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British-born model Antonia Campbell-Hughes successfully made the career switch that most in her profession only dream of, with her role in the upcoming film Lotus Eaters — but she doesn’t have the fondest opinion of the industry that propelled her to fame.
We’ve pretty much made our peace with the idea that there isn’t going to be another generation of models quite like Linda, Naomi, Christy, and Kate any time soon, if indeed ever again. But that doesn’t mean we don’t see a ton of girls walk the runway every season with the potential to be great at the job, if only they weren’t so frequently replaced by someone newer to the game months later.
We’ve referenced James Is A Girl, Jennifer Egan’s 1996 New York Times article on the modeling industry starring a then 16-year-old Jaime King, no shortage of times and we’ve been planning on dedicating a Time Warp to its awesomeness for months now, which is why we were super pumped to see the Times reference it in a retrospective this weekend. As part of a larger round-up, they asked now 32-year-old actress King how she felt about her portrayal in the piece.
While most of us are still trying to keep the embers of our New Year’s resolutions alive, modeling agencies are hard at work deciding what the faces of 2011 are going to look like. Because, as you may or may not know, a face only has a shelf life of about one year.
Noted stylist and former America’s Next Top Model judge Nole Marin is being sued for making unwelcome sexual advances on an aspiring male model. In a suit filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court Monday, Nicholas Hamman-Howe alleges that Marin offered to make him a star in exchange for sex.
We wrote last week how much we think everyone in the fashion industry — and a healthy share of people outside of it — should see “Picture Me,” Sara Ziff’s documentary about what it’s really like to be a model. During New York Fashion Week, Ziff went backstage for The Cut to talk with models and industry about issues from how young models are when they start working to how much or how little they’re allowed to eat.
The shady, predatory side of the industry is the one former model Sara Ziff, above, wanted to portray in her new film Picture Me: A Model’s Diary, which chronicles five years in the lives of a group of models and follows them backstage and beneath the makeup. The movie (or at least the trailer) reveals a world of women who are treated more like robots than human beings.
We’ve always thought that hometown mall model searches and their big-city, high production counterparts were kind of unnecessary and foolish. As it turns out, the modeling industry hosts these events mostly so that its agents can network, riding on the coattails of young girls’ dreams and insecurities all the way to the bank.
When we heard Tyra Banks had inked a book deal, we assumed it would be your standard “How To” tome. As in, “Much Ado About Smizing”, or something. But silly us to think she’d go and do something sort of logical — after all we’re talking about the woman who has created an empire around the premise of plucking slightly above average girls out of obscurity, shaving their heads and calling them models. So from the pretty little head that brought Andre Leon Talley to the CW, comes the young adult fantasy series, “Modelland.”
Michael Kors joined Anna Wintour and model Natasha Vodianova at Harvard Business School Monday night for a panel on the Great Weight Debate in the modeling industry. While the focus of the evening was on body image and the pressure on models to be super-thin, Kors used the forum to announce that he would no longer employ models under the age of 16.