Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen and Yasmin Le Bon were brought together in order to star in a new Duran Duran short film directed by Jonas Akerlund, but also to strike a pose for the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar December 2011. In the film, called ‘Girl Panic!’, the famous supermodels are featured in the group as themselves.
“We have made some pretty ambitious videos over the years, but this one was certainly the most challenging to date. Coordinating the schedules of five of the world’s biggest super models, Jonas, and the band was no easy task – but we couldn’t be happier with the finished film. It has all of the ingredients that we feel are important – it’s humorous, glamorous, sexy and very Duran Duran,” Simon Le Bon, lead singer of Duran Duran said.
Each model is dressed up as a member of the legendary band. Therefore, Naomi Campbell embodies Simon Le Bon’s, Cindy Crawford becomes John Taylor, Eva Herzigova poses as Nick Rhodes, while Helena Christensen is Roger Taylor and Yasmin le Bon is the anonymous guitarist.
Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes stated that, “Harper’s had approached us about collaborating with the magazine on something really special when the new album came out. I’d had this crazy idea for a video for the song Girl Panic!, that looked fantastic on paper, but that I thought in reality would be impossible to pull off. The idea was to recreate a day-in-the-life of the band, with five of the world’s greatest supermodels playing all of us. Lucy loved the idea of doing a cover shoot within the video itself – and so it all began.”
Speaking about the collaboration, Harper’s Bazaar UK Editor Lucy Yeomans says that, “This is without doubt, Bazaar’s most ambitious project to date and a fashion magazine first. Bringing together five of the world’s top supermodels with one of the most iconic bands in music history and shooting the cover during the making of a short film, was no mean feat. But this exciting combination of music and fashion is a perfect mix for Bazaar and we are so happy to have been part of this ground-breaking production.”
The five supers also sit down for a chat with the magazine and dish on their highlights of 2011, their secret weapons, beauty, and future plans. Naomi reveals her enduring motto saying that, “Trying to erase stress from my life as much as possible. I’m reading an amazing book called ‘Brilliant Stress Management by Mike Clayton.'” Eva gives her own definition of beauty as being “delicate imperfection”, while for Helena, beauty is “The sight, the smell, the feeling – anything related to my son. I have to fly back to New York tomorrow because that’s where he’s at school, and he’s in a band and it’s the last performance of his school. He’s 11.”
Yasmin admits that “a vitamin B12 shot or, failing that, Berocca” can make her feel as if she could rule the world, while she admits that her secret weapon “changes, depending on the target, but generally it is Simon.” Cindy Crawford’s hope for 2012 is to keep a balance in her life. “Each year I try to say ‘no’ to more things that aren’t meaningful to my life or my family’s. I constantly try to maintain balance – family, work, health, friends,” she told Harper’s Bazaar.
Photos courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar