“People still tell me I’m fat, but when I look in the mirror, that’s not what I see.”
–Lara Stone, size four model, tells Vogue in their January issue. We shudder to think what kind of person would consider her overweight, much less say so. Someone who eats “crazy pills” instead of real food maybe? [Vogue]
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Lara Stone was robbed! The term “Model of the Year” cracks me up and reminds me of that famous scene in “Zoolander” when Derek’s up against Hansel for the prize. But the truth is, the fashion industry takes this shiz for serious. While insiders would agree that Stone is clearly the obvious choice for ruling it in 2009, she’s not from the U.K. and, therefore, would not qualify to win the title at the British Fashion Awards held this week in Jolly Old. (See the red carpet pics here.) Georgia Jagger, daughter of Sir Mick and supermodel Jerry Hall, however, is the English rose who took the title home, beating out other rock progeny Daisy Lowe (Gavin Rossdale’s daughter) and former Burberry girl Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Actually, after a year involving that Vanity Fair story and that tres scandalous Hudson jeans ad, it makes sense. Could Georgia be the next supermodel? Maybe she already is? Keep reading »
It goes without saying that being a model for Victoria’s Secret requires strict beauty and fitness regimens. But not even that rigorous upkeep is enough to make her runway-ready—New York magazine reports that makeup artists then need to beautify her butt. Apparently, each girl gets 20 (20!) layers of makeup on her derrière and is attended to by as many as five artists. [NY Mag]
So what exactly is butt makeup? Let’s discuss … Keep reading »
File this one under “We Can’t Believe It Took Them This Long”: Besides all those expensive bedazzled bras and Heidi Klum flaunting her post-baby body, there’s one more reason to watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, airing on CBS tonight. Chinese model Liu Wen, 21, will be the first girl of Asian descent to float down the angels’ catwalk.
“I was surprised when my agent told me. I asked my agent if she was joking. I didn’t think an Asian girl would get this job.”
Of course, the show’s casting agents didn’t exactly pluck her from obscurity. She was a Fashion Week favorite, and even proved she had mad runway skills by walking in Alexander McQueen’s spring 2010 show, known for the insane toe-less platform shoes. So, you know, undies and wings should be a cinch. [ONTD] Keep reading »
Could middle-aged women become the new ideal of female hotness? It would seem Helena Christensen thinks so, as the 40-year-old supermodel has been making moves to adjust image standards. She appeared nude on the cover of i-D this month (along with Eva Herzigova and Claudia Schiffer), and is also in the buff for a spread (no pun intended) in Elle‘s January issue. According to the Telegraph, Christensen is, “flabbergasted that people could be offended by pictures of naked women.” In the accompanying article, Helena also admits: “I have no problems with showing my body. I love the female shape. It’s crazy — you can have movie posters with men with machine guns but oh, God forbid you show nipples.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. While we give kudos to Christensen’s embrace of the female form at all ages, we do have to say … do many 40-year-old women look as good as her naked? [Telegraph.co.uk] Keep reading »
We know you guys are freaking out
that you can’t watch this until it airs on Dec. 1 (uh sure). So here ya go, the preview in all its glory: who wore the $3 million diamond bra, the surprise guests, and a super random pink carpet moment with Dr. Dre (!?), who shares how his wife really feels about the show. [Huffington Post
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“In the early days of my modeling career, I think the industry was uncomfortable with how strikingly different I was. For example, I was told to have a nose job and get my breasts done. But I suddenly got very stubborn and thought ‘Well, no. This is me,’ and suddenly I was being hailed as ‘a new form of beauty’. So I was able to advance my personality just by being the person I was to the outside world – six foot tall and authoritative.”
– Legendary model Erin O’Connor on how keeping it real worked out for her, even though she ended up being taller than her dad, which she admits was “uncomfortable.” [Telegraph] Keep reading »
Random rant: why do celebs make such a big deal about announcing “retirement” only to un-retire months later? Publicity stunt? A heated “eff-you” move that reverses itself once they cool down?
Supermodel Gemma Ward, 22 (ahem), marks the latest in comebacks—or something to that effect. Her agency recently announced Ward’s official retirement after everyone started to realize that she’d been missing from the mags and catwalks of late. The rumored reason for the young model’s departure? A desire to escape the industry’s pressure of body issues. (Noble cause.) It looks like this announcement wasn’t even a PR screw-up, but possibly just a vocabulary issue. Gemma herself posted on her Twitter page: “I’m content with my decision, but I have said nothing will be permanent.” OK, seriously? You make the “decision” to retire … you know that’s supposed to be permanent? Then this week she told an Australian newspaper that she hasn’t quit the business.
Does everything have to be so black and white with A-listers? Why not just say you’re taking some time off? What’s that? Oh, so you say there’s big money in a comeback … Aha! [Stylelist.com] Keep reading »
Who says those Angels all look alike? The name of the game here is clearly D-I-V-E-R-S-I-T-Y. We knew we should’ve tried out for their model search contest! Keep reading »
For once, controversial supermodel Naomi Campbell is making headlines for something other than cell phone beatdowns. I don’t know how long she’s been involved in charity work (maybe it’s been overshadowed by her more notorious exploits), but evidently she visits Africa often and is the global ambassador for the White Ribbon Alliance, an international coalition for maternal health, which is holding its annual general meeting in Tanzania, where a woman dies in childbirth every hour. To raise money, she helped organize the Fashion for Relief charity featuring local designers, and gave a talk from the runway, which she used as a platform for another cause as well:
“Where do we see a woman of color in an advert? It’s quite blatant. There’s definitely space for more black models but has there been enough effort? It was getting better but it’s slipped back this year. Women of color who have had a great experience in life need to share their experiences with others. The world is not made up of blonde hair and blue eyes. We need to share ourselves.”
Maybe she hired some spin doctors to fix up her image, but we like this new direction for Naomi, as crusader of change for the fashion industry and doing important charity work. Hey, it worked for Angelina. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »