Rihanna collaborates with i-D magazine on special issue

Rihanna has teamed up with editors at i-D magazine to create a limited-edition issue.Bosses at the publication announced on Monday that they had collaborated with the fashion and beauty mogul to create the one-off special issue, dubbed the “Rihannazine…

Rihanna has teamed up with editors at i-D magazine to create a limited-edition issue.

Bosses at the publication announced on Monday that they had collaborated with the fashion and beauty mogul to create the one-off special issue, dubbed the “Rihannazine”, which celebrates “her ceaseless reign on the worlds of fashion, beauty and music” and their 40th anniversary.

“For me, this very special issue of i-D represents change and culture,” Rihanna said of the project in a statement. “It is dedicated to some of the people who are progressively reshaping the communities across fashion, music, art, and activism – creating a more inclusive and diverse future.”

Rihanna appears on the front and back cover of the publication, with the images showing her posing in clothing from her Fenty fashion brand. All photographs in the 144-page visually-driven magazine were shot by Mario Sorrenti.

She also helped Alastair McKimm, editor-in-chief of i-D, handpick 43 “incredible people” who have had an “inspirational and progressive impact across culture, art, fashion, and activism” to appear in the magazine. They include models Bella and Gigi Hadid, Paloma Elsesser, and Adwoa Aboah, screenwriter Lena Waithe, Euphoria actress Alexa Demie, and writers Roxane Gay and Zadie Smith, and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke. To accompany the publication, videos of Rihanna interviewing some of the stars will be posted on i-D’s Instagram page throughout the week.

“Working with Rihanna, we handpicked the people featured in this project for many different reasons; they may all represent different things but what unites them is everyone featured in these pages is incredibly inspirational,” said McKimm. “They are artists, writers, activists, musicians, and women on the front lines of the fashion industry.”

The special issue will have a limited print run of 5,000 copies, which can be purchased from 27 January.

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Sofia Carson tapped as face of Revlon

Sofia Carson has been named as Revlon’s new global brand ambassador.Bosses at the U.S. cosmetics giant announced on Thursday that the rising star, known for appearing in Disney Channel movie franchise Descendants, has signed on as the face of Revlon Co…

Sofia Carson has been named as Revlon’s new global brand ambassador.

Bosses at the U.S. cosmetics giant announced on Thursday that the rising star, known for appearing in Disney Channel movie franchise Descendants, has signed on as the face of Revlon ColorStay Foundation, Super Lustrous Lipstick, and ColorStay Eyeliner. Sofia’s campaigns will debut later this year, and accordingly, she couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the iconic beauty brand.

“Since I can remember, one of my favourite places in the world was my mom’s vanity, where I discovered my love of fashion, beauty and the perfect red Revlon lipstick. I wore it at my very first dance recital and every recital, performance and dance competition after that. I felt invincible on stage in my red lipstick, like I could do and be anything,” she commented. “I’m so proud to join the other incredible Revlon ambassadors who inspire me and countless women around the world. Revlon’s Live Boldly platform speaks to the woman I was raised to be; a woman who is fearlessly herself, and who boldly fights for her dreams.”

Sofia joins the likes of Gal Gadot, Ashley Graham, Adwoa Aboah, and Eniola Abioro in representing Revlon.

And Silvia Galfo, Revlon’s global brand president, is certain the 26-year-old will be a natural fit for the company.

“I have watched Sofia evolve into a passionate, dynamic woman with a sparkling personality and infectious positive energy that touches everything she does from her acting and music projects to her commitment to charitable causes,” she added. “She’s the embodiment of our Live Boldly spirit.”

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Adut Akech thrilled to win Model of the Year at The Fashion Awards 2019

Adut Akech has shared her excitement over winning the Model of the Year award at The Fashion Awards 2019.The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, is quickly building up a reputation as one to watch in the fashion indust…

Adut Akech has shared her excitement over winning the Model of the Year award at The Fashion Awards 2019.

The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, is quickly building up a reputation as one to watch in the fashion industry, having walked the runway for the likes of Valentino, Givenchy, Prada, and Versace.

At the British Fashion Council’s annual prizegiving on Monday night, Adut was named Model of the Year, beating out other top models Adesuwa Aighewi, Adwoa Aboah, Kaia Gerber, and Winnie Harlow, and she later took to Instagram to celebrate her achievement.

