Dear fashion Frannies, iPod Pollys, and Elvis acolytes:
The new Issue of ZOO is out. It has the feature I wrote on model Riley Keough. For those who don't know, she is the granddaughter of Elvis Presley. Photographer Joe Lally shot a fantastic story of Riley and I'm--to paraphrase Minnie Pearl--jes' so PROUD to be a part of it!
Even though this was not an Elvis story per se, I did do a lot of research about the Presley legacy (and FTR, I have always been a HUGE and unapologetic Elvis Presley fan). The King died in 1977 (the same year Marc Bolan, who drew inspiration from Elvis, died as well, funny enough) and Riley wasn't born until 1989--so she never knew him in person.
One thing I revisited while working on this story was the mind-blowing Elvis comeback TV special that aired in 1968. Truly mind-blowing when you consider that this icon who was so closely associated with the 1950s in fact paved the way for the music of the '60s (but was denounced by some dunces as "square" in '68. They just didn't get it.) But Elvis did seem adrift by the end of the '60s, his career sidelined by a too-long film contract that produced only a few memorable films (the rest were throw-away kitsch and he knew it.) He was jealous of the Beatles and even tried to sick the FBI on them in the early '70s (LOVE that.)
But Elvis was still undeniably cool in the wake of Beatlemania. In his comeback special, he was devastatingly sexy. Clad head-to-toe in leather, he performed un-plugged versions of his hits--and a nation swooned. See for yourself:
Thanks for reading!