Cara Delevingne didn’t expect to make real friends in fashion industry

Cara Delevingne didn’t expect to form real friendships with fellow models because she didn’t think anyone would want to be pals with her. The 27-year-old signed with a modelling agency 10 years ago and made her first catwalk appearance in 2011, before …

Cara Delevingne didn’t expect to form real friendships with fellow models because she didn’t think anyone would want to be pals with her.

The 27-year-old signed with a modelling agency 10 years ago and made her first catwalk appearance in 2011, before going on to walk for the likes of Burberry, Chanel, and Moschino.

Early on in her career, Cara became friends with Jourdan Dunn, Karlie Kloss, and Georgia May Jagger, and she was surprised due to the fact that she didn’t expect to make any true friends in the fashion industry.

“Honestly, I had low expectations for friends in this industry because: a) I didn’t think people would want to be my friend, and b) I didn’t know if making friends through this process would be fickle or seem not real. So I was pleasantly surprised!” she shared with Elle U.K. magazine.

The Suicide Squad actress explained that it took a while for her to become friends with Kendall Jenner as they didn’t speak to each other during the first few fashion shows.

“We had done a few shows together and didn’t say a word to each other. Eventually, we started talking and I was like, ‘Oh, you’re alright. We should hang out after this,” Cara continued. “She was like, ‘Alright, cool.’ It was very easy. I found that you automatically know if someone is trying to make an effort that isn’t real, and when a friendship seems contrived.”

Cara also recalled the advice Georgia, the daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, gave her when she was first getting recognised by photographers.

“(She) would say to me, ‘Cara, you can’t just walk out of a nightclub with your high heels in your hands. You need to look presentable; people are going to take photos!'” she commented. “And I thought, ‘No. No one wants to take my photo, don’t be ridiculous.’ Within a year, I was being papped everywhere, still with my shoes in my hands. Georgia would say, ‘Cara, what did I tell you?'”

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Winnie Harlow first reached out to Vogue Arabia co-star over Instagram

Winnie Harlow first reached out to her fellow Vogue Arabia cover star, and vitiligo sufferer, Shahad Salman a year ago.The Canadian model, who has had the skin condition since she was a child, has been tapped by the fashion publication’s editor-in-chie…

Winnie Harlow first reached out to her fellow Vogue Arabia cover star, and vitiligo sufferer, Shahad Salman a year ago.

The Canadian model, who has had the skin condition since she was a child, has been tapped by the fashion publication’s editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut to appear alongside local rising star Shahad, who also has vitiligo, for the magazine’s June 2019 issue.

Speaking about the photoshoot, Winnie shared that she interacted with Shahad on Instagram over 12 months ago and found it amazing to be modelling next to her in Riyadh.

“Almost a year ago, Shahad made a post on Instagram with our pictures next to each other. She wrote in the caption that it was ‘weird’ how similar we looked,” she recalled in an interview for the publication. “I commented saying that it was not weird, but that she was so gorgeous.”

In addition, the photo-sharing platform was where Vogue Arabia editors spotted Shahad.

And the model couldn’t be more thrilled to have landed the gig with Winnie, especially as they are able to use the photoshoot to open up a discussion about women and positive representation.

“Before, I didn’t feel good about myself and I didn’t like the way I looked. Winnie was the person who gave me the confidence to fight. I never expected to meet her. Sharing time on the set of Vogue with her was a dream. I feel that now I, too, can inspire other girls from Arab world,” said Shahad.

Following the release of the Vogue Arabia cover, Winnie took to her Instagram to praise the team and express her excitement over landing her debut Vogue gig, with some of her celebrity followers, including Kim Kardashian, Jourdan Dunn, and Cindy Bruna, applauding her.

“After every rejection, every naysayer, every trial and tribulation. Every night travelling and living alone without my family and friends. All to be able to tell, no SHOW the world that representation matters,” the 24-year-old wrote.

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Jourdan Dunn: ‘There is no such thing as the perfect body’

Jourdan Dunn has rubbished the idea that the perfect body exists.The former Victoria’s Secret model made the remarks while discussing body positivity, ahead of the launch of her new Reebok streetwear campaign.In an interview with Footwear News, the 28-…

Jourdan Dunn has rubbished the idea that the perfect body exists.

The former Victoria’s Secret model made the remarks while discussing body positivity, ahead of the launch of her new Reebok streetwear campaign.

In an interview with Footwear News, the 28-year-old stressed the importance of promoting body confidence among women.

