Iman was expected to bring her own foundation to photoshoots

Iman was expected to bring her own foundation to photoshoots in the early days of her career.The supermodel recalled her experiences with racism and discrimination in a lengthy post on Instagram, in which she discussed why she decided to launch her own…

Iman was expected to bring her own foundation to photoshoots in the early days of her career.

The supermodel recalled her experiences with racism and discrimination in a lengthy post on Instagram, in which she discussed why she decided to launch her own beauty brand, IMAN Cosmetics, back in 1994.

She began by revealing that in the days before she had her own cosmetics company, she would turn up to a photoshoot and find that the make-up artist didn’t have products to match her skin tone.

“Pre-IMAN Cosmetics, as a supermodel being strewn to all luxuriant pockets of the world on location with access to the most coveted innovators nothing should have been off-limits when it came to beauty,” she wrote. “I would show up to a shoot fresh-faced, ready to be primped into divineness, and the make-up artist of the moment would greet me with what was a commonplace opener at that time: ‘Did you bring your own foundation?’ And we all knew what that meant. ‘There are no foundations for your skin tone.’ Ouch! This is not the uniqueness I was going for.”

The 64-year-old decided to set up her beauty brand to create a diverse range of foundation shades as she wanted black women to feel included and like that had “a seat at the table.”

“It was more than foundations and powders for me; it was appealing to a deep psychological need that I think all Black women needed at that time: To be told that they were beautiful, invited to sit at the table, and courted in high style: women of all skin tones want to look good when they rule the world,” Iman explained. “I wasn’t going to wait for a seat at the table… I just build my own table!”

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Naomi Campbell pays tribute to the late Peter Beard

Naomi Campbell has paid an emotional tribute to late photographer Peter Beard.The 82-year-old, who had been suffering from dementia, went missing from his home in Montauk, New York on 31 March. However, Beard’s heartbroken family confirmed that his bod…

Naomi Campbell has paid an emotional tribute to late photographer Peter Beard.

The 82-year-old, who had been suffering from dementia, went missing from his home in Montauk, New York on 31 March.

However, Beard’s heartbroken family confirmed that his body had been found in a forest after a three-day search on Sunday, prompting an outpouring of tributes from celebrities and models.

Naomi took to Instagram on Monday to honour the celebrated photographer, who was famous for his portraits of musicians such as Mick Jagger and David Bowie, discovering supermodel Iman, as well as for his work capturing the African continent.

“With a heavy heart I write this,” she wrote alongside a snap of her with Beard in the back of a taxi. “My condolences to Nejma and Zara and loved ones of Peter Beard, you were visionary in so many ways and your energy was always electrifying and uplifting… creative, witty, humanitarian, trickster, Hansom (sic), dreamer and animal lover oh and hilarious.

“Thank you for sharing with us the beauty of Africa, Kenya, opening our hearts mind souls, discovering our queen @the_real_iman,” the 49-year-old added, recalling a trip to Beard’s Kenyan estate which she “will always remember”.

“I will always love and hold you close in my heart. Rest in Peace with Highest Peter Beard #HONORARYKENYAN,” Naomi concluded her tribute, alongside two white dove emojis.

A police investigation into Beard’s death is ongoing.

He is survived by his wife Nejma Khanum and daughter Zara Beard.

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Iman shows support for Vogue Arabia’s #StayHome campaign

Supermodel Iman has backed Vogue Arabia’s #StayHome campaign amid the coronavirus crisis.Editors at the fashion publication have altered 30 covers from the course of its three-year to place face masks over the models’ faces, with the initiative designe…

Supermodel Iman has backed Vogue Arabia’s #StayHome campaign amid the coronavirus crisis.

Editors at the fashion publication have altered 30 covers from the course of its three-year to place face masks over the models’ faces, with the initiative designed to engage readers with health concerns and promote safety during the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the globe.

“At Vogue Arabia, we want to instigate the message that we all should #StayHome and adopt the prescribed safety procedures so that we can all overcome this health crisis together, and more united than ever,” commented Vogue Arabia editor-in-chief, Manuel Arnaut.

Iman’s original cover was from March 2018. It showed the Somali star, real name Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, gazing into the distance while wearing an elaborate black headwrap and stunning feathered top.

She proudly reposted the update image showing her wearing a face mask to her Instagram page on Thursday, and added in the caption: “I’ve joined @voguearabia in the fight against Covid-19 to support their #stayhome campaign, and emphasise the importance of safe habits during the pandemic.”

