Joan Smalls ‘overwhelmed’ by support for fashion industry critique

Joan Smalls has been left “overwhelmed” by the support she has received for calling out the fashion industry for not doing enough to support the Black Lives Matter movement.On Thursday, the Puerto Rico-born model posted a lengthy video on Instagram in …

Joan Smalls has been left “overwhelmed” by the support she has received for calling out the fashion industry for not doing enough to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

On Thursday, the Puerto Rico-born model posted a lengthy video on Instagram in which she criticised the fashion industry for simply “jumping on the bandwagon” by supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and urged industry leaders to take action to address the racism and inequality that she has experienced during her modelling career. Smalls said it feeds “the beast of racism and inequality” and called on leaders to give people of colour “a real seat at the table”.

Her fellow models heaped praise on her in the comments, with Kendall Jenner, Imaan Hammam, Lily Aldridge, Duckie Thot, Karen Elson, and Ashley Graham all writing supportive messages. They also spread the word by sharing the video on their Instagram Stories, with Cara Delevingne and British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful also posting it on their timelines with gushing captions.

Uploading the video on their respective Instagram Stories, Amber Valletta wrote, “Listen up fashion family (praying hands emoji) Take Action,” Alton Mason posted, “I love you Joan! We in this together (sic). Thank you Queen @joansmalls,” while Victoria’s Secret star Jasmine Tookes stated, “Our stories will be heard… Very well said @joansmalls… Couldn’t agree more & have had all of the same experiences.”

Hours later, the 31-year-old, who also pledged to donate half her income for the rest of 2020 towards organisations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, wrote a message on her own Stories timeline to explain how much the positive reaction has meant to her.

“I’m truly overwhelmed by the support and the love shown. To my friends, to my family and my Gaaaang! I love you more then (sic) you’ll ever know. I was nervous about this and had a lot of sleepless nights, so my heart is def touched,” she commented.

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Imaan Hammam pleased to see more diversity backstage at fashion shows

Imaan Hammam has praised industry leaders for beginning to hire a diverse array of creatives to work backstage at fashion shows.The Dutch model, who is of Moroccan and Egyptian descent, has previously discussed how she was often the only black person t…

Imaan Hammam has praised industry leaders for beginning to hire a diverse array of creatives to work backstage at fashion shows.

The Dutch model, who is of Moroccan and Egyptian descent, has previously discussed how she was often the only black person to be cast in runway events when she was first starting out in 2013.

However, in a new interview for the May 2020 issue of U.S. Elle magazine, Imaan shared that she has seen great strides made within the industry of late.

“When I first started, nobody knew what to do with my skin or my hair,” she insisted. “I stressed out before every show; it was actually pretty awful. Now I’m happy (to report) there are great make-up artists and hairstylists who know what they’re doing… And I feel more empowered to speak out about the way I was treated sometimes backstage. Modelling has gotten a lot better.”

But despite praising fashion executives, Imaan is adamant there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

“You know what I want to see next?” the 23-year-old questioned. “More female photographers! It’s still a bunch of men backstage! We also need more people of colour in casting, and we need more designers of colour.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Imaan opened up about her collaboration with the team at Frame on a denim capsule collection that was released earlier this year, and also hinted at her plans to get more involved in fashion design.

“Do you know what it’s like to finally use what I’ve learned from Donatella Versace, and from Stella McCartney, who sets such a great example with sustainability?” she smiled. “Designing is like a dream. I’m in love with the process.”

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Gigi Hadid’s friend has become her fashion photographer during lockdown

Gigi Hadid’s friend Leah McCarthy has been serving as her fashion photographer during the coronavirus lockdown. The 25-year-old model, who is expecting her first child with boyfriend Zayn Malik, has been self-isolating at her farm in Pennsylvania with …

Gigi Hadid’s friend Leah McCarthy has been serving as her fashion photographer during the coronavirus lockdown.

The 25-year-old model, who is expecting her first child with boyfriend Zayn Malik, has been self-isolating at her farm in Pennsylvania with the One Direction singer, her mother Yolanda, sister Bella, and her good friend Leah – who she turned to for help when editors from fashion magazines started asking if she could pose for photoshoots in her home.

“My friend Leah, who has been quarantined with us from the beginning because she was working in New York when it happened, she’s like the photographer,” Gigi said via videolink on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday. “So, she’s got a really easy fast route to photography stardom and now has two Vogue shoots under her belt.”

Jimmy then asked the model if Leah knows what she’s doing, and she replied, “No, but she’s like, ‘I don’t know what’s so hard about this.'”

