The great Steven Meisel
As one of the most powerful photographers in the fashion industry, Meisel is credited with “discovering” or promoting the careers of many successful models, including top models Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Kristen McMenamy, Amber Valletta, Snejana Onopka, Iris Strubegger, Lara Stone, Coco Rocha, Caroline Trentini, Liya Kebede, Karen Elson, Doutzen Kroes, and Raquel Zimmerman, propelling them to fame by regularly featuring them in Vogue and various campaigns, notably Prada, considered one of the most desired campaigns in the business. Meisel’s influence and training seems to also extend past models. He used his influence among the fashion elite to create an issue of Vogue that would show only black models. The issue was released in July 2008 with the purpose of addressing the racism seen lately in fashion magazines, runways, and advertising campaigns.
Meisel has been the force behind the careers of people he regularly used on his Vogue shoots; hairstylistsOribe Canales,Garren,Orlando Pita andGuido Palau, and make-up artistsFrançois Nars,Laura Mercier,Pat McGrath and the late Kevyn Aucoin owe some of their success to the photographer.