From right to left: Gemma Ward, Liya Kebede, Natalia Vodianova, Karen Elson, Hana Soukupova all in Rochas. Daria Werbowy, Karolina Kurkova, Isabeli Fontana, and Gisele Bündchen all in Helmut Lang.
Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, September 2004
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.