Naomi Campbell slams Elle Germany over ‘insulting’ feature on black models

Naomi Campbell has blasted editors at Elle Germany over a tone-deaf feature about black models.On Tuesday, the fashion watchdogs behind Instagram account Diet Prada took aim at the publication over its November 2019 issue, which had a white model on th…

Naomi Campbell has blasted editors at Elle Germany over a tone-deaf feature about black models.

On Tuesday, the fashion watchdogs behind Instagram account Diet Prada took aim at the publication over its November 2019 issue, which had a white model on the cover along with the tagline “Back to Black,” and an article inside about black models titled “Black is Back”, in which Janaye Furman was misidentified as Naomi Chin Wing.

In response, British supermodel Naomi has taken to Instagram to express her dismay over the magazine’s misplaced attempt to highlight diversity in the fashion industry and begged editor-in-chief Sabine Nedelchev to reach out to either herself or other pioneers, like Bethann Hardison and Iman, for advice.

“Your mistake it is highly insulting in every way, you go further to say that BACK TO BLACK, even if you ment (sic) the fashion it’s misleading on your headline and Type !!!” she began. “I’ve said countless of times we are not a TREND. We are here to STAY. It’s OK to celebrate models of colour but please do it in an ELEGANT and RESPECTFUL way.”

Naomi went on to comment that she finds it “very disappointing” when models are mislabelled in magazine spreads and noted that she has recently noticed other rising stars being confused with South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech.

“Do you know what it feels like to do the job and not even be given the right name credit? Very disappointing to say the least. If you would like a conversation to know how to have a diverse mind we are here to sit and accommodate,” the 49-year-old fired. “It’s very important for a publication to be culturally sensitive and give credit where it’s due. We all need to unite on this matter.”

Accordingly, a number of Naomi’s celebrity pals shared their support for her stance in the comments section of her post, including make-up artist Sir John, Ebonee Davis, Linda Evangelista, and Pierpaolo Piccioli, with Bethann writing a lengthy note insisting the magazine bosses should be “embarrassed by our reactions”.

Representatives for Elle Germany are yet to respond to the backlash.

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Amanda Seyfried and Emma Roberts celebrate friendship in Fendi campaign

Amanda Seyfried and Emma Roberts have been tapped to star in a new Fendi campaign celebrating friendship.The Hollywood actresses, who are pals in real life, appear in the new #BaguetteFriendsForever short film, to mark the latest versions of the iconic…

Amanda Seyfried and Emma Roberts have been tapped to star in a new Fendi campaign celebrating friendship.

The Hollywood actresses, who are pals in real life, appear in the new #BaguetteFriendsForever short film, to mark the latest versions of the iconic Baguette bag, which was first launched by the Italian fashion house in 1997.

In the footage, which was filmed inside the Fendi flagship store on New York’s Madison Avenue, Amanda and Emma are seen modelling the luxe purses in a series of various poses.

“Erasing the boundaries between reality and dream, the short movie captures Emma Roberts and Amanda Seyfried sharing a whimsical experience of discovery of the Fendi Baguette world,” a brand representative shared of the concept. “Hypnotic lights, blurred images, intriguing light reflections… the Fendi New York flagship with its mesmerising Baguette Dream Room installation becomes the enchanting set for two girls consolidating their friendship in the name of authenticity and fun.”

Fatboy Slim’s 1999 hit Praise You features as the soundtrack to the video, with the upbeat tune reflecting on the “tight relationship between the two protagonists”.

And sharing her thoughts on the classic Baguette design, American Horror Story star Emma gushed in an interview with People.com, “The Baguette bag can go with anything like a simple jeans and T-shirt, or a dress. I love to mix my Baguette bag with a vintage slip-dress or denim. I like the contrast of mixing a high-end piece with something vintage.”

Fendi reissued the Baguette at the spring/ summer 2019 Milan Fashion Week show to much fanfare, with the #BaguetteFriendsForever campaign featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, influencer Caroline Daur, and model Ebonee Davis, rolling out a short time later.

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Ebonee Davis: ‘There is beauty beyond tokenism’

Ebonee Davis is having a “conscious conversation” with brand executives to make them realise there is “beauty beyond tokenism”. The African-American model, who has featured in campaigns for Calvin Klein and Gap, has now opened up about the “tough bala…

Ebonee Davis is having a “conscious conversation” with brand executives to make them realise there is “beauty beyond tokenism”.

The African-American model, who has featured in campaigns for Calvin Klein and Gap, has now opened up about the “tough balance” she has in the fashion industry, especially when she arrives at photoshoots to find that she is the only black woman in the room.

“I think for me, the thing about it more than being like, ‘Oh, I’m not going to work with them,’ is like, ‘If I do work with them what is my intention?'” she told Essence magazine. “What am I going to do when I get into that room? Am I going to be like, ‘Oh, I’m in this room so that’s good enough?’ Or, am I going to be like, ‘Ok, I’m in the room so I’m opening the door for other people to come in.'”

