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Vogue Turkey’s April Cover Is a ‘Waste of Two Top Models’

According to our discerning forum members, Vogue Turkey doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to creating groundbreaking covers, despite the odd hit from time to time (Kendall Jenner‘s cover from 2016 still fresh in our mind). This month, the magazine adds another “miss” to its portfolio with an awkward and somewhat uncomfortable April 2017 cover. Model Lexi Boling (who usually photographs like a dream for Steven Meisel) is joined by Jordan Barrett, coupling up as they lounge around a luxurious hotel room for photographer Sebastian Faena.

Vogue Turkey April 2017 : Lexi Boling & Jordan Barrett by Sebastian Faena

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM.TR

Forum members flocked to the thread to voice their dismay. “Not exactly a cover-worthy image, looks more like an editorial preview to me. Poor Lexi, her non-Meisel covers never seem to impress me. And now she’s being outshined by Jordan Barret of all people,” critiqued Benn98.

“A non-Meisel shot of Lexi usually fails unfortunately. Awkward cover!” echoed Vitamine W. (more…)

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Bella Hadid Looks Like JLo on the New Cover of The Sunday Times Style

Our forums don’t usually take notice of The Sunday Times Style but with a cover subject like Bella Hadid, it’s hard to resist. Sure to generate a few headlines by tapping one of fashion’s most in-demand of faces, Bella fronts the largest-selling British newspaper’s Style supplement this week. Shot by photographer Jem Mitchell, Porter’s current cover girl looks effortless and casual on the cover.

The Sunday Times Style 2 April 2017 : Bella Hadid by Jem Mitchell

IMAGE: FASHIONGONEROGUE.COM

“She looks less and less like Carla Bruni and more and more like Melania Trump. Scary. I actually had high hopes for her,” pointed out forum member EstefaniaAbaddon the moment the cover dropped.

“The cover feels very Jennifer Lopez, although Bella is not as striking,” voiced an underwhelmed A.D.C. (more…)

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Imaan Hammam Lands Yet Another Cover This Month, for Vogue Arabia’s Stunning April Issue

The launch of Vogue Arabia was extremely well received on our forums, with the newly established title delivering a duo of powerful Gigi Hadid covers. The new kid on the block is keeping standards high with the unveiling of its latest installment, featuring cover model Imaan Hammam. Currently fronting both Vogue Japan and Allure, Imaan serves a gorgeous profile cover photo for April, shot by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by Paul Cavaco.

She’s got the power @imaanhammam @voguearabia @paulcavaco @patrickdemarchelier

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Members of our forums were quick to voice their opinions. “Very dynamic for them, Imaan looks stunning as usual. She even elevates what would have been yet another sleep-inducing Demarchelier shoot,” commented a delighted Benn98.

“Fantastic! Imaan is on a roll and I hope it doesn’t stop. She brings it every time,” expressed RanThe. (more…)

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A Radiant Kate Upton Stars on Vogue Thailand’s Summery Cover for April 2017

After last month’s gorgeous Lily Aldridge cover, Vogue Thailand is officially back on our radar. For April 2017, the magazine taps Kate Upton, who hasn’t been on the fashion magazine cover circuit for what feels like an eternity. Photographed by Yu Tsai, the blonde all-American beauty flaunts her legendary curves wearing Miu Miu in the bright and beautiful waterside cover shot.

Vogue Thailand April 2017 : Kate Upton by Yu Tsai

IMAGE: CELEBMAFIA.COM

Forum members loved it. “Wow, now this is a summer cover!! Kate looks great here, radiant, fresh-faced and wholesome. Could be her best cover yet,” commented a more than satisfied Benn98.

