Anna posted her first instagram photo this week to kick off the instagram campaign for Vogue lovers everywhere to post their own Vogue reading shots. It instantly went viral and probably did more for the September issue then the "September issue" documentary did. We sort of love her other first a teeny bit better. Her first Vogue cover in November 1988.
Last August for Vogue.com Anna shared her memories of that day:
It was November 1988, and starred the gorgeous Israeli model Michaela Bercu, photographed by Peter Limdbergh and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. Michaela was wearing an haute couture Christian Lacroix jacket with a beaded cross, all very “Like a Prayer,” and stonewashed Guess jeans. The jacket was actually part of a suit, but the skirt didn’t fit Michaela; she had been on vacation back home in Israel and had gained a little weight. Not that that mattered. In fact, it only served to reinforce the idea to take couture’s haughty grandeur and playfully throw it headlong into real life and see what happened.
What none of us expected was to run that picture on the cover, least of all the magazine’s printers, who called up and asked with some consternation, “Has there been a mistake?” I couldn’t blame them. It was so unlike the studied and elegant close-ups that were typical of Vogue’s covers back then, with tons of makeup and major jewelry. This one broke all the rules. Michaela wasn’t looking at you, and worse, she had her eyes almost closed. Her hair was blowing across her face. It looked easy, casual, a moment that had been snapped on the street, which it had been, and which was the whole point. Afterwards, in the way that these things can happen, people applied all sorts of interpretations: It was about mixing high and low, Michaela was pregnant, it was a religious statement. But none of these things was true. I had just looked at that picture and sensed the winds of change. And you can’t ask for more from a cover image than that.
I love that the printers actually called to check to see if there had been an error. If that does not say how "un-Vogue" this daring move was at the time I don't know what does! This cover is now one oft he most iconic of all the Vogue covers ever run and cemented Anna's place in fashion history well before her now iconic status.
Scroll down to read Micheala's point of view on that cover!
In 2010 Micheala chatted to Vogue about that fateful day in a feature for their Best Dressed issue. She was only 18 at the time and over six feet tall. They squirted water guns at each other (to the chagrin of the make-up artist and stylist) and had dance music on during the shoot. She says that when the issue came out she went to every newsstand she could find and bought every possible issue. She stopped modelling shortly after and went on to University, got married and had the four amazing children she was photoed with (below). The end of the short article says it all - she says that since that shoot she has moved many time, all around the world, but her Vogue's always go with her.