PETA has sniffed out yet another animal cruelty offender – and ironically, it’s one of Stella McCartney’s wool suppliers, Argentinian company Ovis 21.
“A witness found workers in Argentina hacking into fully conscious lambs, starting to skin some of them while they were still alive and kicking, and otherwise mutilating, abusing, and neglecting lambs and sheep,” PETA wrote in a preamble to the gory footage. “All this happened in full view of other lambs. They were just feet away and cried out in what must have been terror and severe distress. Older sheep—used for their wool, then no longer wanted—were lined up, tackled, and dragged away to be shipped to slaughter.”
McCartney, who has been a vocal advocate for ethically made and sourced clothing, decided not to continue to do business with an organization that is so far removed from her values. “After conducting our own investigation in Argentina and throughout our supply chain, following a very distressful viewing of PETA US footage, we immediately ceased buying wool from Ovis 21,” she said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened and shocked by the cruelty seen on the footage, as animal welfare is at the heart of everything we do. This is a huge setback to help saving the grasslands in Patagonia. We are now even more determined to continue our fight for animal rights in fashion together and monitor even more closely all the suppliers involved in this industry. We are also looking into vegan wool as well, in the same manner we were able to develop and incorporate high-end alternatives to leather and fur over the years.”
This discovery brings to light how difficult it is for consumers to support ethical/sustainable fashion. McCartney thought she was working with a company in line with her principles, but it turned out to be a lie. How can conscious shoppers trust that their garments are ethically sourced without 100% transparency? PETA’s study shows just how important it is for designers, manufacturers and luxury companies to be aware of and make sure that every step in the process of manufacturing clothing is being executed ethically and professionally.
[h/t QZ via PETA]
It’s hard out here for a top fashion model, even ones heralded as the pinnacle of beauty. Cara Deleivngne spoke to the Sunday Times about the pressures of being a model, which were so intense, she wound up suffering from bouts of stress-related psoriasis. It got so bad that they started painting over her skin during catwalk shows. “It wasn’t just one show. It was every single show. People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought it was, like, leprosy or something,” she explained.
Delevingne also touched on the uncomfortable, sexually suggestive shoots she had to participate in at the beginning of her career, shoots that many models like her feel they have to do in order to be successful. “I am a bit of a feminist and it makes me feel sick,” she said. “It’s horrible and it’s disgusting. [We’re talking about] young girls. You start when you are really young and you do, you get subjected to … not great stuff.”
“I think you get that [sexual harassment] in every industry,” she continued. “I don’t think it’s just modelling, although I think it’s worse in modelling. There are male photographers who go into it purely because of the girls. But in every industry, if you are pretty, or someone likes the look of you … It’s not good.”
Delevingne also revealed that she has been the victim of casting couch creepiness herself, noting that she’s experienced sketchy behavior “a little.” But she says she doesn’t take it lying down. “I am very good at standing up for myself now, and for other people. If there is injustice I will flip out. If someone is crossing a line, they will know about it and so will everyone else. I’m not about brushing things under the carpet”
[via Sunday Times]
Last night a sizable chunk of Hollywood turned out for the Teen Choice Awards, in hopes that they have gained the approval of some of the youngest members of our society. After all, nothing is more important than a teenager thinking you’re cool. The kids voted for their favorite in film, music, sports, fashion and more via social media and last night, the victors were announced.
[ See: Stars Make a Splash on the 2015 Teen Choice Awards Blue Carpet ]
The winners circle included Scott Eastwood, who won Choice Male Actor for his work in The Longest Ride (though something tells us it’s not his acting skills that won him that award). Cara Delevingne took home the prize for Breakout Star and Choice Summer Movie Star thanks to her role in Paper Towns. In the music category, Ed Sheeran, One Direction and Taylor Swift dominated the list of winners. Stephen Curry was the kids’ pick for Choice Male Athlete, while the Women’s U.S. Soccer Team reigned supreme as everyone’s favorite female athletes.
Kendall Jenner won for Choice Model because apparently all you need is connections and a huge social media following to be a choice model these days, but her Instagram fans weren’t enough to get her the Social Media Queen award – that went to her parent Caitlyn Jenner, who sits on the throne with Justin Bieber, Social Media King.
[ See: Kendall Jenner’s 10 Best Model Moments So Far ]
Check out the full list of winners here.
[via Teen Choice]
We’ve just discovered an Australian comedian thanks to her hilarious celebrity comparisons on Instagram, and, it’s safe to say, we’re totally in love with her.
Celeste Barber perfectly captures the unrealistic expectations that celebrities set out for us, from knife-licking Justin Bieber selfies to Kim Kardashian‘s naughty dirt-pile posing.
Check out all the hilarious snaps for yourself below, and, please, do try this at home. (more…)
Photo courtesy of Zhivago
Perth-based label Zhivago has already made waves in the international market by having its designs sported on the likes of Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and now the local label is set to make its international runway debut at Los Angeles Fashion Week.
Co-designers Lydia Tsvetnenko and Lara Kovacevich will showcase their designs, which are widely acclaimed for the signature fusion of tailored ready-to-wear, architectural proportions and provocative red carpet gowns, amongst designers from 13 countries on October 8.
Back in April before Zhivago’s MBFWA 2015 showcase, Lara told theFashionSpot, “We’ll be looking at international fashion shows next, maybe New York and London, selling international and just expanding worldwide.”
The Zhivago girls know how to set a goal and accomplish it, wouldn’t you say?
Shanina Shaik has proven she has serious runway game for brands like Victoria’s Secret overseas, but now the young model is lending her legs to local label Kookaï’s Spring 2015 runway at Sydney’s Carriageworks on Wednesday, August 19.
Shanina is flying in from Europe for the gig, which will host more than 600 guests including Laura Dundovic, Elyse Knowles and Natalie Roser. Fellow Australian-born, internationally recognised face Jordan Barrett will also attend.
“I love Kookaï’s new season collection, especially their playsuits, which are a favourite of mine and perfect for summer,” Shanina told Herald Sun. “I’m really looking forward to coming home.”
And we’re looking forward to having you! See you Wednesday, Shanina.
[Via Herald Sun]