Twiggy doesn’t think fashion ‘will ever go away’ from using slim models

Twiggy doesn’t believe fashion industry leaders will ever stop using slim models.The 70-year-old, who was the face of the 1960s, has discussed her thoughts of the ever-changing world of fashion and the ongoing challenges faced by plus-sized models in a…

Twiggy doesn’t believe fashion industry leaders will ever stop using slim models.

The 70-year-old, who was the face of the 1960s, has discussed her thoughts of the ever-changing world of fashion and the ongoing challenges faced by plus-sized models in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian.

And when asked if the business still needs to change and focus more on women of different ages and sizes, Twiggy was candid in her reply.

“Well, it has, hasn’t it, there are so many more ads now,” she told the publication. “It’s the same with older models, they’re using middle-aged and older women in commercials.

“I don’t think the high fashion industry will ever go completely away from slimness but I think other parts of the industry have started to use different shapes and sizes, and I think they should.”

Twiggy, born Lesley Hornby, was also quizzed about her views on editing photos for ad campaigns, after her Olay eye cream advert back in 2009 was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority for being misleading because it had been airbrushed.

“That was nothing to do with me. I can’t stop people…” the model began. “I go and do a job. If they take it away and do the stuff, it’s absolutely nothing to do with me.”

When pushed further on the subject, Twiggy was asked her opinion on the body image movements led by women on social media, including actress Jameela Jamil, who outwardly criticise the use of photo-editing in ad campaigns.

“I have no idea, it’s up to them. I don’t have any control over that. I think we should get off this subject because you’re getting really boring,” she fired.

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Victoria Beckham reverses decision to use government scheme to furlough staff

Victoria Beckham has reversed the decision to use a government scheme to furlough staff at her label.Last month, the fashion designer was heavily criticised when she and board members moved to furlough 30 of her 120 staff for at least two months, which…

Victoria Beckham has reversed the decision to use a government scheme to furlough staff at her label.

Last month, the fashion designer was heavily criticised when she and board members moved to furlough 30 of her 120 staff for at least two months, which would have cost around $188,000 (£150,000) in government funds.

Victoria, who has a net worth of $420 million (£335 million), has now had a change of heart, and in a statement on Thursday, announced that the application to the government scheme will now be withdrawn and all employees will be restored to their roles.

“We will not now be drawing on the government furlough scheme,” the 46-year-old told British newspaper The Guardian. “At the beginning of the lockdown, the shareholders agreed with senior management to furlough a small proportion of staff. At that point, we didn’t know how long the lockdown might last or its likely impact on the business.

“The welfare of my team and our business means everything to me.”

A spokesperson for the Victoria Beckham label added that after the company was forced to go into lockdown “overnight” back in March, decisions were made to “try and protect our staff”.

“We’ve now reconsidered and we accept there’s a better way forward for our business. These are tough times and tough decisions and we don’t always get it right – all we can say is we are trying to protect our business and our staff,” they commented.

The fashion brand has seen unprecedented online sales since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, with the Italian factories that produce the Victoria Beckham garments set to reopen on 11 May.

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Cats receives scathing reviews

Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Cats has received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics.The movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical was subject to ridicule when the trailer first dropped in July, with social media users poking fu…

Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Cats has received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics.

The movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical was subject to ridicule when the trailer first dropped in July, with social media users poking fun at the digital fur technology used to make the actors – including Idris Elba, Jason Derulo, Judi Dench, and Taylor Swift – look more like felines.

Despite Hooper making changes to the film based on the feedback, he didn’t do enough to win over critics, according to reviews published on Thursday morning.

“Nine may not be enough lives for some of the stars to live down their involvement in this poorly conceived and executed adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical,” read Peter Debruge’s review in Variety. “This uneven eyesore turns out to be every bit the Jellicle catastrophe the haters anticipated, a half-digested hairball of a movie in which Hooper spends too much energy worrying about whether the technology is ready to accommodate his vision and not enough focusing on what millions love about the musical in the first place.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney called the actors’ appearance “off-putting”, criticised the film’s “aesthetic ugliness”, and said Jennifer Hudson “massacred” her character Grizabella’s key song, Memory.

