A few weeks ago, I got a call from Kristen Miller the Art Director of Cleveland Magazine. She asked me if I would be interested in helping her out and being on the cover of the June edition, “Rating the Suburbs.” I said, “Of course, right away!” After speaking to Kristen for a few minutes, she told me that they wanted me to be photographed as a gardener. Inside I started to laugh and thought, Okay this means I am going to wear a hat for sure. No one will realize it is even me. Kristen sent over a list of clothes I needed to bring with me to the shoot.
After a review of the items, I headed out to pick up some new shorts. I had a day to get my act together, so I quickly colored my hair and used my self-tanning towels to tan my chicken white legs. I hadn’t spoken a word to anyone being cautious that my interpretation of the cover may have been grander than Kristen’s version. A few years back, Jen Kessen posed a similar proposition. She asked me to be on the cover of the Summer Fun supplement of Cleveland Magazine. It was a very pretty shot by Eric Mull. I was there in the background, but a bit fuzzy, so really no one knew it was me.
Once I got to Jason Miller’s studio, I was asked to put on my shorts and tee shirt. I looked in the mirror and asked Kristen if the shirt was too tight. She said, “No it will be fine. You are going to be so small, no one will notice it.” Jason started snapping pictures and said, “You will be about as tall as a thumb on the cover.” I had to laugh again and thought, Good thing I didn’t make a big deal about this. I also thought, Thank God I am not in a hat!” It was all right that I was the size of Thumbelina; I am still on a cover.
A few days later, the editor Steve Gleydura did send out an email with questions. He asked my take on the city in which I live and love. He also wanted to let me know my name was being added to the piece. I have attached the beautiful full size photo Jason took of me, so I can prove that the small blonde woman with no roots really is me. When I first started my career, I wanted to be a stylist for just one cover of Cleveland Magazine. To date, I have done 12 covers. My turn as a “Cover Girl” may be small in size, but is huge in my heart. Thank you, Kristen and Steve, for this opportunity.
|My Cover Girl moment|
|My pose. Photo credit Jason Miller|
|Inside the magazine, me in front of my fake house|
|My other shot from 2007 (the girls are not mine) photo credit Eric Mull|