“2019 MODEL OF THE YEAR,” she wrote. “Meet the South Sudanese refugee who comes from nothing, who become (sic) your 2019 Model of The Year last night. I F**KING DID IT!!!”

Adut was presented her prize by British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli and looked stunning in an emerald green Valentino gown.

During her acceptance speech, she told the audience, “It is important for all of us to remember that someone like me winning this award is a rarity… This is for the young women and men who found representation and validation in my work. I want them to never be afraid of dreaming big like I once did.”

Accordingly, a number of the 19-year-old’s celebrity followers praised her win in the Instagram comments, including Lily Aldridge, Irina Shayk, Elle Macpherson, Karlie Kloss, Shanina Shaik, and Elsa Hosk.

Karen Elson wrote, “You did it. You deserve it! You’re incredible,” Natalia Vodianova gushed, “You worked so hard, baby girl. Congrats,” and Amber Valletta added, “So, so happy for you! Well-deserved beauty.”

While Adut’s mentor Naomi Campbell sweetly commented, “So deserved my baby @adutakech. I Love you.”

Naomi was also feted on the night, taking home the prestigious Fashion Icon accolade.

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Adwoa Aboah and David Beckham launch fashion apprenticeship

Adwoa Aboah and David Beckham have unveiled the British Fashion Council’s new apprenticeship scheme.The 27-year-old model, who is the BFC’s Ambassador for Positive Fashion, and the soccer star, who serves as the BFC Ambassadorial President, launched th…

Adwoa Aboah and David Beckham have unveiled the British Fashion Council’s new apprenticeship scheme.

The 27-year-old model, who is the BFC’s Ambassador for Positive Fashion, and the soccer star, who serves as the BFC Ambassadorial President, launched the Fashion Studio Apprenticeship during a visit at Prendergast Vale School in Lewisham, south London on Monday.

“I am proud to be part of an industry that has so many facets to it,” said Aboah of the initiative. “The Fashion Studio Apprenticeship is proof that not every role in fashion needs an academic degree and that our industry is one that is open to everyone, no matter their background. It is fantastic to be able to support this initiative as part of my role as BFC Ambassador for Positive Fashion.”

Formulated with a group of fashion employers and BFC officials, apprentices will begin by spending time in a studio to learn how a collection is created. They will then spend six months as an assistant, working with a team that creates a range, before undertaking a further 12 months in a specialised area of the business, choosing between product development and production, sales and operations, or fashion marketing and communication.

At the end of the apprenticeship, participants will be required to undertake a work-based project and a practical test.

And Beckham, 44, added that he wanted to encourage students to consider arts education and the creative industries when making decisions about their future.

“Fashion is an industry that should be open to everyone – no matter what their background is or where they are from. I hope that this new apprenticeship programme from the BFC will give even more kids the chance to thrive and be creative. We have such an amazing fashion industry in this country, it’s something we should really be proud of and protect,” he commented.

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Adwoa Aboah teaming with British Fashion Council on mentorship programme

Adwoa Aboah is partnering with the British Fashion Council (BFC) on a mentorship programme.The model has quickly risen up the ranks of the fashion industry, landing gigs for the likes of Calvin Klein, Fendi, Alexander Wang, Kenzo, and Erdem. Aboah is a…

Adwoa Aboah is partnering with the British Fashion Council (BFC) on a mentorship programme.

The model has quickly risen up the ranks of the fashion industry, landing gigs for the likes of Calvin Klein, Fendi, Alexander Wang, Kenzo, and Erdem.

Aboah is also using her platform to promote Gurls Talk, an organisation for young women, and next up, she will be launching an initiative to highlight the many different opportunities and careers in fashion and empower young people from all backgrounds to get involved in the creative industries.

“The mentoring programme will involve five key industry mentors, coupled with one mentee each, who will work together over a period of four months,” a BFC spokesperson commented. “The programme is open to any young people 18+ starting their careers in the fashion industry or aspiring to do so; no academic background is required.”

The mentors, who have been chosen from a wide spectrum of careers throughout the industry, include Aboah’s mother, Camilla Lowther, who founded management agency CLM. Other mentors include Campbell Addy, founder of Nii Agency & Niijournal, Ibrahim Kamara, stylist and senior fashion editor at large for i-D, Natalie Kingham, buying director at Matches Fashion, and British Vogue’s executive fashion news editor, Olivia Singer.

The experts will be paired with a mentee chosen through the BFC and the 27-year-old’s networks and meet for four two-hour sessions during the four-month period.

