Carolyn Murphy calls out ‘layers’ of abuse in fashion industry

Carolyn Murphy has taken aim at the “layers” of abuse which occur within the fashion industry.The Florida-born model rose to fame in the late 1990s, when she was selected as one of the ‘Modern Muses’ for the November 1999 cover of U.S. Vogue and fronte…

Carolyn Murphy has taken aim at the “layers” of abuse which occur within the fashion industry.

The Florida-born model rose to fame in the late 1990s, when she was selected as one of the ‘Modern Muses’ for the November 1999 cover of U.S. Vogue and fronted the campaign for Calvin Klein’s perfume Contradiction.

Recently, Murphy has become a vocal advocate of the #MeToo movement – having once been the target of inappropriate behaviour by a photographer – and has spoken about the darker side of the industry in a chat with Harper’s Bazaar Australia.

“The whole mental experience of it can be really unhealthy,” she said of modelling, before going on to emphasise that it isn’t just about photographers targeting models. “You have people in the industry who abuse their power from all sides. It’s not just males trying to coerce young women into bed; there are so many other layers of abuse. Even female editors are making girls feel terrible about themselves, there are agents who judge you … The #MeToo movement has opened our eyes to an unfortunate part of the industry that needed to be exposed, but there’s a lot more there.”

Elsewhere in the cover interview for the September 2019 issue, Murphy discussed her longevity in the fashion business and comparisons to her idol, supermodel Christy Turlington.

She also spoke about being a single mother to her 18-year-old daughter Dylan and what it is like to be an independent woman in 2019.

“It’s never a bad thing, but not always a great thing,” the 44-year-old mused.

Carine Roitfeld, Celine Dion, Kate Moss, Alicia Keys and actress Margaret Qualley also appear in the latest issue of the magazine.

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Barry Jenkins to direct biopic about dance legend Alvin Ailey

Barry Jenkins is set to bring the life of choreographer Alvin Ailey to the big screen.The Moonlight director has signed on to helm the as-yet-untitled production, which was first announced by executives at Fox Searchlight in March 2018. Taking to Twi…

Barry Jenkins is set to bring the life of choreographer Alvin Ailey to the big screen.

The Moonlight director has signed on to helm the as-yet-untitled production, which was first announced by executives at Fox Searchlight in March 2018.

Taking to Twitter on Monday to share his excitement over the film, Jenkins wrote, “Beyond proud and humbled to have the opportunity to bring Brother Ailey’s life to the screen alongside (writer Julian Breece) @julianbreece and my partners at @WePastel, @foxsearchlight and the wonderful folks of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.”

According to editors at Deadline, the project will be based on Jennifer Dunning’s 1996 book, Alvin Ailey: A Life in Dance, and will delve into the life of the African-American dance choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City and is often credited with popularising modern dance.

Singer Alicia Keys will produce the film with Susan Lewis under their AK Worldwide production banner, along with Judy Kinberg, Rachel Cohen and Jana Edelbaum from iDeal Partners. The producers will team with Robert Battle and Emerita Judith Jamison, artistic directors at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater too, with the biopic receiving approval from officials at The Ailey Organization.

Ailey joined The Horton Dance Company in 1953 at the age of 22 and made his debut in Revue Le Bal Caribe before going on to perform in several Hollywood films.

He formed his own group in 1958, with his dance style influenced by ballet, modern dance, jazz and African dance techniques.

Ailey died at the age of 58 in 1989, from HIV/AIDS, and in 2014, was selected by U.S. President Barack Obama as a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

A release date for the film has yet to be announced.

Jenkins, who won an Oscar for 2016’s Moonlight, most recently made Academy Award-winning drama If Beale Street Could Talk and is currently gearing up to direct episodes of TV series The Underground Railroad.

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Demi Moore returns to exercise routine after four-year workout break

Demi Moore has returned to her exercise regime after taking a four-year break from working out.The Ghost actress took to Instagram earlier this week to share a video of her doing a dance routine in front of an interactive mirror known as the Mirror. …

Demi Moore has returned to her exercise regime after taking a four-year break from working out.

The Ghost actress took to Instagram earlier this week to share a video of her doing a dance routine in front of an interactive mirror known as the Mirror.

“I haven’t exercised in, like, over four years,” she admitted in the footage before launching into a warmup. “So, this gonna be my next jam. Here I go. Wish me luck!”

Demi captioned the post by sharing her plan to do a 15-minute workout but confessed, “I am stalling!”

Later, she uploaded a second video showing her performing the moves in the dance cardio routine and told fans that her debut session “flew by” and added hashtags including #LovingLife, #BackInAction, #TightenUp and #GIJane, a reference to her 1997 film, in which she portrayed a super fit soldier.

The Mirror is a full-length mirror, which when turned on, allows users to follow along to an exercise instructor. Other celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Ellen DeGeneres, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston have all praised the product, though it is priced at $1,495 (£1,180) and has a $39 (£30) per month subscription fee, which gives users unlimited live and on-demand workouts.

