Some people would be loath to equate modeling with feminism. After all, the images we see in magazines and on billboards so often create unrealistic beauty standards for women, which many would argue is directly in opposition to what feminism is all about. But model Anja Rubik doesn’t see it that way. In fact, she finds modeling rather empowering.
“I consider modeling to be a feminist job. It’s an incredible job; it’s one of the ones where women get paid more than men,” Rubik told The Cut. “If you’re good at your job, you get to be very creative and it opens very many doors, like I did with my magazine, 25, and perfumes. You get quite a bit of a following and an impact on young women and girls. You can do something very positive with that. Nowadays, it’s not as glamorous as people think. But it can open your mind to many, many things.”
It’s true that modeling is one of the few professions where women get paid more than men. And if a woman feels empowered in her work and what she does, isn’t that what feminism is all about?
[via The Cut]
Karl Lagerfeld in Toronto. Image: Courtesy of Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos
It wasn’t an April Fools’ Day joke, but it sure sounded like one: The self-proclaimed “fashion vampire” Karl Lagerfeld touched down in Toronto for the very first time on Wednesday. It wasn’t for the city’s World MasterCard Fashion Week (which ended just the week before), but instead to fête his design collaboration with Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos.
The party was hosted by Peter Freed, president of Freed Developments, along with Jordan Dermer and Todd Cowan, managing partners of CD Capital Developments. Invited guests were welcomed into a glamorous venue complete with crystal chandeliers, Perrier-Jouët champagne and music courtesy of New York City model and DJ Leigh Lezark of The Misshapes. Press and fashion fans pored over the designer, scrambling to take selfies with him.
The Misshapes at the Art Shoppe party. Image: Courtesy of Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos
So, what did Lagerfeld think of his first-ever foray into North American real estate design? (more…)
Kristen Stewart certainly has become a favorite of Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld. She’s already fronted the campaign for the iconic French fashion house’s Paris-Dallas collection, currently advertises Chanel’s coveted new handbag range alongside Vanessa Paradis and Alice Dellal, and now stars in the brand’s newly-released eyewear campaign for Spring 2015. Following in the footsteps of Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer and Laetitia Casta, K-Stew posed for Lagerfeld himself, sporting a cropped hairstyle while modeling an array of understated specs.
Our forum members were quick to share their opinions. “I’m tired of her,” proclaimed madzedre as the images started to drop earlier this week. “Me too,” agreed dcmaike.
Later returning to the thread, madzedre wondered, “Where’s Vanessa Paradis? She shines on a Chanel ad.”
Saucer-like soon fired back, writing, “I’ll take Kristen over all the poor and desperate choices these other brands are making. Surprised this isn’t Kendall… I suppose a Chanel or Fendi campaign for her is probably around the corner.”
Urban Stylin shared the same sentiments: “Nice, I think she’s a good fit for Karl’s rich rock-chic aesthetic.”
“I really like it, the camera is a great prop,” admired kokobombon.
Check out some previews of the rest of the campaign and join the discussion here.
France is saying no more to the super skinny models we’ve grown accustomed to seeing on the runway. France’s National Assembly lower house of parliament is backing a law banning models with a BMI below 18 from working in the country. They want to fine anyone in violation of the law up to $85,000 USD and up to six months in prison. The Assembly also voted to put a ban on pro-ana and eating disorder websites, which could have consequences of a hefty fine and up to a year in jail. Lawmakers also support a law requiring retouched images to clearly indicate they have been modified.
France is hoping that these laws, part of a larger health initiative, will help promote a healthier and more realistic body image to the public, though France’s Union of modeling agencies SYNAM says these laws are unfair because some models are naturally thin and the Assembly is conflating their physique with something negative. They also argue that anorexia will continue to be a problem even if there are fewer skinny models on the runway, but to us, that seems like a flimsy excuse for maintaining the status quo.