Tim Robey from Britain’s Daily Telegraph gave it zero stars and described it as “an all-time disaster – a rare and star-spangled calamity which will leave jaws littered across floors and agents unemployed,” adding, “With its nightmare production design and nauseating lurches in scale and perspective, it might be the ugliest big-screen musical sequence ever mounted.”

Peter Bradshaw from Britain’s The Guardian gave it one star and called it “a purr-fectly dreadful hairball of woe” and Johnny Oleksinski at the New York Post wrote that Hooper had “completely abandoned the fundamentals of what made Cats a terrific show: sublime music, captivating dance and an intoxicating atmosphere.”

Cats opens in cinemas on Friday.

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Naomi Campbell thankful to top designers for ‘protecting’ her from abuse

Naomi Campbell is certain she was “protected” from sexual abuse during the early days of her modelling career by designers such as Azzedine Alaia, Gianni Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent.The British star started working in the industry when she was just…

Naomi Campbell is certain she was “protected” from sexual abuse during the early days of her modelling career by designers such as Azzedine Alaia, Gianni Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent.

The British star started working in the industry when she was just 15, and has gone on to become one of the most iconic supermodels of all time, fronting campaigns for the likes of Burberry, Prada, Versace, and Balmain, and walking the catwalk for Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, and Valentino.

Recalling how she shot to fame in her teenage years in an interview with The Guardian’s Weekend magazine, Naomi described how she is adamant she escaped becoming a victim of the rife sexual abuse from predatory men in the business by her close friends Versace, Saint Laurent and Alaia, who she affectionately called her “papa”.

“Of course, I have empathy and concern for those it did happen to and I feel for their trauma, psychologically how it affects them,” Campbell said. “But it never happened to me.

“I didn’t see any of that s**t, because thank God for my armour, my being called a bad b**ch – I was lucky it never happened to me. I was protected by my angels Azzedine, Gianni and Yves Saint Laurent.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Campbell confessed she was looking forward to turning 50 next year and has already planned a huge bash to celebrate the milestone.

“I’m not afraid of being 50. I’m looking forward to a good old dance, too. I want to make sure I dance the night away, surrounded by people I love and who have been with me through thick and thin,” the model explained.

While she didn’t reveal the guest list, one person who will be invited is her mysterious new boyfriend.

“And it’s actually not someone that you know, but my heart… my heart is happy,” Campbell shared. “And the other thing that’s taken me a while to understand in my growing up is that you have to accept and love yourself first, and not be validated by someone else.”

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Naomi Campbell lands first-ever photoshoot with black fashion photographer

Naomi Campbell has posed for a black fashion photographer for the first time in 33 years.The British supermodel has taken to Instagram to share images from her recent photoshoot with Campbell Addy for the Guardian Weekend magazine, and in the accompany…

Naomi Campbell has posed for a black fashion photographer for the first time in 33 years.

The British supermodel has taken to Instagram to share images from her recent photoshoot with Campbell Addy for the Guardian Weekend magazine, and in the accompanying caption, noted that the experience was monumental for her.

“It’s my first time in 33 and a half years, shooting with a black photographer in mainstream fashion,” she wrote. “BLESS YOU @campbelladdy for a beautiful day and to the whole team and @guardianweekend for this piece.”

Campbell was styled by Jenke Ahmed Tailly, while Lorenzo Barcella was in charge of her hair and Daniel Sallstrom was tasked with doing her make-up.

Accordingly, British-Ghanaian photographer Addy was full of praise for the star and described their collaboration as one of the most “surreal” moments of his career.

“It’s a very surreal moment after the longest flight of my life and to see this be shared with you all. Firstly, to have shot the icon that’s Ms Naomi and two for her to reveal that it’s the first time in over THREE decades that she’s been photographed by another black person in mainstream fashion… let that sink in people… I am very blessed to be alive and working today, so thank you to everyone that’s made my existence possible,” he shared. “Here’s to many more shoots together…Much love to you @naomi and @guardianweekend! To the team involved I love you all.”