Demi’s new workout plan comes just over a month after she confirmed that her memoir, to be titled Inside Out, will be released in September.

Described as a “story of survival, success, and surrender,” the book will delve into her high-profile relationships, successful acting career, battle with addiction, body image issues, and parenthood.

“As much as her story is about adversity, it is also about tremendous resilience,” a synopsis reads. “In this deeply candid and reflective memoir, Demi pulls back the curtain and opens up about her career and personal life-laying bare her tumultuous relationship with her mother, her marriages, her struggles balancing stardom with raising a family, and her journey toward open-heartedness.”

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Jennifer Hudson’s hairstylist offers up tricks to taming natural curls

Jennifer Hudson’s hairstylist, Tippi Shorter, is divulging the secret to the Oscar winner’s flawless red carpet looks. Shorter, who has also worked with Rihanna, Yara Shahidi and Alicia Keys, has mastered styling naturally curly hair and is the curren…

Jennifer Hudson’s hairstylist, Tippi Shorter, is divulging the secret to the Oscar winner’s flawless red carpet looks.

Shorter, who has also worked with Rihanna, Yara Shahidi and Alicia Keys, has mastered styling naturally curly hair and is the current president of hair extension company Her Imports.

She admits she has learned first hand which products to use to create show-stopping manes.

First and foremost, Shorter advises using a preparation serum that can be worked into the hair in order to keep strands healthy. Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse is her go-to product for shorter hair that neutralises a dry or irritated scalp, while cleansing any type of hair.

Next, she recommends Mizani True Textures Cleansing Cream Conditioner, which hydrates all types of hair – naturally straight, curly or chemically straightened. Applying Apple Cider Vinegar Leave-In Hair Therapy is also key, since the spray untangles hair. These steps ensure her clients’ locks are easy to work with.

When it comes to minimising frizz, Shorter insists on using Mizani True Textures Twist and Coil Jelly and Argan Oil Therapy, which moisturises the hair and scalp and can also be used hydrate dry skin. Last but not least, she suggests an Ion Ceramic Blow Dryer is a key tool to make sure hair maintains its bounce.

With over 30,000 followers on Instagram, the hair guru has used her growing platform to advocate for women with textured hair, often expressing her dismay at the limited number of products available.

“There are so many companies that are so late to the game with products for curly hair,” she told Fashion Magazine in August, noting African-American women are often discouraged from wearing their hair naturally.

“A lot of people think wearing your natural hair is always a political statement, but sometimes people just want to wear their hair the way it grows out of their head. If there’s been a shift, it’s other people’s perception of why someone would want to wear their natural hair.”

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Sofia Vergara models Stella McCartney lingerie for breast cancer awareness

Actress Sofia Vergara is showing off her assets in Stella McCartney lingerie to raise breast cancer awareness. The Modern Family star, who is known for her curvaceous figure, is lending her support to the fashion designer’s annual campaign, urging her…

Actress Sofia Vergara is showing off her assets in Stella McCartney lingerie to raise breast cancer awareness.

The Modern Family star, who is known for her curvaceous figure, is lending her support to the fashion designer’s annual campaign, urging her fellow females to pay close attention to changes in their bodies and to undergo regular health checks.

Sofia, 46, poses in a limited edition pink lace bra and brief set for the new ads, and she shared the first snap from the two-part campaign on Instagram on Monday (24Sep18).

“I am proud to support @StellaMcCartney’s annual #BreastCancerAwareness campaign wearing the ‘Rose Romancing’ lingerie set to remind and encourage everyone to get checked and as a woman, to love and celebrate our breasts,” she captioned the image.

The Rose Romancing items go on sale on 1 October (18), with proceeds split between three cancer screening facilities across the U.S. and U.K, including the Linda McCartney Centre in Liverpool, England, which offers some of the most advanced and innovative breast cancer treatments available. The building was named in honour of Stella’s photographer mother, who died from the disease in 1998 at the age of 56.

The Colombian actress, who successfully fought thyroid cancer when she was 28, has been outspoken about the need for regular breast screenings and last year (17), documented her mammogram on social media to show fans the procedure was nothing to be afraid about.

Vergara follows in the footsteps of singer Alicia Keys, who was tapped to front the 2017 Stella McCartney Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. The cause is also one close to the Empire State of Mind hitmaker’s heart as her mother, Teresa Augello, previously overcame a battle with the disease.

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Swizz Beatz teaming with Faith Connexion on capsule collection

Swizz Beatz is collaborating with French label Faith Connexion on a capsule collection.The hip-hop star, real name Kasseem Dean, released his debut album One Man Band Man in 2007 and has since gone on to work with a number of stars, including Beyonce, …

Swizz Beatz is collaborating with French label Faith Connexion on a capsule collection.

