Why Grace Coddington Hates Instagram
The 2009 documentary The September Issue introduced the world to Vogue's creative director Grace Coddington and, personally speaking, I've admired and followed her career ever since. Like the fun-loving Anna to Anna Wintour's ice queen Elsa, Coddington is the more approachable, eclectic, and badass name at the top of the magazine's masthead. So, it's a little surprising to know that Coddington hates Instagram, according to Vogue. Why? Because her IG posts, which mostly consist of her cartoon self-portraits and cat drawings, are nothing short of amazing.
"I hate Instagram, actually. I think it really interferes with people's lives and things and it's pathetic how everyone's photographing everything they're eating all the time. Everybody uses it instead of reading the newspapers these days. People want you to know that they're holidaying in Greece. I mean, really. The first one I posted, my whole account got taken down because I was naked, which was ironic: It's a goddamn cartoon!"
Coddington joined Instagram last year and immediately caught flak after posting a drawing of her sunbathing nude. Those who picked up her bestselling 2012 memoir Grace was familiar with Coddington's cheeky line drawings, but Instagram certainly wasn't having it. The self-portrait eventually made it back on Coddington's IG and she's been posting similar drawings (with less nudity, more cats) ever since. I'm certain that many others, like myself, would hate to see her delete her Instagram account, but Coddington certainly makes a good argument for how social media has taken over our lives, both good and bad.
Ironically, Coddington also defended social media queen Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Vogue cover and said that despite all the rumors, she actually came up with the idea. "Everybody was beating around the bush, and I said, 'Let's just do it. Let's embrace it,'" Coddington said. "That's who everybody wants to know about, so let's try to do it better than most people. That's why I thought, have someone like Annie Leibovitz shoot it. It will give it a stature and a weight so that it won't appear like another tabloid piece."
Think that's surprising? Coddington is a true original who makes her own rules. Here are three examples of why she's boss.
1. Attending The Met Gala In PJs
Because, why not? She was more comfortable than anyone else by wearing pajamas on the red carpet and party.
2. Her Life In Fashion
After suffering from a car accident at the age of 26, the former model became a fashion journalist and lived to tell about it in her 2012 memoir and her newly reissued book Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion (2002).
3. Keeping It Real
I don't know about you, but this is wintertime goals.