Claudia Schiffer, 48, and Stephanie Seymour, 51, pose nude for Vogue Italia: 'Mature women back in fashion'

Looks like the ‘90s resurgence is extending to supermodels. While catwalker Christy Turlington has just landed a new Marc Jacobs campaign and the subscriber cover for Harper’s Bazaar’s September issue, Vogue Italia is making a splash by tapping modeling icons Claudia Schiffer and Stephanie Seymour for some very naked newsstand action.

Now 51 years old, Seymour — who is also famed for her leading role in Guns N’ Roses iconic 1992 music video for “November Rain” alongside then-boyfriend Axl Rose — wears nothing but a black belt, ankle-strap heels and a statement necklace for her August cover. According to Vogue Italia, her racy photoshoot is a tribute to the late fashion photographer Helmut Newton.

“Here Stephanie Seymour is no longer the teenage girl of some of the master’s most iconic past images,” the magazine says. “She is an active subject, she shares the process with the photographer. A process involving women fully aware of their sexuality, and comfortable in their own skin. It is the story of women capable of handling not only the consequences of exposing their body but most of all, the power that Newton was the first to acknowledge them and that, today, they have no intention of relinquishing.”

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SHE IS BACK ✨ STEPHANIE BY STEPHANIE Our August Issue with @stephanieseymour stunning at 51! in @ysl photographed by @collierschorrstudio styled by @vanessareidofficial. On Newsstands August 6th! In the Seventies, sex and power entered fashion photography through the lens of Helmut Newton. With our August Issue we pay homage to the photography master with a story of women empowerment, because this time behind the lens there is a woman, Collier Schorr, a pioneer of the use of fashion photography to subvert gender and identity conventions. Here Stephanie Seymour is no longer the teenage girl of some of the master’s most iconic past images. She is an active subject, she shares the process with the photographer. A process involving women fully aware of their sexuality, and comfortable in their own skin. It is the story of women capable of handling not only the consequences of exposing their body but most of all, the power that Newton was the first to acknowledge them and that, today, they have no intention of relinquishing. “I didn’t want to enact the Helmut Newton role with a much younger and less experienced model and have that much power, even if it’s just a presumed power. By the time I was working with Stephanie on the final shoot, I better understood that the performance for the camera is not all put on for affect - what you see in the photographs is made up of real pieces of us. I truly understand what it is like to be in a certain fashion photography moment where a lot of lines – albeit only representational – can get crossed.” #CollierSchorr See more via link in bio. Full credits: Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @ferdinandoverderi Casting directors @pg_dmcasting @samuel_ellis @ DM Fashion Studio Interview @pimcharlottecotton Text @alessiaglaviano Make-up @dickpageface @statementartists Hair @brentlawler Manicure @lollykoonnails @thewallgroup Set design @andyharman @lalalandartists On set @mpacetx
SHE IS BACK ✨ STEPHANIE BY STEPHANIE @stephanieseymour in @ysl photographed by @collierschorrstudio styled by @vanessareidofficial! Our August Issue on Newsstands August 6th! “I’m sure that, in some ways, that’s a Helmut Newton thing of wanting to be in a room with a powerful woman but leaving the space for her to walk away and come back. On a really good day, you are dancing with this other person, moving in and out with them. I certainly want the person I am shooting to assume power and assume their agency. You see Stephanie deciding to make a picture, and having an opinion about it and the permission that gives for me to assume a position in front of the camera.” #CollierSchorr See more via link in bio. Full credits: Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @ferdinandoverderi Casting directors @pg_dmcasting @samuel_ellis @ DM Fashion Studio Interview @pimcharlottecotton Make-up @dickpageface @statementartists Hair @brentlawler Manicure @lollykoonnails @thewallgroup Set design @andyharman @lalalandartists On set @mpacetx
SHE IS BACK ✨ CLAUDIA BY CLAUDIA @claudiaschiffer back on our cover after 25 years! in @ysl photographed by @collierschorrstudio styled by @vanessareidofficial! Check out our August Issue on Newsstands August 6th! “The concept was to take the framework of some of Helmut Newton’s most seminal studio shoots, especially the “auto-portraits”. Theoretically, the women in these photographs by Newton were “making” their own portraits in that very brief moment that they are looking at themselves in mirrors and releasing the camera’s shutter with a cable release. The idea for my story evolved into me stepping into the shoes of Helmut Newton and being shown in the mirrors’ reflections, photographing Claudia and Stephanie.”(...) “When you are photographing women such as Stephanie and Claudia, who are literally like the walking lexicons of fashion gesture in photography, there are things they will and will not do. There’s not one thing that you see in these photographs that Claudia didn’t want to do – if she didn’t want to do it, she changed it.” #CollierSchorr See more via link in bio. Full credits: #ClaudiaSchiffer @dmanagementgroup Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @ferdinandoverderi Casting directors @pg_dmcasting @samuel_ellis @ DM Fashion Studio Interview @pimcharlottecotton Make-up @hiromi_ueda @artandcommerce Hair @garygillhair @streetersagency Manicure @louimarie_nails @jaqmanagement Set design @tomotattle @streetersagency Executive producer @sylviafarago
SHE IS BACK ✨ CLAUDIA BY CLAUDIA Our August Issue features @claudiaschiffer in @ysl photographed by @collierschorrstudio styled by @vanessareidofficial. On Newsstands August 6th! “Because of who I am and who they are, I think these shoots are about women’s acknowledgement of their own sexuality, and is very different to the representation of desire, which is always connected to the maker of the picture. I think this was about Claudia, Stephanie’s and my relationships with our sexualities and bodies, and about being seen as older women.” #CollierSchorr See more via link in bio. Full credits: #ClaudiaSchiffer @dmanagementgroup Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @ferdinandoverderi Casting directors @pg_dmcasting @samuel_ellis @ DM Fashion Studio Interview @pimcharlottecotton Make-up @hiromi_ueda @artandcommerce Hair @garygillhair @streetersagency Manicure @louimarie_nails @jaqmanagement Set design @tomotattle @streetersagency Executive producer @sylviafarago
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While Seymour’s second cover sees her covered up in an explosion of lime-green feathers from Saint Laurent, fellow ‘90s supermodel and August cover star Schiffer remains undressed for her two Newton-inspired shoots. In one, the 48-year-old German beauty uses a black clutch and acid yellow heels to cover her bare body; in the other, she’s naked save for a black Saint Laurent blazer.

