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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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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