“Learn to just love and accept your flaws and remember there is no such thing as the perfect body,” she said, highlighting the need for society to “progress rather than regress” in terms of opportunities.

While the Brit is renowned for her toned and slender figure, she revealed that she keeps up her exercise regime to help her maintain positive mental health too.

“For me, I just don’t exercise to keep fit,” she reflected. “Exercise is also a way for me to keep my mental and emotional well-being in check. I enjoy boxing, Pilates and barre, as I find these workouts really help keep my mind, body and soul aligned.”

For the new campaign, Dunn models a series of streetwear-style pieces that are made for strong women who aren’t afraid to show off their unique taste.

The model reflected on the way that she uses fashion to express herself, and claimed that wearing bold pieces helps her to channel her inner confidence.

“I love wearing bright colours; they make me feel ready to take on anything,” she stated. “I think that’s a really important part of the (Reebok) collection. The designs are bold and make you feel empowered no matter what you’re doing.”

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Riccardo Tisci: ‘Fashion went too far with streetwear’

Riccardo Tisci believes that the popularity of streetwear means that nobody recognises “real design” anymore.The designer succeeded Christopher Bailey as chief creative officer of Burberry in March 2018, having previously worked as creative director of…

Riccardo Tisci believes that the popularity of streetwear means that nobody recognises “real design” anymore.

The designer succeeded Christopher Bailey as chief creative officer of Burberry in March 2018, having previously worked as creative director of Givenchy from 2005 to 2017. Tisci presented his first collection for Burberry during London Fashion Week last September (18), recruiting models such as Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn and Natalia Vodianova to showcase his tailored spring/summer 2019 offerings. And the 44-year-old was keen to make an elegant debut in order to make Burberry accessible for women who feel excluded by the ever-popular streetwear trend.

“I was one of the pioneers who brought streetwear into fashion,” he proclaimed in an interview with British Vogue. “But typical of fashion, we went too far and now nobody recognises real design. You don’t only have young kids looking to buy clothes – what about ladies who want to look classic, who want to look chic?”

Tisci’s debut collection was full of pussybow blouses, crisp dresses and a range of the brand’s signature coats, and going forward, the Italian fashion mogul is determined to strike the balance between history and evolution.

“I want to sustain the Burberry heritage, but I also want to go with the times, with modernity,” he explained. “I want people to come to Burberry and buy a beautiful trench, a beautiful car coat, a beautiful suit, a beautiful evening dress, beautiful trainers. Not just one product; I want to make it more open, more democratic.”

And most importantly, he will maintain a sense of Britishness – “an attitude, a strength, a confidence and a freedom.”

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Jourdan Dunn insists ‘self-care isn’t selfish’

Jourdan Dunn is adamant that self-care is a necessary part of life.The supermodel, who has worked with top brands like Prada, Burberry and Calvin Klein, has previously spoken out about her experience of anxiety and depression away from the runway, and …

Jourdan Dunn is adamant that self-care is a necessary part of life.

The supermodel, who has worked with top brands like Prada, Burberry and Calvin Klein, has previously spoken out about her experience of anxiety and depression away from the runway, and therefore believes it’s imperative that everyone allows time to look after themselves.

“We have to realise that self-care isn’t selfish. We have to look after ourselves or we won’t be able to function,” she insisted in an interview with Elle U.K. “I have a son (nine-year-old Riley) that looks up to me and I’ve realised if I come home from work or travelling and I’m exhausted, he picks up on that energy and think that it’s because of him. I have to make sure that I take five minutes just to breathe.”

The British star admitted that she still feels like a “work-in-progress” and is adamant that taking time out of her busy schedule will benefit not just herself, but everyone else in her life too.

“I have to look after myself, because if I don’t, I find that I’m not the best mother, sister, model or friend. Those little moments of zoning out are so important for me,” the 28-year-old added.

Jourdan has made a conscious effort to be as open as possible with her personal struggles, as she is aware of her status as a role model, in addition to the popularity of social media, which often distorts reality.

“I guess people look at models on Instagram as if they’re untouchable and not human,” the fashion icon considered. “Like I said, I’m just trying to be responsible for myself but at the same time, I get it. I know that I have women and young girls that look up to me, so I want to be my best self and my true self and it’s not all day every day glam and perfect selfies.”

