Helena Christensen tapped to star in inclusive Victoria’s Secret campaign

Helena Christensen is fronting an inclusive new campaign for Victoria’s Secret.The U.S. lingerie label has taken a hit in recent years, with critics calling out executives for failing to promote diversity and a range of body types in their advertising …

Helena Christensen is fronting an inclusive new campaign for Victoria’s Secret.

The U.S. lingerie label has taken a hit in recent years, with critics calling out executives for failing to promote diversity and a range of body types in their advertising and annual fashion shows.

However, bosses are now appearing to take the backlash seriously, and on Thursday, unveiled the spring 2020 marketing imagery for The Body by Victoria collection.

The main photo features veteran Victoria’s Secret Angel Christensen, 51, posing alongside Barbara Palvin, Romee Strijd, Valentina Sampaio, and Solange van Doorn in black and beige underwear sets.

Palvin and van Doorn are both known for embracing their natural curves, while Brazilian star Sampaio made history last August when she became the first-ever transgender model to work for Victoria’s Secret.

In addition, experienced photographer Christensen helmed the rest of the photoshoot, with the other snaps including the likes of curvy model Candice Huffine, Joan Smalls, Daniela Pestova, Jasmine Tookes, and Lais Ribeiro.

Marketing bosses at Victoria’s Secret appeared to want to take a low-key approach to the relaunch, with the campaign promoted on the company’s website but not yet on Instagram.

In addition, the brand has been affected by the coronavirus crisis sweeping the world, with executives announcing on Thursday that they will be temporarily closing the online store and boutiques across North America to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“Responding safely and responsibly is one way we continue to show our appreciation for those who make Victoria’s Secret possible, especially during difficult times,” a spokesperson wrote on Instagram. “While our associates are home with their loved ones, we’ll support them with full pay. We’re also working on addition ways to provide support through our home communities for those who may need an outstretched hand.”

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Ashley Graham marks International Women’s Day with childbirth snap

Ashley Graham shared a personal snap of herself giving birth to mark International Women’s Day on Sunday.The model welcomed a baby boy named Isaac with her husband, director Justin Ervin, back in January. Taking to Instagram to celebrate “the face of m…

Ashley Graham shared a personal snap of herself giving birth to mark International Women’s Day on Sunday.

The model welcomed a baby boy named Isaac with her husband, director Justin Ervin, back in January.

Taking to Instagram to celebrate “the face of my greatest strength”, Ashley opened up about the experience of giving birth alongside a close-up image of her face during labour.

“The greatest pain I’ve ever known and the greatest accomplishment that I’ve ever achieved,” she wrote in the caption. “On this International Women’s Day understand that despite whatever pain or trial we have all experienced as women, we are also strong, powerful and capable of accomplishing greatness.

“Happy International Women’s Day! Let’s all celebrate our, and each other’s strengths today.”

International Women’s Day is held annually on 8 March and celebrates women’s achievements throughout history worldwide.

Accordingly, the post soon attracted comments from Ashley’s celebrity followers.

Amy Schumer wrote, “This pic made me cry,” Helena Christensen posted, “Such powers we possess such strength,” and Christy Turlington added: “Love this so much.”

In recent weeks, the 32-year-old has been praised by fans for candidly documenting her journey as a new mum online, speaking about changes to her body and the challenges of parenting.

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Helena Christensen collaborating with H&M on capsule collection

Helena Christensen has teamed up with H&M on a collection showcasing her photography.Aside from her fashion career, the Danish supermodel is an accomplished photographer, with her work featuring in the likes of Elle and Marie Claire magazines. Now, Hel…

Helena Christensen has teamed up with H&M on a collection showcasing her photography.

Aside from her fashion career, the Danish supermodel is an accomplished photographer, with her work featuring in the likes of Elle and Marie Claire magazines.

Now, Helena has partnered with the designers at the Swedish retailer on the Helena Christensen x H&M capsule line, which features her images of flowers on a range of T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies.

“It’s been a very cool experience collaborating with H&M as I not only have been able to see my photographs come to life on items of clothing but also got to look at them through my lens as I shot the campaign images,” she said. “I wanted to capture the generation of tomorrow, encouraging them to be themselves and letting their personalities shine.”

The items are made from white, black and grey marl fabrics, allowing the pastel shades of Helena’s portraits to be the focus.

In addition, the 51-year-old also shot the accompanying campaign imagery, and Maria Ostblom, head of womenswear design at H&M, couldn’t be more thrilled with the final result.

“We’re happy to be collaborating with Helena Christensen. From her work behind and in front of the camera to magazines or fragrances, plus her charitable work, she’s a true icon,” the designer said. “And her beautiful photographs of flowers for this collaboration look amazing on the 90s streetwear-inspired designs – it’s laidback with an edge.”

