Helena Christensen tapped to star in inclusive Victoria’s Secret campaign

Helena Christensen is fronting an inclusive new campaign for Victoria’s Secret.The U.S. lingerie label has taken a hit in recent years, with critics calling out executives for failing to promote diversity and a range of body types in their advertising …

Helena Christensen is fronting an inclusive new campaign for Victoria’s Secret.

The U.S. lingerie label has taken a hit in recent years, with critics calling out executives for failing to promote diversity and a range of body types in their advertising and annual fashion shows.

However, bosses are now appearing to take the backlash seriously, and on Thursday, unveiled the spring 2020 marketing imagery for The Body by Victoria collection.

The main photo features veteran Victoria’s Secret Angel Christensen, 51, posing alongside Barbara Palvin, Romee Strijd, Valentina Sampaio, and Solange van Doorn in black and beige underwear sets.

Palvin and van Doorn are both known for embracing their natural curves, while Brazilian star Sampaio made history last August when she became the first-ever transgender model to work for Victoria’s Secret.

In addition, experienced photographer Christensen helmed the rest of the photoshoot, with the other snaps including the likes of curvy model Candice Huffine, Joan Smalls, Daniela Pestova, Jasmine Tookes, and Lais Ribeiro.

Marketing bosses at Victoria’s Secret appeared to want to take a low-key approach to the relaunch, with the campaign promoted on the company’s website but not yet on Instagram.

In addition, the brand has been affected by the coronavirus crisis sweeping the world, with executives announcing on Thursday that they will be temporarily closing the online store and boutiques across North America to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“Responding safely and responsibly is one way we continue to show our appreciation for those who make Victoria’s Secret possible, especially during difficult times,” a spokesperson wrote on Instagram. “While our associates are home with their loved ones, we’ll support them with full pay. We’re also working on addition ways to provide support through our home communities for those who may need an outstretched hand.”

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Candice Huffine wanted to smash misconceptions around plus-sized activewear with debut line

Candice Huffine wanted to smash the misconceptions surrounding plus-sized athletes with her debut activewear line.Back in 2017, the 35-year-old launched DAY/WON, with a size range of 0 to 32, and she told Teen Vogue in a new interview that she was insp…

Candice Huffine wanted to smash the misconceptions surrounding plus-sized athletes with her debut activewear line.

Back in 2017, the 35-year-old launched DAY/WON, with a size range of 0 to 32, and she told Teen Vogue in a new interview that she was inspired to create workout clothes for women of any size after struggling to find anything that fit while she was training for the Boston Marathon.

“I couldn’t find clothes that I could comfortably walk in that weren’t distracting,” Huffine explained. “I honestly stopped so many runs because I was just uncomfortable, and would turn around and go home. How am I supposed to cover any distance if I’m constantly fussing with stuff?”

The model was disappointed in herself that while she was making waves in fashion, fighting for size inclusivity, nothing was being done in the fitness world to cater for plus-size women.

“The fitness world had a misconception of what the curvy athlete was capable of,” Huffine fired. “The performance aspect of activewear became an afterthought because that body is not ever portrayed and celebrated in an active space.”

She eventually teamed up with a New York-based manufacturer, who made her a special suit to wear for the 2017 Boston Marathon, and Huffine was so impressed that she wanted to work with them to kickstart her plus-size activewear dream.

“It took me actually lining up for one of these races to realise that when I looked around me, every type of body is running marathons or crushing their goals,” she shared. “Lifting weights, dancing their a*ses off in a class, doing the downward dog – whatever the hell they want to do.”

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Christian Siriano teams up with J. Jill for inclusive collection

Christian Siriano is teaming with designers at womenswear retailer J. Jill on a series of exclusive capsule collections.The popular designer was headhunted by J. Jill president and chief executive officer Linda Heasley, who was desperate to work with t…

Christian Siriano is teaming with designers at womenswear retailer J. Jill on a series of exclusive capsule collections.

The popular designer was headhunted by J. Jill president and chief executive officer Linda Heasley, who was desperate to work with the advocate of body positivity – and age inclusivity – in the fashion industry.

In the collaboration, J. Jill will increase the variety of sizes available for the first time, and models Candice Huffine, Maye Musk, and Marquita Pring will be ambassadors for the collection.

“J. Jill is a brand that designs for all women and that’s been a part of my ethos as a designer since the very beginning,” Siriano told WWD. “Fashion is something we all should have a piece of. It’s celebrating people and this idea of beauty. And what’s beautiful? For me, it’s all different types of women – shapes, sizes and ages.”