The catwalk beauty revealed that magazine editors started reaching out to her for DIY photoshoots as soon as the lockdown began. She’s done one for Vogue Italia, in which she played video game Mario Kart while wearing a red Chanel ensemble they sent her, and another for U.S. Vogue’s Postcards From Home series in which she wore her own clothes and posed with Bella and some farm animals.

“It kind of started the first week we were in it, I was already getting calls like, ‘Hey, these magazines want you to shoot yourself at home,'” she explained. “I did one for Italian Vogue where they sent a Chanel look and I kind of made it a quarantine fantasy scene, but American Vogue wanted it to have clothes that were meaningful and told a story.”

Models Eva Herzigova and Imaan Hammam recently posed for home photoshoots for Vogue Arabia, while pregnant actress Chloe Sevigny staged a nude photoshoot over video conferencing site Zoom for The Cut.

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Eva Herzigova and Imaan Hammam front Vogue Arabia’s Do It Yourself issue

Eva Herzigova and Imaan Hammam have been tapped to star on the cover of Vogue Arabia’s Do It Yourself issue.As millions of people around the world are practicing social distancing and staying at home due to the coronavirus crisis, the publication’s edi…

Eva Herzigova and Imaan Hammam have been tapped to star on the cover of Vogue Arabia’s Do It Yourself issue.

As millions of people around the world are practicing social distancing and staying at home due to the coronavirus crisis, the publication’s editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut decided to hand over the reins of the May 2020 issue to four top models, each of whom photographed and creative directed their own cover photoshoots.

“If the world is practicing new skills and we are invited to do more and more with our own hands, why not ask our cover stars to produce, style, and photograph their cover shoots?” he said of the concept for the Do It Yourself issue. “I was completely blown away by the quality of the images that we received from our fantastic casting. They also did their own make-up and wore their own clothes.”

For her cover, Czech supermodel Herzigova was snapped by her partner Gregorio Marsiaj while posing in a grassy field while wearing a green Alessandro Dell’Acqua dress and necklace from Dolce & Gabbana.

“I dedicate this very special cover @voguearabia to my longtime friend @alessandrodellacqua… For this out of ordinary DOITYOURSELF issue I have chosen his dress that I have kept and treasured in my closet for over 20 years. I have been a huge fan and supporter of his work since the beginning. His talent is boundless and his heart is the biggest,” the 47-year-old posted alongside an image of her cover on her Instagram page.

Meanwhile, Hammam shared an image of herself sitting in her New York City apartment, with a dark blue painted wall serving as the backdrop.

“Thank you for giving me this opportunity to be creative at home! I had soooo much fun shooting this. Shot at home on iPhone,” she added.

Models Constance Jablonski and Nora Attal also have their own individual covers.

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Kendall Jenner joined by all-star model line-up for new Tiffany & Co. ads

Tiffany & Co. has recruited an army of top models for its new campaign.Kendall Jenner, Carolyn Murphy, Imaan Hammam, Mica Arganaraz, and Fei Fei Sun all pose with the iconic jewellery brand’s new Tiffany T pieces, with the letter subtly appearing on ba…

Tiffany & Co. has recruited an army of top models for its new campaign.

Kendall Jenner, Carolyn Murphy, Imaan Hammam, Mica Arganaraz, and Fei Fei Sun all pose with the iconic jewellery brand’s new Tiffany T pieces, with the letter subtly appearing on bangles, necklaces and chunky bracelets.

The models also pose with Tiffany & Co.’s famous robin egg blue-coloured gift boxes too.

“The Tiffany blue box is so iconic,” Kendall said in a statement. “It conjures up so many feelings of excitement and happiness – you know you’re getting something truly special from the moment you see it.”

Photographer Craig McDean snapped the spring imagery, with a brand spokesperson explaining how the new campaign aims to “showcase the brand in a fresh and unexpected way”.

Taking to Instagram to share her stills, 44-year-old Carolyn gushed: “So excited to take part in the new @tiffanyandco campaign it’s all about the timelessness of the #tiffanyt #iconic #tiffanyandco.”

Chinese fashion star Fei Fei also uploaded some of her campaign shots.

“So excited to be part of the new @tiffanyandco campaign! Look out for all things #TiffanyT this spring!” she wrote.

Mica and Kendall happily shared photos as well.

Earlier this month (Apr19), Kendall was the guest of honour at Tiffany & Co.’s flagship store opening in Sydney, Australia, with her appearance bringing the street outside the shop to a standstill as fans gathered in their hundreds to catch a glimpse of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star.

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Natacha Ramsay-Levi envisioned a ‘female utopia’ for Chloe’s latest campaign

Natacha Ramsay-Levi wanted to present her version of a “female utopia” in Chloe’s spring/summer 2019 campaign.The 38-year-old succeeded Clare Waight Keller as creative director of the French fashion house in March 2017, and vowed to respect the brand’s…

Natacha Ramsay-Levi wanted to present her version of a “female utopia” in Chloe’s spring/summer 2019 campaign.

