Claudia Schiffer once hired security guards to stop underwear thieves

Claudia Schiffer has recalled how she once had to hire security guards to stop people from stealing her underwear.The German beauty shot to fame in the early 1990s as one of the “big six” supermodels alongside Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evan…

Claudia Schiffer has recalled how she once had to hire security guards to stop people from stealing her underwear.

The German beauty shot to fame in the early 1990s as one of the “big six” supermodels alongside Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Kate Moss.

However, in a new cover interview for the May 2020 issue of Elle U.K., Claudia reflected on some of the drawbacks of celebrity, including how she had to employ security staff in order to ward off peeping Toms and stop fans from taking her bras and underwear.

“People would cut holes in the fashion tents and try to take pictures of us,” she remembered. “We had security at every fashion show. When I was out on the runway I’d come back and constantly my underwear would be gone – my bra, my knickers … gone!”

And while Claudia has no regrets about her fashion career, she is pleased she no longer has to deal with the frenzied attention – and is happy to pass on her mantle to younger models like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner.

“You don’t have to be called (beautiful) your entire life,” the 49-year-old explained. “It’s a nice memory, but then the next generation starts and you hand over. For me, it’s a natural thing to do… to hand over, to not be envious or jealous.

“As a matter of fact, I can’t think of anything worse right now than if you said, ‘There’s a magic pill and it’s going to make you look 20 again.'”

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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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Naomi Campbell wears hazmat suit to travel due to coronavirus fears

Naomi Campbell has taken to wearing a full hazmat suit while travelling to protect herself from the coronavirus.The supermodel, who has been open about being a germaphobe in the past, flew from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Tuesday and too…

Naomi Campbell has taken to wearing a full hazmat suit while travelling to protect herself from the coronavirus.

The supermodel, who has been open about being a germaphobe in the past, flew from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Tuesday and took as many precautions as she could to ensure she didn’t catch the virus, which has infected more than 121,000 people in 120 countries.

She documented her safety measures on Instagram by sharing pictures of her wearing the white suit, usually sported by people looking to protect themselves from hazardous materials, with a blue N95 face mask and a pair of pink Latex gloves. The snaps showed her sat in her car in the protective gear, walking through the terminal with her white suitcase, sitting on the plane, and talking on the phone after her trip, with a camel cape worn on top of her white suit.

Across the captions, she wrote, “Safety first”, and, “Safety First NEXT LEVEL. Thank you @lindaevangelista Full video coming on my YouTube soon…”

The 49-year-old didn’t explain why she had credited Evangelista, but the fellow model wrote in the comments, “You’re welcome!” with a heart emoji.

In addition, Marc Jacobs commented, “Next level safety. I’d expect nothing less from you my dear @naomi,” Christy Turlington posted, “This is everything,” and actress/singer Janelle Monae wrote, “My queen is smart.”

Her outing comes months after she posted a viral video on her YouTube channel in which she detailed the lengths she goes to in an effort to avoid illnesses while travelling. She revealed she wipes her aeroplane seat down with sanitisers and wears medical masks.

Earlier this week, Naomi also sent words of support on Instagram to those on lockdown in her former home of Italy, the most affected country outside of China and South Korea.

“My beloved ITALY Of which I spent the first three years of my early life. I’m with you. Thank you for always embracing me and giving me so much love #wishing speedy recovery,” the star wrote.

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Ashley Graham marks International Women’s Day with childbirth snap

Ashley Graham shared a personal snap of herself giving birth to mark International Women’s Day on Sunday.The model welcomed a baby boy named Isaac with her husband, director Justin Ervin, back in January. Taking to Instagram to celebrate “the face of m…

Ashley Graham shared a personal snap of herself giving birth to mark International Women’s Day on Sunday.

The model welcomed a baby boy named Isaac with her husband, director Justin Ervin, back in January.

Taking to Instagram to celebrate “the face of my greatest strength”, Ashley opened up about the experience of giving birth alongside a close-up image of her face during labour.

“The greatest pain I’ve ever known and the greatest accomplishment that I’ve ever achieved,” she wrote in the caption. “On this International Women’s Day understand that despite whatever pain or trial we have all experienced as women, we are also strong, powerful and capable of accomplishing greatness.

“Happy International Women’s Day! Let’s all celebrate our, and each other’s strengths today.”

International Women’s Day is held annually on 8 March and celebrates women’s achievements throughout history worldwide.

Accordingly, the post soon attracted comments from Ashley’s celebrity followers.

Amy Schumer wrote, “This pic made me cry,” Helena Christensen posted, “Such powers we possess such strength,” and Christy Turlington added: “Love this so much.”

In recent weeks, the 32-year-old has been praised by fans for candidly documenting her journey as a new mum online, speaking about changes to her body and the challenges of parenting.

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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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Cindy Crawford reflects on ‘big shift’ digital cameras caused in fashion world

Cindy Crawford has reflected on the impact digital cameras have had on the modelling industry.The supermodel started working in 1986 and quickly began starring in campaigns alongside fellow stars including Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Sc…

Cindy Crawford has reflected on the impact digital cameras have had on the modelling industry.

The supermodel started working in 1986 and quickly began starring in campaigns alongside fellow stars including Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, and Kate Moss.

Over the course of her career, Crawford has posed for many photographers, including the late Richard Avedon and Herb Ritts, but in an interview held as part of Vogue’s recent Forces of Fashion conference, she pondered whether the use of digital cameras means that there is less spontaneity on set when compared to traditional film.

