Joan Smalls ‘overwhelmed’ by support for fashion industry critique

Joan Smalls has been left “overwhelmed” by the support she has received for calling out the fashion industry for not doing enough to support the Black Lives Matter movement.On Thursday, the Puerto Rico-born model posted a lengthy video on Instagram in …

Joan Smalls has been left “overwhelmed” by the support she has received for calling out the fashion industry for not doing enough to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

On Thursday, the Puerto Rico-born model posted a lengthy video on Instagram in which she criticised the fashion industry for simply “jumping on the bandwagon” by supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and urged industry leaders to take action to address the racism and inequality that she has experienced during her modelling career. Smalls said it feeds “the beast of racism and inequality” and called on leaders to give people of colour “a real seat at the table”.

Her fellow models heaped praise on her in the comments, with Kendall Jenner, Imaan Hammam, Lily Aldridge, Duckie Thot, Karen Elson, and Ashley Graham all writing supportive messages. They also spread the word by sharing the video on their Instagram Stories, with Cara Delevingne and British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful also posting it on their timelines with gushing captions.

Uploading the video on their respective Instagram Stories, Amber Valletta wrote, “Listen up fashion family (praying hands emoji) Take Action,” Alton Mason posted, “I love you Joan! We in this together (sic). Thank you Queen @joansmalls,” while Victoria’s Secret star Jasmine Tookes stated, “Our stories will be heard… Very well said @joansmalls… Couldn’t agree more & have had all of the same experiences.”

Hours later, the 31-year-old, who also pledged to donate half her income for the rest of 2020 towards organisations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, wrote a message on her own Stories timeline to explain how much the positive reaction has meant to her.

“I’m truly overwhelmed by the support and the love shown. To my friends, to my family and my Gaaaang! I love you more then (sic) you’ll ever know. I was nervous about this and had a lot of sleepless nights, so my heart is def touched,” she commented.

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Amber Valletta was once confronted by Carla Bruni over her behaviour

Amber Valletta was once confronted by Carla Bruni after she was rude to her at a fashion show.The American model was part of the first-ever group of supermodels in the 1990s, alongside the likes of Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Kate Moss, Helena …

Amber Valletta was once confronted by Carla Bruni after she was rude to her at a fashion show.

The American model was part of the first-ever group of supermodels in the 1990s, alongside the likes of Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Kate Moss, Helena Christensen, and Claudia Schiffer, walking the runways for fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent and Versace.

In a new interview with Telegraph Magazine, Amber remembered how Italian-French model Carla was very welcoming to her when she was starting out, however, also noted that she felt her wrath when she appeared to be rather aloof at one event.

“She was a very gracious woman. The first time she saw me in a fashion show, she came up and introduced herself,” the star recalled. “I remember a season or two later, after I’d hit my stride and was probably feeling a little bit big for my breeches, I walked into a room and didn’t say hello to her. She came over and said, ‘Don’t be impolite.’ And I really heard it.'”

Amber then reminisced about her modelling days in the ’90s and reflected on how different the industry was back then.

“I don’t have anything bad to say. Everybody’s experience is different (but) for me it was one of the most creative and interesting and fun times that fashion has ever really been in. It was a much smaller industry and it was before social media… What a gift to be a part of that era,” she shared.

Despite being one of the most famous faces in the world, Amber also confessed she doesn’t always want to have her picture taken, especially when she’s approached while out and about.

“I don’t feel like it’s an annoyance. I try to be kind and humble and generous. But I’m a human being: sometimes I’m tired. I don’t always want to have my picture taken,” the 46-year-old stated.

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Amber Valletta appointed British Vogue’s sustainability editor

Amber Valletta has been named as British Vogue’s first-ever sustainability editor. The model/activist is known for championing sustainability, environmental protection, and speaking out against waste and climate change, with her even getting arrested …

Amber Valletta has been named as British Vogue’s first-ever sustainability editor.

The model/activist is known for championing sustainability, environmental protection, and speaking out against waste and climate change, with her even getting arrested at the Fire Drill Fridays climate change protest in Washington D.C. last year.

Valletta, 46, will now be putting her passion to good use in her new role as contributing sustainability editor, a new position at the publication. She will report to editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and help drive the magazine’s coverage about sustainability and the fashion industry’s impact on the environment.

