After a nearly six-year hiatus from modeling, Gemma Ward is back like she never left. The Australian-born beauty, who commanded up to $25,000 per show and had amassed 24 Vogue covers worldwide at the time of her abrupt step back, is now doing her part to quell the fashion world’s abandonment issues. In 2013, she starred in a campaign for Australian brand Country Road alongside her daughter, Naia. In 2014, she walked the Prada Spring 2015 show, sending social media a-tizzy. Last year, she covered Vogue Australia and starred in the Carine Roitfeld-styled Givenchy spring campaign together with 26 other famous faces. Now, the woman who was once hailed “the next Kate Moss,” thanks to her unique doll-face, won’t let anything — even pregnancy — slow down her (once faltering, now) triumphant return. (more…)
InStyle has been killing it lately, producing stellar covers one after the other while putting other mainstream fashion glossies to shame. Not to mention the magazine continues to champion diversity, having just given us Priyanka Chopra for August, Lupita Nyong’o for April, and now a radiant Kerry Washington for September. Shot by Thomas Whiteside, Kerry photographs beautifully wearing Victoria Beckham for the cover, which might just be the best you’ll see all month!
Members of our forums were in awe. “Wow! What a beautiful, warm, engaging photo. Love Kerry Washington! She must be a great seller, as well, because she keeps landing high-circulation covers like InStyle,” announced happycanadian within seconds.
Porter gave us everything we need from a summer cover with its last issue featuring a joyful Sienna Miller posing under the sunshine, leaving us in absolute awe. Our forum members have always been huge advocates of everything Porter produces, so you can imagine our delight when the title unveiled its Fall 2016 cover. Reverting back to using models (and following in the footsteps of Anja Rubik and Gisele Bündchen), Lithuanian beauty Edita Vilkeviciute graces the front of the mag’s sixteenth edition, captured by Bruce Weber. Styled by Alex White, Edita wears head-to-toe Prada while clutching a cute little kitten in the shot (our furry friends now becoming a Porter cover staple).
Our forum members weren’t so sure, however. “First a dog, kangaroo, now a kitten…it’s getting a bit cliched now. And Prada doesn’t help. The shot looks so hollow, and Edita looks more languished than seductive. This is more global Vogue than Porter,” said Benn98 the second the cover dropped.
Alicia Vikander doesn’t exactly have a stellar track record for magazine covers, having recently disappointed on British Vogue‘s August issue. She now takes to the cover of Vanity Fair, oozing glamour and sophistication while wearing a monochrome Louis Vuitton creation. Vanity Fair had a winner last month with the delightful Margot Robbie, but according to our forum members, photographer Mario Testino and VF have done Alicia a huge disservice for September.
The vast majority of our forum members weren’t buying it. “I’m sorry. I don’t understand the fascination,” stated liv4beauty straight away.
“Not working for me, also can’t understand her appeal. The blue and gold make me feel she is at a beauty clinic or something like that and the background looks fake round her head, the transition is too sharp,” described a disapproving Nymphaea. (more…)
Body activist and model Ashley Graham, despite being a size 14, has been given a seat at the fashion table and thus exists in a pivotal, yet unfortunately, limited space. As theCURVYcon founder Chastity Garner Valentine aptly put it in an interview earlier this year, when it comes to the industry’s slow march towards inclusivity, girls like Ashley represent concurrently both the change we’d like to see in the fashion world and the maintenance of the status quo: “I feel like mainstream fashion is becoming more inclusive of plus-size fashion and plus-size people, but only a certain type of plus-size girl. She’s hourglass, tall, a size 14 and, most times, white. A lot of the growth and attention in the plus-size industry has come from the bottom up and from women of color, but once plus-size became mainstream the less diverse the industry has become. The plus-size fashion industry feels, as it relates to fashion, like it’s a different side of the same fashion coin, where only a few people who look the same are allowed in the door.”
However, the fact that Ashley’s image conforms to a certain standard does not make her body activism any less important. That said, within and without the plus-size community, it does make her something of a divisive figure. In a recent essay for Lenny Letter entitled “Shamed If I Do, Shamed If I Don’t,” Ashley explains her frustration at being constantly judged for her “neither here nor there” status. (more…)
You’re about to see a whole lot more of Bella Hadid at the newsstand over the next few weeks — we can guarantee that. She was just given the job of covering Vogue Japan’s September issue (while already posing on Harper’s Bazaar Australia) and now Bella has the honor of gracing Glamour‘s newly unveiled September 2016 offering. You have to give credit where it’s due, as the current face of both Calvin Klein and Givenchy makes an oversized bright red and padded Balenciaga coat actually look wearable. Photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg, Bella uses her signature moody facial expression to win our forum members over.
“Gotta say – Bella is seriously impressing me lately. I just can’t get over how beautiful her face is. But, it’s not just the beauty – it’s that Bella always manages to look alluring and alive behind the eyes. She’s giving us something and connecting. Love the cover!” raved happycanadian instantly.
“Even more than her sister, she is turning out to be a GREAT cover girl, I love this! And for such a commercial title this is a really daring cover to go with, I applaud them!” raved Miss Dalloway. (more…)