Eva Chen's June/July Editor's Letter: Model Student

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One of the new generation of supers, Coco Rocha, with me in Los Angeles.

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Growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, my formative years coincided almost exactly with the age of the supermodel. It was a glorious time, an outrageous time, when models refused to get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day, when outsize personalities met their match with outsize designers, and when the cover of practically every fashion magazine featured Naomi, Christy, Cindy or Linda. Yes, I realize I’m talking about models the way ancient civilizations talked about krakens, but in my mind, they are just as epic.

Lucky launched in 2000 with a model, Leilani Bishop, on the cover—in fact, the first 31 issues were all models. And today, as Lucky evolves into a magazine as much about personal style as shopping, I find models to be perfectly on point again.

Yes, they look amazing on the runway—that, when you boil it down to the essence, is their job. But off-duty style … that’s what takes a girl from mere (bear in mind “mere” still means impossibly gorgeous and aspirational) model to super. The new generation of supers inspire us to dress in a sort of Choose Your Own Shopping Adventure: Do you want the sheer elegance of Joan Smalls, the all-American sunniness of Karlie Kloss or the offbeat street style of Xiao Wen Ju and Hanne Gaby Odiele? And who doesn’t dream of having Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows? Models, even before celebrities, usher in new trends—since they get first access to fashion (many designers gift models with a hot-off-the-runway item post-show).

Certainly someone who has all and more of the aforementioned down pat is Miranda Kerr. Miranda is the first model I chose to put on Lucky’s cover because, truly, she is the quintessential modern supermodel. In addition to the time she logs in front of the camera, she is a multi-hyphenate: beauty entrepreneur–mother–social media star–activist. Her street style is always an effortless mélange of feminine, with a dash of tomboy. And it’s never studied.

Effortless and easy—that’s exactly what summer dressing is about for all of us at Lucky. It’s slipping on a swishy dress that lets the breeze in. It’s flat sandals that let you dash from a pedicure to a cocktail party in a flash. And beauty-wise, it’s a topknot—the messier the better, for its magic is actually in its sloppiness—and a simple slash of red lipstick. This issue is full of summer-perfect ideas, from how to look like beach vixen Candice Swanepoel to our street style inspirations like Hanneli Mustaparta and Pace Wu to the best accessories of the season. Finally, in a nod to the topknot, an eight-page hair guide breaks down our favorite hairstyles of the moment and how to get them.

It’s a wonderful summer mash-up—one that the breezy, beautiful Miranda epitomizes. She may be the first model I’ve put on Lucky’s cover—but mark my words, she won’t be the last.

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