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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Lily Aldridge writing daily ‘gratitude lists’ during coronavirus lockdown

Lily Aldridge has been writing “gratitude lists” each day during the coronavirus lockdown.In a new video for her YouTube channel, the model opened up about the different ways she has boosted her mood and kept her anxiety at bay while practicing social …

Lily Aldridge has been writing “gratitude lists” each day during the coronavirus lockdown.

In a new video for her YouTube channel, the model opened up about the different ways she has boosted her mood and kept her anxiety at bay while practicing social distancing and staying at her Nashville, Tennessee home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lily discussed the power of repeating positive thoughts in the morning, making to-do lists, as well as the ritual of penning down exactly what she is appreciative of over the course of the day.

“One of my favourite things to do every day is to do a gratitude list. I’ll usually do three to five things that I’m grateful for. It can be really simple things, it can be more serious things,” she shared. “When this was all starting and I was full of anxiety and worry, just writing down what I was grateful for instantly made me feel happier and also realise, ‘I’m O.K. right now, you don’t have to consume yourself with worry and stress.’ Practicing gratitude is something I’m really grateful for – you could keep a little gratitude journal next to your bed so it’s really easy. My sister also does gratitude lists but she does it with her friends. They do a gratitude text chain, which I really love, so it becomes more of a communal thing.”

Lily went on to explain that she also makes time to video chat with her friends and family members each week, takes part in online quizzes, participates in virtual exercise sessions, and meditates. And unlike many other parents, she is actually enjoying homeschooling her seven-year-old daughter Dixie, whom she shares with her rocker husband Caleb Followill.

“She has definitely reminded me more than once that I’m not an actual teacher. ‘Cause I get really into it. When it’s the weekend, I’m like, ‘We don’t get to go to school.’ I really love it,” the 34-year-old smiled.

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Lindsay Ellingson welcomes baby boy

Lindsay Ellingson has given birth to her first child.The model, who has walked the runway for the likes of Chanel, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, and Victoria’s Secret, announced on Tuesday that she and husband Sean Clayton had welcomed a baby boy named C…

Lindsay Ellingson has given birth to her first child.

The model, who has walked the runway for the likes of Chanel, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, and Victoria’s Secret, announced on Tuesday that she and husband Sean Clayton had welcomed a baby boy named Carter John Clayton on 15 May.

“Our lives are forever changed and we couldn’t be more grateful! Welcome to the world little Carter,” she wrote alongside a slideshow of images of her holding little Carter on her Instagram page. “He’s such an angel, so cuddly and sweet, I’m so in love!”

Lindsay’s post soon attracted the attention of her celebrity pals, with the likes of Adriana Lima, Martha Hunt, Emily DiDonato, Lily Aldridge, and Sara Sampaio all sharing congratulatory messages.

And opening up about her birth experience in an interview with People magazine, the blonde beauty shared that while it was disappointing that her family couldn’t be at the hospital due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, everything went smoothly.

“It was surreal to finally hold my little boy,” the 35-year-old smiled. “I had felt his kick for months and had dreamt about him so many times. The doctor put him on my chest for skin-to-skin time and he looked right up at me, and then to Sean. We were crying tears of joy and relief. It’s a moment I will never forget.”

Lindsay and Sean wed in 2014. She confirmed her pregnancy news in January.

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Lily Aldridge scaling back beauty regime during self-isolation

Lily Aldridge has scaled back her beauty regime during the coronavirus lockdown so she can spend more time with her family.The model, who shares daughter Dixie, seven, and 15-month-old son Winston with husband Caleb Followill, has explained that mainta…

Lily Aldridge has scaled back her beauty regime during the coronavirus lockdown so she can spend more time with her family.

The model, who shares daughter Dixie, seven, and 15-month-old son Winston with husband Caleb Followill, has explained that maintaining her beauty regime is low on her list of priorities during self-isolation.

“Beauty is really low on the totem pole for me right now; it’s all about finding family routines,” she told Allure magazine, before noting that she’s dedicated a small area for her to indulge in a quick skincare regime before bed.

“So I have a little station next to my bed, a side table where I put three of my favourite beauty products, and I try to get to them every night,” Lily continued. “I have the KORA Organics AHA Resurfacing Serum and the Shani Darden Texture Reform next to my bed, along with the Creme de la Mer moisturising cream.”

