BY MIA FREEDMAN
Well, how about this. I don’t buy magazines very often anymore but I proudly handed over my $6.95 at the convenience store today so I could support the Australia Women’s Weekly’s decision to put the divine Chrissie Swan on the cover.
I love the image. Love her newest little man Kit and love the images and feature inside, written by Jordan Baker. I called Helen McCabe this morning to find out the story behind the cover and this is what she told me:
“I was sitting on The Today Show set just after the Logies about to do my regular segment with Karl and he asked me how things were going and I told him I needed a cover for the next issue. I’m always looking for a cover. He said “You have to shoot Chrissie Swan” and I thought ‘Of course I do! Why haven’t I shot her already?’ and I went straight into the office and made it happen.”
Getting clothes for the shoot proved to be difficult, according to Helen. Chrissie is a size 22 and nobody wanted to lend clothes. This comes as no surprise to me. The hardest part about shooting women larger than the ‘standard’ size 8 when I worked in magazines was securing clothes. Even the designers who make larger sizes don’t want their brands associated with anyone bigger than a size 8. Size 10 max. So even when you shoot women or models who are size 12, it’s a struggle. How insulting is that.
In the end, Helen told me, they went with a small online company for the dresses Chrissie is wearing. It came from a small online business based in Sydney called Style & Substance (you can buy Chrissie’s dresses and a bunch of other things here)