Just when it looks like I'm running out of 'material', there's always the fashion industry saving my ass.  This isn't really necessarily the fault of the fashion industry, but has anyone else noticed the withering away of the meaning of the term 'Supermodel'?  I don't know who coined the term, I feel like maybe it was MTV or some equally insidious culture trashcan, but nevertheless, in the early nineties the term 'Supermodel' entered the lexicon to describe a very select group of women who had gone beyond being pretty faces and into being household names.  Think of it as models with enough of a "Personal Brand" as to be more than just models.  Cindy Crawford, Elle McPhereson, Tyra Banks (maybe?).  Basically, the only people who qualified at the time were the cast of that George Michael video (Chrisi Turlington, you know...) and the rest of the modelling world were just, ho hum, models.  Of course, that wasn't ever going to be good enough.

Just like the path of Cheesy ---> Dangerous Cheetos, the rest of the world has downgraded the Ssupermodel to include, well, just about anyone who gets paid for their looks.  I've noticed this in the news, in people's blogs, and in shady internet journalism, but the interesting thing is that it really seems to be accepted as common practice to call anyone who's pretty and heroin skinny and gets paid to wear stupid clothes a 'Supermodel.'  This woman is a good example: Donna Ricci.  I can't say if it was her PR people who graduated her from regular model to "Super" but for some reason, the people who make those assanine "Bleeding Edge Goth Dolls" think she's pretty damn Super.  No disprespect to Ms. Ricci, but I don't think that woman with the dragon on her head is too worried!