She’s reduced her morning skincare regime too, and is alternating between a variety of natural products.

“Right now, I have Weleda Skin Food, which is the moisturiser I use during the day, and Kombucha + 11% AHA exfoliating toner from Youth to the People. I feel like it’s an easy quick fix, especially because, obviously, I’m not getting regular facials or anything,” the Victoria’s Secret Angel added.

The 34-year-old also revealed she’s been taking part in livestream dance sessions with her trainer Mary Helen Bowers.

“My daughter Dixie has been with me many times and will play workout next to me,” she shared.

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Lily Aldridge working out daily to beat anxiety during lockdown

Lily Aldridge is working out daily in an effort to beat anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic.In a new op-ed for Allure magazine, the Victoria’s Secret Angel discussed her top tips for prioritising wellbeing during the global lockdown, and urged other w…

Lily Aldridge is working out daily in an effort to beat anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a new op-ed for Allure magazine, the Victoria’s Secret Angel discussed her top tips for prioritising wellbeing during the global lockdown, and urged other women to stop being so hard on themselves while trying to juggle childcare, homeschooling, and work.

“If you want a day to kind of be on the couch and feel your emotions, let that happen,” she wrote. “Just to do whatever it is that you and your family need. What helps me deal with anxiety and worry is working out.”

Lily went on to explain that once her 15-month-old son Winston is down for a nap, and daughter Dixie, seven, has finished her school work, she commits to one full hour of exercising to keep her body and mind healthy.

“I’ll set an hour for myself and I’ll work out in a corner of my bedroom. You don’t need much equipment. You can use a towel as a mat; my sister has been using food cans as weights,” the 34-year-old explained. “Even if I just set aside a few minutes to do jumping jacks or get my heart rate going, for me, that’s the most natural way to centre myself and work through these anxieties that I think we’re all having right now.”

The founder of Lily Aldridge Parfums also said she’s been relying on at-home transcendental meditation sessions with her husband Caleb Followill to try and keep herself balanced during the turbulent time.

“I’m not a person who knows how to go into nirvana by any means, but for my everyday work, I am really grateful for things like the Headspace (app) that make it really easy and accessible to learn the basics. It’s a great resource,” she shared.

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Lily Aldridge regrets leaving 2010 Met Gala barefoot

Lily Aldridge can’t believe she had the confidence to leave the 2010 Met Gala barefoot.In a video uploaded to her YouTube channel on Monday, the model reflected on all of the Met Galas she has attended in the past due to the 2020 edition being indefini…

Lily Aldridge can’t believe she had the confidence to leave the 2010 Met Gala barefoot.

In a video uploaded to her YouTube channel on Monday, the model reflected on all of the Met Galas she has attended in the past due to the 2020 edition being indefinitely postponed in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Lily made her Met Gala debut in a “sexy” silver Roberto Cavalli gown at the American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity-themed event in May 2010, and while she had a great time that evening, her stilettos really hurt her feet and she made the decision to remove them at the end of the night.

“I took my shoes off. Never in my wildest dreams would I think of doing that ever again in my entire life. Nobody knew who I was and I was like a young kid. And I thought, ‘No one will notice if I have my shoes off.’ And my feet hurt!” she recalled. “So, I took my shoes off and walked out of the Met Gala. Shocking!”

And while Lily enjoys viewing the Costume Institute’s annual exhibition and catching up with her celebrity friends at the Met Gala dinner each year, she revealed that the bathroom is where the party really starts.

“Everybody meets up in the bathroom at the Met Gala. It’s where you find all of your friends and figure out which after-party you want to go to. It’s really fun because by the end of the night there’s no rules in the bathroom,” the 34-year-old smiled. “The bathroom at the Met Gala is always so funny. There’s been so many times when I’m like, ‘Hi, how are you?’ and I leave and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, you actually don’t know that person, you just follow them on Instagram.'”

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Lily Aldridge used sheet masks on her belly during second pregnancy

Lily Aldridge used sheet masks on her belly during the last days of her second pregnancy.The former Victoria’s Secret Angel, who shares daughter Dixie, seven, and 12-month-old son Winston with her Kings of Leon rocker husband Caleb Followill, told InSt…

Lily Aldridge used sheet masks on her belly during the last days of her second pregnancy.

