Lily Aldridge ‘cried for days’ first time she was targeted by online trolls

Lily Aldridge has recalled how she “cried for five days” the first time she was targeted by online trolls.The California-born model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business and has landed gigs for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Ra…

Lily Aldridge has recalled how she “cried for five days” the first time she was targeted by online trolls.

The California-born model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business and has landed gigs for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, and Bulgari.

Despite her success in the industry, Lily has had her experiences with social media critics, and in an interview with The Allure Podcast, remembered one particularly difficult time.

“I remember the first time I got paparazzied on a blog and I was like, ‘Ohh she’s major!’ and then I read the comments and I like cried for five days. They were so mean, and I was like, ‘This is not it. I don’t want my picture taken anymore,'” she shared. “I still get scared every post, I’m like, ‘I know somebody is going to say something mean.’ It hurts, it does. I don’t think I’ll ever stop hurting when you see someone saying something not nice about you. You try to grow a thicker skin and I definitely have over the years.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Lily also discussed the more positive elements of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube and the way in which they have allowed her to communicate directly with her followers.

“When I was a young model, it was really cool to be really mysterious. My idol was Kate Moss, and no one knew what her favourite under-eye cream was. Social media has come around and people want to know more about you. I love doing tutorials and sharing my beauty routines and all that fun stuff,” the 34-year-old commented, noting that she tries to present herself in the most “authentic” way possible. “I am not perfect. I’ve got wrinkles and pores, cellulite and stretch marks – all of it. For my daughter and for future generations, I want beauty to be something that’s about your heart and about who you are and about, the things that matter.”

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Jeremy Meeks developing his own fashion line

Jeremy Meeks is gearing up to launch his own fashion brand.The model rose to fame in 2014 after police officers posted his mug shot on Facebook, with the photo soon going viral and garnering him the “hot felon” nickname. Meeks has since gone on to walk…

Jeremy Meeks is gearing up to launch his own fashion brand.

The model rose to fame in 2014 after police officers posted his mug shot on Facebook, with the photo soon going viral and garnering him the “hot felon” nickname.

Meeks has since gone on to walk the runway for the likes of Philipp Plein and Tommy Hilfiger, and now he has announced that he has secured a lucrative contract with Germany-based distributor Fashion Concept GmbH.

“Been working…finally, my own Fashion Label! Jeremy Meeks Fashion coming December 2019,” he wrote alongside a teaser clip on his Instagram page on Monday.

The footage showed black and white T-shirts with the phrases, “I believed in me when no one else did,” and “I have to be rich because I love expensive s**t.”

Meanwhile, representatives for Fashion Concept plan for the Jeremy Meeks brand to fit into the “high-end” market, with prices starting at 200 euros ($218 / £177).

“The garments will be of high quality, style, comfort and elegance,” they commented in a press release. “Fashion Concept wishes to open up new perspectives with this deal and to press ahead with the change in the fashion industry.”

In addition, a spokesperson claimed the deal was worth $15 million ($12 million) to Meeks. As part of the contract, the 35-year-old will promote the line on social media platforms, including on his Instagram page, where he boasts 1.6 million followers.

He is also posing in campaigns for Fashion Concept’s other two brands – Jimmy Sanders and Auden Cavill.

And the partnership may also be a further hint that his relationship with Chloe Green, daughter of Topshop owner Philip Green, has ended. The pair welcomed their first child together, son Jayden Meeks-Green, in March 2018, but were reported to have parted ways in August.

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Hunter McGrady pushing wedding industry to become more inclusive

Hunter McGrady is making it her mission to push the wedding industry to become more inclusive.The Sports Illustrated model wed fiance Brian Keys in a beautiful ceremony held at Moorpark, California in front of guests including Hailee Steinfeld and Olym…

Hunter McGrady is making it her mission to push the wedding industry to become more inclusive.

The Sports Illustrated model wed fiance Brian Keys in a beautiful ceremony held at Moorpark, California in front of guests including Hailee Steinfeld and Olympian Aly Raisman back in June.

However, during a recent feature for Good Morning America, Hunter shared that she struggled to find a wedding gown that suited her figure before discovering her stunning white lace Watters gown.

“Most of them were too small. They didn’t actually carry the true plus-size stuff, so, you know, they are open in the back and things are hanging off,” she sighed. “The changes I most want to see in wedding fashion is more variety.”

In addition to calling for more size options in bridal, Hunter went on to explain that she wants to put a stop to the idea that brides need to lose weight or change their appearance for their big day.

“Remember that your fiance asked you to marry them as you are,” the 26-year-old emphasised. “No one is looking at how thin you are or how curvy you are. People are looking at your love and that is so inspiring.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Hunter also divulged that she first came across Brian on Snapchat. He followed her for about three months before asking her on a date while he was in New York.

“I said, ‘Add me on Facebook first before – I don’t know what you look like.’ So, he added me and after a little sleuthing, we went to drinks on our first date… it was three days long,” she recalled. “And it was just love at first sight and I knew he was going to be my husband.”

