Ashley Graham fronts Vogue Arabia’s Body Revolution issue

Ashley Graham has been tapped to star in the cover image for Vogue Arabia’s Body Revolution issue.The curvy model, who continues to promote messages of self-acceptance and female empowerment, is fast becoming one of the hottest names in the business an…

Ashley Graham has been tapped to star in the cover image for Vogue Arabia’s Body Revolution issue.

The curvy model, who continues to promote messages of self-acceptance and female empowerment, is fast becoming one of the hottest names in the business and has recently landed gigs for the likes of Lane Bryant, Marina Rinaldi, Revlon and Rag & Bone.

For her latest shoot, Ashley has landed the cover of Vogue Arabia and explained in an accompanying interview with the fashion publication that she believes spreading the message of “beauty beyond size” is her “destiny”.

“My mother told me that when I walked into a room, I would greet every single person – even at three years old,” she said. “It was more of an emotion that I would give people, and it would leave them feeling good about who they are. I think that’s what I’m doing today; letting women know that they are worthy, that they are beautiful, and that they can be happy with who they are in their skin.”

For the cover imagery, Ashley was photographed by Miguel Reveriego and is seen sporting a silver sequin Balmain dress, Oscar de la Renta jacket and Tasaki jewellery.

In one photo, Ashley poses alongside fellow plus-size model Paloma Elsesser, who dazzles in a silver dress from Paco Rabanne.

Born in Canada to an African-American mother and a father of Chilean-Swiss descent, Paloma also spoke about her journey to embracing her figure.

“The feelings that I have about my body today aren’t very different from the way I felt about it in the first grade,” the 26-year-old explained. “What has changed, is the way I navigate those feelings.”

Fashion designer Dima Ayad, influencer Nadine Abdel Aziz, weightlifter Amna Al Haddad and Marc Jacobs beauty ambassador Rhea Jacobs also feature in the issue.

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Virgil Abloh credits Kanye West for introducing him to high fashion

Virgil Abloh has credited Kanye West for opening his eyes to the world of high fashion.The Ghanaian-American designer has risen to fame since launching streetwear brand Off-White in 2013 and was announced as Kim Jones’ successor at Louis Vuitton’s mens…

Virgil Abloh has credited Kanye West for opening his eyes to the world of high fashion.

The Ghanaian-American designer has risen to fame since launching streetwear brand Off-White in 2013 and was announced as Kim Jones’ successor at Louis Vuitton’s menswear division in March (18), unveiling his first line for the French luxury label in Paris earlier this month.

While Abloh now holds one of the most coveted roles in the business, in a new interview with supermodel Naomi Campbell for British Vogue, he explained that it was his rapper pal West who took him to his first major presentation – a Comme des Garcons show.

“Kanye and myself have been friends for 14 years now, we’ve always been driven by fashion,” he said. “Kanye’s like, ‘Paris Fashion Week, this is where the new collections are debuting? I’m going to go.’ He invited all of us to go with him because he knew that’s what we were all into.”

Abloh’s debut menswear collection for Louis Vuitton featured monochromatic looks, streetwear influences, sharp tailoring and leather bags. At the conclusion of the show, the designer appeared emotional as he took his bow, and then proceeded to give West a tearful embrace.

“I wanted the world to see that the guy who fought for this moment is a part of it and is uniquely linked to me doing it,” the 37-year-old said of their hug. “The one thing that has to be stressed about that show is that it actually wasn’t me on the runway, you know. It was the community. That show was us. (West) willed it for us… That dream is his just as much as it’s mine. In my dream, it was him down the runway.”

During the chat, Abloh also emphasised how the Louis Vuitton spectacle felt like his first fashion show and how he is now looking forward to entering the next phase of his career.

“Now we are the establishment. I will no longer be referencing the old days and the barrier to entry, because we’ve… made a landscape,” he smiled. “I’m legitimately like, ‘Who can we empower next?'”

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Viktor & Rolf designers celebrate 25 years in fashion

Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren didn’t predict their label would last for 25 years.The Dutch design duo, who helm Viktor & Rolf, began their career in late 1992 after graduating from the Arnhem Academy of Art and Design. While the fashion world was s…

Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren didn’t predict their label would last for 25 years.

The Dutch design duo, who helm Viktor & Rolf, began their career in late 1992 after graduating from the Arnhem Academy of Art and Design.

While the fashion world was slow to recognise their talents, the two were well received in the art world, so it was a shock to them when their label finally took off.

“We didn’t think that it would last 25 years. We didn’t even think that we would become a label,” Horsting told WWD.

Celebrating their fashion milestone, Horsting and Snoeren are the subjects of a retrospective at Rotterdam’s Kunsthal, Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years, which opened in May.

Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom has also put together a conceptual book on the pair, Viktor & Rolf: Cover Cover, which is released on 4 July (18) through Phaidon, the day of Viktor & Rolf’s haute couture show in Paris.

“The great thing about this book is that it’s not a retrospective of 25 years, it’s a work in itself, like an autonomous piece about book-making, about what a book could be,” a proud Horsting said. “We gave Irma total carte blanche. We’ve known her for a very long time and we’ve been friends for a very long time – we even used to be neighbours. Her work is so great and somehow, she is so radical, we had the feeling if we could trust anyone, it would be her.

“At first, I must say that when she proposed this, we had to get used to the idea, but we had the feeling that’s a good thing. It’s an extreme statement, I think.”

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Heidi Klum sunbathes topless when nobody else is around

Heidi Klum forgoes a bikini top when she’s sunbathing alone.The German model credits her free-spirited upbringing for her attitude to nudity, and loves nothing more than sunning herself in teeny tiny bikinis.Talking to Ocean Drive magazine, Heidi said …

Heidi Klum forgoes a bikini top when she’s sunbathing alone.

The German model credits her free-spirited upbringing for her attitude to nudity, and loves nothing more than sunning herself in teeny tiny bikinis.

Talking to Ocean Drive magazine, Heidi said less is more when it comes to her swimwear attire.

“I tend to not wear a whole lot of swimsuit when I am sunbathing. So I usually go for a tie-string bikini, something that has less coverage, and if no one is around, I’ll wear only the bottom,” she told the magazine. “I grew up being very comfortable with my body and very free.

“I grew up in a very free environment with my parents. We’d go to nude beaches. We’re very open-minded, but you can’t say that about all Germans. We didn’t have a lot of money, so we’d go camping a lot and my parents chose nude campsites, so nudity became normal for me. I loved it.”

Posing on the cover for the glossy mag’s 25th Anniversary Swimsuit Issue, Heidi is snapped in just a pair of bikini bottoms from her Heidi Klum Swim range, part of her Heidi Klum Intimates offerings.

On the subject of getting older, the 45-year-old says she has no plans to stop living the life she loves.

“I see it like this: we only have one life. This is our life right now and our moment, and our moment shouldn’t be over after a certain age. There’s not a time frame for only being able to wear a certain thing or to be in love, to go out,” she smiled. “Thirty years old is not the cap and then you have to hide yourself and not go dancing anymore.”

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Teddy Quinlivan: ‘Fashion is like the mafia’

Teddy Quinlivan has likened the close-knit fashion industry to the mafia.The transgender model, a Fashion Week regular, has fallen foul of some in the industry after speaking out against the sexual assault models are often subjected to. Teddy publicly …

Teddy Quinlivan has likened the close-knit fashion industry to the mafia.

The transgender model, a Fashion Week regular, has fallen foul of some in the industry after speaking out against the sexual assault models are often subjected to.

Teddy publicly announced in April that she now refuses to work with publications and brands that continue to collaborate with “accused offenders of assault”, but her sentiment has left her shunned by some.

“My taking a stand and being unapologetic about it has rubbed some people in the industry the wrong way, to the point that they’re telling people not to work with me,” she told W magazine. “And since this is a very small, cliquey, almost family-run business – kind of like the mafia – p**sing off someone who’s friends with 10 other people can mean that all (of) the sudden you’re not walking these 10 shows.

“And that’s fine – I don’t need to walk those 10 shows, because at the end of the day, I have what other people don’t have, and that’s integrity, and I’m very proud of it and the fact that I haven’t had to change myself to fit this ideal of what a model is in the industry.”

She added that it’s important to stand up for yourself, and while she’s noticing the consequences of speaking out, it’s been worth it.

The 24-year-old also shed light on how abuse in fashion isn’t always necessarily of a sexual nature.

“This industry has no regulations – particularly when it comes to models, even though there are such young girls involved,” she said. “I actually think that a lot of times in the fashion industry, assault isn’t always necessarily sexual, but hugely dehumanising. There are a lot of jobs where you literally just stand there and aren’t allowed to talk.”

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Indiana Jones 5 facing production delays – report

Indiana Jones 5 has reportedly had its release date pushed back due to production delays.Back in January (18), it was reported that director Steven Spielberg was eyeing a fifth instalment of the Harrison Ford-led adventure franchise as his next project…

Indiana Jones 5 has reportedly had its release date pushed back due to production delays.

Back in January (18), it was reported that director Steven Spielberg was eyeing a fifth instalment of the Harrison Ford-led adventure franchise as his next project after, with principal photography due to kick off in the United Kingdom in April 2019.

But according to Variety, plans for the shoot have hit a snag and the production has been put on hold until “key members of the creative team” sign off on a finished script.