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Thylane Blondeau tops 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2018 list

Thylane Blondeau has topped the list of 100 Most Beautiful Faces for 2018.The French model, who is the daughter of footballer Patrick Blondeau and TV presenter Veronika Loubry, shot to fame in 2007 when she was hailed as the “most beautiful girl in the…

Thylane Blondeau has topped the list of 100 Most Beautiful Faces for 2018.

The French model, who is the daughter of footballer Patrick Blondeau and TV presenter Veronika Loubry, shot to fame in 2007 when she was hailed as the “most beautiful girl in the world”.

Since then, Thylane has gone on to land gigs for the likes of L’Oreal Paris and Tommy Hilfiger, and she has now come in at first place on film critic TC Candler’s annual list.

“I just can’t believe it myself …thanks so much @tccandler and everyone who voted… I never thought I was once number one!! I’m thankful to all of you,” the 17-year-old posted on Instagram alongside a picture of herself. “I really hope your (sic) having great holidays and spend (a) nice Christmas with your family… all the best to all of you guys lots of love.”

Taiwanese singer Chou Tzu-yu came in second place, while Israeli model Yael Shelbia nabbed third.

Other celebrities to be included were models Taylor Hill and Jourdan Dunn, and actresses such as Emma Watson, Camilla Belle, and Lupita Nyong’o.

Meanwhile, Aquaman star Jason Momoa was crowned the Most Handsome Face 2018, beating out South Korean singer Jungkook and Luther actor Idris Elba.

The 100 Most Beautiful Faces list has been published annually by TC Candler and a group known as The Independent Critics since 1990.

The organisation claims that unlike most other annual beauty rankings, their selections are not about the “sexiest body or the most famous celebrity” but rather about celebrating the “modern ideal of worldwide beauty”.

Previous winners have included Michelle Pfeiffer, Isabelle Huppert, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Connelly, Lindsay Lohan, Keira Knightley, and Kate Beckinsale.

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Jourdan Dunn: ‘It’s easier for models to get scouted in the social media age’

Jourdan Dunn believes it’s easier for models to be discovered during today’s social media era.The supermodel was scouted at the age of 15 while shopping in a Primark store in London, and has since gone on to work with brands such as Burberry, Calvin Kl…

Jourdan Dunn believes it’s easier for models to be discovered during today’s social media era.

The supermodel was scouted at the age of 15 while shopping in a Primark store in London, and has since gone on to work with brands such as Burberry, Calvin Klein, and Balmain, and win Model of the Year twice at the Fashion Awards.

However, Jourdan was unable to use social media for self-promotion when she was starting out, and therefore believes the young models of today have an advantage.

“I personally think (getting discovered) now is a lot easier,” the 28-year-old explained in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar U.K. “You have these platforms and all you need to do is just have one thing to go viral, whether that’s a tweet or a video.”

Though social media has its benefits, Jourdan is adamant that Instagram can be “a toxic” place that can easily distort people’s views of reality.

“It’s weird to think that (my followers) wouldn’t think I was going through any personal struggles, but I’m still human,” she noted. “I think it’s a toxic place, especially when you are so wrapped up in it. People don’t know the difference between reality and Instagram and I think that’s dangerous.”

As a result, the British fashion icon is careful when it comes to engaging with the online world. For instance, she always attempts to make sure she “takes time” away from the platform from time to time.

“I make sure that I take the time out to really listen to my body and my thoughts and to make sure I’m on point, because if I’m not then I can just crash and burn,” she smiled.

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Jourdan Dunn is glad she wasn’t the ‘token’ black model during Fashion Week

Jourdan Dunn was glad to see she wasn’t the only black model during the recent crop of Fashion Week shows she walked in.The 28-year-old was famously the first black model to walk for Prada in over a decade when she was cast in 2008, and in 2015 was als…

Jourdan Dunn was glad to see she wasn’t the only black model during the recent crop of Fashion Week shows she walked in.

The 28-year-old was famously the first black model to walk for Prada in over a decade when she was cast in 2008, and in 2015 was also the first black model to grace the cover of British Vogue since Naomi Campbell more than 10 years before her.

But during the most recent season’s shows, Jourdan was pleased to see that there was a lot more diversity than she’d previously seen on the runway.

“When I did Burberry and Off-White – it was just two shows but it was nice to see a selection of different models, black models. It wasn’t just that one token – that hot black model of the season,” she explained in an interview with Refinery29. “I’m seeing a whole load of girls being represented and getting work. It’s amazing to see but the fact that we still have these conversations shows there is more to be done. It’s still not the norm because we’re still having to talk about it.”

