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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Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista lead tributes to Peter Lindbergh

Supermodels Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista have led tributes to the late Peter Lindbergh.The German photographer and film director, known for his portraits and cinematic images, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74. His family did not announce…

Supermodels Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista have led tributes to the late Peter Lindbergh.

The German photographer and film director, known for his portraits and cinematic images, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74. His family did not announce the cause of death but stated that he “leaves a big void”.

In light of the sad news, celebrities and fashion stars have flooded social media with tributes, with Crawford writing on Instagram, “When @therealpeterlindbergh shoots, it’s about the women. It’s not about the hair, make-up, or styling, really. He had a way of turning your imperfections into something unique and beautiful… and his images will always be timeless. You will be so missed Peter. I’m honoured to have known you and worked with you.”

While Evangelista simply posted, “Heartbroken. R.I.P. my Peet.”

Lindbergh garnered international acclaim in the late 1980s when he began photographing a new generation of models, including Evangelista, Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, and Christy Turlington.

Other industry leaders to share their condolences include photographers Mario Testino, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, designers Peter Dundas, Alber Elbaz, and Victoria Beckham, as well as models Kaia Gerber, Adut Akech, Cara Delevingne, Karen Elson, Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss, and Coco Rocha.

And as one of Lindbergh’s final works was photographing the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, titled Forces for Change, which was guest-edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, a representative for the British royal posted a tribute on Instagram too.

“His work is revered globally for capturing the essence of a subject and promoting healthy ideals of beauty, eschewing Photoshopping, and preferring natural beauty with minimal make-up,” they wrote. “The Duchess of Sussex had worked with Peter in the past and personally chose him to shoot the 15 women on the cover for the September issue of British Vogue, which she guest edited. There is no other photographer she considered to bring this meaningful project to life… He will be deeply missed.”

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Photographer Peter Lindbergh dies at 74

Famed fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh has died, aged 74.The German photographer and film director, known for his portraits and cinematic images, passed away on Tuesday. A spokesperson for Lindbergh’s family announced the sad news on his official …

Famed fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh has died, aged 74.

The German photographer and film director, known for his portraits and cinematic images, passed away on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for Lindbergh’s family announced the sad news on his official Instagram page on Wednesday morning. A cause of death was not shared.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Lindbergh on September 3rd 2019, at the age of 74,” they wrote alongside a black-and-white photograph. “He is survived by his wife Petra, his first wife Astrid, his four sons Benjamin, Jeremy, Simon, Joseph and seven grandchildren. He leaves a big void.”

Born Peter Brodbeck in 1944, Lindbergh garnered international acclaim in the late 1980s when he began photographing a new generation of models, including Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington.

A year later, he famously shot them posing together for the January 1990 cover of British Vogue, and over the course of his career worked with many designers and top models.

Most recently, Lindbergh helmed the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, titled Forces for Change, which was guest-edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and featured influential women such as Adut Akech, Gemma Chan, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek, and Jameela Jamil.

Tributes to Lindbergh are already flowing on social media, with Evangelista posting, “Heartbroken. R.I.P. my Peet,” and model Lara Stone commenting, “Oh how much I’ll miss you, I’m heartbroken. Rest in peace dear Peter.”

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Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington petition Victoria’s Secret over misconduct

Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington are among 100 models who have signed a petition urging bosses at Victoria’s Secret to protect them from sexual misconduct.The longtime Victoria’s Secret Angel, along with the ’90s supermodel, have joined the likes o…

Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington are among 100 models who have signed a petition urging bosses at Victoria’s Secret to protect them from sexual misconduct.

The longtime Victoria’s Secret Angel, along with the ’90s supermodel, have joined the likes of Edie Campbell, Gemma Ward, Iskra Lawrence, Karen Elson, and Milla Jovovich in adding their names to a letter sent to chief executive officer John Mehas on Tuesday.

Non-profit organisation Model Alliance posted a copy of the letter on Twitter, with the text reading, “In the past few weeks, we have heard numerous allegations of sexual assault, alleged rape, and sex trafficking of models and aspiring models.

“While these allegations may not have been aimed at Victoria’s Secret directly, it is clear that your company has a crucial role to play in remedying the situation.”

Of late, the lingerie label has been rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct by photographers Timur Emek, David Bellemere, and Greg Kadel. Emek has not yet responded to the claims, while Bellemere and Kadel have denied the allegations.

“It is deeply disturbing that these men appear to have leveraged their working relationships with Victoria’s Secret to lure and abuse vulnerable girls,” the letter continued.

The petition from Model Alliance is also signed by a member of the Hollywood-led initiative Time’s Up, photographers Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and former Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive. Additionally, it asks Victoria’s Secret to sign on to its Respect programme, which was designed by models and aims to support those who need to report complaints about individuals in the industry, as well as provide education and training.

News of the letter comes shortly after Ed Razek, Victoria’s Secret’s chief marketing officer, resigned from his position. He joined the company in 1983.