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Italian designer apologises for calling Madonna a ‘human toilet’

Italian designer Marcelo Burlon has issued an apology after referring to Madonna as a “human toilet”. Burlon, who serves as the creative director for the brand County of Milan, made the comment after the Like a Virgin hitmaker was photographed wearing…

Italian designer Marcelo Burlon has issued an apology after referring to Madonna as a “human toilet”.

Burlon, who serves as the creative director for the brand County of Milan, made the comment after the Like a Virgin hitmaker was photographed wearing an ensemble from the label that included black sweatpants and a matching sweatshirt adorned with colourful graphics and designs.

The designer shared the images to his Facebook account on Sunday along with a caption which translated to: “And the time finally came that Madonna, the human toilet, wore County (of Milan). I want to guarantee that nobody has given her anything for free, but that she paid with your money.”

Burlon later deleted the post and issued a lengthy statement expressing his regret over the comments on Tuesday.

“I made a huge mistake and I would first and foremost like to apologise for my stupidity,” he wrote. “Social media is a tool which can often be used for a frivolous laugh, but what I really learned today is that this should never ever be at the expense of another person or group of people.”

He then clarified that he often uses such slurs as a joke with friends and also noted he should have been honoured the iconic singer wore his pieces.

“I would like to ask forgiveness and express my most sincere regret to Madonna and anyone whom I might have offended, insulted or touched,” Burlon added. “My intention was never to provoke antagonism or hate. I made a naive and stupid mistake but the root of this should not be misunderstood as misogynistic because that was in no way my motivation.”

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Karl Lagerfeld relies on assistants to keep him up-to-date on social media 

Karl Lagerfeld relies on his assistants to keep in the loop regarding social media and the Internet. The Paris-based fashion designer remains one of the busiest men in the business, helming French house Chanel, the womenswear department for Italian lu…

Karl Lagerfeld relies on his assistants to keep in the loop regarding social media and the Internet. 

The Paris-based fashion designer remains one of the busiest men in the business, helming French house Chanel, the womenswear department for Italian luxury brand Fendi as well as his own namesake label.

However, Lagerfeld is adamant that he has no interest in seeing how his collections are received online and gets all of his news from his trusted employees.

“I think it’s great, but I have assistants who inform me (about) what I have not seen,” he told The Cut. “Personally, I have no time. I don’t do Internet, I don’t do Facebook. I have to sketch, I have to play with (my white-haired Birman cat) Choupette, I have to sleep. The day is too short for that.”

Lagerfeld added that he doesn’t “even know” what Chanel’s Instagram page looks like, even though it boasts over 31 million followers.

In addition, he explained that he has a team of staff who take care of his cooking and cleaning, and that he only travels by private jet.

“I like to sleep in planes. Or I close my eyes and clean my brain,” the 85-year-old commented, adding that he prefers as few people on flights as possible. “You know, the problem with private jets is that even if you have a big one, if you have many people (aboard), then it is a nightmare. More than three or four, forget about it.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Lagerfeld revealed that he doesn’t vote, prefers hamburgers to steak, and no longer drives after falling asleep behind the wheel twice.

Most of the time, the veteran fashion star enjoys a solitary existence, but he does like spoiling his friends’ children, especially his 10-year-old godson Hudson Kroenig, the son of model Brad Kroenig.

“I like my friends to have their own life. I want nobody to depend on me. I love children, but other people’s children. But I’m very good with children, very good,” he smiled.

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Philipp Plein accused of glamorising violence with ‘price killer’ campaign

Philipp Plein has been accused of glamorising violence with his latest “Price Killer” campaign.The German fashion designer took to social media late last week (ends25Nov18) to share posts promoting his Black Friday sales, with the imagery depicting mod…

Philipp Plein has been accused of glamorising violence with his latest “Price Killer” campaign.

The German fashion designer took to social media late last week (ends25Nov18) to share posts promoting his Black Friday sales, with the imagery depicting model Justyna Gradek being attacked by a masked man wielding a knife and an axe, with one snap showing her lying on the ground with blood pouring out of her mouth.

One picture has the words “Price Killer” written in red text, while another states “Time to kill some prices,” with many online users taking offence at the concept.

“Glamorising violence against women to sell overpriced junk and women are NOT boycotting him. Ladies #boycottphilippplein,” one person commented, while another wrote, “I really do not understand the reason why it is necessary to (depict) such terrible and violence…UNACCEPTABLE.”

A third added: “This is bad publicity. Offensive for women. Delete it.”

Other users on Instagram and Facebook deemed the advertising to be tone-deaf and compared it to the recent Dolce & Gabbana controversy, in which Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were forced to issue a formal apology after uploading a campaign online which appeared to ridicule Chinese culture.

Plein has so far declined to comment on the backlash, and the photos remain online and on his company’s website. However, the fashion star did respond to a local politician in Switzerland, where the brand is headquartered, who had criticised the images.

“It is sad and embarrassing to see politicians trying to gain popularity with cheap and stupid propaganda,” Plein wrote on his Instagram page. “The Company PHILIPP PLEIN adds more value and importance to the Kanton Ticino than (Fiorenzo Dado, politician) ever will! I am really disappointed about so much incompetence.”

Plein concluded his post by claiming the imagery had been a success and 2018 sales for Black Friday had been increased by “300 per cent” compared to the previous year.

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