The Helena Christensen x H&M collection will drop on 30 January.

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Donatella Versace: ‘Comparisons to Gianni nearly destroyed me’

Donatella Versace struggled with comparisons to her late brother Gianni Versace when she took over his fashion house.The Italian designer was forced to succeed her sibling as chief creative director at the brand following Gianni’s tragic murder at the …

Donatella Versace struggled with comparisons to her late brother Gianni Versace when she took over his fashion house.

The Italian designer was forced to succeed her sibling as chief creative director at the brand following Gianni’s tragic murder at the age of 50 in 1997.

Donatella staged her first haute couture show for Versace in Paris one year after Gianni’s death, and in a conversation with Anna Wintour as part of the 2019 Forces of Fashion conference, she recalled how difficult the time was for her.

“To be compared to Gianni was not only tough, it destroyed me,” she stated. “Because Gianni was the king, Gianni was Gianni. He’d create something incredible. If you go through his archive, you always learn. Everybody learns, not only me…. I thought I was going to fail. The whole world was (wondering), ‘Is she going to fail?’ But I don’t know how, this strength came to me… (I thought), ‘I need to keep going, even if I suffer.'”

Donatella has continued to oversee the company, and in September 2017, honoured her brother by having his favourite ’90s supermodels – Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer, and Carla Bruni – walk the runway.

As for the future of the brand, the fashion icon is hoping to continue mentoring rising talent and finding new ways to embrace sustainability.

“I mean I’ve embraced a lot of young designers, even for the Versus line, when we’re still doing Versus, but the world is now full of young talent,” the 64-year-old commented. “We are interested in sustainability, which is a big issue, and we all should look to make this world better and less dirty… We do little steps, little by little, but we’re going to get there.”

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Naomi Campbell used to feel like ‘token black model’ in fashion shows

Naomi Campbell used to feel like the “token black model” when she walked the runway.The 49-year-old discussed diversity in fashion during an interview at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Tech Live event and opened up about feeling uncomfortable in the ear…

Naomi Campbell used to feel like the “token black model” when she walked the runway.

The 49-year-old discussed diversity in fashion during an interview at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Tech Live event and opened up about feeling uncomfortable in the early days of her modelling career.

She candidly shared the examples of tokenism that she experienced, and while she didn’t name any specific brands, Naomi insisted that the problem was far-reaching when she was walking the runways back in the 1990s alongside fellow models such as Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen.

“I know what it’s like to be the token and it wasn’t a good feeling to have to always be the only black model in a show of 70 girls. It was uncomfortable. I didn’t like it,” she explained.

“I don’t want to say names of brands because I’m not going to call people out… I have to believe that everybody is coming from a good place. We’ll discover, as we go along – we will know who is doing it for the token and who is doing it for real.”

She also denied that she didn’t want any other black models walking the runways with her during her heyday, by saying: “Well that’s not true. I did.”

Elsewhere in the interview, she discussed how she now wants to see more representation behind-the-scenes at big fashion houses and wants brands to employ more people of colour.

“You’ve seen all shapes, sizes, colours, different hair types on the runway – we’re still in that,” Naomi said. “But now, it needs to go deeper than that. We need to see within the actual companies, in the offices, are you going to give the diverse staff a seat at the table to advise and be part of the projects that you do?”

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Kaia Gerber recreates iconic Cindy Crawford look for 18th birthday party

Kaia Gerber channelled one of her mother Cindy Crawford’s famous looks when she stepped out for her 18th birthday party over the weekend.The rising model partied with Leonardo DiCaprio and his girlfriend Camila Morrone, designer Alexander Wang, supermo…

Kaia Gerber channelled one of her mother Cindy Crawford’s famous looks when she stepped out for her 18th birthday party over the weekend.

The rising model partied with Leonardo DiCaprio and his girlfriend Camila Morrone, designer Alexander Wang, supermodel Helena Christensen, Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon, Ru Paul, and models Winnie Harlow and Kendall Jenner at the bash on Friday night.

Hosted by her parents – mum Cindy and dad Rande Gerber – along with her brother Presley Gerber, Kaia partied at the Paradise Club in Times Square, with the event coinciding with the start of New York Fashion Week.

The brunette beauty was dressed head-to-toe in a leather Versace outfit that closely resembled Cindy’s look at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.

While Kaia rocked a corset top and leather skirt featuring gold buckle detailing, her mother’s outfit from almost three decades ago featured a similar Versace corset and buckles, but with leather trousers.

And for her daughter’s milestone birthday bash, the iconic supermodel wore a metallic gold wig and matching jumpsuit.