This means the film is no longer on track to hit theatres in July 2020, with some insiders suggesting fans may have to wait another year for the blockbuster.

Editors at the film publication report that crew members have been informed of the delay.

Meanwhile, Collider has claimed that Jonathan Kasdan, the son of Raiders of the Lost Ark scriptwriter Lawrence Kasdan, has been invited to board the project to make the necessary script changes.

Kasdan will reportedly replace David Koepp on the film, who was hired in 2016 having worked on the previous instalment, 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It is not known if he will be rewriting the existing script or simply be making tweaks.

Koepp has long collaborated with Spielberg, penning the screenplays for Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and War of the Worlds as well as other Hollywood features, such as Mission: Impossible and 2002’s Spider-Man. He is currently working on the script for You Should Have Left, a horror film starring Amanda Seyfried and Kevin Bacon.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Spielberg is also working on a remake of West Side Story and is attached to The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, a historical drama with Mark Rylance.

Representatives for Disney, the studio behind the latest Indiana Jones flick, have declined to comment on the report.

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Billy Bob Thornton unsure about future writing-directing projects

Billy Bob Thornton has plenty of ideas for new movies, but he isn’t sure how relevant they are.As well as acting, Billy Bob also writes and directs. He won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for 1996 flick Sling Blade, which he also starred in and …

Billy Bob Thornton has plenty of ideas for new movies, but he isn’t sure how relevant they are.

As well as acting, Billy Bob also writes and directs. He won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for 1996 flick Sling Blade, which he also starred in and directed, but his other movies weren’t as well received, causing him to wonder if he’s now “obsolete”.

“Well, I do have plenty to say. I’ve got plenty of other movies I could do, just like those,” he said to Vulture about films Sling Blade, Daddy and Them and Jayne Mansfield’s Car, “I don’t know how relevant they are. Maybe I’m obsolete at this point as a writer-director.

“I mean, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, nobody saw it, and the people that did didn’t get it or just didn’t like it. I think if I’d made that movie the year after Sling Blade, it would’ve been a very viable commodity. These days? I don’t think so.

“I like to mix dark humour and drama, and for some reason these days things are very compartmentalised. A lot of independent films, they either make something so weird that it’s inaccessible, or they make it squeaky clean so that it just scratches the surface of some heavy subject.”

The 63-year-old, who has another two Oscar nominations to his name, hasn’t directed a film since 2012’s all-star Jayne Mansfield’s Car, which starred Kevin Bacon, Robert Duvall and the late John Hurt.

However, he’s got plenty more ideas and hasn’t written off making another flick.

“It’s that I just don’t know if the audience, or the studios, or the financial backers have any interest in hearing my stories. Because most of my stuff is based on southern literature and my experiences and … I dunno,” he sighed.

“I mean, it would be great if I could make a movie for just 25 people,” he added with a laugh. “But it’s hard to find anybody to give you money for that.”

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Christina Ricci hid her love for John Cusack while filming Distorted

Christina Ricci managed to hide her love for John Cusack while the pair filmed their latest movie.The Hollywood stars both have roles in Rob W. King’s Distorted, which is a mystery thriller about a woman who moves into a technologically advanced ‘smart…

Christina Ricci managed to hide her love for John Cusack while the pair filmed their latest movie.

The Hollywood stars both have roles in Rob W. King’s Distorted, which is a mystery thriller about a woman who moves into a technologically advanced ‘smart apartment,’ but is unknowingly being brainwashed by the property itself. And though she is a huge fan of one of John’s most famous movies, Say Anything, Christina vowed to be professional on set.

“No (I didn’t tell him I was a fan),” the 38-year-old insisted. “When I was doing the second Addams Family, Joan (Cusack, John’s sister) took me to meet him. He had an office on the Paramount lot, while we were shooting, so I felt like he knew already. I just tried to be cool and respectful, and a good scene partner.”

Christina’s mind was focused on her particularly challenging lead role as Lauren, who is managing her bipolar disorder as well as being tormented by the state-of-the-art home.

“I familiarised myself with what version of emotional issue or mental stability we were going to go with for this character,” the Monster star explained. “I think the challenges and the stuff you dread is the emotional breakdown scenes. And then, there was the added element of reacting to memory. There’s a camera in front of you and 30 people, and everyone’s just being really quiet and you’re doing stuff. You have to really throw out any self-consciousness you have, and that element can be really daunting.”

The actress admitted that the dark script was even harder to portray due to her typically good nature.

“The more dark and dramatic the thing that I’m filming, the lighter I am, in general, to balance that out on set. When we shot Monster, all Charlize (Theron) and I did was giggle, the entire time, to balance out how dark the material was,” she recalled.

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