Cameron Russell wants fashion leaders to hire more female photographers

Cameron Russell has called on fashion industry leaders to hire more female photographers.The American model and social campaigner kicked off her fashion career in 2003 and has gone on to walk in runway shows for the likes of Chanel, Versace, Vivienne W…

Cameron Russell has called on fashion industry leaders to hire more female photographers.

The American model and social campaigner kicked off her fashion career in 2003 and has gone on to walk in runway shows for the likes of Chanel, Versace, Vivienne Westwood, and Victoria’s Secret.

Cameron has been a vocal advocate of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, and in a new interview for U.S. Harper’s Bazaar magazine, urged creative directors and casting agents to champion women on photoshoots.

“Two years ago, I helped bring the #MeToo movement to fashion and one of the responses that I have been working on with others is changing not only who’s in front of the camera but who’s behind the camera,” she said, before going on to share how thrilled she was to find an entirely female crew working with her on a recent Max Factor shoot. “I had not experienced that on a huge campaign before in this way. Everybody was an industry veteran and were all women.”

Cameron went on to discuss her gig as a Max Factor brand ambassador and made a point of clarifying the difference between a model who is simply the face of a campaign, and a model who serves as an ambassador for a company, as they are typically trusted to express their voice.

“I’ve been in this job now (as a model) for such a long time and I’m also very outspoken, so to have a big brand like Max Factor want to work with me, not just because of how I look but also my voice, is an honour to me, but also makes me feel like it’s a brand that’s thinking about women in all that they can be,” the 32-year-old commented. “It makes me feel like they’re thinking about their customer in a more progressive way than perhaps in the past. They’re thinking about who women want to be and what voice they want to have.”

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Emily Ratajkowski shows off armpit hair in powerful photoshoot

Emily Ratajkowski has shown off her armpit hair in a photoshoot to accompany an essay in which she explores her relationship with body hair and feminism. The 28-year-old has penned an article on feminism and women’s empowerment for the September issue…

Emily Ratajkowski has shown off her armpit hair in a photoshoot to accompany an essay in which she explores her relationship with body hair and feminism.

The 28-year-old has penned an article on feminism and women’s empowerment for the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar, and posed for the accompanying images with her armpit hair on show.

“If I decide to shave my armpits or grow them out, that’s up to me,” she wrote in the essay. “For me, body hair is another opportunity for women to exercise their ability to choose – a choice based on how they want to feel and their associations with having or not having body hair.”

The Gone Girl star, who posed in a bralette from her own Inamorata lingerie collection for the images, went on to explain how deciding not to shave allows her to feel more in control of her body.

“On any given day, I tend to like to shave, but sometimes letting my body hair grow out is what makes me feel sexy,” she added. “And there is no right answer, no choice that makes me more or less of a feminist, or even a ‘bad feminist’, to borrow from (writer and professor) Roxane Gay. As long as the decision is my choice, then it’s the right choice. Ultimately, the identity and sexuality of an individual is up to them and no one else.”

Emily is also determined to embrace female sexuality, which she displays in her often risque Instagram posts, because she feels it is often suppressed culturally.

“As a culture, we are scared of women generally, but also, more specifically, of the innate power that female sexuality possesses,” she continued. “A woman becomes too powerful and thus threatening when she takes strength from embracing her sex. Therefore, we insist on shaming; we insist that a woman loses something when she flaunts or embraces her sexuality.”

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Emily Ratajkowski accused of wearing fake armpit hair for photoshoot

Emily Ratajkowski has been accused of sporting fake armpit hair in her latest magazine photoshoot. In the new issue of U.S. Harper’s Bazaar, the model/actress is pictured showing off her body hair in one shot, with the powerful image accompanying an e…

Emily Ratajkowski has been accused of sporting fake armpit hair in her latest magazine photoshoot. 

In the new issue of U.S. Harper’s Bazaar, the model/actress is pictured showing off her body hair in one shot, with the powerful image accompanying an editorial piece on feminism and female empowerment. 

In the black-and-white photo, Emily can be seen wearing a black lacy bralette from her Inamorata lingerie collection and her arms over her head, displaying her unshaven underarms. 

“If I decide to shave my armpits or grow them out, that’s up to me,” the 28-year-old mused in the essay for the publication. “For me, body hair is another opportunity for women to exercise their ability to choose – a choice based on how they want to feel and their associations with having or not having body hair.

“On any given day, I tend to like to shave, but sometimes letting my body hair grow out is what makes me feel sexy.” 