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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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Christy Turlington: ‘Modelling wasn’t always glamorous’

Christy Turlington is adamant her days as a top model weren’t as glamorous as people may think. The supermodel has been tapped as one of the 15 women to front the September 2019 issue of British Vogue magazine, entitled Forces for Change and guest-e…

Christy Turlington is adamant her days as a top model weren’t as glamorous as people may think. 

The supermodel has been tapped as one of the 15 women to front the September 2019 issue of British Vogue magazine, entitled Forces for Change and guest-edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. 

In an accompanying article for the publication, Turlington opened up about her career and dismissed rumours that the fashion industry was a fantastic place to work.

“As much as the industry itself likes to perpetuate these sorts of myths, even at the height of the supermodel thing, it really wasn’t particularly glamorous,” she shared. “I see pictures of myself at that time where I’m not working, I can see I am sort of trying to wear clothes or behave in a certain way… mostly, I’d try certain behaviours and think, ‘OK, that’s not me.'” 

The California native began modelling at the age of 14 and went on to feature in fashion campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, Versace, and Louis Vuitton, and walked on runways around the world.  

However, she took a step back from the spotlight in 1995 at the age of 26 and decided to enrol at New York University to study philosophy and comparative religion. 

Turlington wed actor Ed Burns in 2003, and the couple shares two children – Grace, 15, and Finn, 13.

But it was during her daughter’s birth that she suffered a life-threatening postpartum haemorrhage, which after she recovered, inspired her to campaign for improvements to maternal health around the world. 

She launched Every Mother Counts in 2010, and said she was lucky to have survived, as haemorrhages are the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths worldwide.  

“A lot of times when you’re in global health, the hope is that you’ll be out of business at some point. But I know that the issue I’m working on, it’s not gonna be a done deal,” the 50-year-old stated. 

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Naomi Campbell notices lack of camaraderie between new models

Naomi Campbell believes models don’t share the same level of love and support for each other today as they did back in the ’90s.In the 1990s, the British beauty was part of an iconic group of supermodels, which included Linda Evangelista, Christy Turli…

Naomi Campbell believes models don’t share the same level of love and support for each other today as they did back in the ’90s.

In the 1990s, the British beauty was part of an iconic group of supermodels, which included Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, and Claudia Schiffer.

In a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the 49-year-old revealed she was saddened by the lack of close female friendships in the modelling industry today.

“I don’t see it as much. I think I can say now, after 33 years – I didn’t used to say it – but I don’t think there’s ever going to be another group of us who really are solid friends like we (supermodels) were, who stuck together and supported one another,” she shared.

“I will always be grateful to Linda and Christy for the support they gave me. Our love for one another is as unconditional today as it was then.”

She credited the group of women with keeping her grounded during her modelling heyday, and confessed that one of her regrets is that she didn’t spend enough time with them.

“Those were great times to be together. That was always the one aspect, when people ask me, ‘Weren’t you lonely when you were younger?’ And I wasn’t, because we were all together and we genuinely wanted to be together,” Campbell recalled.

Elsewhere in the interview, the supermodel explained that one of her career goals is to help Africa become more included in fashion.

“My relevance, to me, is to help the continent of Africa. I want it to be included in the world of fashion – and I mean all over Africa,” she stated.

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Stephanie Seymour makes fashion comeback with Vogue Italia cover

Stephanie Seymour has made her fashion comeback official by fronting the latest cover of Vogue Italia.The California-born beauty rose to fame alongside the likes of “original supermodels” such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Tu…

Stephanie Seymour has made her fashion comeback official by fronting the latest cover of Vogue Italia.

The California-born beauty rose to fame alongside the likes of “original supermodels” such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, and Claudia Schiffer in the ’80s and ’90s, and was known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Playboy and U.S. Vogue.

In recent years, Seymour has been focusing on raising her family and developing her Raven & Sparrow lingerie line, but on Thursday, editors at Vogue Italia announced that she was fronting the August 2019 issue of the publication.

One cover image shows the 51-year-old sporting a neon green feathered coat from Saint Laurent and black polka dot tights while holding a vintage camera, while another shows her posing nude except for a belt, necklace and stilettos in front of a digital camera.

The photoshoot was overseen by Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti, creative director Ferdinando Verderi, photographer Collier Schorr and stylist Vanessa Reid.

Regarding the inspiration behind the imagery, a Vogue Italia spokesperson commented that Schorr sought to subvert gender and identity conventions, with Seymour an “active subject” who is sharing the process with the photographer.

“I didn’t want to enact the Helmut Newton role with a much younger and less experienced model and have that much power, even if it’s just a presumed power,” said Schorr. “By the time I was working with Stephanie on the final shoot, I better understood that the performance for the camera is not all put on for affect – what you see in the photographs is made up of real pieces of us. I truly understand what it is like to be in a certain fashion photography moment where a lot of lines – albeit only representational – can get crossed.”

The new issue of Vogue Italia, which also features Schiffer on the cover, will hit newsstands on 6 August.

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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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