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Vogue advances gray-hair chic with silver-tressed model Kristen McMenamy

July 21, 2010 |  1:01 pm

Kristen McMenamy model gray hair It may be reduced to a blip on the beauty radar, but there's definitely a movement in the zeitgeist toward the acceptance and, well, coolness of gray hair -- on both youngins' (i.e. Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne) and older women.

We wrote about the emergence of gray-hair chic in last week's Image section. But since that went to press, Vogue's August issue debuted with a splashy fashion spread shot by photographer David Sims, starring 43-year-old former supermodel Kristen McMenamy, who's been boasting a Morticia Addams-style lanky silver mane recently.

McMenamy also graces the cover of Dazed & Confused magazine this month, her waist-length hair captured in mid-toss. But I like the way the Vogue spread treats her hair color almost as an incidental; the tresses are striking, but they're also often pulled back, letting the clothes -- sleek '70s-inspired day wear from Stella McCartney, Fendi and Akris --  steal the show.

Additionally, it's a treat to see one of the '90s' more nontraditional supermodels come back into the spotlight.

McMenamy, who came of age in the industry alongside still-ubiquitous Kate Moss, also walked in the fall 2010 Viktor & Rolf and Calvin Klein shows -- her gray mane giving her a goth, almost ghostly presence.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: Kristen McMenamy in Vogue. Credit: David Sims for Vogue