“British Vogue is disrupting the entire fashion industry and it’s never been a more exciting time to join Edward and the team as contributing sustainability editor to support the positive conversations happening across the industry right now. I look forward to driving the momentum forward on sustainability at British Vogue,” she said in a statement.

Enninful added that he was thrilled to have Valletta onboard, given her level of expertise in the area.

“I’m thrilled to have Amber Valletta join British Vogue as contributing sustainability editor, honouring the British Vogue values of challenging the status quo, where she will help to shape and change conversations around the most pressing issue of our time: sustainability,” he shared. “Amber’s expertise around key environmental issues mixed with her love of fashion makes her the perfect voice to drive these conversations forward.”

Valletta follows in the footsteps of Livia Firth, co-founder and creative director of Eco-Age and founder of the Green Carpet Challenge, who was given a similar position at Vogue Arabia earlier this year. Designer Stella McCartney is also a sustainability adviser for luxury goods conglomerate Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH).

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Ashley Graham shares photo of postpartum body

Ashley Graham has candidly discussed the realities of postpartum recovery following the birth of her first child.The model welcomed a son named Isaac with her husband Justin Ervin on 18 January, and taking to Instagram on Monday, shared a snap of herse…

Ashley Graham has candidly discussed the realities of postpartum recovery following the birth of her first child.

The model welcomed a son named Isaac with her husband Justin Ervin on 18 January, and taking to Instagram on Monday, shared a snap of herself posing in a bathroom while wearing a black top and grey disposable underwear.

“Raise your hand if you didn’t know you’d be changing your own diapers too,” she joked, as she sang the praises of disposable underwear. “No one talks about the recovery and healing (yes even the messy parts) new moms go through. I wanted to show you guys that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies!”

Noting that it’s “been tough”, Ashley thanked her friends for helping her to talk honestly about her recovery after childbirth. She also wants other women to feel confident enough to discuss their own experiences.

“It’s unbelievable the obstacles we still face talking about what women really go through,” the 32-year-old added.

Ashley’s famous friends rallied round to leave supportive comments on the Instagram post, including fellow model Amber Valletta and TV presenter Amanda de Cadenet.

“I’m sending you a care package this week and sending you so much (love),” she wrote.

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Model Alliance demands Victoria’s Secret addresses ‘culture of misogyny’

Members of the Model Alliance have demanded Victoria’s Secret bosses overhaul the entire company following allegations of misogyny.In an expose published in The New York Times over the weekend, models and employees accused former chief marketing office…

Members of the Model Alliance have demanded Victoria’s Secret bosses overhaul the entire company following allegations of misogyny.

In an expose published in The New York Times over the weekend, models and employees accused former chief marketing officer Ed Razek of inappropriate conduct during his 36-year stint at the U.S. lingerie label, with claims relating to harassment and bullying. The 71-year-old has denied all allegations.

In light of The New York Times report, members of the Model Alliance, a non-profit organisation that advocates for the protection of those working in the fashion industry, have sent an open letter to John Mehas, chief executive officer of Victoria’s Secret, calling for him to “take concrete action” in order to change a “culture of misogyny and abuse”.

“We believe that this moment can be a wake-up call for Victoria’s Secret. This is an opportunity to take meaningful steps towards ending these abuses by joining the RESPECT Program, as models have called for since December 2018. The RESPECT Program – a program of the Model Alliance – is the only existing accountability program designed by and for models,” the letter reads. “Models have access to an independent, confidential complaint mechanism, with swift and fair resolution of complaints and appropriate consequences for abusers. Further, RESPECT includes a robust training program aimed toward prevention, to ensure that everyone understands their rights and responsibilities.”

In addition, the letter claims officials at the Model Alliance met with leaders at Victoria’s Secret and its parent company L Brands, including chief communications officer Tammy Roberts Myers, five months ago. But in a follow-up email, Myers allegedly commented that “Victoria’s Secret was not ready to take any concrete steps towards addressing these allegations” and that the company is simply, “In the process of continued learning and listening.”

“The time for listening is long past; it’s time for Victoria’s Secret to take action to protect the people they profit from. Human rights violations can’t be stopped with a corporate rebranding exercise,” the letter concluded.

