George Michael’s music video for Freedom! is considered an iconic moment in 1990s modeling. Now, three decades later, the catwalk stars who made it so memorable have reflected on the lasting impact of video.
Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista and Tatjana Patitz discussed the video during a conversation to mark the 30th anniversary of their colleague John Pearson’s website, Mr. well-being.
Many fascinating ideas were revealed in the chat, including some “naughty” antics on set and how the video came to define an era. Read on for the interview highlights in the models’ own words.
“I think this video struck a chord for so many reasons. First and foremost was the song itself and the message and declaration of ‘freedom’ for George himself. coincided with the ‘birth’ of the model and brought music and fashion together in an exciting way.
“I was disappointed to find myself stuck in the tub and afterwards with a towel over my head! But you don’t argue with [director] David Fincher – even then. When I look back I think we were all presented in a way that reflected us individually.
“My favorite memory was sitting on an airplane about to turn it, listening to the song over and over again on my Walkman, trying to learn the words. I immediately loved the song and I loved it. was delighted to be included. “
“The video captures that feeling, and that feeling is timeless. For me, the effect of appearing in the video was that I was suddenly known outside of the fashion world and in other media that was not about fashion. fashion It was amazing.
“One of my favorite memories of filming the video was George telling me that I should ‘lip-sync’ and not sing along with the track. I wasn’t quite sure what the difference was! He was so adorable. A little offbeat though as the day wore on until late at night, that’s all I’ll say… “
“I think the video captures everyone involved at critical moments in our lives and careers that none of us could have captured at the time, except maybe George. David Fincher had worked on other iconic videos, but it was probably one of the last before his filmmaking career really took off. The song was an instant classic. Whenever it is performed in a room where I find myself, I feel my eyes turn to me.
“Linda and I were the only ones who shot the overlapping video because we had a scene together. rampant. I remember George was incredibly focused and in control of everything, but also fun in times when we just have to hang out. “
“I think it’s part of our time, all of us, including you John. It’s part of our heritage in a way, a time that we can always look back on – a happy and awesome time. Music videos were the thing and to be in someone’s music video, someone super talented like George Michael, that was a big deal!
“I remember we had the Thierry Mugler show the day before in Paris and I was the first to shoot. The show ended at 3 in the morning so I didn’t sleep because I had to take that plane at 6 am There was no Eurostars at that time. in London and I was exhausted. But I was really looking forward to it, just [relieved] that I didn’t have to learn the lyrics because I knew the song. “
“This represents an era of pop culture, and that was in the height of the early ’90s when the fashion, film and music industries mingled. MTV was huge back then with all the Amazing music videos. I became more recognizable in a different way I think. ”
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