Natalia Vodianova raises money for her charity at Cannes gala

Natalia Vodianova recently raised $458,000 (£360,000) for her Naked Heart Foundation at a gala in Cannes.The Russian model launched her charity in 2004, and works tirelessly raising funds to help to ensure that every child in Russia has a loving famil…

Natalia Vodianova recently raised $458,000 (£360,000) for her Naked Heart Foundation at a gala in Cannes.

The Russian model launched her charity in 2004, and works tirelessly raising funds to help to ensure that every child in Russia has a loving family and a safe and stimulating place to play.

After lockdown restrictions began to ease, Natalie assembled some of her famous friends for a charity night in the French Riviera for Naked Heart France, including her partner, Berluti CEO Antoine Arnault, Joan Smalls, and Ukrainian model Anna Andres, who was on co-hosting duties.

Taking to Instagram to share some photos, and also her thanks, the 38-year-old gushed about what a success the night had been.

“Last night was magical,” she captioned a series of snaps. “Thanks to your continuous love and support you helped us raise 400k for the works of @nakedheartfoundation, especially during these challenging CoVID times where families of children with special needs are unfortunately more affected than ever.”

As well as thanking all those that helped make it happen, she also shared her gratitude to the big-name brands who offered special lots to be auctioned.

Stella McCartney was one of the labels who donated a prize, with the winner getting the chance to learn about sustainable fashion from the designer herself.

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Joan Smalls launches online donation platform to support Black Lives Matter movement

Joan Smalls has launched a new online donation platform which will enable people to gift a percentage of their income to organisations fighting against racial injustice.The 31-year-old model recently announced that she would be donating 50 per cent of …

Joan Smalls has launched a new online donation platform which will enable people to gift a percentage of their income to organisations fighting against racial injustice.

The 31-year-old model recently announced that she would be donating 50 per cent of her salary for the rest of the year to organisations fighting for racial equality, and she has now teamed up with Nashville-based marketing agency FlyteVu to launch DonateMyWage.org, which enables people to gift a percentage of their annual income to initiatives supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

“My hope is that Donate My Wage will help educate those that are interested in being an active participant in the Black Lives Matter movement and bring needed attention to organisations that require monetary support to continue their important work,” she said in a statement. “This is just the beginning and together our impact can be so much more.”

In addition to the new online platform, her agency, IMG Models, has pledged to donate $250,000 (£201,000) towards the effort.

“Today, I am excited to announce the launch of DonateMyWage.org, a project that I have been working on to further my support for Black Lives Matter organizations,” Joan wrote in a post on Instagram. “The site helps you calculate donation opportunities based on your annual salary, whether it be a month’s, week’s, day’s or hour’s wage, or a custom amount.

“I have chosen 11 organizations to feature at this time that span a wide range of focus areas from education and women’s empowerment to inclusivity and media. Our list of organizations will continue to update based on the evolving needs of the Black community… Together we are stronger and can make the change we need to see. #donatemywage.”

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Gigi and Bella Hadid’s donated items raise $20,000 for charity

Gigi and Bella Hadid have helped raise $20,000 (£16,000) for charity by donating designer items to an auction.The siblings, along with fellow models including Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, and Helena Christensen, teamed up with fashion bible British Vo…

Gigi and Bella Hadid have helped raise $20,000 (£16,000) for charity by donating designer items to an auction.

The siblings, along with fellow models including Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, and Helena Christensen, teamed up with fashion bible British Vogue and the online retailer Hardly Ever Worn It for the star-studded The Way We Wore sale, which raised funds for the NHS (National Health Service) Charities Together and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) organisations.

The model sisters donated four items between them and the most popular pieces proved to be Gigi’s Dior saddle bag, which sold for $5,000 (£4,000), and Bella’s paint-splattered Miu Miu boots, which sold for a whopping $13,660 (£10,800).

“These Miu Miu boots mean so much to me. I wore them for the brand’s spring/summer ’20 campaign,” the 23-year-old said as she offered them up for the auction. “To begin with they were plain beige, but as I got messy with paints, I realised the boots were becoming an art piece in themselves. I asked if I could keep them to eventually auction for a cause that I felt passionately about, and this is the perfect opportunity.”

