Saturday, October 14, 2006

from Andy Bellamy, CNN Style

As one of the CNN STYLE senior producers who oversaw all the fashion model stories for 13 years, in addition to being responsible for our show's other topics, I agree with the article's mention of you being on par with Cindy, Naomi, Christy, Linda, Paulina, etc., the editorial stars.

Because during the mid-to-late-80s, you and other so-called runway stars such as Amalia, Dalma, Khadija, Pat, Mounia, Iman, Romney, etc., ruled the catwalks. And modeling became more integrated, not of two distinct worlds - editorial and runway. Both arenas merged during this time. Therefore, the print girls began to be seen more and more on international runways. They came into your house, so to speak. I think it may have worked well for everyone. The exposure was enormous and the stakes were uncompromisingly high.

Only the true professionals succeeded, which is why I agree that you wholeheartedly were the first Asian supermodel. Keep up the good work and continued success.

Your friend...Andy


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