Meanwhile, Winnie Harlow’s June 2019 cover image has also been doctored, as have portraits of Halima Aden, Kenza Fourati, and Farida Khelfa.

“Since the cover of the magazine is a key statement, we hope all our followers join us in this campaign,” added Arnaut.

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Marc Jacobs and Charlotte Rampling fronting Givenchy campaign

Marc Jacobs and Charlotte Rampling have been tapped to star in Givenchy’s latest campaign.Creative director Clare Waight Keller took to Instagram on Tuesday to share three black-and-white clips, with the footage showing the fashion designer and the act…

Marc Jacobs and Charlotte Rampling have been tapped to star in Givenchy’s latest campaign.

Creative director Clare Waight Keller took to Instagram on Tuesday to share three black-and-white clips, with the footage showing the fashion designer and the actress repeating their names in a series of tongue twisters, with Rampling, 73, slapping Jacobs’ face at one point.

In the accompanying caption, Waight Keller expressed her delight at landing two high-profile names for the summer 2020 marketing imagery.

“How can I describe my feelings about seeing these extraordinary legendary figures in the Givenchy campaign, both of whom I admire so very much,” she wrote. “Firstly for their undoubted originality and talent in fashion and film, amazing passion in everything they do, a fantastic sense of humour and intelligence, they are true icons there is not much to say other than I am honoured and thrilled they have become part of my journey at this beautiful Maison. They captured the brilliant mix of attitudes and spirit that is Paris and New York the two sides to my Summer Collection. Merci.”

Jacobs, who runs his own fashion and beauty brands, uploaded the videos to his social media pages too, noting that he will always “cherish” the experience.

“I can’t even begin to tell you how special this is and how much I love it. I was in tears (of joy and laughter) this morning when I saw the three posted! Thank you @clarewaightkeller for this amazing opportunity and for your kindest words of support and appreciation,” the 56-year-old gushed.

Accordingly, the surprise collaboration quickly garnered interest from Jacobs’ celebrity pals, with supermodel Iman writing, “Loooooove this!” and TV personality Lisa Rinna adding: “SCREAMING!!!!!”

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Zac Posen supported by fashion stars following closure of namesake label

Top models have rallied around Zac Posen after the designer was forced to close his label.On Friday, the New York-based fashion star announced that he has had to shutter his namesake fashion house as he and his partners were in the sale process and “ra…

Top models have rallied around Zac Posen after the designer was forced to close his label.

On Friday, the New York-based fashion star announced that he has had to shutter his namesake fashion house as he and his partners were in the sale process and “ran out of time”.

In the days following the shock news, Posen’s friends have sent him supportive messages on social media, including his longtime colleague Karen Elson.

“Sending love to my lovely friend @zacposen who has always made me feel like a Queen in his beautiful creations,” the model wrote on her Instagram page alongside an image of her in a blush pink Posen gown at the 2014 Met Gala. “It’s not an easy time right now in fashion. I know lots of very talented and groundbreaking friends who are struggling to keep their heads and brands afloat. They give their heart and soul into creating magical worlds with beautiful fashion which we dream and fawn over. They often put a lot on the line and work to the point of exhaustion sometimes burning out. I appreciate every artist I’ve ever worked with because of this. It’s not an easy life even if it looks it. They deserve to be appreciated for inspiring us all.”

Elsewhere, Margherita Missoni uploaded a snap of herself wearing a Posen dress in the early 2000s, and in the accompanying caption, she noted that the designer had “deeply influenced” her and insisted that she “can’t wait” to see where his career will go next.

While supermodel Iman shared a slideshow of images showing her posing in various designs from Posen’s collections.

“Sending love & gratitude to my sweet friend and designer extraordinaire @zacposen,” she praised. “I relished every gown that I have been entrusted with and felt like a queen in each one of them. It takes sweat and hard work to make it look effortless. The fashion industry is going thru really hard times and it is with extreme sadness to hear the closing of your atelier (sic). Your kind heart and creativity will be missed… Can’t wait for your new chapter to unfold.”

Posen, 39, will continue to serve as creative director for the Brooks Brothers women’s line.

