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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Moschino channels Marie Antoinette for fall 20 collection

Jeremy Scott has channelled Marie Antoinette with his latest Moschino collection.The creative director of the Italian label unveiled his fall/winter 2020 line as part of Milan Fashion Week on Thursday, with the likes of Chiara Ferragni, Yolanda Hadid, …

Jeremy Scott has channelled Marie Antoinette with his latest Moschino collection.

The creative director of the Italian label unveiled his fall/winter 2020 line as part of Milan Fashion Week on Thursday, with the likes of Chiara Ferragni, Yolanda Hadid, and Saweetie all perched on the front row.

Titled Let Them Eat Moschino, Scott once again stuck to his signature camp aesthetic and scattered the range with references to portraits of the last Queen of France before the French Revolution in 1789, as well as to the famous phrase she was believed to have once uttered.

Regarding the concept, the designer told Vogue backstage that he had been influenced by the political divisions around the world occurring at present, especially in relation to protests in Hong Kong, Brexit in the U.K., and backlash over some of U.S. President Donald Trump’s more controversial policies. Yet, rather than offering up a very serious spectacle, he opted instead to spark a sense of delight within the audience.

“All I can do is offer respite,” he shared. “Even if you continue to fight, you need that moment of joy. We all need something uplifting. My role on this earth has only ever been to spread joy and bring happiness.”

To open, model Deirdre Firinne took to the catwalk in a gold embroidered denim dress with extremely wide skirt along with matching lace-up boots and an enormous wig courtesy of hairstylist Paul Hanlon.

A parade of similarly dramatic outfits followed, though Scott interspersed them with ladylike metallic suits, whimsical printed dresses, and candy-striped ballgowns.

Highlights included a black outfit with Moschino logo as worn by Irina Shayk, with the look topped off with layers of ’80s-style chain necklaces, and Bella Hadid in a white dress with wide skirt which was matched with a cropped black leather jacket.

And the fashion star saved his most couture creations till last, with Joan Smalls concluding the presentation by wearing a dress that resembled a tiered cake, and Gigi Hadid stepping out in a coat made entirely of faux red and pink roses.

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Ashley Graham proudly bares post-baby stretch marks

Ashley Graham has proudly bared her post-baby stretch marks in a new social media post.The model welcomed a son named Isaac with her husband Justin Ervin last month, and taking to Instagram on Monday, she uploaded a snap of her torso, showing the lines…

Ashley Graham has proudly bared her post-baby stretch marks in a new social media post.

The model welcomed a son named Isaac with her husband Justin Ervin last month, and taking to Instagram on Monday, she uploaded a snap of her torso, showing the lines on her stomach.

“Same me. few new stories,” she captioned the image.

Accordingly, Ashley was quickly inundated by praise from her followers and celebrity pals for opening up about the realities of new motherhood.

Lily Aldridge wrote, “Beautiful,” alongside three heart emojis, Joan Smalls commented, “Stunning,” and Doutzen Kroes added: “Women power.”

Elsewhere, Ashley’s mother Linda stated, “Totally worth it!! He’s absolutely wonderful,” and model Iskra Lawrence, who is currently expecting her first child, posted, “Beautiful. Love seeing this! I’ve got none on my tummy yet but getting some new tiger stripes on my hips and booty.”

The 32-year-old’s candid post has already racked up 1.2 million likes.

And it’s not the first time she has opened up about postpartum recovery. Last week, the brunette beauty took to Instagram to share a photo of herself posing in a bathroom while wearing a black top and grey disposable underwear.

“Raise your hand if you didn’t know you’d be changing your own diapers too,” Ashley joked, as she sang the praises of disposable underwear. “No one talks about the recovery and healing (yes even the messy parts) new moms go through. I wanted to show you guys that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies!”

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Coco Rocha ‘cried for an hour’ after Jean Paul Gaultier’s final show

Coco Rocha was so overcome with emotion after Jean Paul Gaultier’s final show that she “literally cried for an hour”. The Canadian model made a splash in the fashion world when she did an Irish dance down the catwalk to open the French designer’s show…

Coco Rocha was so overcome with emotion after Jean Paul Gaultier’s final show that she “literally cried for an hour”.

The Canadian model made a splash in the fashion world when she did an Irish dance down the catwalk to open the French designer’s show in 2007, and she gave a similar performance during Gaultier’s last-ever Paris Couture Week presentation at the Theatre du Chatelet on Wednesday night.

As the show concluded, all the models gathered around the 67-year-old as he took his final bow, and video footage showed Rocha growing tearful during the finale.

Posting the clip to Instagram as well as pictures of her crying while hugging a fellow model and standing next to Gaultier with tear-stained eyes, Rocha shared with her followers that she couldn’t keep it together.

“Literally cried for an hour at @jpgaultierofficial’s final show last night. My face in every photo is basically (crying emojis)… Jean Paul and his team have been like a family to me and I’m so lucky to have known them and worked with them for nearly 15 years,” she wrote in the caption.

