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UK’s Top Modeling Agencies Under Investigation for Fixing Rates

Bar Refaeli

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Some of the UK’s top modeling agencies are at the center of an investigation by the Competitions and Markets Authority, which is trying to determine if Premier Model Management, Models 1 and Storm Model Managment have been fixing the prices they charge for brands to hire their models. 

The agencies are suspected of working together in this capacity and may have violated laws against preventing competition. The agencies are still being investigated and were raided in order to determine whether or not they were acting illegally. The stakes are high for the agencies who, if found guilty, may have to let go of “up to 10 percent of their worldwide turnover.” The CMA has been investigating the issue since March and estimates that by October, it will decide whether or not to continue with the investigation or close it completely. Since the investigation is ongoing, the CMA says we shouldn’t assume the agencies are guilty of anything until all the information has been processed. 

Alek Wek, Jourdan Dunn, Anne V, Sara Sampaio, Bar Refaeli, Malaika Firth and Sasha Luss are just a handful of names represented by each agency. 

[via Independent]

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The MTV Moonman Gets a Jeremy Scott Makeover for the 2015 VMAs

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The MTV VMA Moonman just got a dope update, courtesy of none other than Jeremy Scott. The designer was tapped to put his unique spin on the coveted trophy and, of course, it came out looking more modern and badass than ever before. For this year’s show, Scott outfitted the moonman in a pair of his famous winged sneakers (because fresh footwear is a MUST at the VMAs) complete with an enormous peace sign chain. 

[ Sex Appeal, Sparkle and a Denim Red Carpet Throwback Dominate This Year’s MTV Video Music Awards ]

This new statue is also a lot more colorful – Scott replaced the silvertone design with a rainbow gasoline oil slick hue, also adding a dash of color to the moonman’s flag. “So super stoked to be asked to redesign an icon of pop culture that I adore,” Scott said in a post to Instagram earlier today. “The MTV VMA Moon Man is the coolest award any artist could even win and the ultimate to get to reimagine!” As for the kicks, Scott says, “You didn’t think I would pass up giving him my iconic wings did ya?” Oh Jeremy, we never would.

The MTV VMAs, hosted by Miley Cyrus, will air on Sunday, August 30.

[via @jeremyscott]

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Stella Mccartney Severs Ties with Wool Supplier After Damning PETA Investigation

Stella McCartney

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PETA has sniffed out yet another animal cruelty offender – and ironically, it’s one of Stella McCartney’s wool suppliers, Argentinian company Ovis 21. 

“A witness found workers in Argentina hacking into fully conscious lambs, starting to skin some of them while they were still alive and kicking, and otherwise mutilating, abusing, and neglecting lambs and sheep,” PETA wrote in a preamble to the gory footage. “All this happened in full view of other lambs. They were just feet away and cried out in what must have been terror and severe distress. Older sheep—used for their wool, then no longer wanted—were lined up, tackled, and dragged away to be shipped to slaughter.”

McCartney, who has been a vocal advocate for ethically made and sourced clothing, decided not to continue to do business with an organization that is so far removed from her values. “After conducting our own investigation in Argentina and throughout our supply chain, following a very distressful viewing of PETA US footage, we immediately ceased buying wool from Ovis 21,” she said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened and shocked by the cruelty seen on the footage, as animal welfare is at the heart of everything we do. This is a huge setback to help saving the grasslands in Patagonia. We are now even more determined to continue our fight for animal rights in fashion together and monitor even more closely all the suppliers involved in this industry. We are also looking into vegan wool as well, in the same manner we were able to develop and incorporate high-end alternatives to leather and fur over the years.”

This discovery brings to light how difficult it is for consumers to support ethical/sustainable fashion. McCartney thought she was working with a company in line with her principles, but it turned out to be a lie. How can conscious shoppers trust that their garments are ethically sourced without 100% transparency? PETA’s study shows just how important it is for designers, manufacturers and luxury companies to be aware of and make sure that every step in the process of manufacturing clothing is being executed ethically and professionally.

[h/t QZ via PETA]

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Cara Delevingne Talks Psoriasis, Sexual Harassment in the Fashion Industry

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It’s hard out here for a top fashion model, even ones heralded as the pinnacle of beauty. Cara Deleivngne spoke to the Sunday Times about the pressures of being a model, which were so intense, she wound up suffering from bouts of stress-related psoriasis. It got so bad that they started painting over her skin during catwalk shows. “It wasn’t just one show. It was every single show. People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought it was, like, leprosy or something,” she explained.

Delevingne also touched on the uncomfortable, sexually suggestive shoots she had to participate in at the beginning of her career, shoots that many models like her feel they have to do in order to be successful. “I am a bit of a feminist and it makes me feel sick,” she said. “It’s horrible and it’s disgusting. [We’re talking about] young girls. You start when you are really young and you do, you get subjected to … not great stuff.”

“I think you get that [sexual harassment] in every industry,” she continued. “I don’t think it’s just modelling, although I think it’s worse in modelling. There are male photographers who go into it purely because of the girls. But in every industry, if you are pretty, or someone likes the look of you … It’s not good.” 

Delevingne also revealed that she has been the victim of casting couch creepiness herself, noting that she’s experienced sketchy behavior “a little.” But she says she doesn’t take it lying down. “I am very good at standing up for myself now, and for other people. If there is injustice I will flip out. If someone is crossing a line, they will know about it and so will everyone else. I’m not about brushing things under the carpet”

[via Sunday Times]

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Caitlyn Jenner Is the Queen of Social Media, According to America’s Teenagers

Last night a sizable chunk of Hollywood turned out for the Teen Choice Awards, in hopes that they have gained the approval of some of the youngest members of our society. After all, nothing is more important than a teenager thinking you’re cool. The kids voted for their favorite in film, music, sports, fashion and more via social media and last night, the victors were announced.

[ See: Stars Make a Splash on the 2015 Teen Choice Awards Blue Carpet ]

The winners circle included Scott Eastwood, who won Choice Male Actor for his work in The Longest Ride (though something tells us it’s not his acting skills that won him that award). Cara Delevingne took home the prize for Breakout Star and Choice Summer Movie Star thanks to her role in Paper TownsIn the music category, Ed Sheeran, One Direction and Taylor Swift dominated the list of winners. Stephen Curry was the kids’ pick for Choice Male Athlete, while the Women’s U.S. Soccer Team reigned supreme as everyone’s favorite female athletes.

Kendall Jenner won for Choice Model because apparently all you need is connections and a huge social media following to be a choice model these days, but her Instagram fans weren’t enough to get her the Social Media Queen award – that went to her parent Caitlyn Jenner, who sits on the throne with Justin Bieber, Social Media King. 

[ See: Kendall Jenner’s 10 Best Model Moments So Far ]

Check out the full list of winners here.

[via Teen Choice]

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This Aussie Comedian is the Queen of Celeb Mockery with These Perfect Comparisons

We’ve just discovered an Australian comedian thanks to her hilarious celebrity comparisons on Instagram, and, it’s safe to say, we’re totally in love with her.

Celeste Barber perfectly captures the unrealistic expectations that celebrities set out for us, from knife-licking Justin Bieber selfies to Kim Kardashian‘s naughty dirt-pile posing. 

Check out all the hilarious snaps for yourself below, and, please, do try this at home. (more…)