The 38-year-old succeeded Clare Waight Keller as creative director of the French fashion house in March 2017, and vowed to respect the brand’s Bohemian roots following her appointment.

She stayed true to her word when she unveiled Chloe’s spring/summer 2019 line during Paris Fashion Week last September (18), which took inspiration from ’60s glamour icons, and the label has now released images from the accompanying campaign starring models Rianne Van Rompaey, Carolina Burgin, Hannah Ferguson, and Imaan Hammam.

“There is an aura of mystery surrounding the nature of their bond,” Ramsay-Levi told U.S. Vogue. “They are linked by a sensuality and a stately demeanour.”

The campaign was shot by photographer Steven Meisel, with the film scheduled for release on 21 January. In the footage, the four women can be seen drifting through a modern villa space as part of a concept Ramsay-Levi describes as hippie modernism.

“Hippie modernism is an oppositional expression suggesting a lifestyle that is affected by the environment and the idea of modernity,” she explained. “The hippie culture represents the last utopia of the 20th century, which for me, is very relevant today.”

Ramsay-Levi also sought Meisel’s services the previous season, and has noticed a seamless connection between this campaign and that of autumn/winter 2018, which depicted six women on a New York City rooftop.

“For me, Steven has this ability to film women and reveal their incredible beauty while simultaneously proposing a strong statement about the fashion,” the designer praised. “This is a balance that I find rare and hence treasure in a photographer’s work… you can notice a recurring flow to the films and a composition to the images that become emblematic of Chloe today.”

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Vogue apologises for styling Kendall Jenner in an ‘Afro’ hairstyle

Editors at U.S. Vogue have apologised for styling Kendall Jenner in what appears to be an Afro hairstyle for a photoshoot. A snap showing the model sporting a floral print dress from Brock Collection and her hair teased into a full halo of curls was u…

Editors at U.S. Vogue have apologised for styling Kendall Jenner in what appears to be an Afro hairstyle for a photoshoot. 

A snap showing the model sporting a floral print dress from Brock Collection and her hair teased into a full halo of curls was uploaded on the fashion publication’s Instagram page over the weekend (20-21Oct18).

However, a number of social media users were angered by the image, with many accusing Vogue editors and photographer Mikael Jansson of cultural appropriation, though a spokesperson for the magazine has now issued a statement to clarify the intent of the shoot.

“The image is meant to be an update of the romantic Edwardian/Gibson Girl hair which suits the period feel of the Brock Collection, and also the big hair of the ’60s and the early ’70s, that puffed-out, teased-out look of those eras,” a representative told E! News. “We apologise if it came across differently than intended, and we certainly did not mean to offend anyone by it.”

The photos were taken as part of an editorial celebrating the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which was established in 2003 to help emerging American design talent find continued success in the business of fashion.

Kendall also appears in another image in the photoshoot alongside Imaan Hammam, a Dutch model of Egyptian and Moroccan descent, who wore her hair straight.

Many Instagram users flooded the comments section of the post, with a number questioning Kendall’s casting.

“Why didn’t you get someone with an actual Afro and freckles to model for you instead?” one person argued, while another added: “If y’all wanted a model that didn’t look white y’all could’ve booked a girl of colour.”

Kendall has not yet responded to the backlash. But the controversy marks the latest drama for the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, who faced criticism in April 2017 for her appearance in a controversial Pepsi commercial, as well as a month later, when she fronted a special cover of Vogue India, with readers complaining they would have preferred an Indian celebrity or model in her place.

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Imaan Hammam is glad she rebelled against straight hair

Imaan Hammam will never forget the first time she modelled flaunting her natural hair.The Dutch star was scouted in Amsterdam in 2010 and at the age of 21, has already landed three American Vogue covers – with editor-in-chief Anna Wintour a big support…

Imaan Hammam will never forget the first time she modelled flaunting her natural hair.

The Dutch star was scouted in Amsterdam in 2010 and at the age of 21, has already landed three American Vogue covers – with editor-in-chief Anna Wintour a big supporter of Imaan’s work.

She is also a Fashion Week regular and has walked for a plethora of luxury brands including Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Vera Wang.

Looking back on the early days of her career, Imaan is glad she decided to rebel against the generic straight hair trend.

“Stylists would straighten my hair because they didn’t know how to work with my texture,” the model, who has Moroccan and Egyptian heritage, explained to American InStyle. “My hair was always damaged. I was like, ‘You know what? I’m going to go natural for this test shoot.’ And everyone was like, ‘Oh my god, Imaan, this is your look from now on … this is you!’”