In addition, Aboah will once again be serving as a BFC Ambassador for Positive Fashion, with her focus for the following year to be on education and inspiring young people to get involved in the fashion industry.

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Ashley Graham honoured to walk in fashion show while pregnant

Ashley Graham was honoured to walk in Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya’s New York Fashion Week show while pregnant. The model announced she was expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin back in August, and she hasn’t been letting pregnancy get in t…

Ashley Graham was honoured to walk in Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya’s New York Fashion Week show while pregnant.

The model announced she was expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin back in August, and she hasn’t been letting pregnancy get in the way of her busy schedule.

The 31-year-old made her first catwalk appearance since announcing the exciting news during the Tommy X Zendaya presentation outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Sunday night and rocked a black polka dot dress with a thigh-high slit and oversized belt, six-inch heels, houndstooth scarf, and hat.

Sharing snaps from the runway on her Instagram account, Ashley gushed over the experience.

“What a night!! This show was so memorable, exhilarating and truly inspiring @tommyhilfiger @zendaya & @luxurylaw, thank you for including me!” she wrote in the caption. “I am so grateful and proud to have been a part of such an incredible show. Thank you for honouring the importance of inclusion by representing so many different women on your runway and showing that beauty comes in many forms. I could have never imagined the feeling of walking a runway pregnant, it was truly an honour for us to be there!”

Euphoria actress Zendaya thanked Ashley for her appearance in the comments, adding, “It was an honour.” British model Adwoa Aboah posted, “HERO!!! Preggerzzzz Goals (sic)”, while Lily Aldridge wrote, “Yessssssss so major!!!”

In addition to the show, Ashley was sat front row at Christian Siriano’s spring 2020 presentation and attended a Harper’s Bazaar party.

The second and final part of designer Hilfiger’s collaboration with Zendaya was a nod to the ’70s and featured a diverse range of models including Leomie Anderson, Winnie Harlow, Soo Joo Park, Halima Aden, and Candice Swanepoel.

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Adwoa Aboah opens up about struggle with acne

Adwoa Aboah has opened up about her ongoing battle with acne and breakouts in a candid social media post.Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, the British model bravely published photos she had taken of her skin over the last two to three years, and in the a…

Adwoa Aboah has opened up about her ongoing battle with acne and breakouts in a candid social media post.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, the British model bravely published photos she had taken of her skin over the last two to three years, and in the accompanying caption, wrote about her struggle to maintain a clear complexion.

“Only ever meant for my eyes in order to obsessively scrutinise over my up and down battle with my skin,” she shared of the snaps. “Some days it was acne, some days it wasn’t too bad, then mass breakouts followed by clear as day skin. It was exhausting never knowing what your skin was going to look like from one day to another, it was even more exhausting caring so much, about what work thought or if people noticed.”

Some days, Aboah was so ashamed of her breakouts that she apologised to make-up artists on photoshoots.

“Constantly apologising whilst sat in front of a mirror for something that was out of my control, obsessing over my skin to a point that was very unhealthy at the best of times,” the 27-year-old added.

Aboah, who is the founder of Gurls Talk, posted about her skincare battle to promote her social media theme for September, which will be focused on skin and body.

“This month, as much as I can, I will be posting those photos, not because my skin is the worst you’ve ever seen but because it feels time to let that s**t go, time to join forces with a community who bare their pimples for the world to see,” she concluded.

Aboah’s post quickly drew the attention of her celebrity friends, with Stella Maxwell, Arizona Muse, and Paloma Faith all praising her honesty.

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Adwoa Aboah: ‘Gurls Talk has transformed my life’

Adwoa Aboah’s work with her groundbreaking organisation Gurls Talk has completely transformed her life.The model first started Gurls Talk back in 2015 on Instagram, and it has since expanded into an online community which provides a safe space for youn…

Adwoa Aboah’s work with her groundbreaking organisation Gurls Talk has completely transformed her life.

The model first started Gurls Talk back in 2015 on Instagram, and it has since expanded into an online community which provides a safe space for young women to discuss mental health, sexuality, education, and gender identity.

Aboah discussed her advocacy for inclusivity and equality in September’s issue of British Vogue, which has been guest-edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and the 27-year-old shared that founding the online platform was a life-changing moment.