The former Victoria’s Secret Angel, who shares daughter Dixie, seven, and 12-month-old son Winston with her Kings of Leon rocker husband Caleb Followill, told InStyle magazine that she diligently kept up her skincare routine even when she was days away from giving birth.

“Toward the end of my third trimester with my son, when I was counting the seconds until giving birth, I’d put one sheet mask on my face and another on my bump and watch TV,” Lily laughed. “My daughter thought it was so hilarious!

“I didn’t do it every day, but whenever I had 20 extra minutes to treat myself, I’d think, ‘Oh, a sheet mask on my belly? That sounds fun.'”

While the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit beauty opted for all-natural alternatives during her pregnancies, Lily is glad to be able to introduce her favourite skincare products back into her routine now that her 12-month-old son has stopped breastfeeding.

“I went with an all-natural regimen during both my pregnancies and while nursing my two children. I just weaned my baby son, Winston, and it’s opened up a whole new world of beauty products I can introduce back into my life,” the 34-year-old explained, noting that she preferred “natural options” from luxury brand Tata Harper, a “skincare line I started using while breastfeeding and have continued with because the formulas are fantastic,” Lily gushed.

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Lily Aldridge ‘cried for days’ first time she was targeted by online trolls

Lily Aldridge has recalled how she “cried for five days” the first time she was targeted by online trolls.The California-born model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business and has landed gigs for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Ra…

Lily Aldridge has recalled how she “cried for five days” the first time she was targeted by online trolls.

The California-born model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business and has landed gigs for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, and Bulgari.

Despite her success in the industry, Lily has had her experiences with social media critics, and in an interview with The Allure Podcast, remembered one particularly difficult time.

“I remember the first time I got paparazzied on a blog and I was like, ‘Ohh she’s major!’ and then I read the comments and I like cried for five days. They were so mean, and I was like, ‘This is not it. I don’t want my picture taken anymore,'” she shared. “I still get scared every post, I’m like, ‘I know somebody is going to say something mean.’ It hurts, it does. I don’t think I’ll ever stop hurting when you see someone saying something not nice about you. You try to grow a thicker skin and I definitely have over the years.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Lily also discussed the more positive elements of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube and the way in which they have allowed her to communicate directly with her followers.

“When I was a young model, it was really cool to be really mysterious. My idol was Kate Moss, and no one knew what her favourite under-eye cream was. Social media has come around and people want to know more about you. I love doing tutorials and sharing my beauty routines and all that fun stuff,” the 34-year-old commented, noting that she tries to present herself in the most “authentic” way possible. “I am not perfect. I’ve got wrinkles and pores, cellulite and stretch marks – all of it. For my daughter and for future generations, I want beauty to be something that’s about your heart and about who you are and about, the things that matter.”

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Betsey Johnson unveils The Little Mermaid-inspired jewellery collection

Betsey Johnson has partnered with the team at Disney on a jewellery collection inspired by The Little Mermaid.The fashion designer, known for her whimsical garments, has created a line of accessories influenced by the characters in the 1989 animated mo…

Betsey Johnson has partnered with the team at Disney on a jewellery collection inspired by The Little Mermaid.

The fashion designer, known for her whimsical garments, has created a line of accessories influenced by the characters in the 1989 animated movie.

Items include a chain necklace with seashell and starfish motifs, a nautical-themed charm bracelet with beaded elements, earrings shaped like forks with purple flower details, and a pair of drop earrings with representations of beloved characters.

“Want to be the girl who has everything? Then check out the matching jewellery collection featuring bedazzled characters including Flounder and Sebastian along with thingamabobs aplenty!” a Disney representative commented of the line.

The pieces are priced from $65 to $175 (£50 – £135) and will be available to purchase from Disney’s website and select theme park boutiques from 21 February.

In addition, Johnson has also unveiled a new sequin-covered Minnie Mouse ear headband for the Disney Parks Designer Collection. She will be celebrating the launch with fans on Friday afternoon at The Disney Dress Shop at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort in California.

Accordingly, the news excited many fans of The Little Mermaid, with model Tess Holliday simply writing “omg omg” on Johnson’s Instagram post, while another follower commented: “I need to go to Disney again. Betsey Johnson designed Little Mermaid ears!”

In the coming months, the likes of Lily Aldridge, Karlie Kloss, and Vera Wang are also set to release their own ear headbands for the Disney Parks Designer Collection.

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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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