Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cara Delevingne's Hilarious Good Morning Sacramento Interview

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Cara Delevingne is the hottest model of 2015, and now has turned her eyebrows to acting.

Cara Delevingne, as most everyone who follows the modelling scene knows, is the hottest young model of the moment. She won the Model of the Year award at the 2014 British Fashion Awards, for instance, and she dominates the London tabloids. She also posts eccentric videos on youtube where she does things like show everyone what she carries around in her purse (nothing salacious!), and she loves to show how excited she is when she's on the cover of the London papers (which is, like, every other day).

The eyebrows say it all.

So, hon, did you bother reading the book before you played the role?

So, if you follow Cara, by now you probably know that she has an eccentric way about her. Usually, it is charming and adds to her appeal. She certainly does not think that she is "all that" even if she actually out of all of us is "all that." Most folks "get it." She "dishes it out" in good humor, knowing that everyone is "in on the joke."

However, sometimes it all goes awry, and then, well, things can get catty. Here is the gist of the heart of the interview, the beating heart that the Californians reached out and grabbed from the breast of dewy eyed Cara (not Carly!).

“Do you even have time to sit and read?” the host asked. “These days you’re so busy.”
“No, I never read the book or the script,” she responded. “I just winged it.”
In Sean Connery terms, that is pulling out a gun when you've been attacked with a knife. Yes, dear denizens of Sacramento, Cara is quite fluent in Sarcasm, with which she rapiered your condescension to the quick. To the quick I say!

But it gets better.

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The tormenting of Cara has begun.

The host snidely (I think that's his name, in fact) then noted gratuitously that Cara seemed more excited in other interviews that she’d done weeks prior.
“Are you just exhausted?” the host asked.
Well, to Cara's credit, she didn't take the bait... that time. She brushed it off by saying that maybe she didn't have enough energy that early in the a.m. She also could have whipped out the "Hey, I'm European and my time zone is different." However, she played it cool, until the other host called her irritable, adding helpfully (sure) the following false martyr act, which left an opening for Cara to up the volume to 11:
 “Maybe it’s just us.”
Now, there are several different theories about why the Titanic went down. Some say it was going too darn fast at night, others say it was unique meteorological conditions which hid the iceberg which in any even was practically invisible because it had just flipped over and was what is known as a "blue berg." It's an open question that has occupied scholars lo these hundred years.

However, there is absolutely no question that this Good Morning Sacramento interview hit the skids precisely when Cara responded to the anchor's impertinence thusly:
“No, I think it’s just you,” Cara said.
So, with the gloves off and the nails stretched about as far out as they can get without taking leave of everyone's fingers, the host decided to go for broke and send the petulant 22-year-old to her room:
“You go take a nap, have a Red Bull, how about that?”
The interview ended abruptly afterwards. Anyway, so it turns out that not quite everyone is a big Cara fan. She had the misfortune to run into a bunch of Cara haters while promoting her first acting gig, "Paper Towns." The offenders were the morning crew at Good Day Sacramento, who were expecting the usual self-effacing celebrity - and didn't get it.

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While these brief snippets make it appear that Cara just went off for no reason, she had been up late the night before for the film's premiere, and the Californians gave every indication of not knowing who she was or, for that matter, caring. One, for instance, called her "Carla." If I were the top model of the world, I would hope that someone interviewing me would at least learn my first name before they "wing it" and get it wrong.

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When Cara started getting sarcastic in response to the usual nothing questions, the interview started going downhill like the Grinch on his sleigh full of stolen toys.

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Cara does make an effort at one point to set things right and put things back on track, but then the interviewers go one question too far and, well, back comes insouciant Cara.

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Naturally, smelling a carcass lying in the desert, the Californians then begin circling like buzzards and lace into Cara. For her part, she undoubtedly is by this point hoping that nobody is watching. It is only Sacramento, after all.

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After the anchors dismiss Cara, they immediately begin gossiping like Chatty Cathy's who heard someone fart in the hallway.