“Being an advocate has transformed my life. It’s so cheesy to say, but I really feel like this is what I was meant to do. My sensitivity, my co-dependency, all these things that were maybe sometimes looked at – or maybe I looked at – in a negative way are all things that I use for my advocacy… Gurls Talk has completely changed my life,” Aboah shared.

The website provides podcasts, seminars, conferences and online forums covering a variety of topics including sex, finances, gender, education and getting on the property ladder. It also has a safe space in which women can anonymously ask for help and get free legal advice.

Aboah also shared how she plans to expand Gurls Talk in the future and wants to introduce the online community in schools.

“I hope to do a school tour towards the end of the year. That’s where I’ve always wanted Gurls Talk to be. One day it would be great to have a centre. When I dream about it, it is a classroom filled with girls who have an hour a week to talk and be educated on all those things the curriculum doesn’t give you,” she told Vogue.

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Duchess of Sussex wants to shift focus away from ‘superficial’ fashion with British Vogue issue

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex aimed to switch the focus from “superficial” fashion to deeper, more substantial content with her issue of British Vogue magazine. The British royal guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the fashion bible with the help of…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex aimed to switch the focus from “superficial” fashion to deeper, more substantial content with her issue of British Vogue magazine.

The British royal guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the fashion bible with the help of editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, and in her letter to readers, the 37-year-old outlined her aims for the Forces for Change edition, revealing that she wanted to focus on internal beauty rather external, deeper issues rather than superficial fashion pieces, and feature designers talking about their heritage rather than their clothes.

“I had read a book many moons ago called The Four-Chambered Heart, by Anais Nin, which had a quote that has always resonated with me: ‘I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living,'” she wrote. “For this issue, I imagined, why would we swim in the shallow end of the pool when we could go to the deep end? A metaphor for life, as well as for this issue. Let’s be braver. Let’s go a bit deeper.

“That’s what Edward and I have aimed to achieve. An issue of both substance and levity. It is, after all, the September issue of British Vogue, and an opportunity to further diversify what that typically represents.”

Although she had control over many aspects of the magazine, such as which Commonwealth designers, ethical and sustainable brands were featured, the former actress did concede that there would still be adverts in the issue.

“There is one caveat for you to remember: this is a magazine. It’s still a business, after all,” Meghan stated. “I share that to manage expectations for you: there will be advertising sections that are requisite for every issue, so while I feel confident that you’ll feel my thumbprint on most pages, please know that there are elements that just come with the territory. The overall sentiment I hope you’ll find, however, will be one of positivity, kindness, humour and inclusivity.”

Meghan also ensured she displayed that “spirit of inclusivity” and diversity on the cover, which features 15 women including model and activist Adwoa Aboah, Christy Turlington, and actress Jane Fonda.

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Adut Akech surprised to learn of Duchess of Sussex’s involvement in Vogue issue

Adut Akech only found out Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had chosen her for British Vogue’s Forces for Change issue when she recently received a surprise call from the royal.The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, appears o…

Adut Akech only found out Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had chosen her for British Vogue’s Forces for Change issue when she recently received a surprise call from the royal.

The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, appears on the September 2019 issue of British Vogue alongside 14 other trailblazing women including Adwoa Aboah, Christy Turlington, and Jane Fonda.

The issue, entitled Forces for Change, was guest-edited by the actress-turned-royal, who began working with editor-in-chief Edward Enninful in January, but Akech had no idea she was involved in the cover until she received a phone call from the Duchess herself last week.

“Feeling so extremely honoured and proud to be on the September 2019 Issue cover of @britishvogue #forcesofchange along side the most inspirational women I know,” the 19-year-old wrote on Instagram. “A few nights ago I got one of the best surprise, a phone call from The Duchess of Sussex herself to tell me she was the guest-editor of this issue. She told me that she finds me and my story so inspiring and those words I will never forget for the rest of my life. The thought of being chosen by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal and @edward_enninful as one the fifteenth amazing women looked as the #Forcesofchange completely blows my mind!

“Thank you @edward_enninful… and your entire team at British Vogue for recognising me. What this moment means to me I can’t explain in words.”

The cover stars, also including actresses Yara Shadidi, Salma Hayek and Laverne Cox, were photographed by Peter Lindbergh in studios in London and New York, with the exception of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

According to Lindbergh, the Duchess instructed him over the phone to show the women as their natural selves.

“My instructions from the Duchess were clear: ‘I want to see freckles!'” he said. “Well, that was like running through open doors for me. I love freckles.”

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