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Naomi Campbell slams Elle Germany over ‘insulting’ feature on black models

Naomi Campbell has blasted editors at Elle Germany over a tone-deaf feature about black models.On Tuesday, the fashion watchdogs behind Instagram account Diet Prada took aim at the publication over its November 2019 issue, which had a white model on th…

Naomi Campbell has blasted editors at Elle Germany over a tone-deaf feature about black models.

On Tuesday, the fashion watchdogs behind Instagram account Diet Prada took aim at the publication over its November 2019 issue, which had a white model on the cover along with the tagline “Back to Black,” and an article inside about black models titled “Black is Back”, in which Janaye Furman was misidentified as Naomi Chin Wing.

In response, British supermodel Naomi has taken to Instagram to express her dismay over the magazine’s misplaced attempt to highlight diversity in the fashion industry and begged editor-in-chief Sabine Nedelchev to reach out to either herself or other pioneers, like Bethann Hardison and Iman, for advice.

“Your mistake it is highly insulting in every way, you go further to say that BACK TO BLACK, even if you ment (sic) the fashion it’s misleading on your headline and Type !!!” she began. “I’ve said countless of times we are not a TREND. We are here to STAY. It’s OK to celebrate models of colour but please do it in an ELEGANT and RESPECTFUL way.”

Naomi went on to comment that she finds it “very disappointing” when models are mislabelled in magazine spreads and noted that she has recently noticed other rising stars being confused with South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech.

“Do you know what it feels like to do the job and not even be given the right name credit? Very disappointing to say the least. If you would like a conversation to know how to have a diverse mind we are here to sit and accommodate,” the 49-year-old fired. “It’s very important for a publication to be culturally sensitive and give credit where it’s due. We all need to unite on this matter.”

Accordingly, a number of Naomi’s celebrity pals shared their support for her stance in the comments section of her post, including make-up artist Sir John, Ebonee Davis, Linda Evangelista, and Pierpaolo Piccioli, with Bethann writing a lengthy note insisting the magazine bosses should be “embarrassed by our reactions”.

Representatives for Elle Germany are yet to respond to the backlash.

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Iman to receive Franca Sozzani Award

Iman will be honoured with the Franca Sozzani Award for her humanitarian work and efforts to make the fashion industry more diverse.The accolade was established by the family of the late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani and recognises women …

Iman will be honoured with the Franca Sozzani Award for her humanitarian work and efforts to make the fashion industry more diverse.

The accolade was established by the family of the late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani and recognises women for their careers in the arts and their dedication to charitable organisations.

The 64-year-old model will receive the award at an event at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice on 27 August. It will be hosted by Sozzani’s son, photographer and film director Francesco Carrozzini, who established the award with his wife Bee Shaffer, daughter of U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

“Iman’s work has disrupted the fashion industry in a way similar to Franca’s: bold, innovative and inclusive,” Carrozzini said in a statement. “Using her platform to the best of its potential, Iman’s work from lobbying the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) for an increase of diversity on the runway to impactful humanitarian work, displays her true passion and focus. We are truly honoured for her to accept the Franca Sozzani Award.”

Iman follows in the footsteps of Julianne Moore, who was the first-ever recipient of the award back in 2017, and Salma Hayek, who was feted last year.

The supermodel began her career in 1975 and was a muse of designers Gianni Versace, Halston, Calvin Klein, and Yves Saint Laurent. She went on to develop her make-up collection, IMAN Cosmetics, which caters specifically for women of colour.

Iman, who was married to music icon David Bowie from 1992 until his death in 2016, has also been involved in humanitarian work for the Children’s Defense Fund, Action Against Hunger, and the Raise Hope For Congo campaign.

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Adut Akech makes sure hairstylists are respectful of her hair

Adut Akech is no longer afraid to voice her opinions when it comes to hairstyling.The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, made her runway debut for Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2017 show in September 2016 and has sinc…

Adut Akech is no longer afraid to voice her opinions when it comes to hairstyling.

The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, made her runway debut for Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2017 show in September 2016 and has since gone on to appear as the “bride” in a Chanel couture show, and walk for the likes of Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, and Kenzo.

While Adut has quickly risen up the ranks of the industry, she has now shared that she has often had to have difficult conversations with hairstylists before shows and photoshoots, as many are unequipped to work with her natural hair.