“Their best cover to date! Stick with Yu Tsai, Vogue Thailand,” pleaded forum member jeffandtheworld. (more…)

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Lindsey Wixson’s UK Harper’s Bazaar Cover Is a Work of Art

Models are having a moment over at the UK edition of Harper’s Bazaar. In January, the mag gave us Nastya Sten, in March it was Sam Rollinson, and now Lindsey Wixson appears on the front of the May 2017 issue. Our forums took an exclusive first look at the limited cover for subscribers earlier this week and instantly fell in love. Photographed by Bazaar-regular Erik Madigan Heck, Lindsey captivates in the delightful shot (wearing Christian Dior styled by the magazine’s own Leith Clark) which resembles a gorgeous piece of Renaissance art.

UK Harper's Bazaar May 2017 : Lindsey Wixson by Erik Madigan Heck

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.CO.UK

Members of our forum flocked to the thread to give the cover some love. “Amazing cover, Bazaar UK rules!” commented RegardezMag upon seeing the cover.

“Stunning! Definitely something I’m looking forward to getting. I’m a tremendous fan of Erik’s work, and he truly delivered here. Also, love that Harper’s Bazaar is not going for the usual suspects when it comes to models (Kate, Cara, Georgia, etc). It’s all about the theme, not the model,” applauded a delighted Benn98. (more…)

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These Stories of Model Mistreatment Will Stun You

Fernanda Ly on the Christian Dior Fall 2017 runway.

Fernanda Ly on the Christian Dior Fall 2017 runway; Image: Imaxtree

This season, Paris Fashion Week opened on a sour note, with prominent casting director and longtime diversity advocate James Scully publicly shaming Balenciaga’s casting directors for mistreating models at the brands’ go-see. Scully’s Instagram post made headlines, resulted in the firing of Maida Gregori Boina and Rami Fernandes, and reminded the public that, for all the progress the modeling industry has made in the past few years, it’s still in dire need of regulation.

Yesterday, Models.com published a striking survey that further underlines this fact. In it, 22 working models respond to the prompt: “How do you, the model, want to be treated?” Their submissions reveal the extent to which models still face discrimination, body shaming, sexual harassment and poor working conditions, even when they’re landing major gigs.

Many of the models chose to stay off the record, presumably out of fear of being blacklisted. (Unsurprisingly, theirs were some of the more damning anecdotes.) Others, including Fernanda Ly, Jay Wright, Emily Butcher, Ekaterina Ozhiganova, Margherita Tondelli, Cailin Hill Araki, Sidney Gaston, Petra Zatkova and Wyomi, attached their names to their stories. Read some of the more jarring accounts below.

“During London Fashion Week 2016, I felt dizzy and sick at a 90-minute static presentation: I went off the stage and told the casting director that I can’t keep going because otherwise I might faint while another model was throwing up three feet away from me. She told me I have to go on-stage otherwise I’m not getting paid. I wasn’t paid anyway.” — Sidney Gaston

“I was once shooting a lookbook where the stylist, helping me dress, used this chance to feel my body up much more than necessary and continued to do so throughout the entire shoot. Countless times have I had to undress in undesirable public situations, but even now I can remember the disgusting feel of this man’s hands tracing my body.” — Fernanda Ly

“I got a semi-exclusive for an A-list show with an opening guarantee during my first season in Paris. When [the designer] found out I was transgender, something no one knows about to this day, they cancelled my booking; they somehow considered it a risk—that it would draw too much attention, something they thought would affect the brand negatively: A very doubtful decision, especially considering that I was [then] an unknown new face.” — Anonymous

“The agency said that they loved me but wanted me to lose a little weight, and they gave me a month to do it and then resend digitals. And so I lost a lot of weight in a short time and just got obsessed with it after that. I became anorexic and was extremely underweight, passing out in rehearsals. After the month they never got back to me and my mother agent. Since then, my weight has fluctuated so much because of how poorly I treated my body.” — Anonymous

Of course, these models are not the first to speak out. Barbie Ferreira, Joan Smalls, Charli Howard, Clémentine Desseaux and countless others have also come forward with tales of mistreatment. At the end of the day, modeling, for all its glitz and glam, is a real job for real people who are often subject to unsafe, denigrating working conditions, and something needs to change.

[ via Models.com ]

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