However, eagle-eyed readers were quick to spot that Emily recently shared a paparazzi photo of herself on Instagram, with shaved armpits, leading some to accuse the brunette beauty of wearing fake hair for the photoshoot.

“Fake obviously,” one Twitter user wrote, while another fired: “This is so fake. Also, not shaving your body hair doesn’t make you a feminist. Thank you, next.”

News outlet The Cut also shared the image of Emily’s fuzz-free underarms, with editors at the outlet reporting that the I Feel Pretty star’s armpit hair was real, though was removed a short time later. 

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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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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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Maria Grazia Chiuri pleased to see people wearing copies of her feminist T-shirts

Maria Grazia Chiuri was “happy” to see people wearing copies of her feminist T-shirts after her debut show for Dior.Back in 2016, the Italian designer was tapped as the first female creative director for the French fashion house, and when she released …

Maria Grazia Chiuri was “happy” to see people wearing copies of her feminist T-shirts after her debut show for Dior.

Back in 2016, the Italian designer was tapped as the first female creative director for the French fashion house, and when she released her spring/summer 2016 collection, quickly garnered attention for her line of white tops bearing the title of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay We Should All Be Feminists.

While the T-shirts are priced at $860 (£580), and are therefore out of many customers’ budgets, Chiuri has now shared that she is fine with seeing people sporting knock-offs as it means that a luxury brand is sending a “good message”.

“Of course, we have to acknowledge we are a luxury brand and that not all people can buy our products,” she commented in an interview by author and feminist leader Robin Morgan for U.S. Harper’s Bazaar. “But I was so happy after my first show when I did the We Should All Be Feminists T-shirt and I saw fake T-shirts all around the world!”

While most fashion designers would be displeased to see consumers wearing copies or buying knock-offs, Chiuri is particularly fine with it because it means people are investigating the inspiration behind the design and are sharing the message with others.

“If someone sees your book titles on a T-shirt and then Googles and finds the books, that’s the goal for me,” the 55-year-old smiled. “And, really, I can thank Dior for supporting me in this. Everyone seemed worried, ‘Uh-oh, you are political.’ But the company never stopped me. Everything is political anyway! Everything you buy, everything you eat. Life is political!”

Chiuri is to receive the Sisterhood Is Powerful Award for Wearable Media at the annual Women’s Media Awards event in New York City in October.

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Natalie Portman reflects on ‘ephemeral’ nature of beauty

Natalie Portman works hard on various projects because she knows beauty is “ephemeral”.The Oscar winner is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood and has been the face of French fashion house Dior since 2010. However, Natalie ha…

Natalie Portman works hard on various projects because she knows beauty is “ephemeral”.

The Oscar winner is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood and has been the face of French fashion house Dior since 2010.

However, Natalie has now shared in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar U.K. that she finds it frustrating whenever she’s judged only on her looks.

“As a woman, you are constantly fighting against only being valued for your looks, because it becomes a very tenuous thing, to be defined by the gaze of others, the opinion of others,” the 38-year-old commented. “And beauty is, by definition, ephemeral, it’s a thing that you can’t trap in time, it’s a butterfly, it lives for a second. So to make a lifetime worthwhile and have meaning cannot rest on beauty…”

In spite of her stance, Natalie did emphasise that while she’s aware of political and social unrest across the world, she takes comfort in focusing on herself from time to time, to escape the world around her. One way she does this is by dressing up in beautiful clothes.

“I love beauty and I love glamour, and they can be part of the sweetness of life in the face of really dark things – and that has great worth,” the mother-of-two shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, Natalie revealed that she is hugely impressed with the work Maria Grazia Chiuri is doing at Dior, having been tapped as the luxury label’s first female artistic director in 2016.

“It’s wonderful to have a woman designing for other women, someone who understands us, and knows that maybe we might want to wear a T-shirt with a skirt and flats, or have pockets in our dresses,” Natalie gushed, before adding that the designer’s comfortable creations are almost political. “If a woman can’t breathe in her dress, what does that mean? It’s the most literal symbol of oppression that you could possibly have – it’s so political.”

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Nicole Kidman has Cinderella moment each time she steps on red carpet

Nicole Kidman swears she has a Cinderella moment each time she attends a Hollywood event.The Big Little Lies actress is always one to watch on the red carpet as she opts for glamorous designer gowns and beautiful accessories. But while Nicole has been …

Nicole Kidman swears she has a Cinderella moment each time she attends a Hollywood event.

The Big Little Lies actress is always one to watch on the red carpet as she opts for glamorous designer gowns and beautiful accessories.

But while Nicole has been attending premieres and awards shows since the launch of her career in the late ’80s, she has now insisted that the novelty never fades.