Meanwhile, in the interview for Guardian Weekend, Campbell tackled a number of topics, including the early days of her modelling career, her rise to fame in the late ’80s, her role as a contributing editor at British Vogue magazine, and her recent decision to decline an appearance in an “all-black show” because it goes against her advocacy of “balanced inclusion”.

“I can see clearly when brands want diversity because they get it and think it’s the right thing to do – and the ones who just think it will look bad if they don’t,” the 49-year-old commented.

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Keira Knightley: ‘Official Secrets made me think hard about governments and accountability’

Keira Knightley thought hard about governments being held accountable for their lies after she read the script for Official Secrets.The fact-based film follows the true story of translator Katharine Gun, who exposed a plot by the British government to …

Keira Knightley thought hard about governments being held accountable for their lies after she read the script for Official Secrets.

The fact-based film follows the true story of translator Katharine Gun, who exposed a plot by the British government to spy on United Nations delegates to garner support for the controversial Iraq war in 2003.

Keira met Gun, who now lives in Turkey with her husband and daughter, only a few times before portraying her on the big screen and confessed that reading about her story prompted her to do more investigation into the events in 2003.

“It’s a very British story in that way. It has that heroic failure about it. But what are you going to do? Write an ending in which the war didn’t happen? She didn’t stop it. She told the truth and there was little consequence,” the 34-year-old told the Guardian newspaper.

“Look where we are now. The questions we have about government and accountability go back to that. Why are politicians who lie not held to account? The script made me think hard about that.”

The two-time Oscar-nominated actress also confessed that she wasn’t aware of Gun’s efforts, which were deemed a breach of the Official Secrets Act.

“I was about 18 at the time. I thought I was (politically) engaged. I really remember the run-up to that conflict, but I didn’t remember this,” she shared.

The mother-of-two is also a big fan of political thrillers and loves being challenged by films.

“I’ve always loved a political thriller. I know some people like escapism, and that’s fine, but I like to be challenged. I was watching Paths of Glory last night, the Kubrick film, 1957, black and white, Kirk Douglas, about the futility of war, and political lies, and it’s amazing,” Keira explained.

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Victoria Beckham hates sportswear with heels

Victoria Beckham would never wear sporty clothes with a high heel.The designer recently created a new ’90s inspired Reebok collection in collaboration with basketball icon Shaquille O’Neal, and debuted her latest line at an event in Los Angeles last Th…

Victoria Beckham would never wear sporty clothes with a high heel.

The designer recently created a new ’90s inspired Reebok collection in collaboration with basketball icon Shaquille O’Neal, and debuted her latest line at an event in Los Angeles last Thursday (12Apr18). Though the former Spice Girl has become famous for her glamorous dresses and towering high heels, she believes pairing a stiletto with casual sportswear is a major fashion sin.

“That is one way that I don’t love sportswear, actually,” she explained in an interview with The Guardian. “I don’t love sportswear with a heel because it doesn’t look effortless and I think the whole point of bringing sportswear into the wardrobe is that it should look easy.”

Victoria’s new outlook marks a shift from her mindset back in 2007, where she donned a pair of white, wedge trainers when she was invited to throw the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game. However, the British fashion mogul is one of many designers to welcome the blending of sportswear and high fashion in recent years, and feels that this unfussy vibe is particularly appealing to modern buyers.

“I think people want to be comfortable,” the 44-year-old considered, adding that she likes to see her customers mix sporty pieces with classic tailoring where “it looks effortless as opposed to too contrived.”

Victoria also shared that her own love of exercise means she’s “wanted to create workout clothes for a long, long time.” And though she was the Posh Spice to Mel C’s Sporty in her girl band days, she insists she’d have liked to have been more active during the ’90s.

“I didn’t exercise as much as I do now when I was in the Spice Girls because there wasn’t the time to do it,” she said.

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