It was in the late 80's that the term "Super Model" was first coined and at that time there were really only four; Christy, Naomi, Cindy and Linda. It was Linda that became infamous for her statement, "We don't wake up for less than 10,000 a day." Hardly true since there is not a magazine in the world that would pay a model that much. I was hired to shoot Linda for the cover of Flare Magazine in 1989 for a profile piece on the super model.
Flare was and still is one of the top Canadian fashion magazines and since Linda is from Canada she was thrilled that they wanted to do a feature on her. We shot three set ups and of course, they picked my least favorite (above). They told my agent they wanted to save my favorite, the first image for a possible second cover which of course never happened.
I found her nothing but professional and easy to work with. Fearless in a front camera, she knew how to work it but it really was effortless for her. I started taking pics of her being prepped and she grabbed the comb from the stylist, the amazing Tony Lucha and turned the tables on him.
Some images from the set up above made it into the magazine's inside spread, though not these. Being able to perfect them over two(!) decades later in Photoshop is really kind of fun.
Variations on another favorite that was never published.
I have a few copies buried deep in the back of my storage closet, so I was excited to find the actual story on this fansite.
Linda, now 45, is still stunning and still working with major campaigns for Prada and L'Oreal. In 2006 she appeared on the cover of Vogue, the first actual model to do that in over a year. She always had a great camera laugh, it might even be considered her signature.
If you're ever in Miami, check out Tony's Salon, Lucha Stuido, he really is fantastic!
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