The burlesque-themed party featured a disco dance floor and a series of performances from drag artists, including Amanda Lepore, who pulled Kaia up on stage.

“Happy Birthday @kaiagerber such an honour to perform and sing happy birthday to you gorgeous,” she wrote on Instagram, alongside a snap of the two together.

Kaia celebrated her actual birthday on 3 September, and Cindy took to Instagram to share a sweet photo from her daughter’s childhood, alongside a photo from Kaia’s cover shoot in the October 2019 issue of British Vogue.

“From this to THIS in the blink of an eye! Happy birthday @kaiagerber. I’m so proud of the young woman you’ve become! All the best for the year ahead!” the 53-year-old wrote.

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Julianne Moore: ‘Tom Ford taught me about fashion’

Julianne Moore has credited designer Tom Ford with teaching her valuable lessons about fashion.The actress was a muse of the American designer and his leading lady in his directorial debut, A Single Man, back in 2009.In an interview with supermodel Hel…

Julianne Moore has credited designer Tom Ford with teaching her valuable lessons about fashion.

The actress was a muse of the American designer and his leading lady in his directorial debut, A Single Man, back in 2009.

In an interview with supermodel Helena Christensen to mark InStyle magazine’s 25th anniversary, Julianne shared the fashion knowledge that her close friend imparted on her.

“Tom, for all of his glamour and everything, is never mysterious about fashion. He’s not precious about it. He’s like, ‘Oh, that armhole needs to be tighter; the skirt needs to be this length; that colour looks good on you.’ He’s very specific about it, so I always think it’s nice to demystify fashion,” she explained.

“Get a good tailor and make sure it fits. Do you feel good in it? Do you feel like it’s appropriate for the occasion? And the best thing that’s happened to me regarding fashion is the iPhone, because taking a picture of your outfit before you leave is one of the best things you can do.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Oscar-winning actress shared that she was obsessed with jumpsuits and Birkenstock sandals.

“I have a dressy one, a blue linen one, a green zip-up Rachel Comey one, and another shiny Rachel Comey number. I wear them a lot, which is why you think I have more,” she told Helena about her jumpsuit collection.

However, she admitted she couldn’t even remember how many pairs of the comfortable sandals she had in her closet.

“I’ve stopped buying them because I have too many, and I want to make sure I wear them until they die. My favourites right now are the Rick Owens. Then I also have an all-green pair that’s a special edition I got in Berlin. They’re excellent,” the 58-year-old gushed.

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Alexandra Shulman breaks silence on Helena Christensen backlash

Alexandra Shulman has admitted her scathing attack on Helena Christensen’s recent decision to wear a corset was not her “finest hour”.The former British Vogue editor took an instant dislike to the outfit the 50-year-old model wore to Gigi Hadid’s denim…

Alexandra Shulman has admitted her scathing attack on Helena Christensen’s recent decision to wear a corset was not her “finest hour”.

The former British Vogue editor took an instant dislike to the outfit the 50-year-old model wore to Gigi Hadid’s denim-themed 24th birthday party in April – a pair of wide-legged jeans, black lace bustier and gold sandals.

Calling the look “tacky”, she went on to suggest that older women should stop dressing in clothes they wore in their younger years.

Helena’s fashion contemporaries, including Naomi Campbell, Karen Elson and Linda Evangelista, and Alexandra’s Vogue replacement Edward Enninful, all leapt to the Danish star’s defence, and the British journalist has finally broken her silence on the matter.

“I think that it certainly wasn’t my finest hour,” she began in a chat on The Telegraph’s Fashion Unzipped podcast. “I’m very pleased that Helena behaved extremely graciously about it. I also think that it is important that you can have an opinion, whether people disagree with it or not – and if you’re going do that then it might be uncomfortable, but you’ve got to take the heat, haven’t you?’

“In other art forms, it’s accepted that you review completely impartially, whether you think an exhibition’s good, a play’s good, a film’s good. In fashion, the idea is that your criticism would be to ignore, but not to actually review and put your point of view.”

In the wake of the comments, which appeared in an article Alexandra penned for The Daily Mail, Helena donned the bustier for a second time, sharing a photo on Instagram of the repeated look and writing: “Let’s continue to elevate and support each other, all you beautiful, smart, fun, sexy, hardworking, talented, nurturing women out there #ooopssheworeabustieragain.”

She also told fans she’d received “flowers and an apology”, though didn’t elaborate who from.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Alexandra continued: “I think it’s an interesting question, how commentary is not really a part of the fashion business. And maybe sometimes because I am a journalist at heart and now, I don’t have any particular allegiances, my kind of knee-jerk like of commentary overturns my… I wouldn’t say good sense, but the point about Helena is that she’s wonderful, and I think I was kind of wrong to make a negative point about how she looked in a bustier. And what people minded was that I attached that to the idea of age.”

