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Almost as soon as her dreams of international supermodeldom began to come to fruition, Axelle Despiegelaere‘s modeling days have been cut short. This week, the Internet made one big fuss over the young Belgian beauty, who scored a L’Oréal contract after a photograph of her at a World Cup soccer match went viral. Axelle was featured in a “hair tutorial” YouTube video for the brand’s social media outlets and we thought that we’d be seeing more of the 17-year-old’s face for future campaigns. But according to the folks at L’Oréal, we won’t.
Just like that, the French beauty brand has dropped the soccer fan. L’Oréal says that after the video, Axelle’s contract was fulfilled, as she was only tapped to do the social media video — not represent the brand on a regular basis.
But a few people think that Axelle was dropped because of an outcry over an image she posted to her now-deleted Facebook fan page, depicting her kneeling next to what appears to be a dead gazelle, brandishing a rifle. “Hunting is not a matter of life or death…it’s more important than that,” she captioned the photo. “This was about 1 year ago…ready to hunt Americans today haha.” The image garnered angry comments from people who were offended by her “hunt Americans” remark.
L’Oréal wouldn’t say if it let Axelle go because of the photo, but we know for sure that unless the company offers her another contract, it’s the last we’ll be seeing of her…at least until some other brand scoops her up (the NRA perhaps?).
[via The Independent]
For the very first time, Australian retail chain Witchery has tapped not just one, but three non-model talents to front its July men’s campaign. Through a partnership with men’s luxury lifestyle blog Oliver Grand by Jesse Arifien and Gabrielle Weller, the campaign will feature three “real” men, who are each extremely talented and stylish, gracing its shop windows and social media channels until July 24.
AFL footballer Jimmy Bartel, architect and interior designer Nick Tobias and the man with the curly moustache, hair guru Richard Kavanagh, were the chosen ones for the campaign, all being leaders in their fields. They all have very different concepts of style, too, so if you’ve got a man in your life who needs a bit of a styling boost, maybe he could take some inspiration from this mixed bunch.
Jimmy loves versatile pieces and basics, Nick loves to look neat and groomed for his architectural commitments and Richard, who looks to Marc Jacobs as his style icon, values originality and self-expression. Models or not, these three iconic Australian men are pretty easy on the eye. If you’ve already raked in a favourite guy, you can read more about that strapping fellow, or each and every member of the attractive trio, over on the Witchery blog.
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On August 1, Jeans for Genes is turning 21 and celebrating over two decades of raising much-needed funds for research into childhood diseases. To get the party started before the official date rolls around, the organisation is looking to a mixture of top Australian bloggers, responsible for blogs like Harper & Harley, Oracle Fox and K is for Kani, to garner support for Jeans for Genes Day 2014.
Since one in 20 children is born with a birth defect or genetic disease, Jeans for Genes, along with the Children’s Medical Research Institute, aims to improve the lives of children everywhere. Enter the first Friday of August every year, dubbed Jeans for Genes Day.
The official 21-day countdown has already begun, with Chloe Hill, fashion market editor of InStyle Australia and founder of fashion blog By Chill, taking part in the 21 Days of Denim challenge by posting a white and denim outfit to her blog. Each day we will see a new blogger follow Chloe’s lead and show their support for the #21daysofJ4G campaign, and you can keep track of each and every stylish denim outfit as it happens here.
We’re hoping for someone to tackle double-denim, rock some drop-crotch boyfriend jeans and take denim from casual to sophisticated with wet-look jeans and a chambray top. With 20 days still to go, we’re thinking we’ll see a whole lot more than just that.
The good news is, even if we’re not a top-notch fashion blogger, we can still get on board with the countdown by sharing the #21daysofJ4G love on Instagram. It is the season for denim after all, so why not get some happy snaps of you and your friends in any remotely denim getup and support a great cause?
It sounds bad, but it’s actually quite clever. Japanese label Zoo Jeans is creating a marriage of animals and fashion in the best way possible, by throwing denim-covered tyres and balls into the environment of bears, tigers and lions, letting the animals play and chew on the fabric.
The result? Ripped, distressed denim that we’re all so fond of, sewn into pants and then sold. If the creative way in which these jeans are brought to life wasn’t enough, the proceeds are also going towards raising funds for Kamine Zoo in Hitachi City and the World Wildlife Fund.
The project is the ethical brainchild of the Mineko Club, a group of voluntary zoo supporters partnered with Kamine Zoo. The jeans will be displayed at the zoo until July 21, with three pairs currently being auctioned online. If you’re still a bit confused about how this all actually works, watch the video below and be amazed.
We’re well aware of just how health-conscious Isabelle Cornish is, so it makes perfect sense that Women’s Fitness chose the Puberty Blues star for its August cover. In a shot that looks like she’s mid-workout with hair and makeup that could have involved fake-sweat spray, Isabelle sports a gray sports bra underneath a white mesh hoodie, yellow bike shorts and high-tech headphones around her neck.
The brand of choice for the cover was Adidas, with the love for the athletic brand continuing inside the mag. It’s not surprising given that 19-year-old Isabelle is a celebrity ambassador for the popular label. “Make sure to grab a copy of the new Womens fitness magazine out this week! I’ll be featuring on the cover and wearing some awesome @adidasau sports wear in the fashion shoot inside,” the actress wrote on her Instagram.
With Isabelle’s more than 145,000 Instagram followers, plus the mag’s 34,000 followers and its expected readership total of 167,000, we’re thinking Adidas is pretty stoked right now. If you want to watch the behind-the-scenes action of the Adidas party or hear Isabelle talk about her focus on doing more yoga this year, click here.
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Eileen Ford, founder of Ford Models, has passed away at the age of 92. Last week, she was rushed to the hospital after falling in her New York City apartment. Along with her husband Jerry (who passed in 1998), Ford started the agency in 1946 which ultimately redefined the modeling world, brought glamour to the trade and helped turned the modeling industry into a lucrative career option.
Ford has had a knockout roster over the yeas, boasting names like Christie Brinkley, Christy Turlington, Alek Wek, Elle MacPherson, Ali MacGraw, Brooke Shields and countless others. Ford had a firm hand in pushing her beauty aesthetic and the world lapped it up. Her agency was, and still is, one of the most prominent around.
“Eileen Ford was an industry icon and pioneer and everyone in the Ford Models family will miss her dearly,” Ford Models said when we reached out. “Eileen’s contributions to the modeling and fashion industries are unmatched. She founded Ford Models 68 years ago and due to her unwavering passion, curiosity and drive, grew Ford into one of the world’s most prestigious agencies. We are incredibly proud and grateful for her revolutionary spirit and the values she instilled in Ford Models.”
Past clients of Ford’s have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late great agent, with the legendary Beverly Johnson and Cheryl Tiegs, both tweeting their condolences.
Ford’s life will be the subject of a biography, Model Woman, due out next year. She leaves behind four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.