saw Fran a few weeks ago in the Village and she was the most underwhelming model i've ever seen in person. completely bland (nothing awe inspiring about her appearance) and not thin enough to detract from how basic her features are (which im sure is great as the blank model canvas), but i really cant imagine her being highlighted as extraordinarily special in the ranks of Moss, Shrimpton, etc. if it weren't for Enniful's influence.I know Edward Enniful adores her, but I’ll admit I was a little taken aback to see her make British Vogue’s “Vogue 25: the women shaping 2019”.
Even despite my distant friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend ‘relationship’ to her (trust me when I say it’s nothing to get excited over lol), and the fact I’ve kinda followed her career from the very beginning, I really wouldn’t consider her one of the major models in fashion right now. Maybe the major British model? And that was what they were highlighting? But to me she’s nothing extraordinary and I can’t see her longevity lasting in a way that Kate Moss and Jean Shrimpton (whom she has been quite generously compared to) have done. Of course I’m happy for her— but I’d be lying if I said she didn’t seem out of place amongst the activists, politicians and industry icons on that list.
Even though I became bored of her a year or two ago, I’ll always have a soft spot for her (no major reason other than it’s cool to see girls from normal, semi rural, Northern English backgrounds succeed massively in the media). Of course, this only proves how crucial it is to be skinny if you’re pale. I’d argue she’d look relatively thinner if she was tan; even Vitto can have good angles nowadays. It’s kinda unfair on a biological level but I also reckon it makes the actual skinnies look even skinnier, so it proves to be great motivation.