Model Melanie Gaydos was born with ectodermal dysplasia, a genetic disorder that caused her to experience over 30 surgeries in her young life. The disease, which impacts pores, hair, teeth and nails was enough to deal with at a young age, but Gaydos also found herself in a tough family environment growing up. She began modeling about three years ago in gorgeous and striking photos that only she could bring to life. Now, she hopes to take her modeling skills to runway work. This interview is part of The What’s Underneath Project, which aims to prove that style is about so much more than a person’s outfit choice. The series asks subjects to undress as the interview progresses, getting more vulnerable in both their appearance and their responses as they go — and it’s beautiful. The interviews touch an honest place that some people never reach even in conversations with closest friends. Gaydos’ segment is especially moving and brave. [Huffington Post]
This week, the retro fashion shopping site ModCloth made a public commitment to transparency in the media by signing a pledge let customers know if they Photoshop their models.
The Heroes Pledge for Advertisers, which is a campaign of the Brave Girls Alliance, asks companies to commit to informing users if they tangibly alter a model’s appearance in any way, reading: Keep reading »
OK, so it’s a little difficult to feel tons of sympathy for the genetically blessed amongst us. But everyone has their struggles in life and when you’re a person who is only known for their looks, sometimes people treat you like you don’t have any brains. Case in point: Cindy Crawford learned an awful lesson about judgment on her first day of college calculus. The supermodel received a scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University, but all her professor seemed to see when he looked at her was a pretty face. Watch this clip from “Oprah’s Master Class” as Cindy tells her sobering (and infuriating) story — and think twice before you assume someone is dumb just because she or he is attractive. [Huffington Post]
Fashion photographer Terry Richardson has released a statement (posted to at least Page Six and Huffington Post, so far) defending himself against the mounting complaints from young models who have accused the “porno-chic” photog of sexual abuse.
Earlier this week, a former model revealed on Reddit that she was allegedly sexually assaulted by Richardson at a photoshoot when she was 19. She later identified herself as 24-year-old Charlotte Waters and she is just one of many young models to speak out about his eerily-similar inappropriate behavior with young women. In 2010, Danish model Rie Rasmussen publicly confronted Richardson about allegedly abusing young models and Jezebel has gathered numerous stories of abuse from models and stylists here. (Styleite has a comprehensive timeline of Terry’s creepy behavior here.)
Richardson lashed out against the “witch hunt,” calling the “false allegations” nothing more than “Internet gossip.” Keep reading »