There was a time, back in the hallowed '80s and '90s, when supermodels were superstars, practically on the same A-list level as the pop singers who recruited them for their bombastic, big-budget music videos. Who can forget Helena Christensen tussling on a beach with Chris Isaak, Naomi Campbell keeping it in the closet with Michael Jackson, Cindy Crawford snuggling up to Jon Bon Jovi, or an entire posse of girls-on-film miming along to George Michael's "Freedom '90"? Well, in the new "Girl Panic" music video by THE ultimate supermodel-friendly pop stars, Duran Duran, the "Supers" are back in the gauze-lensed spotlight, recapturing all the celluloid glamour of Duran Duran's brilliant bygone era.
In the nine-and-a-half-minute "Girl Panic" mini-movie, shot at London's impossibly chic and sophisticated Savoy Hotel by genius Madonna/Gaga director Jonas Akerlund and styled by Dolce & Gabbana, various instantly recognizable "Supers" stiletto-step into the roles of the Durans--Naomi Campbell as frontman Simon Le Bon, Cindy Crawford as bassist John Taylor, Helena Christensen as drummer Roger Taylor, and Eva Herzigova as keyboardist Nick Rhodes. Simon's own real-life model wife, Yasmin, also has a starring role, although she emphatically states in the video, "I am NOT a member of Duran Duran." (I guess she didn't want anyone to mistake her for former original bandmate Andy Taylor?)
Naomi Campbell as Simon Le Bon
The Amazonian icons spend the video conducting world-weary, hotel-suite press interviews in their assigned Duran roles, as well as performing along to the track like proper Robert Palmer model-bots while decked out in natty Saville Row suits. The effect is actually more surreal and bizarre than seeing any of them lip-synch to George Michael back in the day. (Oh, if only Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington had shown up complete this unofficial "Freedom '90" supermodel reunion. Perhaps Duran Duran didn't offer Linda enough money to get out of bed?)
Helena Christensen as Roger Taylor
The video doesn't always make much sense, as has always been the case with most Duran Duran videos...but it perfectly epitomizes the glamour and excess of the band's champagne-swilling, yacht-hopping, supermodel-bedding heyday. The men of Duran Duran and the women who once graced the glossy covers of Bazaar and Vogue may not be as young as they used to be, but the "Girl Panic" video proves their appeal is simply ageless.