As a result, the Dutch supermodel was transformed from the insecure girl “with the different hair and skin colour,” to a confident young woman who wants to inspire others to feel comfortable with who they are.

“I’ve become a woman with a big platform. And I want to use it to help those facing the same struggles I had,” she insisted. “I think the next chapter for me is to build my own brand as Imaan. To just take this all to the next level.”

The Muslim fashion star also hopes to encourage the inclusion of more Arabic women in the fashion industry.

“I’m super proud of my heritage and of my roots,” Imaan smiled during a chat with Allure last year (17). “But there aren’t many Arabic models, and being an African-Arabic model, I’m trying to open doors for more Arabic girls.”

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Donatella Versace clarifies pronunciation of her surname

Donatella Versace has clarified the pronunciation of her surname in her latest advertising campaign.The Italian fashion designer, who has run the brand since the tragic murder of her brother Gianni in 1997, unveiled the marketing ads for her fall/winte…

Donatella Versace has clarified the pronunciation of her surname in her latest advertising campaign.

The Italian fashion designer, who has run the brand since the tragic murder of her brother Gianni in 1997, unveiled the marketing ads for her fall/winter 2018 collection entitled The Clans of Versace over the weekend (14-15Jul18).

In one of the videos posted on social media, Donatella and models such as Kaia Gerber and Bella Hadid are depicted educating followers on the correct way of saying Versace.

“It’s Versace not Versachee,” Donatella and her pals explain in the clip.

In addition to setting the record straight on her name, the fashion star also released the “longest-ever” advertising image featuring 54 models as part of her new campaign.

Photographed by Steven Meisel and directed by Ferdinando Verderi, the imagery features a diverse array of models, such as Stella Maxwell, Hiandra Martinez, Imaan Hammam and Shanelle Nyasiase, posing in a variety of colourful numbers.

Make-up maven Pat McGrath acted as the beauty director for the shoot while Guido Palau was in charge of the models’ hair.

“The #VersaceFW18 campaign features the longest-ever advertising image. Side by side, the main image features a cast of fifty-four models symbolising inclusivity, a key value for Artistic Director, @Donatella_Versace and her vision for the brand,” a representative captioned part of the image posted on Versace’s official Instagram page.

“This image made up of 54 models is a true representation of clans that embody everything Versace stands for – diversity expressed together with innovation in the fearless representation of what it means to be daring.

“The longest Versace line up is made up of a mega mix of personalities – from super models to young new talent in looks that are all about confidence.”

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Naomi Campbell: ‘African fashion is ready to explode’

Naomi Campbell is confident that Africa is the next destination for new fashion talent.The iconic supermodel received a heroine’s welcome when she visited Lagos, Nigeria, to attend Arise Fashion Week and rapper boyfriend Skepta’s BBK Africa’s Homecom…

Naomi Campbell is confident that Africa is the next destination for new fashion talent.

The iconic supermodel received a heroine’s welcome when she visited Lagos, Nigeria, to attend Arise Fashion Week and rapper boyfriend Skepta’s BBK Africa’s Homecoming music festival.

And after walking in Arise Fashion Week show, the 47-year-old runway veteran told British Vogue she has been inspired to help African fashion designers gain a broader platform.

“The energy was amazing,” she smiled to the fashion glossy, sharing her first impressions of Nigeria. “From the moment I landed, I had the most incredible time: the people were wonderful, gracious, kind, accommodating… I received so much love that it felt almost overwhelming.”

Naomi and Imaan Hammam modelled stunning couture creations by some of the continent’s most celebrated designers including Tiffany Amber and Ozwald Boateng on the Arise catwalk, alongside newer names like Laurence Airline and I Am Isigo.

And the British-born fashion star also discovered some new shopping destinations.

“I went to an amazing shop, Alara, which is like Colette (now-closed Parisian boutique) – and I was so excited by all of the fashion, the music, the culture,” she gushed. “I’m gonna wear (all those designers) now that I’m home; I felt so comfortable, so easy, so relaxed.”

“I feel like Africa, as a continent, is on the tip of explosion. It’s the next destination, and it needs a broader platform. I am going to help them get it. It’s more than overdue. There needs to be an African Vogue. It’s time,” she said, restating her call to Conde Nast to launch an African edition of the fashion bible.

In photos from her trip styled by Jenke Ahmed Tailly, the model mixes European couture with pieces from African designers such as embellished kaftan style dresses, embroidered hats and also poses in Nigeria’s national football team’s World Cup shirt.

And apart from discovering new talent, Naomi admitted she completely fell in love with Nigeria.

“I haven’t felt that love in a long time, and it made me realise that, all the 32 years I’ve been in this business, they’ve been worth it,” she smiled.

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