France’s modeling agencies may just have to work harder to broaden their narrow criteria of beauty. They are concerned that the new law will make French models less competitive in the industry, but if models have to be extremely thin in order to compete in the first place, then this law seems to be exactly what France needs in order to change the tides. Model scouts have to look for new talent all the time – it shouldn’t be terribly difficult to find girls who look healthy.
The law has to be approved by France’s senate in order to go into effect, and we’re hoping it is welcomed with the same approval as it was in the National Assembly.
[via BBC, Yahoo News]
Someone please advise Vogue Italia that it’s spring and we’d appreciate some breezy, colorful and awakening covers for these warmer months. The magazine continues to go down its favored dark route with the unveiling of its April 2015 cover, which surfaced earlier today. As per usual, we didn’t know what to expect from the edgy Italian title, but just like last month, we’re left underwhelmed and dissatisfied. Steven Meisel captured Karen Elson and boyfriend of fashion designer Zac Posen, Christopher Niquet for the cover shoot, who impersonate Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire respectively before Meisel’s lens.
Yet ultimately, we’re left depressed with the outcome. “Always black, always dark. Italian Vogue is one depressed lady, someone take her out for a walk, it’s spring. Also, I can barely notice it’s Karen, could’ve been anyone,” Srdjan discredited right away.
“I was so excited when I read that Karen was on the cover, then I clicked on the thread and… meh. It’s a very distracting cover,” echoed mistress_f.
Feeling the same way was Miss Dalloway: “Lovely to see Karen, but I am simply not in a mood for a Fred and Ginger kind of story, for god’s sake it’s spring!”
KateTheGreatest shared the same sentiments. “Why are all of their covers so god damn dark? Spring has come, lighten up a little bit. Also excited to see Karen on the cover but it could be anyone else as well. I’d rather see a close-up of her face,” she said.
Also not in the mood was gossiping: “Give it up Meisel…beyond bored of him, Mario Testino and Tim Walker. They are so stale.”
“With all the ‘shadow dancing’, it’s like Fred and Ginger in a Hitchcock film,” tigerrouge noted.
Does Vogue Italia’s April cover brighten up your day? Share your opinion here.
Another day, another insensitive beauty story from a ladymag. Cosmopolitan came under fire this week for a beauty story they published back in January that recently resurfaced. The story was about beauty trends that needed to “die” in 2015, and eagle-eyed readers noticed that all the trends Cosmo deemed “out” were all depicted on women of color, save for one beauty “do” from Nicole Richie.
Several readers took to social media to call Cosmo out, many considering the unfortunate graphics a racist act.
Yesterday, Cosmopolitan added a note to the story to clarify their misstep: “This article focuses on beauty trends with images that represent those trends. Some images have been taken out of context, and we apologize for any offense. Celebrating all women is our mission, and we will continue to work hard to do that.” The explanation was taken by many as rather flimsy. The author, online beauty editor Carly Cardellino responded a concerned reader in the comments section of the piece, saying that she didn’t mean to single out women of color as inherent beauty don’ts. “I can honestly say that wasn’t intentional. The particular models that I chose just happened to be illustrating the trend more clearly. I always do my best as an editor to be diverse and include woc.”
Model Joan Smalls, whose picture was included in the list of beauty don’ts took to Twitter to express how offended she was by the story.
Of course, it was Joan Smalls’ outraged tweet that caused the publication to offer a personal apology to her, one that we noted you can only see up if you choose the “Tweets and Replies” option on their page:
This whole debacle is yet another example of how crucial it is for the staffs of fashion publications to be more diverse. As our world changes, as those people who were previously marginalized and/or erased from the industry demand representation, it is more important than ever for these publications to hire women from different backgrounds in order for gross mistakes like these to be avoided. Ms. Cardellino herself has not commented on the incident on her social media accounts, but we’re guessing she learned to be very careful next time she’s forecasting beauty trends.
[via Cosmo, Independent]