We can’t think of a better pick for Complex Magazine‘s “Woman of Next Year” than Zendaya Coleman. While most Disney stars succumb to tabloid drama, Zendaya remains above the fray. She handles social media critics with wisdom and grace, she speaks thoughtfully about issues affecting race, gender and class, and she’s a triple threat talent to boot. Though it’s tempting to call her a role model, Zendaya doesn’t enjoy the term or the undue pressure that accompanies it. She prefers the Tupac-coined phrase “real model,” which speaks to inspiring others by simply being yourself. Her interview with Complex Magazine finds her doing just that. The shoe designer is playful yet wise beyond her years as she navigates difficult questions about race, self-esteem and the pitfalls of being a child star.
Check out excerpts from her interview below:
On forging an identity as a biracial teen:
“You get the best and the worst of both worlds. I know there were a lot of times when you try to figure out where you fit in. I just realized that it worked to my advantage because I just got along with a lot of people. But to literally be two races, it’s really hard to see color because I’m the gray area. I had to learn about both sides of myself and be really proud of and educated in both. I think that’s why I’m comfortable with myself and can speak on certain issues because I’ve taken the time, or my parents have taken the time, to teach me who I am.”
Karl Lagerfeld must have heard the reigning criticism of Kristen Stewart that she never smiles or even emotes. Her role in Lagerfeld’s new 11-minute movie Once and Forever may put that claim to rest once and for all. Chanel’s masterful short film debuted yesterday at the Paris-themed Métiers d’Art 2016 show, featuring Stewart as a “fiery” actress cast to play Coco Chanel in a biopic. Lagerfeld directed the clip, his 20th mini movie for the French house since 2008.
The film calls for a wide range of emotion (Stewart broods, curses, laughs and dances) and Lagerfeld never doubted she could pull it off. In fact, he “conceived the film with Stewart in mind,” he told WWD, adding, “I think she’s one of the greatest actors of her generation.” Lagerfeld’s love for Stewart runs deep: he even chose her to star in the ad campaign for the Chanel Métiers d’Art collection, which hit the runway yesterday (see all the looks here).
Gigi Hadid must be clapping her hands and shouting from the rooftops as she currently stars on British Vogue‘s new January cover and has just been unveiled as one of the faces of Stuart Weitzman. Gigi joins peers Lily Aldridge and Joan Smalls for the occasion. Even after switching things up by replacing long-term face of Weitzman Gisele Bündchen, the high-end shoe label continues to enlist the photographic expertise of Mario Testino to lens the images. For the Spring 2016 campaign, the three beauties huddle together, wearing nothing but a pair of Weitzman’s newly adapted Nudist sandal.
IMAGE: COURTESY OF STUART WEITZMAN
Our forums weren’t up for change whatsoever and weren’t afraid to let loose. “Why Lily dear God, why?” asked marsnoop2 the moment the campaign came out.
Believe it or not, it’s not Rihanna. The most wanted celebrity ambassador for brands is none other than Kendall Jenner. Celebrity Intelligence, a social engagement tool that researches and analyzes online trends, found that the top 6 most valuable brand spokespeople are all models, not entertainers, reports The Drum. Kendall Jenner nabs the top spot, followed by Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne, Irina Shayk and Joan Smalls.
Could this mean the return of the supermodel? Well, not entirely. Two athletes make the list (NY Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. at seventh place while Golden State Warriors point guard and NBA VP Stephen Curry clocks in at number 10) and British reality TV star Binky Felstead (Made in Chelsea) claims the ninth spot.
The data, which is based on the online behavior of 2,500 industry professionals, is surprising to say the least. We’re shocked to see our favorite A-listers missing from the list, including Beyonce who held the top spot in 2014. Models and athletes are taking over, just like Anna Wintour predicted.
Contemporary artist Alexsandro Palombo has released an extremely confronting anti-domestic violence campaign which will probably leave you speechless. The creative has photoshopped eight high-profile celebrities, including Kim Kardashian West, Kendall Jenner, Emma Watson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Kristen Stewart and Miley Cyrus, to appear bloody and beaten under a banner reading, “Life can be a fairytale, if you break the silence.”
The Italian artist and activist strategically chose celebrities who maintain a high profile in today’s society as it shows that domestic violence can indeed affect anyone, no matter how shiny and perfect your life may appear on the outside.
The series did not require the celebrities’ consent but has the potential to strike a chord with Kimmy K, who claims to have suffered domestic abuse during her first marriage to producer Damon Thomas. The reality TV star reportedly accused him of punching her in the face on one occasion, which he denied, however, it could be problematic that she appears in the campaign with a black eye. (more…)
There’s something real special about seeing Australian celebs in Australian designers on an international stage, which is why it’s extra amazing that internationally-recognised Aussie actress Toni Collette decided to wear home-grown designer Dion Lee to the LA premiere of Krampus on Monday night
Looking especially chic in a skirt and top combo, the 42-year-old took a whirl on the red carpet in an latticed-frill, one shoulder top tucked into a hanky-hem midi skirt, all in the ethereal hue of emerald green, teaming the look with sophisticated nude pointed-toe heels and simple studs. (more…)