Photographer Collier Schorr explained how Seymour and Schiffer’s age was an advantage on the set.

“Because of who I am and who they are, I think these shoots are about women’s acknowledgment of their own sexuality, and is very different to the representation of desire, which is always connected to the maker of the picture,” she told Vogue Italia. “I think this was about Claudia, Stephanie’s and my relationships with our sexualities and bodies, and about being seen as older women.

“When you are photographing women such as Stephanie and Claudia, who are literally like the walking lexicons of fashion gesture in photography, there are things they will and will not do. There’s not one thing that you see in these photographs that Claudia didn’t want to do — if she didn’t want to do it, she changed it,” Schorr added.

The covers have been met with mixed reviews. While others have hailed the photos as “spectacular,” one commenter dubbed it “the grandma issue” and another critic complained, “this is not fashion, it’s porn.” Some have also accused the magazine of heavily airbrushing the photos and objected to the sexy poses.

“When can we move on from high heels, nudity and suggestive poses?” read another comment.

‘What an awkward photo! Really!!!!” a commenter added. “So many women at 51 look just as good. Tasteless!”

“Wonderful to see the ‘90s supermodels of my generation still rocking their beauty after all these years,” countered a fan. “Yes we still rock as mature women ... great to banish stereotypes which were created by closed-minded people. Yes, mature women back in action!”

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