“What I’ve noticed is sometimes (photographers are) like, ‘OK, we got it.’ Because they see it big (on a screen),” she commented. “Sometimes that next thing that was gonna happen was like the unplanned thing. Or sometimes, for instance, you’re modelling and you’ll do something that looks bad but the next thing was gonna look good but they’ll stop you at the bad… we used to be like, ‘O.K. now we’ve got it, let’s just do two rolls for the heck of it and throw it away,’ and that might be where the magic is.”

Crawford went on to recall how strange it was when photographers such as Michael Thompson first began using digital cameras, as there was less focus on what the model was doing.

“When you were shooting with film and there was no monitor, all the attention was on the set, on the model. So, there was an aspect that you were performing in front of the hair(stylists), the make-up (artists), the stylist. Everyone’s eyes were on you, and when you’re receiving that (attention), you put it on, you perform,” the 53-year-old remembered. “All of a sudden, everyone was hovered around the monitor, and I’d be standing on set like, ‘Guys, I’m over here, I feel alone.’ That was a big shift for me.”

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Christy Turlington credits modelling career for helping make her charity a success

Christy Turlington has credited her modelling career for helping to get her charity, Every Mother Counts, off the ground.The 50-year-old launched the organisation, which is dedicated to improving maternal health around the world, in 2010 after sufferin…

Christy Turlington has credited her modelling career for helping to get her charity, Every Mother Counts, off the ground.

The 50-year-old launched the organisation, which is dedicated to improving maternal health around the world, in 2010 after suffering life-threatening complications as she gave birth to her daughter, Grace, who she shares with husband Edward Burns.

As she was honoured with the Advocate Award at the 2019 InStyle Awards for her efforts in tackling the global maternal health crisis on Monday, she thanked her contacts in the modelling industry for helping to make the charity a success.

“I am often asked what my first career taught me about the career that I’m in now and I usually say ‘Nothing,’ but that’s not true. I would say that relationships are something that I learned very early on and people like Amber (Valletta) and so many people at my table… the relationships get deep and I’m most proud of those,” Turlington said during her acceptance speech.

“Maybelline, I have to say I’m so grateful. We started working together when I was 22 and I turn 50 this year. I think that’s an anomaly,” she gushed over the cosmetics giant, as representatives from the brand presented her with the award.

The supermodel went on to explain that Every Mother Counts is working in six countries to help provide much-needed supplies, midwife training, and community health workers.

“We’re doing incredible work, important work, and I’m so proud of what we’re able to do with the support of Maybelline and of so many companies that I work with as a fashion model that have been incredibly generous,” Turlington shared. “Every Mother Counts is there to work until every woman has access to the same quality of care, equitable care as the next.”

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Cindy Crawford felt ’empowered’ by fashion during early modelling days

Cindy Crawford felt “empowered” by fashion when she first began modelling.The supermodel began her career in 1986 and quickly began starring alongside fellow newbies including Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, and…

Cindy Crawford felt “empowered” by fashion when she first began modelling.

The supermodel began her career in 1986 and quickly began starring alongside fellow newbies including Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, and Kate Moss. Now, Cindy has revealed that she was a little overwhelmed with their fast rise to fame.

“Before Christy, Linda, Naomi, Claudia, Kate and I, models weren’t well known,” she told Vogue.com. “It was almost like we were a new boy band – we were all different, but we looked good together.”

Cindy recalled her days walking the runways for the likes of Versace, Chanel, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, and Valentino, and confessed that she felt strong and powerful by fashion in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

“Fashion was all about glamazonian shoulder pads, high heels and strong women,” the 53-year-old shared. “We didn’t look like victims, we looked empowered. I really think that we felt that way, too.”

While Cindy admitted that she hated walking the runway, she enjoyed being backstage at fashion shows, and missed the friendships she had created with her fellow supermodels.

“It was like a slumber party,” she smiled. “We were all tired and a little bit punchy, but real friendships were formed.”

The businesswoman has been thrust back into the modelling world thanks to her daughter, Kaia Gerber, and son Presley Gerber, and she described how she thinks the industry has changed due to social media.

“I feel I’m most known for giving birth to Kaia now,” the brunette beauty joked. “I come from a world where you shoot 100 photos and pick the very best one to show to everyone. Now images are put out more quickly, they are not as curated. I think that’s interesting, but I’m still trying to figure out how I want it to work for my brand.”

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Estelle Chen named as new face of Maybelline cosmetics

Estelle Chen has been selected as the new brand ambassador for Maybelline New York.The model, who was born in Paris to Chinese parents, is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after names in the business, having walked the runway for the likes of Lo…

Estelle Chen has been selected as the new brand ambassador for Maybelline New York.

The model, who was born in Paris to Chinese parents, is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after names in the business, having walked the runway for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Victoria’s Secret, and Michael Kors.

Now, Chen has announced that she has signed on for her first major beauty deal.

“I am blessed to be a part of the Maybelline New York family and join the roster of powerhouse spokeswomen, past, present, and future,” the 21-year-old commented. “To stand with a brand that is such a trailblazer in the industry, consistently pushing the boundaries of innovation and establishing future trends, while empowering women to recognise their true potential, has left me inspired and overjoyed.”

Chen, who is the company’s youngest spokesmodel, joins a roster of prominent ambassadors including Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima, Josephine Skriver, Emily DiDonato, Herieth Paul, and Christy Turlington.

For her debut, the rising star appears alongside Lima, Hadid, and Paul in Maybelline’s milestone New York Fashion Week 10th anniversary campaign.

And Trisha Ayyagari, global brand president of Maybelline New York worldwide, called Chen the perfect addition to the cosmetics giant’s team.

“We’re so thrilled to have Estelle join the Maybelline New York family,” she shared. “Estelle’s diverse background lends to her versatile, down-to-earth character that makes her relatable to our global customer. We can’t wait to see her continue to grow.”

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