For the past 14 years, we here at PAPER have put out an annual Beautiful People issue highlighting up-and-coming actors, musicians, artists, writers, designers, etc. who we feel particularly inspired by, and believe may go on to do great things. To celebrate the April release of our 2011 BP issue, throughout the month we'll be poring through the archives and featuring a few of our favorite Beautiful People of years past. Below, we include the original text and photos from our 1998 BP issue, which included Justin Theroux, Justin Bond, Catherine Malandrino and James King.
With teen idol good looks, 27-year-old actor Justin Theroux could easily be Hollywood's next hunk. But the actor's choices aren't exactly Saved by the Bell. After appearing on Broadway in Chekhov's Three Sisters, Theroux played a bisexual drug dealer in Mark Ravenhill's controversial play Shopping and Fucking. Theroux says films are boring to make, not to mention that "you have to be really self-centered to do movies." Yet he has a slew of upcoming cinematic turns, from playing Martha Plimpton's boyfriend in Backward Looks Far Corner to being hunted down by mob maniacs like Debi Mazar in Frogs for Snakes. Theroux is now shooting Mulholland Drive, a pilot created and directed by David Lynch for ABC. Just the other day, he says, his character had "his ass kicked pretty bad" by Billy Ray Cyrus. Concurrently, he's been jetting to Toronto to play a coked-up Wall Street suit in Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' gory American Psycho. What does this workhorse do with his spare time? Theroux recently wrote a comedy pilot. --Peter Davis2011 Update: Said ABC pilot called Mulholland Drive made a much better movie and became one of David Lynch's more critically acclaimed works, American Psycho now has a cult following and Theroux has since gone on to write screenplays for Tropic Thunder and its upcoming sequel as well as the screenplay for Iron Man 2.
Justin Bond is now heading for the big time. He's recently returned from Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for a show in Toronto, and later this spring, Kiki, along with accompanist Herb (Kenny Mellman), will stage her Off Broadway debut at the New York Theater Workshop. "I doubt if the audience will be quite as drunk," predicts Bond. "We, however, will be." An Off Broadway success could be the ticket to big things, says Bond: "I think an HBO special is in order, and, of course, our debut at Radio City Music Hall with our dancing animals. Not real animals, though, just fake dancing costume animals." On the other hand, he says, he would be content with "just being known well enough that I could play in any little shithole in any town in the world and have a good time." --Angelo Pitillo2011 Update: Bond's aspirations for Kiki and Herb came true -- the duo went on to play Carnegie Hall in 2004, took their act to Broadway in 2006 and were nominated for a Tony award for "Best Special Theatrical Event" in 2007. Recently, Bond changed his name to "V" and has a new solo album, with pianist/producer Doveman, titled Dendrophile.
(The following is experted from a longer article on New York's "aesthetic visionaries" which included Selima Salaun, Martin Keehn)
For French stylist Catherine Malandrino (left) -- who also designs for Diane Von Furstenberg -- femininity is a way of life. She describes her store, Catherine (468 Broome St.), as "a lifestyle shop where a clothing collection works with music, books, graphics, hats, bags, objects, furniture and fantastic colors." For spring, she says, the look is "50's French Riviera chic," with silk floral dresses and fitted cardigans, as well as her trademark cowboy hats with fringe. --Christine Muhlke2011 Update: Soon after this story ran, Malandrino launched her eponymous womenswear line, building on the St. Tropez hippie look she was becoming increasingly known for. In 2002, her boutique appeared in an episode of Sex And The City, and the rest is fashion history.
Nineteen-year-old fashion veteran James King is back in the saddle after a six-month hiatus prompted by the death of her boyfriend, photographer Davide Sorrenti. "Things started getting really hectic," she admits. "I started so young and I thought it was good to go back home and do normal things for a while. I came back with a lot more energy and a much greater appreciation for what I do." King, whose real name is Jamie ("I'm named after Jamie Summers, the Bionic Woman," she clarifies), came to New York from Omaha, Nebraska, at 14. She now believes that girls under 18 are too immature to stomach the modeling lifestyle. "You're not treated like a kid in this industry," she complains. "Adults need to start taking responsibility for these children that they're bringing in." King can be seen in ads for Bebe, doing fashion interviews on MTV and taking acting classes. She claims the demise of the supermodel has awoken her to the reality of life after the catwalk. "I'm trying to use modeling as a vessel to get me somewhere else," she explains.2011 Update: King, who changed her first name to Jaime, went on to cover PAPER magazine in 2000, and has since appeared in several films, including Blow, Pearl Harbor, Sin City and My Bloody Valentine 3D. She has also appeared in campaigns for Revlon and Jay-Z's clothing line, Rocawear.
-- Peter Davis
Anna Wintour has the power to make not only fashion designers but writers as well. Her best new discovery is the superstylish fashion scribe Plum Sykes. Having left her native London for the West Village two years ago, exchanging a job at British Vogue for one at its American sister, the Oxford-educated Sykes set about dazzling jaded New Yorkers with her twin sister, Lucy -- that is, after six months of misery. "It was horrible because I was given this job to know where to find the hippest clothes in New York and I didn't even know where to find an apple," she laughs. "It was a lot of learning and feeling lost every single minute of the day." Now that she's settled in and out and about, Sykes takes on the jet set in her monthly column, "Fashion Fiction." She says her foreign status grants her a certain immunity within the social scene: "You're always an outsider and an observer and can dip your toe into that particular swamp when you feel like it and take it out again when you feel like it." She plans to dip her toe into the screenwriting swamp in '99 while continuing to keep Americans well dressed. -- Christine Muhlke2011 Update: Sykes was an assistant to Isabella Blow during her time at British Vogue, who introduced her to Alexander McQueen. She would go on to model for the late designer, who made her wedding gown in 2005. Sykes is now back in her native UK, where she still contributes to Vogue and has penned to major "chick lit" staples: Bergdorf Blondes and the The Debutante DivorcÃ©e.