‘Freedom ’90,’ the legendary anthem that served as George Michael‘s reinvention from teen heartthrob to bonafide gay sex symbol, and that elevated supermodels to celebrity status, has been redone by Vogue. In honour of the iconic song’s upcoming 26th anniversary in October, the video has been shot starring a crop of today’s most famous faces clad in fashions recently seen on the runways of New York.
Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls and Irina Shayk, among others, star in the abbreviated version of the original video, and can be seen dancing and lip syncing to the song in the streets of New York. They are dressed in a selection of spring 2017 fashions by American designers including Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch and Marc Jacobs.
‘Freedom ’90’ and its massive success symbolized the fusion of fashion and pop culture; a stylish marriage that continues to this day. It made household names of the models who starred in the original video — Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz and Cindy Crawford — and established the supermodel as an integral component of the fashion industry. Michael‘s physical absence from the video signified a reinvention for the singer, who went from a pop band front man to a serious artist who shied away from the spotlight.