#1145 Fashion pronunciation for dummies

Image: James K Lowe

I watched the first episode of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 14 yesterday. This girl Angelea who’d previously been kicked out from another series was given the opportunity to compete again. She was ghetto fabulous. When asked what had changed since the judges had last seen her, she said, “I bin doin’ mah homewuuurk, I bin lookin’ at dem campayyyyyyns, I see Gucci, I see Prada, I see Givenchy…” Her pronunciation of the first two companies was spot on. Givenchy, however, was pronounced exactly as it’s spelt – Giv-en-chee. Tyra immediately gave her a lesson in correct fashion pronunciation. It reminded me of the above picture, posted by James K Lowe last week. If only Angelea had been given the opportunity to see it, she might have saved herself from potential embarrassment on the world stage. I don’t know about anybody else, but I still find it difficult to say ‘AIR-mehz’ and ‘Eddy Slim-MAHN’. Force of habit I guess.


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  1. Anonymous says

    Yeah, definitely not moo.

    And the o in Comme isn’t like comb at all. This is what the IPA system was invented for, people…

  2. says

    I’m with you Anon – it’s like pronunciation for the American accent. It shouldn’ be ‘day’ in Commed des Garcons either. More like a softer deh.

  3. Michael says

    Ann Demeulemeester is like the pronunciation of the word demure:

    Ann De-mere-le-miss-ter

    Why is Raf Simons pronounced Si-mmons? Sounds awful. Should be Simons as in, “Simon says”. It sounds much better and more English than American.

    Veronique Branquinho, yeah now this one is hard.

    I believe it is: Ver-lique Branq-key-no. However Sally Singer has pronounced it: Brand-key-no. I don’t know if it’s because she American…

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