During the September shows, the supermodel was able to be selective with her catwalk appearances, admitting it was a far cry from the old days when she had to do “70 shows a season”.

And since Fashion Month came to an end, Jourdan has been able to focus on her new partnership with Calzedonia, as the face of the brand’s A/W18 hosiery campaign.

“I’m so used to bare legs. Being a Londoner, I’m not scared of the cold, but now that I’m fronting the campaign, I’m excited to experiment with tights,” she enthused. “I like statement fishnets, and the animal print ones are amazing – I’ll rock them with a leather mini skirt and a loose T-shirt or black dress.”

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Jourdan Dunn named as Calzedonia brand ambassador

Jourdan Dunn has been named as the U.K. brand ambassador for Calzedonia.The British model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry and has recently walked in catwalk shows for the likes of Off-White, Burberry, Jeremy Scott, and Bra…

Jourdan Dunn has been named as the U.K. brand ambassador for Calzedonia.

The British model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry and has recently walked in catwalk shows for the likes of Off-White, Burberry, Jeremy Scott, and Brandon Maxwell.

Now, Jourdan has landed a coveted new gig as one of the faces of Italian hosiery and beachwear company Calzedonia.

“So excited to announce I’m the new Uk ambassador for @calzedonia!” she wrote on her Instagram page. “Watch this space, coming soon #calzedonia#italianlegwear.”

Alongside her comment, Jourdan uploaded a photo of her posing in a black bra and underwear set, as well as black leopard print tights and black stilettos.

Neither the model nor Calzedonia reps have given any further details on her upcoming campaign.

However, Jourdan will be following in the footsteps of a number of famous names in joining the Calzedonia family.

Models including Georgia Fowler, Sui He, and Olivia Culpo have starred in the brand’s latest photoshoots, while Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts and Italian fashion influencer Chiara Ferragni are among the company’s other brand ambassadors.

Of late, Jourdan has had a string of prestigious jobs, including appearances in editorials for British Vogue and a campaign for crystal brand Swarovski. And she recently opened up to Glamour U.K. about how grateful she is to have a network of supportive women around her.

“It’s so important to surround yourself with like-minded women, that are going out there and being total bosses – it inspires me to be a better me,” the 28-year-old explained. “Karlie (Kloss) may be younger than me, but I really look up to her and she’s everything to me. Women need to support and encourage other women. There’s nothing sadder than tearing each other down.”

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Off-White honours sport superstars with spring 19 line 

Off-White took inspiration some of the world’s sporting greats for its spring/summer 2019 collection.The fashion house, helmed by Virgil Abloh, presented its latest line at the Garage Amelot in Paris on Thursday night (27Sep18), in a show that brought …

Off-White took inspiration some of the world’s sporting greats for its spring/summer 2019 collection.

The fashion house, helmed by Virgil Abloh, presented its latest line at the Garage Amelot in Paris on Thursday night (27Sep18), in a show that brought the worlds of fashion and competitive sport together in harmony.

As well as having the likes of athletes including Brazilian footballer Neymar da Silva Santos Junior sat alongside Cara Delevingne in the front row, eight elite sportswomen joined fashion royalty on the catwalk – which was designed to look like a combination of a running track and a concrete street.

British athletes Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Dina Asher-Smith walked the runway, as did American sprinter English Gardner, with a cluster of supermodels including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Karlie Kloss and Jourdan Dunn also strutting their stuff.

Abloh, who named the collection Track and Field, explained to reporters at British Vogue that he had been inspired by working with tennis champ Serena Williams on the Serena Williams X Nike ‘Queen’ collection, and was pleased to base his spring 2019 offering on true sport.

“Track and Field is where you compete. There’s a foundation to it; it’s not just clothes for clothes’ sake,” he commented.

The 37-year-old teamed up with Nike once again and incorporated the iconic tick logo into casual fitted jackets and mesh vest tops, while also adding the letters ‘OFFF’ across collars and splashing the oversized text over blazers and sleeveless jackets.

Ensembles stuck to one colour scheme, most notably in striking white and neon yellow, while Abloh continued in “making a new aesthetic by crashing two things together which are not related” by mixing pieces like a sporty cut-out T-shirt with a full ruffled floor-length skirt.

The designer debuted a new Nike trainer too, a collaged shoe called the Waffle Racer.

Isabel Marant and Rick Owens also showed as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday night.

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