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How Joe Zee Gets Celebrities Naked

How Joe Zee Gets Celebrities Naked Related Blogs Antiviral Art The Best Restaurant in New York Blackbag Defamer Disputations Documents Dodgeandburn Dog Domesticity Drugs Fine Vining Fortress America FrenchGawker Weird Internet Interviews Justice Morning After PhaseZero Politburo Rankings Gawker Review of Books Sausage Slowgawker Sony Hack One Man's Take The Cuck Themachines The Vane The West tktk True Stories Valleywag How Joe Zee Gets Celebrities Naked 8.50K Ryan Tate 09/08/08 07:05AM Filed to: Joe Zee Joe Zee Anne Slowey Nina Garcia Elle Stylista Project Runway Fashion Reality TV TV Madonna Jennifer Lopez Sarah Jessica Parker Celebrity science Pop Culture The Gays Protocelebrities After foolishly losing hold of megastar editor and Project Runway judge Nina Garcia, Elle has been scrambling to recreate its TV buzz with a reality fashion show called Stylista, in which contestants vie to become a fashion editor. The presumptive star of this effort, Anne Slowey, starts with several strikes against her. She did an unconvincing Miranda Priestly imitation in an embarrassing trailer for Stylista; looked like the loopy hippie to Garcia's polished fashion plate in a New York magazine profile and some Web videos; and came up through the ghettoized editorial side of Elle rather than the fashion side. Enter Sunday's Page Six Magazine profile of Elle creative director Joe Zee, "the celeb whisperer" who, face it, is poised to be Elle's real breakout TV star, Slowey be damned. There are any number of reasons, but you can start with the fact that Zee got Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley to pose naked together in Vanity Fair: Devil Wears Prada Becomes "Reality" Series Ooo guys. Stylista is coming this fall. Oh you haven't heard? It's the new CW reality… Although we've wondered whether Zee makes Elle too gay, he comes complete with long-running connections with J. Lo, Justin Timberlake and Sarah Jessica Parker plus a Horacio Alger, immigrant-makes-good biography. And he apparently also has a silver tongue. Here's what he told Page Six about the naked Vanity Fair shoot: Has Elle Gotten Too Gay Under Its Gay Leader? Is fashion too gay? I know, I know, that is like asking, "do Americans love Jesus too… “Keira and Scarlett really were naked [in front of the cameras] for a while, but they got it. You have [photographer] Annie Leibovitz, you have Tom Ford—I think the girls realized that they were in trusted hands. It’s not Playboy. They knew it would be interesting and artful. Plus, Tom Ford [guest edited this issue and he] is incredibly visual and incredibly specific. He wants to direct movies now, and no doubt he’ll be phenomenal at it.” Zee also bends other celebrity women to his will, through the magic of, uh, listening. Tricky and clever! Here's how it works: “I identify with big personality women like Jennifer, Madonna, Mariah,” Joe says of the connection he has with stars. “I love their style, but I also love their careers, the decisions they make—all those things that make them who they are. Maybe it’s because I treat them as three-dimensional, successful women with real ideas, not as models.” At the moment, though, J.Lo looks as comfortable in front of the camera as any career catwalker. It’s not the first time the pair has collaborated: Joe styled her for every W cover she’s shot over the years and for her album art for 2001’s J.Lo. Today, she rolls her caramel shoulders and tosses her hair before photographer Carter Smith as Joe stands nearby, directing her while chewing furiously on a piece of gum. “Gorgeous with your arm up like that,” he shouts. “Hot! Hot! She’s smokin’!” You know what else Joe Zee is good at, besides fashion? Name dropping! [ Page Six Magazine] Featured Replies All Replies The following replies are approved. To see additional replies that are pending approval, click Show Pending. Warning: These may contain graphic material. Show Pending someofmybest Ryan Tate 09/08/08 08:17AM I'm confused. Where did the post about US Weekly go? I could have sworn it was here just a minute ago! Ryan Tate someofmybest 09/08/08 09:09AM @ Vivien Smith-Smythe-Smith: Turns out we ran that news Friday in an update to the original piece [gawker.com] So we killed the redundant item today someofmybest Ryan Tate 09/11/08 01:01AM @ Ryan Tate: Whew, I thought there was some Orwellian censoring going down... More Replies Terms of Service Privacy Policy