The 31-year-old also shared footage of her Irish jig down the catwalk and added, “One final dance for my friend and mentor Jean Paul Gaultier. Words fail me as I try to describe what his support has meant to me for more than half my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you Jean Paul.”

Many models took to social media to praise the designer on Thursday, with Bella Hadid describing it as a “dream come true” to walk in his show, while her sister Gigi wrote, “Last night, all that gathered to celebrate his 50 YEARS & final couture collection was a testament to what a worldwide icon and inspiration he is !!! I am so honoured to have been a small part in your legendary creative vision @jpgaultierofficial.”

Joan Smalls told her followers the show was a moment she will “forever cherish”, and added, “It’s been one of my biggest dreams to walk for you, and doing so throughout the years have been a true gift.”

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Dita Von Teese thrilled to walk in Jean Paul Gaultier’s final couture show

Dita Von Teese was delighted to make an appearance during Jean Paul Gaultier’s final couture show.The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final …

Dita Von Teese was delighted to make an appearance during Jean Paul Gaultier’s final couture show.

The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final catwalk show at the Theatre du Chatelet as part of Paris Couture Week.

The extravaganza drew in a number of top models, including Bella and Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, and Irina Shayk, as well as Gaultier’s go-to muses such as Karen Elson, Coco Rocha, and burlesque star Von Teese.

“What a night it was! I’m so grateful to have been part of @jpgaultierofficial’s final #hautecoutureshow, with so many of his muses and friends present! Jean Paul has always celebrated individually and beauty in many forms, and in all stages of life in a completely authentic way,” she posted on Instagram alongside a photo of her walking the runway in a blush pink satin corset dress made from belts. “I’m glad that being inclusive has become something brands feel compelled to do now, but #jeanpaulgaultier has been a champion for inclusiveness and diversity consistently, and genuinely, all along, because he truly believes in it.”

Von Teese went on to urge Gaultier’s fans to check out his Fashion Freak Show revues, which have previously been staged in Paris and London.

“I’m thankful to Mr. Gautier not just for shining the spotlight on me over the past 18 years, but for creating this joyful space that truly celebrates beauty in many forms. I can’t wait to witness the next chapter for Jean Paul. And, as his #FashionFreakShow tours, try to go see it, because it captures the magic of being at his runway shows in a fantastic way,” the 47-year-old added.

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Tess Holliday struggles to find sustainable fashion in her size

Tess Holliday struggles to wear sustainable fashion as many labels don’t make clothes for plus-size women.In a recent interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the body positivity champion explained her sadness at not being able to do her part for the environ…

Tess Holliday struggles to wear sustainable fashion as many labels don’t make clothes for plus-size women.

In a recent interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the body positivity champion explained her sadness at not being able to do her part for the environment as the designers who are making strides in becoming eco-friendly have limited sizing, forcing her to wear fast-fashion garments.

“I have to wear fast fashion and high street to major red carpet moments, and that’s great, but I want the option to wear high-end items of my choosing and it’s not available,” she told the publication.

And as an environmental activist, Tess said it raises problems because she simply cannot wear sustainable clothing yet.

“I can’t be as ethical. I don’t have a problem re-wearing outfits, but I want to be conscious of not contributing to fast fashion because of how wasteful it is, but it’s either that or I run around naked. Plus-size fashion is not there yet,” the curvy model lamented.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 34-year-old confessed she was due to star in Rihanna’s groundbreaking Savage X Fenty lingerie show during New York Fashion Week in September but had to pull out.

“Rihanna and Savage – I was going to be in that show, but my schedule didn’t work out and I will probably never forgive myself. Fingers crossed next season Rih calls me – she is a perfect example of actually giving a s**t about diversity,” Tess explained.

She went on to lavish praise on the singer-turned-designer, who featured the likes of Cara Delevingne, Alek Wek, Joan Smalls, Laverne Cox, and Normani in her presentation back in September.

“She makes size-inclusive garments, has true diversity in the models and campaigns she casts and her messaging. She’s stepping up in every way and that’s what you need, that’s how real change starts, with true diversity and representation on all levels,” she gushed.

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Joan Smalls insists multicultural heritage ‘helped’ her modelling career

Joan Smalls is certain her multicultural heritage has aided her modelling career.The model, who is of West Indian and Puerto Rican descent, has opened up about her background in a new interview with People.com and explained that while the fashion indus…

Joan Smalls is certain her multicultural heritage has aided her modelling career.

The model, who is of West Indian and Puerto Rican descent, has opened up about her background in a new interview with People.com and explained that while the fashion industry is facing criticism for lack of diversity, she feels that her ethnicity has always allowed her to stand out from the crowd.

“(It) has helped my career because it makes you different than everybody else,” Smalls told the publication. “However, she complained that “people love to put people in boxes”, and added: “Sometimes they can’t wrap their head around a person being two different cultures.”

The brunette beauty, who said she will “always and forever” be a proud Puerto Rican, also revealed that it was normal growing up in a home where she and her family spoke two languages.

“I grew up in a household where my father was black and my mother was Puerto Rican so it was always my norm… being black, being Hispanic and being able to speak both languages. Those are my roots,” the 31-year-old explained.