And her older sister Gigi, who is expecting her first child with boyfriend Zayn Malik, was keen to donate pieces from her wardrobe, including clothing from Rihanna’s Fenty collection, to benefit worthy causes.

“I appreciate the opportunity to give back in this way, and hope that whoever ends up with these pieces – The Fenty top and skirt, and Dior Saddle bag – really enjoys them, knowing that their contribution will help those struggling due to Covid-19. Zayn and I send our love and best wishes to everyone,” she wrote.

More than 30 items were donated by famous faces, including Adut Akech’s blue tweed Chanel bag, which was sold for $5,200 (£4,100).

The auction raised more than $67,000 (£53,000) in total.

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Joan Smalls calls out fashion industry for lack of support for Black Lives Matter movement

Joan Smalls has called out the fashion industry for feeding “the beast of racism and inequality” and not doing enough to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Many people and brands have been pledging their support for the movement, which has been …

Joan Smalls has called out the fashion industry for feeding “the beast of racism and inequality” and not doing enough to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Many people and brands have been pledging their support for the movement, which has been in the headlines since the death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of police on 25 May, by issuing statements or posting black squares to mark their solidarity on social media.

On Thursday, the Puerto Rican model posted a video on Instagram in which she called out the fashion industry for jumping on the bandwagon and urged officials to take action to address the racism and inequality that she has experienced during her modelling career.

“You (the fashion industry) have continually let us down with your insensitivity and tone-deafness and damage control apologies of ‘we will do better,'” she stated. “You fall short trying to narrate our stories by toning us down or having them curated by people who haven’t lived or walked a day in our shoes. It’s now time to give us a real seat at the table, because we are worthy, because we are talented, because we are unique.

“What I do need is recognition of the systemic issues – the issues that arise from top to bottom within the industry, from photographers not wanting to shoot me because there’s no need to shoot a black girl to the magazines, brands, and agencies who continue to work with people of that mindset, to the stylists and casting directors not willing to treat us fairly and give us a chance, and the list goes on. Yet you, the industry, continue to employ them. You feed the beast. The beast of racism and inequality.”

She then called on fashion industry leaders to use the current opportunity to speak out and show that they care about working to eliminate those issues, with her adding, “Your silence is not only insulting, it is a part of the bigger problem within this industry. We see you, do you see us now?”

The 31-year-old concluded by announcing she would be donating 50 per cent of her income for the rest of 2020 to organisations that support the Black Lives Matter movement and called on brands to take similar action.

“I urge you to use your voice and your infrastructure to help us. I urge all of you to stand with us. Together we are stronger,” she said.

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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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Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, and Helena Christensen donate clothing for charity auction

Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, and Helena Christensen have all donated clothing from their personal collections in support of a charity auction.The models have teamed up with bosses at British Vogue and the luxury resale retail site Hardly Ever Worn It to of…

Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, and Helena Christensen have all donated clothing from their personal collections in support of a charity auction.

The models have teamed up with bosses at British Vogue and the luxury resale retail site Hardly Ever Worn It to offer up designer items from their closets to benefit the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) Charities Together organisation as well as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Among the items up for grabs are Gigi’s Dior Saddle bag, Joan’s Givenchy carryall bag, and a Dior wrap dress from Helena, alongside other coveted items such as Bella Hadid’s paint-splattered Miu Miu boots, a cream Chanel jacket from Kendall Jenner, and Christian Siriano dresses donated by Ashley Graham and Karlie Kloss.

And Kate Moss has even offered up an Alexander McQueen jacket for The Way We Wore auction, which will launch on Tuesday and finish on Friday. Each item will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with proceeds directly benefitting the charities.

The models have also snapped a selfie of themselves posing with the item they’re donating, and the pictures were unveiled in British Vogue’s July 2020 edition, alongside news of the auction.

In Gigi’s black-and-white photo, she is seen standing alongside her boyfriend Zayn Malik, who wears her Dior Saddle bag on his back, while Joan is depicted sat on a stool wearing nothing but a pair of black bikini bottoms and the Givenchy slung over her shoulder.

The items are available to view on vogue.hardlyeverwornit.com.

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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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