Back in the cover game
Long time, no Abbey Lee Kershaw cover.
After taking a brief hiatus from the modelling biz to pursue her acting ambitions via a role in George Miller’s upcoming fourth instalment of the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road – and a few ad campaigns, here and there, notably Gucci and Saint Laurent Eyewear – Kershaw has been conspicuous by her absence from the world’s runways and fashion magazines, with only a few minor appearances last year in Interview and 25 Magazine. Her last magazine covers look to have been the August 2012 edition of Vogue Australia and the August 5 2012 cover of The Sunday Telegraph’s Sunday magazine.
That cover drought has been broken by the April 2014 edition of, coincidentally, Vogue Australia, which is due out on March 24th. Although there hasn’t been a peep out of Vogue about the cover, as per usual the online army of fashion fans couldn’t wait to share the news. Glossynewsstand.com was apparently the first cab off the rank to upload a very low res shot of the April 2014 cover starring Kershaw.
Kershaw’s New York agent Stephen Lee at Next Model Management confirmed it’s legit. By our count this makes Kershaw’s sixth cover of the magazine.
UPDATE 14:19 – Vogue Australia has now posted a “first look” at its April 2014 cover. The cover was shot by top French photographer Gilles Bensimon and the magazine reports that Kershaw also appears in a fashion editorial within the issue that is directed by Baz Lurhmann, opposite Thomas Lacey, the star of Lurhmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical.
The cover line “From modelling to Mad Max” promises some kind of cover feature inside.
Fairfax Media’s Good Weekend won’t be too happy to see this story. Last year the magazine – the highly-regarded, Walkley Award-winning weekend insert magazine for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers – commissioned journalist Sarah Scheller to pen a profile of Kershaw, with Next Model Management telling Scheller they would ensure the interview took place according to Scheller. Scheller then set forth doing quite some work on the story (including an interview with me).
The story was placed on the backburner due to Kershaw’s eventual unavailability for an interview, with her handlers telling Scheller that the timing for the profile would be better much closer to the release date of Mad Max.
Since the latter is not, it seems, likely to be released before 2015, Good Weekend will presumably be waiting for some time.
COVER IMAGE: ABBEY LEE KERSHAW BACKSTAGE AT THE DAVID JONES SS11 SHOW, AUGUST, 2010. IMAGE: FROCKWRITER