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January 8, 2015 11:16 AM   Subscribe

Céline Unveils Its Latest Poster Girl: Joan Didion [New York Times]
“I don’t have any clue,” said the 80-year-old author of well-thumbed classics such as “The White Album,” “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” and “The Year of Magical Thinking,” reached by telephone on Wednesday at her Upper East Side residence (where the photo, by Juergen Teller, was taken). “I have no idea.” Whose idea was this? “They got in touch with me,” Ms. Didion said, as crisp as one of Phoebe Philo’s cotton tunics."
[The Céline ad featuring Joan Didion.]
"And now let’s talk about Céline’s just-debuted ad campaign featuring French dancer Marie-Agnes Gillot, model Freya Lawrence, and none other than immortal intellectual-and-otherwise dream girl Joan Didion." [Vogue]
posted by Fizz (17 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
I thought this was going to be about Louis-Ferdinand Celine. It works for him too.
posted by OmieWise at 11:36 AM on January 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


I want to be Joan Didion when I grow up.
posted by Diablevert at 11:40 AM on January 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm sorry, but I hate Céline Didion. I don't care how popular she is in Canada. Wait, what?
posted by The Bellman at 11:45 AM on January 8, 2015 [13 favorites]


Chic French luxury brand puts skinny white woman in new advertisement;

but she's old!
posted by leotrotsky at 11:59 AM on January 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


My favourite Didion is Packing-List Didion.
posted by peripathetic at 12:03 PM on January 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


My real peeve isn't pictures of celebrities, but that harsh flash photography style that's all the rage these days, especially when the victim is angled just right so that you can see up her nose, brightly lit all the way up into her sinuses. Gross.
posted by Fnarf at 12:07 PM on January 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


Chic French luxury brand puts skinny white woman in new advertisement; but she's old!
posted by leotrotsky


Didion, Trotsky, there's something to be said for trying to live up to one's reputation.
posted by octobersurprise at 12:32 PM on January 8, 2015


My real peeve isn't pictures of celebrities, but that harsh flash photography style that's all the rage these days

At least it was Juergen Teller they sent to photograph her, and not Terry Richardson.
posted by Flashman at 1:59 PM on January 8, 2015


Is it just me, or does the woman in the picture on the left look like she's just stood up from squatting near that tree to pee? There is something hopelessly glamourous about attending a party where you wear red platform heels but pee in the bushes.
posted by mai at 2:00 PM on January 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


The Blue Album
posted by chavenet at 2:10 PM on January 8, 2015


Céline Didion would be a great name for an impersonator/tribute one-woman-band.years

Or a great Metafilter username. Just saying.
posted by kandinski at 2:22 PM on January 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


Chic French luxury brand puts skinny white woman in new advertisement; but she's old!

yea, um, seriously. this is a really low-risk "risky" thing to do. it's an absolute publicity stunt, almost perfectly targeted at the type of bloggers who will repost going "omg you go girl!".

this is a lot more pepsi blue than a powerful statement of any kind.
posted by emptythought at 2:27 PM on January 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


it's an absolute publicity stunt

Nothing gets past you, eh?
posted by octobersurprise at 2:40 PM on January 8, 2015 [4 favorites]




Crappiest Photoshop shadow job, ever. (Didion picture)
posted by Oyéah at 8:50 PM on January 8, 2015


At least it was Juergen Teller

Oh that explains why I thought it was a Marc Jacobs ad.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 10:01 PM on January 8, 2015


If Joan Didion is happy, I am happy. At this point, when anything happens that means Joan Didion has had a nice moment in her day, I'm pleased for her.

And it is very easy to sit where you sit and take the piss -- "oh yeah, she's old, it's a total publicity stunt" -- but whatever. The magazines outside of the AARP basically never show women over the age of 50 basically never, so it is surprising and interesting to some of us.
posted by DarlingBri at 4:23 AM on January 9, 2015 [3 favorites]


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