The hip-hop star, real name Kasseem Dean, released his debut album One Man Band Man in 2007 and has since gone on to work with a number of stars, including Beyonce, JAY-Z, Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes and his wife Alicia Keys.

Over the years, Swizz has also built up a reputation for his edgy personal style and he’s now putting his flair for fashion to work for contemporary brand Faith Connexion.

“I love being partners with Faith because it’s the brand of freedom and the future,” he said in a statement, according to WWD.

Swizz’s line is made up of 11 pieces, including T-shirts, leather jackets, hoodies and tracksuits.

Many of the garments feature the artwork of African-American artist Nina Chanel Abney, who is known for use of symbols and bright colours.

“It’s also an honour to be working with the amazing Nina Chanel, who is a true artist in every form,” the 39-year-old smiled.

The collection will debut at Faith Connexion’s spring/summer 2019 presentation in Paris on Thursday (21Jun18), with the designs set to hit stores later in the year.

Regarding the collaboration, Faith Connexion president Maria Buccellati shared that the concept emerged organically, with brand bosses having previously worked with a number of artists and popular brands.

Specifically, the company has released collections with the likes of Italian streetwear label Kappa, French brand K-Way, artists Austin Blaisdell and Vincent Dacquin, DJ and Instagram star Sita Abellan, as well as leather jacket designer Pierre Rioufol.

In addition to his Faith Connexion gig, Swizz also acts as one of the faces of sportswear giant Reebok.

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‘No make-up’ champion Alicia Keys still loves cosmetics

Alicia Keys loves red lipstick, despite her association with the ‘no make-up’ movement.The singer has been a figurehead for the trend since 2016 when she wrote an essay about embracing natural beauty for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter titled “Time to U…

Alicia Keys loves red lipstick, despite her association with the ‘no make-up’ movement.

The singer has been a figurehead for the trend since 2016 when she wrote an essay about embracing natural beauty for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter titled “Time to Uncover”, and in January (18) garnered much praise when she flaunted a bare complexion on the Grammys red carpet.

In spite of her newfound reputation, Alicia insists she hasn’t given up on cosmetics all together.

“Sometimes, I want some damn make-up, and I’m going to wear it!” she said in an interview with Variety. “Guess what — if I want to wear red lipstick and put eyelashes on, I can do whatever I f**king want. I am the creator of my own destiny.”

In fact, the No One hitmaker is still taken aback that her decision to go make-up free has been hailed as such a revolutionary action.

“Suddenly it was a movement, and I don’t even know what that means,” the 37-year-old admitted. “It doesn’t have anything to do with make-up or no make-up. It has to do with who are you, what makes you feel good, how do you want to express that and even just asking the questions — ‘What do I feel?’ ‘How do I feel good?’ However that is, you should do it.”

Though Alicia now appears to be comfortable in her own skin, she went on to share that, like many other female artists, she was plagued by the same insecurities that affect many women working in the entertainment industry.

“We’re supposed to be this big, and so tiny, and so skinny. If we have any hips or any thickness or width with us, we’re fat. We torture ourselves; we don’t eat. I’ve experienced all of that,” the songwriter recalled. “If you go to work without make-up, it’s like, ‘Are you tired? You look tired.’ And it’s like, ‘I’m not f**king tired!’”

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Alicia Keys to produce Alvin Ailey biopic

Alicia Keys is to produce a biopic about the life of choreographer Alvin Ailey.The singer-songwriter is partnering with executives at Fox Searchlight on the upcoming project, which will be based on Jennifer Dunning’s 1996 book, Alvin Ailey: A Life in D…

Alicia Keys is to produce a biopic about the life of choreographer Alvin Ailey.

The singer-songwriter is partnering with executives at Fox Searchlight on the upcoming project, which will be based on Jennifer Dunning’s 1996 book, Alvin Ailey: A Life in Dance.

Ailey was an African-American dance choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City and is often credited with popularising modern dance. His signature work, titled Revelations, drew upon his upbringing in Texas, as well as blues, spiritual and gospel music.

Keys will produce the film with Susan Lewis under their AK Worldwide production banner, along with Judy Kinberg, Rachel Cohen and Jana Edelbaum from iDeal Partners. The producers will team with Robert Battle and Emerita Judith Jamison, artistic directors at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, with the biopic receiving approval from officials at The Ailey Organization.

“We are thrilled to be working with these incredible partners to bring to the screen the amazing journey and revolutionary choreography of Alvin Ailey, whose life and legacy profoundly impacted people of all backgrounds around the world,” said Battle in a statement, according to Deadline.

Ailey joined The Horton Dance Company in 1953 at the age of 22 and made his debut in Revue Le Bal Caribe before going on to perform in several Hollywood films.

He formed his own group, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958, with his dance style influenced by ballet, modern dance, jazz and African dance techniques. In 1977, Ailey was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988. He died at the age of 58 in 1989, from HIV/AIDS, and in 2014, was selected by U.S. President Barack Obama as a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

A title or release date for the film has yet to be announced.

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