“I have Afro hair, and you can’t use the same products or put the same amount of heat on my hair as you would with a Caucasian girl’s hair, but a lot of (hairstylists) fail to understand that. Last season, I let (the hairstylists) do what they wanted to do, and my hair got so heat-damaged,” she said in an interview with Allure magazine. “This season I didn’t let anyone touch my hair with heat at all, and a lot of people were offended, but if a model is not feeling OK (with a style), they should understand.”

Previously, models such as Iman and Leomie Anderson have spoken about how they have to supply their own foundation for gigs as make-up artists often don’t carry the right shade.

And disappointingly, Adut has had a similar experience, and often brings her go-to products to set, though she has now found a few foundations that blend seamlessly with her skin tone.

“I’m a really dark-skinned girl, and it was hard to find something in Australia; the only brand I could use was MAC. In America, I can find my shade. I like L’Oreal Paris True Match, Maybelline New York Fit Me, and Dior Backstage,” the 19-year-old added.

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Michael Kors used to love wearing head-to-toe Versace

Michael Kors has confessed that he loved to wear head-to-toe Versace in his youth.The American fashion designer, whose company Michael Kors Holdings Limited recently acquired the Italian couture house in a $2 billion deal, has long been a fan of wearin…

Michael Kors has confessed that he loved to wear head-to-toe Versace in his youth.

The American fashion designer, whose company Michael Kors Holdings Limited recently acquired the Italian couture house in a $2 billion deal, has long been a fan of wearing the designs of the late Gianni Versace, who founded the company famous for its baroque prints in 1978.

And in a chat with U.S. InStyle magazine at a celebrity-stuffed dinner party which included Iman, Tiffany Haddish, Karen Elson, Cynthia Erivo, Sutton Foster, Naomi Watts, Judith Light and Savannah Guthrie, the 59-year-old revealed designer Donatella Versace, who has overseen the brand since the tragic murder of her brother in 1997, would be one of his dream dinner dates.

“She and I are both fans of tan and blond,” he explained. “I told Donatella that in my South Beach days, I was known to wear head-to-toe Versace, but at this point in my life I might be able to sneak in a piece.”

The Versace deal stunned the fashion world, but Donatella reassured fans of the couture house that she will remain the company’s creative director, while her older brother Santo Versace and daughter Allegra Versace, 32, will become shareholders in Capri Holdings Limited, the new name for Michael Kors Holdings Limited.

The designer also shared his dream list of fantasy dinner guests during the interview, and insisted that his number one rule for throwing a successful soiree is to have a mix of guests of different ages, backgrounds, and professions.

“If I can turn Karen Elson and Judith Light into besties, that’s fantastic,” he continued. “At the same time, there should be something that unites the whole group – in this case, they are women who all have a strong sense of humour about the world.”

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Iman refuses to let her daughter enter modelling business

Iman won’t allow her 18-year-old daughter to enter the modelling industry.The Somali-American supermodel first appeared in U.S. Vogue in 1976 and soon became a muse for many designers, including Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karan. While Im…

Iman won’t allow her 18-year-old daughter to enter the modelling industry.

The Somali-American supermodel first appeared in U.S. Vogue in 1976 and soon became a muse for many designers, including Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karan.

While Iman has enjoyed a long career in the fashion world, she has now confessed that she doesn’t want Alexandria ‘Lexi’ Jones, her daughter with her late husband David Bowie, to follow in her footsteps.

“Every agency, every designer, called me to say: ‘If she wants to, we’d love for her to model for us,'” she recalled to Porter magazine of the time she uploaded photos of Lexi to her Instagram page to mark her birthday in August (18). “I said: ‘No, she doesn’t.’ I know why they wanted to her to model – it’s because she is David Bowie’s daughter.”

Iman went on to share that Lexi is currently taking a gap year. She also admitted that her daughter thinks she is “overprotective” when it comes to keeping their lives out of the spotlight.

“She says I am overprotective,” the 63-year-old sighed. “But I told her, this can all wait, it isn’t going anywhere. Have a life that is private while you can, because one day soon it is going to be public, so enjoy this.”

During the chat, Iman spoke about her successful Iman Cosmetics company too. She launched the brand in 1994 after years of struggling to find the right foundation shades for her skin tone, with her trailblazing products leading the way for other cosmetics giants, like M.A.C and Fenty Beauty.

“Now, every brand has 40 shades of foundation, but Iman Cosmetics was one of the first that changed the way we think about make-up,” she smiled. “That will be my legacy, and I am very happy to be remembered that way.”

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