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ASOS Faces Backlash After Tweeting an Image of an All-White Intern Force

Image: Asos

Image: Asos

ASOS found itself stirred in a pot of controversy this week when the brand tweeted out an image of its interns from the @ASOS_Careers account — an image that got people wondering about the company’s hiring practices.

The picture, which has since been deleted, shows a troupe of about 14 interns, all of whom happen to be white. The account’s followers couldn’t help but notice the marked lack of diversity in the image and immediately began to call out the retailer. Plenty of followers expressed disappointment at seeing an all-white class of interns, a few saying that the image was discouraging them from applying for an internship altogether since it seems ASOS doesn’t hire nonwhite people. 

“We can model some of the clothes just can’t do other work?” @NaijaNupe tweeted. “Just want to know which job I should apply for since I’m dark.” While @simonejaay said, “Everyone is white :/ does someone like myself have a chance?” Some threw a little shade at the brand, like @BlessinggK, who said, “Look at how diverse your interns are, so many different ethnicities.”

For some, this may seem like much ado about nothing. Who cares if ASOS hires any Asian, black, Aboriginal or Native American people? Fashion is a tough industry to break into, especially for people of color. If a diverse group of people don’t get the opportunity to cultivate a foundation of skills early on, skills that could lead to other jobs, the industry will remain as whitewashed as it is now.

ASOS has profusely apologized to its followers on Twitter, encouraging skeptical people of color to apply for a job at the company, and also stressing that the photo, though unfortunate, does not represent the makeup of the ASOS team — both interns and full-time employees. 

[via Bloomberg]

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Grim Reapers and Appropriate Swag Hit the MTV Australia Summer Party

MTV Australia’s Summer Party went down at Sydney’s Town Hall last night, February 18, and the guest list was strictly cool kids only with hipster threads aflowin’.

The swaggiest chick going, Tkay Maidza, dropped her beats for the crowd, which included models, fashion bloggers, presenters, boy bands, reality stars and more. Imogen Anthony was also there, taking on the role as Grim Reaper, which surely frightened commuters en-route to the event. (more…)

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Courtney Eaton Brightens Up in Colourful Louis Vuitton Ensemble

Courtney Eaton

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Australian model and actress Courtney Eaton stepped out for the Vanity Fair celebration of Young Hollywood at LA’s No Vacancy on Tuesday, February 17, and homegirl looked the look.

The 19-year-old, soon to break out in her upcoming role in Mad Max: Fury Road film, alongside Abbey Lee Kershaw, pulled a head-to-toe Louis Vuitton outfit from the luxe label’s Resort 2015 collection.

The fun and youthful floral print was given a contemporary edge with the leather piping and belted detail, and the bright colours were toned down with sexy burgundy ankle boots and a black hard-case clutch. (more…)

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Jeanswest are Paying the Price for Stealing G-Star Raw’s Design

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Jeanswest might fit best, but it’s not so good at being a copycat. The Australian retail chain has been pulled up for ripping off a pair of biker jeans by mega Dutch clothing brand G-Star Raw, and will pay up big for its wrong-doing.

Inside Retail reports that yesterday, February 18, Justices Ellen France, Tony Randerson and John Wild granted a permanent injunction on Jeanswest’s Dean Biker Slim Jean, and was ordered by New Zealand’s Court of Appeal to pay G-Star additional damages of $50,000 after being found liable for primary infringement. “The net result is a substantial success for G-Star,” the written judgment by the appeal court judges said.

Jeanswest launched a limited run of the Dean Biker jean in Australia and New Zealand simultaneously in January 2010, and claims the jeans were inspired by how the rain had stretched out a motorcyclist’s pants over his knees. But, according to G-Star’s claim, a French designer working for the Dutch brand came up with the design for the Elwood jeans in 1995, going on to become a signature product which sold millions worldwide. (more…)

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Link Buzz: Victoria Beckham’s Store a Rumored Flop, Jay Z Strikes a Pose

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Image: WENN

  • Backstage beauty at the Westminster Dog Show is the best thing you will see all day. [Vogue]
  • Nike teams with Sacai on a new collection. [The Business of Fashion]
  • How an adult Wednesday Addams deals with catcalling — flawlessly. [People]
  • Sources say Victoria Beckham’s store only attracted 12 paying customers in four days, but VB’s people say that’s not the case — in fact, the shop is hitting all its goals. [Mirror]
  • Lexi Boling and Binx Walton throw some serious shade at Kendall Jenner on Instagram. [ONTD]
  • Here’s what it would look like if runway models were shaped like average American women. [Cosmopolitan]
  • Jay Z sure knows how to strike a pose like a street style pro. [Jezebel]

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Karlie Kloss on Her Longevity as a Model

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Image: WENN

For someone who was only 15 years old when she made her catwalk debut, it is truly amazing that Karlie Kloss has managed to stick around and build her influence in an industry that is so fickle. Karlie sat down for a profile with CBS News and talked about the industry that will love an It girl for one season, and then fail to cast her the next. “It’s kind of shocking how much turnover there is in my industry,” she said. “But the reason why I haven’t burnt out is because I keep myself — I feed myself with so many other things.”

Karlie’s Warby Parker range, Momofuku cookie line and Frame Denim jeans line are definitely keeping her busy. But the 22-year-old model isn’t stopping there. She plans to enroll as a full-time student at NYU this fall.

Karlie says she’ll still be working through her time in school, studying on set and while she travels. It’s a lot of work, but a good education when you’re already a successful model is only an advantage. Just ask Tyra Banks.

But in all this, one crucial question remains: Will BFF Taylor Swift help Karlie with her studies?

Click here to check out Karlie’s full interview.

[via CBS News]

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