she says—yet she is clear-eyed about what her job entails. “People ask me what I do, and I’m like, ‘Oh, I sell clothes,’ because honestly, that’s what you do. You’re trying to add some beauty to these outfits that are just beyond.”Read more at:princess wedding dresses | sexy wedding dresses



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