Andrej Pejic built her modeling career off her uncanny ability for seamless gender-bending. She posed as a man on several occasions, but as we know, she also made for quite a beautiful woman. Designers and brands seemed to love Andrej’s androgynous versatility, putting her in suits, gowns and swimsuits — she even scored a campaign modeling lingerie for women.
The model had been going by she for a while now, but yesterday she took to Instagram to announce that her days as Andrej are officially over. Andreja, as she will now go by, has come out as a transgendered woman, and she’s not looking back. According to Style.com, she went through gender reassignment surgery earlier this year and is now unveiling her true self to the world. Still, in spite of the change, Andreja stresses that she is still the person you loved when she walked down the runway as Jean Paul Gaultier‘s bride. “I think we all evolve as we get older and that’s normal but I like to think that my recent transition hasn’t made me into a different individual,” she wrote. “Same person, no difference at all just a different sex I hope you can all understand that.”
She seems happy to finally be public with her true self, and hopes to serve as a positive example of what transition looks like: “As a transgender woman I hope to show that after transition (a life-saving process) one can be happy and successful in their new chapter without having to alienate their past. Most importantly differences should not equal divisions, let’s all stand together in union.#betruebeyou.”
It’s wonderful to see Andreja out, happy and finally open about who she really is. Onward and upward, Andreja!
Who knew Canada didn’t have a Giorgio Armani outlet until now? I mean we have everything else — Kate Spade, Michael Kors, even a Hot Topic outlet — but only now is Armani making its way to Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills. And it may not even be the only one.
Image via Armani.com
According to Retail Insider, this maiden voyage could be the first of multiple Canadian locations as it rolls out more of the outlet concept throughout North America. While the company has yet to reveal when the Toronto store will open, it’s already in the midst of recruiting staff for the new store, and will be holding a job fair toward the end of this month.
The Italian fashion label currently has a number of outlet locations on its roster, including 46 outlet stores worldwide, 10 of which are based in the U.S. Retail Insider also suggests that the company is planning on opening another four North American outlet locations by this fall, though it’s only speculation as to whether these will be in Canada. If that is the plan, then the currently under construction and scheduled to open this fall, Montreal Premium Outlets may be an option; as could Vancouver’s McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015.
There’s also no word on which Armani banners the new outlet stores will carry, given the brand’s all-embracing labels that range from the ultra high-end (Giorgio Armani’s pricey Black Label) to the more everyman appropriate (Armani Collezioni, Emporio Armani, Armani Junior, Armani Jeans and Armani Exchange).
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As if New York Fashion Week wasn’t busy enough, the folks at Three Lions Entertainment are about to make it a helluva lot more hectic. The firm announced today that it will be resurrecting Fashion Rocks this year, the concert showcasing the best in music and fashion, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on September 9. Airing live on CBS, they’ve already signed Ryan Seacrest to host the affair.
“Fashion Rocks is the only show that celebrates the inextricable link between fashion and music, a relationship that is more relevant today than ever before,” said Richard Beckman, CEO of Three Lions Entertainment in a statement. “For the first time we’ll air the event live during Fashion Week from Barclays Center. It will be a spectacular affair, featuring some of the world’s most talented musicians as well as today’s hottest fashions.”
For two hours, be dazzled by fly fashion set to the music of Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora, Duran Duran, Usher, Kiss, Pitbull, Nico & Vinz, The Band Perry, Afrojack, Miranda Lambert and more — there are still acts yet to be announced.
Fashion Rocks last aired in 2008, and included performances by Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more.
Jazzed yet? Tickets for the event go on sale August 1, which you can cop at Tickemaster or the Barclays Center’s site. But if you’re content with watching from the comfort of your living room, you can catch the two-hour broadcast September 9 starting at 9/8 C on CBS.
Our forums are on fire today and one of the latest threads is for Vogue Turkey. The magazine has tapped Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to star on its August 2014 cover. Photographed by Horst Diekgerdes, the British bombshell dons a white dress teamed with a black belt as her blonde tresses cascade down the left side of her structured face. Perfect, right? Think again…
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Our forum members aren’t so convinced. “Oh, that cover is so bad. Rosie’s face looks just awful, especially her lips. The styling doesn’t convince me, her personal style is much better than it. The background and fonts looks like Harper’s Baazar not Vogue,” wrote narcyza.
“Once again, I do not understand Rosie as a cover model for Vogue and here it’s probably her worst. This picture looks like a behind-the-scenes outtake, not a cover. She’s a great lingerie model, great for VS and everything glamour and sexy, great in swimwear, but not for these types of jobs where it requires to look edgy/high fashion. She’s gorgeous, but I don’t see her image (as a model) working as well as Raquel Zimmermann, Karen Elson or Carolyn Murphy for example,” stated Bertrando3.
“Why is she not looking at the camera?” questioned ALAUU.
Sensation shared the same sentiments: “What an unflattering choice of a cover shot.”
“Rosie never looks real to me on covers, she just looks fake/over-Photoshopped. I actually like that she’s glancing down, but the styling is very cheap looking,” commented justaguy.
One post that stood out amongst the rest was from kokobombon, who contributed, “I like the styling and the fact that she’s not looking to the camera.”
Await the contents of the issue on our forums and let’s see if there’s a more suitable cover shot. Join the discussion here.
Image: Universal Pictures
It’s several months away, but already we’re thinking that instead of our usual Valentine’s Day tradition of binge watching Netflix with a bottle of wine, we should head to an actual movie theater and catch Fifty Shades of Grey, for which the trailer was released today.
The teaser is exactly what you’d expect: A shy, unsure girl meets an intense, wealthy, handsome executive who, like most execs, has a BDSM dungeon at the ready. There are blindfolds, whips, chains, lingering glances and of course, obligatory moaning fading in and out with Beyoncé‘s latest rendition of Crazy in Love (a version made exclusively for the film) pulsing in the background.
If you’re not that pumped about the movie, don’t worry because there were about a zillion fans outside the Today Show, which premiered the trailer, getting excited for you, wielding posters, some reading “50 Shades of Today” (ha). All this hub-bub for the trailer, people. Talk about “got me lookin’ so crazy right now.”
At any rate, peep the trailer everyone’s talking about this morning below, and let us know: will you be catching 50 Shades of Grey in theaters?
[h/t Today, Jezebel]
Nothing like a model using her looks for a good cause, right? We can add Victoria’s Secret beauty Shanina Shaik to that list now that she’s lending a helping hand to The Sweater Exchange charity. The 23-year-old appeared on The Today Show with Karl Stefanovic this week to promote the organisation founded by Aussie label Banjo & Matilda.
Photo: The Today Show
“The Sweater Exchange charity has partnered with Mission Australia to collect pre-loved sweaters in the community and give them to women and children in need for wintertime,” Shanina explained. It was the Just Jeans model’s mum that inspired her to be part of the great cause, but admits she feels “really good inside” being able to give back.
If you’ve got a knit that doesn’t get to jump out your wardrobe and see the light of day, then why not give it to someone who needs it, and let it get the wear it deserves? With over 45,000 homeless women in Australia, there’s no time like the present to donate to this worthy cause. Drop your unwanted sweaters at Banjo & Matilda’s Paddington store in Sydney or visit the site to organise a pickup.