‘Fashion Star’ Louise Roe: Who I’d Cast in a Updated Video for George Michael’s ‘Freedom’

Louise Roe at the 2013 Academy Awards. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

Louise Roe at the 2013 Academy Awards. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

Media types toiling away at keyboards, there’s a light at the end of that tunnel: British-born Louise Roe has parlayed her background in fashion journalism into a gig as MC of NBC’s Fashion Star, which just completed its second season. “It’s my favorite job to date,” she says, “It’s just a mix of having a live audience that was very electric and a lot of intense, suspenseful moments — all of the mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos giving advice to the designers, and you’ve got Macy’s, Saks, and Express bidding on clothes up to $6 million. It’s people’s lives and careers sort of resting in their hands, and I’m there to kind of hug and hold hands and help people through it. There were tears on stage and shouts of joy and amazing clothes, and for me, it brought together all of these elements of why I love fashion. So it was good fun.”

When she popped by BBC AMERICA’s offices last year, we chatted about why she loves New York and the British fashion designer she thinks will be the next big thing. And she answered what I’ve adopted as my new parlor game: re-casting George Michael‘s “Freedom ’90″ video with modern-day supermodels. (Do any exist other than Gisele and Kate Upton these days?)

Listen to her choices below:

Who would you cast in a 2013 version of George Michael’s “Freedom” video? Tell us below:

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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