The first capsule collection drops on 12 September and will be available in sizes XS to 4XL as well as petite and tall sizes.

Siriano’s fall collection for J. Jill features classic white shirts, waisted dresses with flared sleeves, a teal tie-waist puffer jacket, and a faux suede skirt. While his holiday line – which will drop in November – will focus on occasion dresses and blouses.

“I’m definitely pushing some colours and shapes and silhouettes that the J. Jill customer hasn’t had before,” the 33-year-old explained. “A lot of it celebrates the silhouette a little more, pushes the idea of celebrating the body while making sure it’s flattering.”

A third capsule collection is set for spring next year.

Siriano has also designed a T-shirt to raise money for the J. Jill Compassion Fund, which donates to community-based organisations across the U.S.

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Candice Huffine’s first luxury handbag was stolen after three days

Candice Huffine’s first luxury handbag was stolen just three days after she purchased it.The plus-size beauty recounted the story during an interview with InStyle and claimed that the experience helped her to better prioritise the way she spends her mo…

Candice Huffine’s first luxury handbag was stolen just three days after she purchased it.

The plus-size beauty recounted the story during an interview with InStyle and claimed that the experience helped her to better prioritise the way she spends her money.

“One of the first big purchases I made was a Marc Jacobs purse and it literally got stolen three days later,” Candice recalled. “(But) I don’t necessarily want a closet full of handbags, I would love to own an apartment instead.”

The model went on to reflect that she used to buy products based on the brand and label, but now doesn’t feel the need to shop that way for the gratification of her peers.

“It’s too stressful for me to be walking around with price tags essentially hanging off of me,” the 34-year-old admitted. “I don’t need that just to feel like I belong here.”

She also confessed that the fashion industry wasn’t so accepting of plus-size models when she first started out, which made her more cautious of spending her money.

“At the time, to be honest, the industry for a curvy model was very new and young, and I wasn’t sure there was longevity,” the star shared. “I didn’t know that I was really going to have a lifelong career doing this as my sole job.”

Candice did insist, however, that she’s not averse to treating herself to a luxury purchase and will often indulge as means of celebration.

“Trust me: I love a nice thing and I love to treat myself as a milestone and celebratory moment,” she commented. “But for the most part, I do like to keep my money in one place, so I can go after those big goals that I have.”

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Christian Siriano celebrates 10 years in fashion with star-studded magazine shoot

Christian Siriano has celebrated 10 years in fashion with a photoshoot featuring a diverse group of stars, including Coco Rocha, Selma Blair and Danielle Brooks.After winning Project Runway in 2008, where guest judge Victoria Beckham praised his design…

Christian Siriano has celebrated 10 years in fashion with a photoshoot featuring a diverse group of stars, including Coco Rocha, Selma Blair and Danielle Brooks.

After winning Project Runway in 2008, where guest judge Victoria Beckham praised his designs as a breath of fresh air, Siriano was given a cash injection to get his company going.

Over the last decade, he’s built up a reputation for dressing models and actresses of all shapes and sizes, famously coming to the rescue of Leslie Jones after she claimed no designers would dress her for her Ghostbusters premiere, and is thrilled to be able to cater to so many women.

“It’s so hard to predict what will happen because there are everyday challenges that sometimes overshadow the big, beautiful picture, but today it’s really nice to see all the clothes from over the years together in one place and all these beautiful, different types of women modelling them,” Siriano mused to Elle magazine on the set of this 10-year anniversary shoot.

Along with model Coco and actresses Selma and Danielle, plus-size beauty Candice Huffine and Hawaiian transgender rights activist Janet Mock are also among the women to pose in Siriano’s creations.

“When you first start, you’re like, ‘Oh my God, can I even do this? Can we keep it going? Is it going to continue?'” he recalled of the early days of his label.

He’s quick to point out that he’s never felt like “he’s made it” in the business but did admit to feeling proud of his achievements. And while he hopes to have longevity in the industry, he knows he has a long way to go.

“The hardest part is that all of us – all brands that haven’t been in business for 50 years – we’re kind of held at the same calibre as Dior and Gucci but we’re not,” the 32-year-old stated. “We can’t be because we don’t have the budgets, we haven’t been in business for 50 years. We all hang in the same retailer and we’re scrutinised in the same way, which is quite hard because it’s very different.”

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