Karrie Brown, the Wet Seal model with Down syndrome, was featured as our Kickass Woman of the Day a couple weeks ago. Now it’s time to make room for another kickass woman: Karrie’s mom. Sue Brown of Illinois penned an article on the experience for xoJane, in which she details not only how her 17-year-old daughter’s modeling opportunity came about, but most importantly, and most poignantly, how she raised Karrie to know that one must never place limits on themselves. Upon receiving the prenatal diagnosis that her baby had Down syndrome, Sue’s own mother told her, “Your baby might have a disability, but she will only be disabled if you make her that way.” What follows is one of the most inspirational stories we’ve ever seen, made all the better by Sue’s, and Karrie’s, phenomenal attitude. [via xoJane]
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Watch your back, ladies and gents of “America’s Next Top Model.” Teen clothing retailer Wet Seal recently shot a photoshoot with 17-year-old model Karrie Brown that is getting a lot of eyeballs. How come? Karrie isn’t just any high school junior who loves modeling — she also has Down Syndrome.
The “Today” show blog spoke with Karrie’s mother Sue Brown, who explained she photographed her daughter modeling a favorite outfit from Wet Seal and posted it on Facebook. Folks started tweeting at Wet Seal, asking if Karrie could model their clothes professionally. To everyone’s surprise, the company actually responded! Wet Seal reached out to Sue and promised if her Facebook page got 10,000 likes, they would have a special surprise for Karrie. Keep reading »
Vintage Lohan always makes me a little sad: she was such a cutie before all the cocaine and lip injectables. Her fellow child model was harder to place. It took a minute to recognize her, but once I did, it made total sense these two traveled in the same child modeling circles back in the day. Although their futures turned out very differently … [Instagram]
Did you forget about Tyra Banks for five seconds? Because she’s got a plan to make herself talked about once more. The “America’s Next Top Model” host and smize-ing overlord created a series of photos for photographer Udo Spreitzenbarth’s exhibition, Tyra Banks Presents: 15, in which Tyra “transforms” herself into several iconic models — Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford to name a few.
Tyra being Tyra, couldn’t wait to share the photos with the world. “I’ve put my own spin on #NYFW w/a photo tribute to some of the fiercest #SuperModels ever. Unretouched. Real. Raw,” she tweeted. Keep reading »
New York Fashion Week is underway, and it seems that people are feeling a bit … lukewarm about it. Hey, the times are changing, and so is the face of one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year. With up-to-the-minute news (and clothes) available on the Internet at every turn, is New York Fashion Week losing its relevance? Could it be on its way to a demise, or at least a very heavy change of pace? And would that necessarily be a bad thing?
Fashion Week, which has made its home at Lincoln Center these past few years, has been a staple of the industry for decades. In the last several years, the fashion world has been forced to accommodate the addition of the likes of twitter, tumblr, street style blogs, and instant online shopping to the action. While the internet can be a huge advantage to the industry, the exclusive air of seeing NYFW shows in person is losing some of its cachet. Designers have taken to streaming their fashion shows live so everyone and their cousin can watch from home on the couch. This certainly saves time for the press and allows accessibility for thousands of consumers, but what does it mean for fashion’s power players? When minute-to-minute updates are being tweeted and blogged and instagrammed all over the world, is the live event devalued?
Soldiers returning from combat get diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. So do people who live in violent war zones. And, apparently, models. At least according to former model Jennifer Sky, who says her years as teen model led to panic attacks and an anxiety disorder.
Sky started her modeling career young — at 15 — and was thrust into a strange and unfamiliar place when her modeling agency sent her to Japan unchaperoned and unaided. She lived a similar life in New York, where she was sent next, sharing a loft apartment with five other teenage girls, who were all expected to book jobs, feed and care for themselves without any adult supervision. After two years of this, Sky booked the cover of Sassy magazine’s 1994 prom issue. It would be her last modeling gig. She quit because, she told New York mag’s The Cut, she no longer recognized herself: Keep reading »
Lingerie brand You! specializes in maternity and nursing bras and underwear that are both stylish and comfortable. When designer and company founder Uyo Okebie-Eichelberger planned her Spring/Summer 2014 show at Lingerie Fashion Week, she knew exactly what type of models she wanted to send down the catwalk: pregnant ones, in all their glowing, feminine, big-bellied glory. It’s so refreshing to see body diversity on the catwalk, isn’t it? After the jump, a couple more stunning photos from this unconventional fashion show! [Huffington Post] Keep reading »