The document was signed by models including Amber Valletta, Christy Turlington, Robyn Lawley, and Karen Elson, as well as photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

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Ashley Graham shares first photo of baby son

Ashley Graham has taken to social media to share the first photo of her baby son.Last month, the model announced that she had given birth on 18 January in a post on her Instagram Stories, but didn’t divulge any further details. However, Ashley offered…

Ashley Graham has taken to social media to share the first photo of her baby son.

Last month, the model announced that she had given birth on 18 January in a post on her Instagram Stories, but didn’t divulge any further details.

However, Ashley offered her fans an update on Tuesday by posting two black-and-white snaps on Instagram – with each one showing the baby’s hand holding his parents’ fingers.

“At 6:00PM on 01/18/2020, we welcomed 7lbs 5oz of love into our world,” she wrote in the caption. “Meeting our son has made our hearts incredibly full.”

Ashley added that she and her husband Justin Ervin were looking forward to introducing the tot during an episode of her Pretty Big Deal podcast in the near future.

Accordingly, the 32-year-old’s sweet message quickly garnered lots of attention from her celebrity friends.

“Welcome to the world, little one!” wrote Reese Witherspoon, while Helena Christensen gushed, “So much love to you and Justin and the little baba.”

Karlie Kloss posted, “Congratulations!!!! CANNOT WAIT TO MEET HIM !!!” alongside a string of heart emojis, and Christy Turlington added: “Capricorn. YES. Congratulations, Mama!”

Amber Valletta, Hannah Ferguson, Carolyn Murphy, Taylor Hill, Lily Aldridge, and Lais Ribeiro also shared their best wishes to the couple, though writer Erin Foster took the opportunity to praise Ashley’s manicure.

“Congrats! Also, your fingernail is beautiful. Great nail beds,” she wrote.

Ashley and Justin wed in 2010. The brunette beauty announced her pregnancy in August.

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Amber Valletta hoping to fund sustainability documentary

Amber Valletta is looking to fund a documentary about sustainability in fashion. The model/actress is an outspoken advocate for the environment and climate change, with her even getting arrested last year for taking part in the Fire Drill Fridays prote…

Amber Valletta is looking to fund a documentary about sustainability in fashion.

The model/actress is an outspoken advocate for the environment and climate change, with her even getting arrested last year for taking part in the Fire Drill Fridays protests in Washington, D.C.

Valletta now hopes to take her passion and knowledge of the issues and channel them into a documentary titled The Changing Room, which would be aimed at fashion consumers.

“We want to educate and entertain fashion consumers on sustainability. Fashion has such an opportunity to be a change agent,” she told Porter magazine.

For those looking to shop ethically, Valletta recommends making luxury investments for staple items that can be worn again and again.

“Everyone can wear a tank top or a great T-shirt. Have a blouse or two. In general, luxury brands don’t overproduce, so they’re safe bets. I believe in a great blazer, a pair of boots, and tennis shoes. They’re my go-tos,” the 45-year-old advised.

Valletta, who took environmental-related classes at New York University in the early 2000s, is well aware that the fashion industry is lagging far behind others when it comes to sustainability and she remains confused by brands who don’t advertise their ethical efficiency.

“They’re afraid they’re not doing enough. My response is to at least put it on tags, like ingredients. The lack of transparency is causing us to stay in the 20th century. We’re already 20 years into the 21st century!” she commented.

Valletta recently teamed up with fashion designer Stella McCartney, another sustainability champion, to star in a Mother Earth-inspired fashion campaign that highlights the power of plants.

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Amber Valletta stars in Mother Earth-themed Stella McCartney campaign

Amber Valletta is fronting Stella McCartney’s Mother Earth-themed summer 2020 campaign.Like the British fashion designer, the model/actress is a vocal campaigner for sustainability in fashion, and has also been taking part in the Fire Drill Friday prot…

Amber Valletta is fronting Stella McCartney’s Mother Earth-themed summer 2020 campaign.

Like the British fashion designer, the model/actress is a vocal campaigner for sustainability in fashion, and has also been taking part in the Fire Drill Friday protests against climate change held in Washington, D.C.

Now, McCartney has tapped Valletta to star in her latest marketing imagery, which highlights the power of plants.

