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Ex-Vogue Australia editor Kirstie Clemets is no devil in Prada. She laughs, she speaks “humbly” and she grew up in the Sutherland Shire! But Clemets was still part of a “small pool of very influential people that dominate the fashion arena worldwide.” And since being unceremoniously fired from her post in May last year she’s not using the extra time to make casserole and watch Game of Thrones, instead penning the much-anticipated book stuffed with secrets from behind the doors of the leading Condé glossy.
Jezebel recently spoke with one of the models featured in Vice magazine’s Internet-hell-raising, suicide-themed editorial, and what she revealed is almost as disturbing as the broken bodies, nooses, and slit wrists in the spread.
Before today, we might have called ourselves supermodel stalkers (seriously, we still obsess over videos of Gisele from 2004) but with this latest bit of news, we think that we ought to coin a new phrase for our fixation. Russian model Irina Shayk, who covered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue two years ago, has filed two police reports against an alleged stalker.
Oh, Carmen Dell’Orefice, how we worship thee. Our favorite octogenarian model is back again in this month’s Vogue Italia to prove that “flawless” knows no age limit — and this time, she has a team of platinum-tressed young’uns to whip into shape.
This could be the beginning of a breakthrough for models under 18 working in New York state. This morning, we got a triumphant dispatch from the Model Alliance, the advocacy organization founded by model and activist Sara Ziff, announcing that state Senators have agreed to propose legislation that will combat exploitation and unfair treatment of child models. About time, right?
You’re about to feel a whole lot better about your awkward years.
In a recent interview with Metro, H&M CEO Karl-John Persson made a staggering admission. H&M has irresponsibly used too-thin models.
I may be from a city (Toronto) that’s little more than a hop, skip, and a jump away from New York, but the big, invisible border that separates one from the other means that I, like other non-citizens, can’t just waltz in and get a job at my local Starbucks. It also means that I, like hundreds of thousands of degree-holding, “highly skilled” businesspeople, computer scientists, and engineers, am lumped into the same category as fashion models when it comes to crazy-competitive US visas. “Huh”, you ask? Precisely.
This is truly the lowest of low: model scouts in Stockholm have reportedly taken to lurking outside the country’s largest eating disorder clinic in search of fresh talent to bring back to their agencies. The Stockholm Center for Eating Disorders brought the practice to light in the city’s local Metro newspaper, where they lobbed complaints about scouts handing off business cards to patients as young as 14.
Advocates for models’ labor rights can put another feather in their Saint Laurent cap today, as British Vogue has just announced that they’ve signed a 10-point code of conduct with UK trade union Equity to govern their treatment of models. But how effective will it be? And is there any hope of industry leaders and magazine editors in the USA following suit?
Back in May of last year, Kirstie Clements was unceremoniously dumped from her post as editor in chief of Vogue Australia after 13 years at the helm, and swiftly replaced by Edwina McCann, the editor of rival title Harper’s Bazaar. In the time since her departure, she has penned “The Vogue Factor”, a memoir recounting her 25 years at the title, which is now making headlines for the very unflattering portrait it paints of the modeling industry. Of course, we’ve heard it all before (The cotton balls! The cocaine! The endless hours of cardio!) but the claims don’t usually come from someone who’s held the top spot at a Condé glossy.
There is no shortage of misconceptions about how much models get paid to walk runway shows during New York Fashion Week. But now, thanks to organizations like The Model Alliance and increased online scrutiny, some of them are starting to get cleared up.
A mere two days after millions of viewers saw Cameron Russell strut the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in a pair of bedazzled wings, the model was on a very different stage, delivering a talk on image, privilege, and perception for TEDxMidAtlantic. Watch it! You’ll thank us later.
According to the New York Post, a slew of major New York City modeling agencies from Wilhelmina to Ford to Elite are currently the target of a $20 million class action lawsuit alleging that their fraudulent accounting led to models getting repeatedly cheated out of their hard-earned paychecks.
Brooklyn Decker is one lucky girl. She was a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl in 2010, is married to tennis star Andy Roddick, and has a burgeoning acting career. But…well, there’s a but.
The modeling industry is obsessed with youth, so it’s not surprising to find out that well known models have shaved a year or two off their age. But supermodel Agyness Deyn revealed Tuesday that she’s a full six years older than she’s claimed to be when she started modeling.
Cindy Crawford‘s daughter’s stint as a model for Young Versace will be her last — for now. Mama Crawford says her little girl, Kaia Gerber, is going to have to wait until she’s older if she wants to actually do work as a model.
If anyone knows the ins and outs of the modeling business, it’s Lara Stone. The 24-year-old model has done shoots and shows all over the world, so we think she’s qualified to dole out advice for up-and-comers. Tip number one: finish school before you start strutting your stuff full time.
Stop practicing your poses in the mirror and start learning from the best. While making faces for the camera may seem like rocket science to some, it’s a little known secret that all models just use subtle variations on the same set of poses, no matter what shoot they’re working on. And so, we’ve collected the eight most popular and model-approved poses in the gallery below — master these and you’ll be ready for your close-up.
It’s not that we don’t like kids or anything, but when we saw the scans of the new issue of Vogue Enfants we were seriously creeped out. Because the magazine didn’t really suggest a feeling of, “Look, these kids are having fun and it’s all because of their preppy, colorful clothing and beauty products that they don’t need!” It was a lot more like “These children are coming after you and they will eat you in order to stay alive if they have to.”