And Smalls is hopeful that diversity will soon become less of an issue in the fashion world.

“The fact that the fashion industry is embracing more individuals who don’t particularly fit the stereotype is beautiful. I hope it continues… and it’s not just fashion people riding a wave because they might get called out on social media,” she stated.

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Rihanna ‘too involved’ in Savage X Fenty design process

Rihanna personally signed off on every single detail in her latest Savage X Fenty collection. The singer and fashion designer showed off the latest collection for her lingerie brand during an epic extravaganza at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part…

Rihanna personally signed off on every single detail in her latest Savage X Fenty collection.

The singer and fashion designer showed off the latest collection for her lingerie brand during an epic extravaganza at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday night.

But in an interview with Entertainment Tonight backstage, the 31-year-old revealed that she is “too involved” in all aspects of the design process and there is nothing in the line that hasn’t had her stamp of approval.

“Oh my God, I’m too involved. I want a break but I’m a control freak, so I do everything,” Rihanna shared. “I see everything. There’s not one step of the way, there’s not one lace trim, there’s not one bra strap… there is not one bow on a panty that I do not see and approve.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s the only way you can preserve a brand, that you start from scratch… Here, I have a unique opportunity to change things. I’ve always been so sincere with my perspective on this brand but to see the way that we’re perceived in the lingerie world.”

The fashion and beauty mogul added that there’s pressure on her to continue producing size-inclusive garments, admitting, “It makes me feel like now we cannot neglect those consumers.”

This year’s Savage X Fenty presentation was bigger than ever thanks to a partnership with executives at Amazon Prime Video, who will exclusively broadcast the show on 20 September. To keep details under wraps, photography and cell phones were banned from the venue.

In addition to the new designs, the show will also feature performances from DJ Khaled, Halsey, Big Sean, and Migos, among others, as well as special appearances from Cara Delevingne, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Normani, Joan Smalls, and Laverne Cox.

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Joan Smalls: ‘Social media gives models power’

Joan Smalls is adamant social media platforms offer models the power to express themselves.The Puerto Rican supermodel regularly shares pictures of her everyday life with her 3.1 million followers on her Instagram account, including sweet snaps of her …

Joan Smalls is adamant social media platforms offer models the power to express themselves.

The Puerto Rican supermodel regularly shares pictures of her everyday life with her 3.1 million followers on her Instagram account, including sweet snaps of her rottweiler Karma, behind-the-scenes photos from runway shows, and candid images of her with model friends Doutzen Kroes and Candice Swanepoel.

And in a new interview with Porter magazine, Joan explained that she loves being able to control her own content.

“People get to see your sense of humour, what you stand for, and you can be more vocal. That’s the beauty of social media,” she told the publication. “You don’t have to relay the message through a PR company or through an agency. That’s very empowering, to have your own voice. Especially as a model, when you’re kind of trained to be seen and not heard.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Victoria’s Secret Angel – who got her big break 10 years ago walking the Givenchy couture show in Paris – recalled her early modelling days when she was cast simply to fill a quota.

“The fashion industry has become more open to inclusivity – and to not having just one girl of colour or a minority on the runway,” the 31-year-old explained. “I remember when I started out, I was (often) the only one that fitted that quota, or there’d be two, or none. Now the industry’s more accepting.”

And Smalls, who has fronted campaigns for Tom Ford, Bottega Veneta, and Gucci, hopes the increasing diversity in the fashion industry isn’t temporary.

“I want to see a continuation of it and for it not to be just a phase, like, ‘It’s all about inclusivity, the world wants to be better represented so let’s be on the bandwagon,’ you know? I want it to be because it’s the right thing to do,” she insisted.

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Kate Moss and Joan Smalls star in Messika campaign

Kate Moss and Joan Smalls are starring in the new campaign for jewellery brand Messika.The supermodels have been tapped by the company’s Valerie Messika to front the imagery for the Lucky Move collection, with Dutch actress/model Sylvia Hoeks also appe…

Kate Moss and Joan Smalls are starring in the new campaign for jewellery brand Messika.

The supermodels have been tapped by the company’s Valerie Messika to front the imagery for the Lucky Move collection, with Dutch actress/model Sylvia Hoeks also appearing.

Shot by famed photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the trio is seen posing in leather outfits while showing off the fine jewellery pieces.

“They are strong women who breathe their own style into jewellery,” a Messika spokesperson said. “They influence diamonds and not the other way around. This is, in fact, the main characteristic of Messika’s jewellery.”

The Lucky Move line is comprised of “medallions that act as lucky charms, talismans”, with many pendants able to be engraved with names, dates or sweet messages on one side. There is also a Small Medallion, which features diamonds in motion, rounded shapes and micro-pave settings, the Large Medallion, and the Bubble Set.

And while Valerie is pleased to have Joan and Sylvia on board, she is particularly thrilled to be working with 45-year-old fashion icon Kate.

“Kate Moss is an icon in the fashion industry. She symbolises everything I love – edgy, bold, daring, a woman,” she added.

Model Gigi Hadid has previously collaborated with designers at Messika on limited-edition collections.

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