Ebonee wants fashion leaders to understand there is more to being diverse and inclusive than merely having just one woman of colour in the room.

“I’m having a conscious conversation that’s allowing them to realise that there is beauty beyond tokenism and that we can have more than one black girl on this set at this time,” the 26-year-old shared.

The former America’s Next Top Model contestant also spoke about the difficult period she went through when she embraced her natural hair.

“The transition was very intense. I went through a long period of low self-esteem, just trying to convince myself that I was still beautiful,” Ebonee explained, as she recalled an upsetting experience with her former modelling agency.

“When I first went natural and I walked into the agency I was with at the time, they were like, ‘That rolled out of bed hair isn’t going to look good. You’re going to lose the clients that you worked with before.’

“It was hurtful – obviously I still remember it, word for word. But I decided to stick with it; I just felt like this is the moment, this is the time.”

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Emily Ratajkowski taps Judith Light and Andy Garcia’s daughter for bodysuit campaign

Emily Ratajkowski has recruited TV veteran Judith Light and actor Andy Garcia’s daughter Alessandra Garcia-Lorido to help her promote her new Inamorata Woman bodysuit range.The 27-year-old has released images of herself posing with 70-year-old Transpar…

Emily Ratajkowski has recruited TV veteran Judith Light and actor Andy Garcia’s daughter Alessandra Garcia-Lorido to help her promote her new Inamorata Woman bodysuit range.

The 27-year-old has released images of herself posing with 70-year-old Transparent actress Judith, while Alessandra, 27, appears in another shot, modelling a bodysuit that doubles as a dress.

She also tapped models Ebonee Davis and Shokunbi Halimotu for the campaign, as well as acupuncturist Walda Laurenceau.

In addition to modelling and designing the pieces, Emily served as creative director for the photoshoot, snapped by her frequent collaborator and friend Tom Newton.

Talking about the campaign in a statement, she said it “highlights the ageless versatility of a bodysuit” and is “designed to show how this timeless piece is a wardrobe staple at every age”.

Emily shared countless campaign shots on her Instagram page too.

“BODYsuits for everyBODY, at every age,” she captioned the photos. “Our latest @inamoratawoman BODY drop was created with the idea that bodysuits take women through life. They shouldn’t be a secret underpinning-we start wearing bodysuits as babies and as the incredible Judith Light reminded me, well into our seventies. While these are basics, it was super important to me that they were chic and perfectly fit-staples for everyone and everything. This collection is the result. Thank you to this very special group of women including @judithlight @eboneedavis @alessandragl @wellness_with_walda @ourladyj @shokunbi.halimotu for being a part of this project! Shot by @tomtakesphotoss.”

Judith and Alessandra posted snaps to their own Instagram accounts as well, and thanked Emily for bringing them on board.

The I Feel Pretty actress launched Inamorata as a bathing suit collection in 2017, bringing out lingerie and bodywear in February.

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Fendi taps famous Baguette fan Sarah Jessica Parker for new campaign

Sarah Jessica Parker has gone all Carrie Bradshaw for Fendi’s latest bag campaign.The Italian fashion house has recently reissued its famous Baguette, a favourite of Sarah’s Sex and the City character. The new bag was unveiled at Fendi’s Spring/ Summer…

Sarah Jessica Parker has gone all Carrie Bradshaw for Fendi’s latest bag campaign.

The Italian fashion house has recently reissued its famous Baguette, a favourite of Sarah’s Sex and the City character. The new bag was unveiled at Fendi’s Spring/ Summer 19 Milan Fashion Week Show in September to much fanfare, and now a campaign has been rolled out to go with it.

As well as a series of still images for the #BaguetteFriendsForever adverts, Fendi also debuted a video on its official Instagram account, with Sarah guest starring as her most famous alter ego.

In the clip, four friends, including influencer Caroline Daur and model Ebonee Davis, lust over Fendi’s new purple sequin Baguette, and race across New York to try and get Caroline one.

As they run into the Fendi store on Madison Avenue, they see the bag has gone, and ask the shop assistant where it is.

“I’m sorry, someone just bought it,” the Fendi worker says to the four friends, who pile out of the shop and try to see the mystery shopper.

“Ma’am wait. Ma’am I need that bag!” Caroline calls out to the back of the shopper’s head.

“Oh, this isn’t a bag. It’s a Baguette,” the actress says as she spins around with her classic Carrie smile.

The Baguette regularly featured during Sex and the City’s six-year run, including when Carrie’s purple, sparkly version gets robbed during season three and later in the season when Kim Cattrall’s character Samantha Jones buys a fake one.

Sarah even wrote the foreword for the 2012 Fendi Baguette book.

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