Victoria’s Secret isn’t exactly known for casting diverse models. Quite the opposite, in fact. As Mic points out, only two of the lingerie retailer’s 14 Angels are black — and none are above a size 14, or even a 10. However, we will give the loungewear giant this: behind the scenes, they’ve tried. In a recent interview with Refinery29, an ex-Victoria’s Secret retoucher who, for obvious reasons, chose to remain anonymous, had this to say for the brand: “They tried different models and different body types all the time.” Unfortunately, consumers did not respond and the absence of money talked: “One time, during a swim season, they had these two girls come in that had abs and thick thighs and busts. They were really toned and their skin was amazing. They were still obviously models. But they were a different look. But, they didn’t sell anything and so they stopped using those girls.”
While we doubt we’ll see any plus-size Angels anytime soon, Victoria’s Secret is diversifying (slightly) when it comes to race. Recently, the brand announced Zuri Tibby as the first black spokesmodel for Victoria’s Secret Pink. (more…)
Are we witnessing some secret deal between Condé Nast and Kendall Jenner? Because things just got a whole lotta suspicious now that Kendall has scored yet another cover of Vogue for the month of October. Something what most other working models only dream of, Kendall already has covers for Vogue Japan, Vogue Australia and Vogue Germany under her belt within the last couple of weeks (with an Allure cover thrown in for good measure), and now snatches the cover of Vogue Spain. This is, of course, in addition to her cover of American Vogue in September.
Our forum members were pleasantly surprised with the outcome. “At this point, this is even more ‘full on’ than Bella, when she started getting covers!! But I have to say it’s her best cover IMO! I like the makeup and the colors,” voiced Miss Dalloway.
“I love it, one of her best covers. I think that the crisp photography works really well with her expression and the styling,” admired kokobombon. (more…)
Last year, Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla’s rightfully devoted fanbase begged M.A.C. Cosmetics to create a line inspired by the style star via a Change.org petition. The cosmetics giant heard and obeyed and on October 6, the collection we’ve been dreaming of late at night when all the world was sleeping will hit select M.A.C locations as well as the retailer’s website.
In a press release, M.A.C. stated that the collection was “inspired by the devotion of all those still touched by the iconic Latin legend.” In La Reina’s stead, the makeup collaboration was “tenderly curated with Selena’s sister,” Suzette Quintanilla.
“I wanted the colors to be about her personally, what she wore on and offstage,” Suzette wrote earlier this year. “It just shows the love her fan base has even though she’s gone; that her music still lives on and her legacy has grown tremendously since she’s passed.” (more…)
If you thought Maya Thurman-Hawke frolicking through Woodstock for AllSaints was a stunner of a campaign video, wait til you see this. Kenzo’s latest fashion film combines the talents of Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein, House of Cards’ Mahershala Ali and Orange is the New Black’s Natasha Lyonne — and the result is just as clever and witty as anything you’d expect from the binge-TV triumvirate. The seven-minute — we know, in that time you could watch a whole third of a Sex and the City episode, but hear us out — short also features actress Laura Harrier as Abby, who is, quite literally, all of us (but maybe a little better at social media).
The Realest Real begins with social media maven Abby waiting in the lobby of the fictitious, eerie Institute of the Real and the Really Real for a meeting with the Minister of Public-Private Relations (Ali). A prim, no-nonsense Rowan Blanchard guides her to his office. Abby’s social media followers physically follow behind her. One wanders away, because they’re fickle like that. In the Minister’s office, puppies take selfies and the Minister explains to Abby that he has been observing her social media presence (every email, tweet, comment, caption and like she’s ever posted). He is pleased. Her reward? Natasha Lyonne is her new mommy, since Abby once commented “Mom” (“A term of affection implying that you are so fond of Ms. Lyonne that you wish she were your mother,” the Minister explains) on the actress’ Instagram. A hilarious, careful-what-you-wish for chain of events ensues. (more…)
You have to hand it to Harper’s Bazaar for rolling with what’s relevant (even though the mag tends to churn out dated covers from time to time). Whether you love it or loathe it, there’s no question that this is the year of the social media/pop culture model, and American Bazaar certainly taps into that market with covers featuring the likes of Kendall Jenner in June and a kissing Kimye for September. Therefore, Bazaar‘s latest should come as no surprise as Gigi Hadid graces the cover while serving some seriously 80s supermodel vibes in the energetic and engaging cover photo captured by Karl Lagerfeld.
IMAGE: COURTESY OF HARPER’S BAZAAR
Fair to assume that our forum members weren’t all too thrilled. “Gigi, Kendall, Gigi, Kendall… what a pathetic world we live in,” anlabe32 sniggered the moment the cover dropped.
“I feel genuinely bad for other models who are trying to make it. The worst time to come into modeling, everything seems to be taken up by the reality show kids,” responded a far from impressed KissMiss. (more…)
Total disclosure: Before British brand AllSaints announced Maya Thurman-Hawke as the face of its Spring 2017 collection, we’d nearly forgotten that Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke had replicated their near-perfect DNA. But that the Hollywood legends did, giving said offspring a relatively down-to-Earth upbringing as compared to other “actor’s kids.”
“For the most part, they kept me out of the public eye,” Thurman-Hawke told Vanity Fair. “The truth is, I have made very few public appearances, and when I have, my parents have been very careful to allow me to have my own experience. The first ‘advice’ I’ve gotten that comes to mind and probably some of the best has been not to worry about it too much and to smile if that will make you happy.” However, like other #blessed Hollywood heirs, Maya got her parents’ good looks and acting chops — the model-slash-actress is currently in her first year at Julliard.
While the college freshman spends most of her time “really busy with school and auditions,” she values her financial independence, hence the AllSaints contract. “She did that modeling gig so that she didn’t have to ask me for spending money,” Hawke told E! Newsat the Toronto International Film Festival. (Celebrity spawn, they’re just like us.) (more…)