Roundtable interviews with Paulina Poritzkova, Veronica Webb, Magdalena & Diane DeWitt by Vivian Kelly for The Look On-Line


Dianne De Witt - Texas born and bred. Think Cheryl Tiegs and the other lanky blondes of her generation. One of the great runway models of all time. Dianne was one of the first girls to make the transition from print to runway - Bill Blass being the first to use the print girls for this purpose. This was a bold move as back then, print girls didn't do runway which was relegated to a lower level of girl unlike today when the runway stars are the print stars. Peak years: 1977- 1991.

Veronica Webb - Aloof, poised and polished- like you expect a supermodel to be. Refreshingly candid. In 1992 Webb won a coveted contract with cosmetics giant Revlon, and the lucrative agreement launched Webb's face as the virtual symbol for its ColorStyle line in Revlon ads and made her one of only a few African American modeling professionals with such a high-profile deal. Peak years: 1984-1994.

Magdalena -Extraordinarily friendly like 'the girl next door'. Indisputably one of he best bodies in the business. Look up next time you're downtown on Hudson Street and there she is lounging in white fur for Bebe 10 times larger than life. The current "Wonderbra" model. Peak years: 1997 - the present day

Paulina Porizkova - one of the first Supers. Keenly intelligent and self-deprecating, a self admitted 'control freak'. In 1990 Paulina was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. She had a $6 million contact with Estee Lauder until 1995 when Liz Hurley took over from her. Peak years: 1983-1992.

Doni Miller - An old friend of the LOL. Doni was previously at the exclusive Artists' hair and makeup talent agency headed by the formidable Timothy Priano. Timothy's agency represents editorial stars ranging from celebrity darling Gucci Westman to hair legend Harry King.


LOL: What was the image you projected that made you famous? Who created it?

Diane: The Grace Kelly ice queen type. Whenever I heard this, I'd roll on the floor laughing because in actuality I was just a little girl from Texas. This image was reinforced because I worked for Harper's Bazaar and Town and Country. I was definitely not Sports Illustrated material.

Veronica: When I started, I was going to art school and was wearing a little bowl cut wig. I'd draw in these big eyebrows and looked like a Club Kid, which is what I was. Then, I went into being sexy, wearing Alaia and looking Parisian.

Magdalena: I try to dress sexy and usually wear heels, clothing by young designers and a Wonderbra, of course!

Paulina: Estee Lauder ice queen and Sports Illustrated 'babe'. I was the persona they wanted me to be. Being a model is like being an apple in the spotlight, how you come across is never up to you.

LOL: Was there a defining moment when you knew you had 'made it'?

Diane: There were a few moments for me. One was when my Town & Country cover with Norman Parkinson came out Another was when I got a Vidal Sassoon type bob in 1983 and started doing runway. This was the transition that Mr. Blass put ito play that changed fashion, when he decided to use print stars for the runway. I was also in the runway scene in 'Bright Lights, Big City'.

Magdalena: When I started doing Victoria's Secret in 1997, I didn't know it was a major thing, it was just another job I was going to. My first job was winter clothing, it wasn't even lingerie! It was after the runway show I did at the Plaza that I realized what a big deal it was. It's absolutely amazing, when you do the show, the guys are really sitting there with their mouths wide open! A friend pointed this out to me on the video later on. As far as commercial work being 'good' or 'bad', when I was getting my green card, the most important thing to immigrations was that letter from Victoria's Secret.

Paulina: I was lucky right off the bat and worked right away from the start - I was 15. I came to NY a year later as an accident because the clients sent me to Barbados and didn't pay for my ticket back to Paris and dumped me in New York. Elite sent me to a bunch of photographers and I got the Paris Vogue, Glamour and Cosmo covers. Another highpoint was my Sports Illustrated cover in 1984. I only remember the date because that's when I met Rick (Ocasik) and did the "Drive" video with him. That's what pushed me into "Supermodeldom", loosely termed.

Veronica: Peter Lindbergh was the photographer who made me famous. He took pictures of me in January 1984 outdoors in Paris that broke a lot of rules. Financially, I felt like I made it when I bought my mother the Chrysler she wanted. I wrote a check for the car on the spot. That was making it financially. On the other levels, you're on trial every day of your career.