Models vs. Actresses On Covers: What The Shift Has Meant For Celebrities' Bodies (VIDEO)

05/31/2013 05:11 pm ET | Updated Jun 01, 2013
  • Ellie Krupnick Senior Editor of Viral Content and Strategy, The Huffington Post

The era of models-as-cover-stars came to an end around the time Anna Wintour took over at Vogue. There, she popularized the casting of celebrities -- mainly actresses and pop stars -- for fashion covers instead of models. Her first major celeb cover featured Madonna, a choice that was seen as a risk... and resulted in a 40 percent spike in newsstand sales.

The shift was a positive eye-opener for Vogue and the other magazines that followed suit. But the turn from professional models to celebrities might have had a negative impact on the celebs themselves. In a recent interview with Amanda de Cadenet for "The Conversation," actress Busy Philipps provided an interesting insight:

"13 years ago, every cover of every magazine wasn't actresses, it was mostly models and then actresses would be featured inside. And now every actress is expected to also be a model."

It's been widely discussed that the move from models to Hollywood A-listers negatively affected the models. Naomi Campbell said it best: "Of course, we want the magazine covers back... [A young model has] got more to compete with and there are only a certain amount of covers they’re going to give a model a year. Before, you had models 12 months a year."

But there's been little talk about how the shift has affected actresses. As Busy said, the need to be "cover-ready" has put more pressure on celebrities to stay fit.

The consequence, ironically, is that while magazine readers strive to achieve the celebrity body shapes they see on magazine covers, the celebrities on the covers are striving to maintain bodies like the models they've replaced.

The result? No one really wins. Let's hope that Anna Wintour was watching Philipps' interview and took away a few insights. Watch the conversation for yourself in the video above, or go to TheConversation.tv.

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