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Naturally, they don't think that they did anything wrong, such as treating a world-famous celebrity in a condescending fashion and not even bothering to learn her name. Instead, they take advantage of the fact that they have cleared the field and are the old bulls (not red bulls) who have dispatched the young interloper to the verdant fields of Eton until she can grow a pair of antlers as big as theirs.Which she in fact has, and she'll no doubt show them up close and personal if they ever cross her path with such rude condescension again.

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Then, these highly paid talking heads have the gall to flip over the money card.

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All in all, not Cara's or television broadcasting's finest moments. We're not going to judge; no reason to say that this was all Cara's fault, but a combination of forces at work, like Krytonite in the Fortress of Solitude.

Oh, hell, sure we're going to judge: Cara would have had every right to kick their rude patooties out of the studio if she had even been in the same city as them, which in fact she wasn't.

Cara had the last laugh, anyway, with this tweet that archly condemns the Californians for not having enough cultural sensitivity.

Most likely, Cara will skip the Good Morning Sacramento stop on the next publicity trail, and the day will still dawn clear and bright.

Or, considering how much publicity she got out of this deathmatch of the vanities for her first film, maybe they'll be her first stop. Hopefully, they'll have to learn how to say her name and, more to the point, how to spell it right.

Other actors and fellow celebrities aren't so keen on how Cara handled herself. One, actor Richard Madden of "Cinderella" and "Game of Thrones," had a few gratuitous catty remarks in Style Magazine:
"It was unprofessional. It made her seem ungrateful. She showed her age. For Cinderella, I did six weeks of those interviews, where you get asked the same eight questions.... If you're not capable of doing it gracefully, then don't do it."
Well, Cara is not one to avoid a catty little dig, so she quickly responded:

Cara Delevingne

Madden pretty obviously was just angling for some publicity off of the more-famous Cara - you know how these things go - and responded the same day:

Cara Delevingne Richard Madden

He got what he wanted - a little juice off her fame - and wants to call it off. No reason to create an enemy after you've pocketed your profit. However, the feuds are on.

Cara, from now on, just humor the stupid chat-show hosts and don't blow things up. It's not worth it in the long run, honey, no matter how stupid they are. When you are the famous one, it is solely to their benefit to create a commotion with them no matter how much they merit it.

Below, for historical purposes, the entire interview.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Taylor Hill, Colorado Sunshine

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Taylor Hill.
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Taylor Hill (full name Taylor Marie Hill, 5 March 1996) has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the modeling world.
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However, there is no question that her success is well deserved and that she is only destined for more of all that the modeling world can send her way.
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Backstage at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Already a veteran of the 2014 Victoria's Secret fashion show, Taylor also in 2015 gained the ultimate crown of being named an Angel.
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She appeared in the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
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The story goes that Taylor, then 14, was interested in gymnastics before being discovered in a barn in Granby, Colorado by agent/photographer Jim Jordan. Taylor was visiting with her mom, and Jordan talked up the idea of Taylor modeling with mom more than with Taylor, which was pretty shrewd. The story about the barn has become legendary, though now Taylor tends to downplay it so she doesn't come across as a hick or something. After all, she's a big city girl now, living in the Big Apple.
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Taylor Hill in Numéro Russia, October 2015 (photo by An Le).
How they both wound up in the same barn in remote Granby, which is on the far side of Rocky Mountain National Park, isn't really a necessary part of the lore, but here it is:
"There is this dude ranch in Granby, Colorado that’s really beautiful and nice. We would ride horses there. My agent, who is also a photographer, was doing a shoot while I was there that weekend. It was fate!"
I'm sure Mr. Jordan is now able to buy the dude ranch with his commissions from finding this beauty!
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Taylor's first huge cover was Elle France in October 2012.
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Taylor also did Norway Elle that same month. Not a bad place to start!
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Taylor went from there to Intimissimi catalog in 2013 and print ads for Forever 21. She has been getting a lot of prestigious covers:

  • July Elle
  • June Numero
  • January Vogue Spain, Elle Greece
  • December Vogue Japan 
  • August Grazia Mexico, Cosmopolitan UK, Russh 
  • July Cosmopolitan Middle East 
  • May Harper's Bazaar UK, Harper's Bazaar UK, Cosmopolitan Spain, Cosmopolitan Italy, Cosmopolitan Chile, Cosmopolitan Latvia 
  • April Elle Turkey 
  • March Glamour France 
  • February Pop, Vogue UK, The Sunday Times Style 
  • January Elle France, Marie Claire Indonesia 
  • September V Magazine, Vogue Paris 
  • May Vogue Mexico, Vogue Mexico, Vogue Mexico, Vogue Spain 
  • October Numéro Russia, Numéro Russia, Harper's Bazaar Germany 
  • September Fashion 
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Taylor Hill on the cover of Vogue Mexico, May 2016.
Taylor has many editorials in recent years too, of course:

  • May InStyle USA 
  • February LOVE 
  • January Vogue Spain 
  • December Vogue Japan, Vogue Italy 
  • November W, Vogue USA, Harper's Bazaar USA 
  • September Vogue USA, Elle China, V Magazine 
  • August Grazia Mexico, Cosmopolitan UK, Russh 
  • July Grazia Italy, Allure, Cosmopolitan Middle East 
  • May Cosmopolitan Italy 
  • March Vogue Australia, Glamour France, V Magazine, Vogue Arabia 
  • February Pop, AnOther, Holiday, Teen Vogue USA, The Sunday Times Style, Vogue UK 
  • January Elle France, Marie Claire Indonesia 
  • December Vogue USA 
  • November Vogue USA, Vogue USA 
  • September V Magazine, LOVE, LOVE, Vogue Paris 
  • August Vogue USA, Vogue Paris 
  • June Vogue USA, Dazed 
  • May Vogue Mexico, Vogue Paris, Vogue Spain 
  • February Vogue USA, Document Journal 
  • January Vogue USA 
  • December Vogue USA 
  • November Harper's Bazaar USA 
  • October Vogue Paris, Numéro Russia 
  • September Vogue Spain 
  • March Publications 
  • February 10 Magazine, 10 Magazine 
  • January AMICA Italy 
  • October Marie Claire Italy 
  • April Elle Australia 
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Two Taylors, Taylor Swift and Taylor Hill at a Victoria's Secret show.
Like many top models, Taylor Hill has made a move into acting. Among her credits:
  • The Neon Demon (2016)
  • Found Narrative (2016)
  • Love Advent (TV, 2016)
  • Young Hollywood (TV, 2016)
So far, Taylor has played models and variations of herself, but you have to start somewhere.
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Taylor Hill has walked for all the big names.
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Previously known primarily for modeling for H&M, Taylor's rise in Victoria's Secret world was positively meteoric.
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She was extremely excited to get picked for the London Victoria's Secret Fashion Show:
"When I found out I was casted, I was so happy and full of emotion. I even cried for a minute because I just couldn’t believe something so amazing was happening to me! This is the job I’ve been working for and getting that great news is the best feeling."
Well, all I can say is, if modeling for Victoria's Secret isn't the best job you've ever had, you lead a blessed life.
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So it's kind of reassuring that Taylor recognizes the specialness of it all.
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After walking in the December 2014 VS fashion show in London, Taylor hosted an event for Victoria's Secret PINK. Very quickly thereafter, in April 2015 she was one of ten Victoria's Secret models promoted to the ultimate ranks of Angels. How's that for overnight success?
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Another shot of Taylor Swift and Taylor Hill.
Like many other Victoria's Secret models, Taylor is friends with the other famous Taylor, namely Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift, you know, gets around with the Angels and quickly spots some new blood.
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Taylor (Hill, not Swift) also snowboards, has a boyfriend and also a dog. In terms of models, Taylor's idol is Gisele, and, well, why shouldn't it be? Nice to have a mature, older woman to serve as a role model.
"I especially look up to Gisele Bündchen because she’s an extremely smart business woman who has managed to keep herself relevant in an industry that’s all about the next best thing. It doesn’t get much better than Gisele and I admire her for building such an impressive brand."
I'm sure Gisele would be honored if she knew who Taylor was.
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Taylor attended the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2018. She apparently had difficulties there, as some reporters observed her being carried out.
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Taylor Hill and Belgian model Yumi Lambert backstage at the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
If you ever meet Taylor Hill, mention casually that you're a big fan of Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac. You'll have something to talk about for hours.
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