“The power of plants is seen in their resistance and constant renewal. Plant life will continually overcome diversity to grow, restore and regenerate,” a representative for the brand commented. “Humankind has had a long and important symbiotic relationship with plants, and they are a resource for many of our products. The new campaign images highlight that plant life has been on earth for 700 million years and despite the continued devastation of climate change, plants will continue to evolve and thrive.”

In one image captured by photographer Johnny Dufort, the 45-year-old poses in a green field while wearing a white shirt with a mask of leaves attached to her face. In another, she models a floral print dress in a lush forest setting.

“Enveloped in a lush living carpet of green, model Amber Valletta embodies everything the collection stands for; luxuriant, brave, defiant and fierce,” they added. “Wearing a photographic print of wild daisies shot by Stella herself, captured on her bicycle rides through the English countryside, the daisy’s natural beauty is placed onto flowing silk dresses with shots of binding colour bringing the fabric to life.”

To mark the launch of the campaign, McCartney is also launching the Plant Power face filter with Instagram.

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Amber Valletta willing to go to jail over climate change protests

Amber Valletta chose to get arrested for protesting about climate change in order to put herself on the line for the environment. The model joined actress Jane Fonda in Washington, D.C. for her weekly Fire Drill Fridays protest, which is designed to g…

Amber Valletta chose to get arrested for protesting about climate change in order to put herself on the line for the environment.

The model joined actress Jane Fonda in Washington, D.C. for her weekly Fire Drill Fridays protest, which is designed to get politicians to address climate change, in November and was subsequently arrested.

In a new interview with Porter magazine, Valletta explained that she had been “feeling this need to get loud” about the environment and put herself out there in an attempt to make people realise the planet is worth fighting for.

“I chose to get arrested,” she said. “I’ve been feeling this need to get loud; to step into my own. I don’t care what anyone thinks. I can’t sit on the sidelines; I need to physically put myself on the line. I chose to get arrested as a symbol. My life is worth putting out there, in order to show that all our lives are worth fighting for.”

Valletta then recalled the “profound” feeling she experienced seeing government buildings such as the Supreme Court and Capitol Hill as she was getting arrested.

“I believe in this. I will risk public opinion, being in jail,” the 45-year-old shared. “It was profound. This is the most important crisis we’re facing. I’m not diminishing cancer or AIDS, diabetes or addiction, but there won’t be anything left to fight for. Nothing else matters.”

Elsewhere, Valletta explained that she wants the younger generation to be able to appreciate the natural world.

“It makes me want to cry. I’ll be dead, but my great-grandkids? To live in a world where they wouldn’t experience this; where they couldn’t see elephants or a whale,” she continued. “The ocean could be disgusting and full of plastic; you can’t eat fish, go to a beach, see coral; you can’t have the opportunity to be doctors, scientists or creators. We take it for granted. It’s overwhelmingly ridiculous.”

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Candice Swanepoel has met some of her ‘favourite people’ on social media

Candice Swanepoel is “grateful” for the way social media has allowed her to connect with so many new people.The Victoria’s Secret Angel took to Instagram on Monday to share a bare-faced selfie, and in the accompanying caption, insisted that she appreci…

Candice Swanepoel is “grateful” for the way social media has allowed her to connect with so many new people.

The Victoria’s Secret Angel took to Instagram on Monday to share a bare-faced selfie, and in the accompanying caption, insisted that she appreciates every single one of her 14 million followers.

“Thank you for sharing in so many of my happy moments and for supporting my career and the things I care about…” the 31-year-old wrote. “We can point out many negatives on the effect social media has on society and people’s psyche, but it also allows us to connect in ways that were not available before…”

Candice went on to explain that she has met some of her “favourite people” on Instagram and thanked those who shared “so much positivity on this platform”.

“Isn’t it a beautiful thing to build each other up and support each other, life can be complicated, and we are all fighting different battles, so I just wanted to express my gratitude for all the love shared here. Kindness is free,” she touchingly concluded.

The mother-of-two was inundated with love and support from her followers on the post, which has more than 395,000 likes, and fellow Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge left a series of heart emojis in the comments, as did Amber Valletta.

“Beautiful inside and out, ily (I love you),” model Alton Mason gushed.

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