Why am I infusing tFS with a thread about this lowbrow, no-couture publication? I'll tell you. This year Angela Lindvall, Frankie Rayder and Carolyn Murphy made their debut appearances.
I've long dismissed the Swimsuit Issue as irrelevant. There was a time when it meant something but certainly that day is gone thanks to FHM, Maxim, Stuff or whatever new lads mag is the pick of the month. However, I was quite surprised to see the bar-raising presence of Angela, Frankie and Carolyn. Not only did I pick up a copy, but I also saw the accompanying making-of documentary on Spike TV. Just out of curiousity of course.
Angela--as always--looks amazing. She brings her high fashion persona wherever she goes. No surprise there. Frankie's great as well. A bit more fitting to the SI mold perhaps, but still distinguishable. Carolyn, the matriarch at 30, is fabulous. How these three got asked (or asked) to be in this magazine I'd like to know. Is this a new direction for SI or, since the theme is "America," did the editor just need American girls?
Other models of note in this issue are Ana Beatriz Barros (wow!), May Anderson, Noemie Lenoir and for the Bridget Hall fans, Bridget Hall.
Everyone else is forgettable and my subscription to Pop remains safe.