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Helena Christensen receives mysterious apology following Alexandra Shulman fall out

Helena Christensen has cryptically told her Instagram followers she’s received “flowers and an apology” following the Alexandra Shulman fall out.Former British Vogue editor Shulman took aim at the Danish model’s outfit of choice for Gigi Hadid’s recent…

Helena Christensen has cryptically told her Instagram followers she’s received “flowers and an apology” following the Alexandra Shulman fall out.

Former British Vogue editor Shulman took aim at the Danish model’s outfit of choice for Gigi Hadid’s recent denim-themed birthday party, calling her corset and jeans look “tacky” and declaring her too old to wear the black lacy bustier.

Fellow supermodels Naomi Campbell, Karen Elson, and Linda Evangelista, as well Shulman’s Vogue replacement Edward Enninful, leapt to the 50-year-old beauty’s defence, and now Christensen has seemingly updated her followers with a turn of events.

Writing on her Instagram Stories, she shared, “We all make mistakes. Flowers and apology received,” followed by a shaking hands emoji.

Hours earlier, she also posted a lengthy statement about corsets, explaining all about the undergarment.

Copying and pasting a passage from Wikipedia, the catwalk star added a smirking face emoji to a line referencing journalists.

“For dress reformists of the late 1800s, corsets were a dangerous moral ‘evil’, promoting promiscuous views of female bodies and superficial dalliance into fashion whims,” the post reads. “The obvious health risks, including damaged and rearranged internal organs, compromised fertility; weakness and general depletion of health were also blamed on excessive corsetry… Preachers inveighed against tightlacing, doctors counselled patients against it (smirking emoji) journalists wrote articles condemning the vanity and frivolity of women who would sacrifice their health for the sake of fashion.

“Whereas for many corseting was accepted as necessary for beauty, health, and an upright military-style posture, dress reformists viewed tightlacing as vain and, especially at the height of the era of Victorian morality, a sign of moral indecency.”

A defiant Christensen donned the lace garment for a second event over the weekend, writing next to snap: “Let’s continue to elevate and support each other, all you beautiful, smart, fun, sexy, hardworking, talented, nurturing women out there #ooopssheworeabustieragain.”

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Models defend Helena Christensen after ex-British Vogue editor slams her ‘tacky’ outfit

Top models have defended Helena Christensen after an ex-British Vogue editor criticised her for wearing a “tacky” outfit to a party.The Danish supermodel stepped out at Gigi Hadid’s denim themed 24th birthday bash in New York City on 22 April (19) spor…

Top models have defended Helena Christensen after an ex-British Vogue editor criticised her for wearing a “tacky” outfit to a party.

The Danish supermodel stepped out at Gigi Hadid’s denim themed 24th birthday bash in New York City on 22 April (19) sporting a pair of wide-legged jeans, black lace bustier, and gold sandals.

However, journalist Alexandra Shulman blasted Helena in her column for Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper over the weekend (27-28Apr19), describing her look as “cliched pin-up style”.

In light of the article, the 50-year-old posted a snap of herself in the ensemble on her Instagram page, which she captioned, “Let’s continue to elevate and support each other, all you beautiful, smart, fun, sexy, hardworking, talented, nurturing women out there #ooopssheworeabustieragain,” with the post quickly garnering lots of attention from her celebrity pals.

“Such a cheap shot, she has no right or claims to be writing such a ridiculous article… I’ve known you 30 years and whatever you wear, you wear it WELL with class and dignity!! Hold your head high and keep your drive. Love you always @helenachristensen,” Naomi Campbell wrote in the comments section, and Karen Elson posted, “I just read that article. B**ch please…you are on fire!”

Linda Evangelista noted, “She should be ashamed of herself. You are a goddess,” while current British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, who succeeded Alexandra following her departure from the publication after 25 years in mid-2017, added: “You are BEAUTIFUL inside and out.”

Elsewhere in the fashion scribe’s piece, the 61-year-old claimed that it was time for Helena to “hand over the fleshpot-at-the-party baton” to the next generation and stated that she felt the brunette beauty was too old to be wearing such revealing garments.

“It’s possible that she just panicked, as you do, when faced with a themed party (this was denim) and thought that turning up as the madam in a one-horse town would fit the bill. But it’s more likely that she did it to show she’s not past it. She’s not going gentle into any good night when it comes to getting her share of the paparazzi’s attention,” she insisted, before going on to describe model Stella Tennant and actress Gillian Anderson as examples of women who have mastered the ability to appear simultaneously sexy and sophisticated.

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