Agyness Deyn Is Back, We Love A Model Comeback
Agyness Deyn is back. The supermodel made her first runway appearance since 2011 to strut at Saint Laurent. But gone is the grungy, Strokes-loving Deyn of the mid-2000s. Her signature blonde crop has been replaced by flowing brown locks, and she definitely looks like she’s had a shower recently. We’re glad to have her back, and we appreciate her relaxed new LA vibes.
Sometimes, models disappear from our lives. They might have babies, they might turn forty, or they might gain a couple of ounces. But everybody loves a second chance, and we’re always glad when our favorite stunners return to us. Here’s a list of our very favorite model comebacks:
We were so sad when Gemma went away. Beautiful, doll-faced Gemma! She took a long break from modeling in 2008. It seems insane, since she was omnipresent for so many years, but Gemma was just 21 when she stopped modeling in order to chill out for a bit and pursue acting – she was in a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but we think she deserves better.
The fashion world reacted with joyous shock when Gemma, with no warning at all, popped up on the runway for Prada SS15. It was like it was 2007 all over again – her presence brought back a wash of memories of pre-recession grandeur and starlets getting DUIs. Welcome back, you angel woman!
Jessica Miller was the hot girl of the early-2000s. The Las Vegas native made waves for her sporty, all-American physique, but her look could also go dark and moody. She walked for everyone from Calvin Klein to Alexander McQueen and posed for lingerie campaigns until she retired in 2005. Miller popped up in the press again in 2013, for making a very cool model move: getting engaged to a rock star. But her betrothal to Metallica’s Lars Ulrich is not the only Miller news of late. She returned to the runway for Balmain SS15, walking alongside the #BalmainArmy and looking as fine as ever.
Kristen McMenamy is our favorite model of all time. Between her striking face and shock of long white hair, we really can’t imagine the fashion industry without her. McMenamy is the absolute coolest. But in the late 90s and early 2000s, she took a few years off to raise her family, including daughter Lily, now a model famous for her fabulous lips. McMenamy reappeared after a six year-long break, opening Prada SS04 to great fanfare. She has thankfully remained with us ever since.
Kabukuru left Uganda in her early childhood as a political refugee, and eventually became an incredibly successful model, fronting campaigns for Gucci, Chanel and Calvin Klein. But Kabukuru thought her career had met a horrific end in 2000, when she was hit by an eighteen-wheeler. She almost died, and endured a decade’s worth of painful physical therapy and reconstructive surgery. But Kabukuru recovered, and emerged triumphantly in a 2013 W spread. We couldn’t be happier to see her back.
Andreja Pejic didn’t take a particularly long break from the fashion industry. As Andrej, she was everyone’s favorite gender-bending model, an angel-faced boy who even walked as Jean Paul Gaultier’s bride. But earlier this year Andreja underwent gender-reassignment surgery, and re-entered the fashion world as a woman. She has since been named as the first trans ambassador for Make Up Forever, and has a documentary, Andrej(a) in postproduction. Brava, Andreja.
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