Life isn't always easy even for famous models

July 08, 1993|By Jean Prescott | Jean Prescott,Knight-Ridder News Service

Six super models whose faces and figures you'll recognize want us to look at them and see something more than long legs, rounded bottoms and six-figure salaries.

And if you watch and listen to them swap stories, slumber-party style, on an MTV "House of Style" (Saturday at 1 p.m.), you'll believe them, as we did.

Understand, we believe them, but sympathizing with their complaints -- about fears of the next fresh young thing that comes along, being misunderstood by "ordinary" women and men or the pressure to always look perfect -- is beyond our capabilities. We don't hate them because they're beautiful, but liking them would be easier if their world had something more to do with reality.

The gathering breaks down this way: Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and host Cindy Crawford, all from the currently hot crop, and Lauren Hutton and Beverly Johnson, lukewarm again, having peaked in the '70s. They talk -- frequently all at once -- about everything from how they got their big breaks to competition among them, from their intimidation factor (they swear men never come on to them) to the hardships.

For sheer wisdom and a close-if-not-perfect reality check, nobody beats Ms. Hutton, who looks great despite the fact that at 49-plus, she could be Ms. Turlington's mother. While Ms. Hutton credits modeling with having made her who she is today, someone she's obviously happy to be, she says, "We don't exist in reality. We've been created."

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