She may have been cruelly dubbed the “hairy angel” due to her unkempt appearance and dowdy dress sense..
But Scottish singing sensation, Susan Boyle could soon have the last laugh and become a style icon if celebrity photographer Annie Leibowitz has her way.
Leibowitz who started her career with Rolling Stone magazine and has also worked for Vanity Fair and Vogue, is said to be desperate to snap SuBo for the magazine and has enlisted the help of Vogue creative director Grace Coddington to make it happen.
The pair have joined forces to persuade Vogue editor Anna Wintour to put the 48 year-old spinster from Blackburn, West Lothian on the cover of the American fashion bible.
60 year-old Leibowitz’s back catalogue reads like a Who’s Who of the 21st century. Famous shoots include a portrait of a nude John Lennon hugging his wife Yoko Ono - taken hours before the Beatle was murdered - nude and pregnant actress Demi Moore, and portraits of Queen Elizabeth II.
Now SuBo could be set to join their ranks if Wintour gives the project the green light. Coddington told reporters: “I wanted to get Susan Boyle to play the wicked witch in the December issue’s Hansel and Gretel spectacular. Annie Leibowitz wanted her too but I think Anna thought it was just all too British and not right.”
Undeterred the couple are set to press the icy fashion queen boss to change her mind and let SuBo follow in the footsteps of Vogue cover stars such as Kylie Minogue, Victoria Beckham and Beyonce. The Blackburn spinster who lives alone with her cat made her American fashion magazine debut in upmarket glossy Harper's Bazaar last year.
Speaking about the massive worldwide appeal of SuBo, whose album I Dreamed A Dream was the biggest selling album of last year, Vogue’s creative director added: “I don’t rule celebrities out if they’re the right person for the job. It’s because of characters like that I still love my job.”
Just recently Beyonce’s husband US superstar rapper Jay Z claimed that Susan could become a global fashion icon. He told reporters "What Susan's achieved is unbelievable.
"Everybody wants a piece of her and the market for her is huge. I could see her with her own clothing range. Sure, why not?"