“No dress has ever changed my life. Marrying my husband, Keith (Urban), having children-those things changed my life,” she wrote in an essay for U.S. Harper’s Bazaar. “Nevertheless, the fairy tale aspect of wearing couture is a glorious sidebar to my career. Golly, it is still lovely to me. I always say, ‘I’m going to the ball,’ when I’m walking a red carpet because it really does have that Cinderella quality.”

Nicole went to pinpoint the blue Armani Prive strapless gown with bow attached to the front which she donned for the 90th Academy Awards ceremony in March 2018 as one of her favourite dresses.

Even though the outfit fitted the star perfectly following two fittings, she was still surprised that it was easy to walk and sit in.

“Going to the Oscars as a presenter was just plain fun. I wore an Armani Prive dress, and I have to say they really take care of the details, like how to make a giant bow sit. Because remember, you have to be able to sit in the dress for four hours! Strangely enough, despite the boning on the corset top, this dress was unbelievably comfortable,” the 52-year-old shared.

In the essay, Nicole also added that she loves wearing vintage jewellery to events, especially “delicate” watches, and rarely attends after-parties, instead preferring to go home for a hot bath.

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Awkwafina felt insecure crying onscreen for The Farewell

Awkwafina felt insecure about crying in her new film The Farewell but it ended up becoming a very emotional experience.The star, real name Nora Lum, made her film breakthrough in 2018 with roles in comedies Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians, but she pr…

Awkwafina felt insecure about crying in her new film The Farewell but it ended up becoming a very emotional experience.

The star, real name Nora Lum, made her film breakthrough in 2018 with roles in comedies Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians, but she proves her dramatic acting chops in The Farewell, a drama about a Chinese family who doesn’t tell the matriarch she’s dying and instead throws her one last hurrah.

In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Awkwafina confessed she was self-conscious about getting upset onscreen when they started filming, but once she got fully into her character Billi, her emotions ran wild.

“It was extremely emotional. At the start of filming, I was insecure about crying. But when I got into it and thought about what this girl was going through, it felt very real,” she shared.

The rapper-turned-actress was born in New York to a Chinese-American father and South Korean mother, and the role helped her understand the Asian perspective on the dilemma.

“During the transformation into my character, Billi, I really grappled with the idea of not telling someone about their own medical condition,” Awkwafina explained. “As an American, it seemed very wrong to me at first. But as Asian people, we have an undying reverence for our elders, and when you think about it as a communication of love, respect, and generosity, you realise that it’s complicated, layered, and very profound. I think this role helped me understand it.”

Awkwafina credits films such as Crazy Rich Asians with helping movies like The Farewell get made and for helping Asian-American actors get more work.

“Asian-American actors have told me that before Crazy Rich Asians they couldn’t get one audition. Now they’re getting tons,” she commented.

The Farewell is in U.S. cinemas now and will open in the U.K. in October.

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Yara Shahidi disappointed by make-up artists who don’t cater to her skin tone

Yara Shahidi brings her own cosmetics to photoshoots as not all make-up artists cater for her skin tone.The actress, perhaps best known for playing Zoey Johnson on sitcom Black-ish, was recently named as a brand ambassador for Bobbi Brown and has been …

Yara Shahidi brings her own cosmetics to photoshoots as not all make-up artists cater for her skin tone.

The actress, perhaps best known for playing Zoey Johnson on sitcom Black-ish, was recently named as a brand ambassador for Bobbi Brown and has been tapped to appear in the new Confident Beauty campaign alongside Elizabeth Olsen and Chinese star Ni Ni.

While Yara chose to team with Bobbi Brown due to the company’s extensive colour offerings in foundation and concealer, she has found that make-up artists don’t always carry the right shades for her.

“I love that more brands are doing this. There have been times when I got out of the make-up chair and my skin looked grey,” she recalled in an interview with U.S. Harper’s Bazaar. “It’s why I think every single person of colour usually brings their own make-up kit to set.”

In addition to building a reputation for her fun beauty looks, Yara is quickly becoming one to watch on the red carpet.

Of late, she has sported very glamorous ensembles from a diverse array of designers, including Prabal Gurung, Monse, and Balmain, but when it comes to what she wears when at home, the star prefers a much more relaxed vibe.

“By not showing skin, I’m making a statement,” the 19-year-old insisted. “My clothes need to have movement. For me, fashion is all about joy.”

In addition to appearing in Black-ish, Yara is working on her spin-off Grown-ish, and is voicing a character in animated series 3Below: Tales of Arcadia.

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