Every time I come across this post I wrote, I remember that this is one of the most-underrated fashion magazine covers of all time. It is perfect!

Star Struck Style

estelle-lefebure-by-richard-avedon-vogue-us-july-1986Estelle (source: Voguegraphy)

May 11 is Estelle’s birthday.

Estelle Lefébure is the forgotten supermodel of the supermodel era. She was a huge star in her native France because she married another huge star in France, singer David Hallyday. However, on this side of the Atlantic, she was best-known for hogging the covers of all the major fashion magazines for a brief time in the late eighties and early nineties.

Just a couple months younger than Cindy Crawford, Estelle should have been all over the runways. I remember that she wasn’t the greatest walker, though, and that was apparent when she was cast alongside Linda Evangelista, Tyra Banks, Eva Herzigova, Nadja Auermann and the incomparable Emma Sjöberg in the video for George Michael’s “Too Funky.” Her appearance paled in comparison to the high-camp performances of her cast mates.

Yet Estelle was the cover queen, racking up high-profile credentials in a manner…

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