Munroe Bergdorf wants fashion industry to inspire discussions about society

Munroe Bergdorf believes fashion is a “great medium” for “difficult” discussions about society.The 32-year-old star became L’Oreal’s first transgender model in 2017, and after being dropped by the beauty giant for speaking out against racism, was recen…

Munroe Bergdorf believes fashion is a “great medium” for “difficult” discussions about society.

The 32-year-old star became L’Oreal’s first transgender model in 2017, and after being dropped by the beauty giant for speaking out against racism, was recently invited back to join the company’s UK Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board.

Munroe hopes the industry continues to spark debates and inspire conversations about pressing issues in the world today.

“I see fashion and beauty as great mediums to have often difficult discussions about identity and society,” she told WWD.com. “I’ve always been a creative person, so my journey into activism has been more of a natural progression rather than a conscious choice. I don’t really see myself as an artist, I see myself as a voice for the underrepresented and, hopefully, a symbol of resilience…

“Through my activism I want to encourage all young people to stand up for themselves, to be politically engaged and to educate themselves on issues beyond their own lived experiences.”

Munroe also spoke about the current challenges faced by the Black LGBTQ community. She is hoping the Black Lives Matter movement continues to raise awareness and that Black transgender women can one day live free from prejudice.

“Black transgender women are navigating four pandemics right now: COVID-19, racism, transphobia and misogyny,” Munroe said. “I hope that the #blacklivesmatter movement continues to extend to the Black trans community. I want society to recognise our humanity, to offer us opportunity, to keep us safe and encourage us to live authentically. Too many Black trans women are being murdered and often without justice. We need this violent narrative to end.”

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Munroe Bergdorf rejoins L’Oreal after racism row

Munroe Bergdorf is once again working with L’Oreal Paris, three years after she was fired for making comments about racism.The transgender model was hired by the beauty giant in 2017 to appear in their True Match campaign, but brand officials cut ties …

Munroe Bergdorf is once again working with L’Oreal Paris, three years after she was fired for making comments about racism.

The transgender model was hired by the beauty giant in 2017 to appear in their True Match campaign, but brand officials cut ties with Munroe after she publicly condemned a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The French firm came under fire recently when it made a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, prompting the 32-year-old to fire off a series of posts on Twitter and Instagram, accusing brand officials of using the movement as a PR opportunity.

And on Monday, Munroe announced on social media that she is working once again with L’Oreal and that the brand’s new president Delphine Viguier had not only apologised to her, but also invited her to sit on the company’s UK Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board.

“I believe in accountability and progress, not cancellation and grudges. While what happened three years ago was extremely traumatic for me personally and professionally, sitting on a board to provide a voice and a champion for black, trans and queer voices in the beauty industry is important for me,” Munroe wrote on Instagram. “It feels good to finally have closure on this matter and I look forward to new beginnings with the L’Oreal team.”

Viguier also issued a statement, which was shared on the L’Oreal Paris Instagram page, in which she called the meeting with Munroe “a powerful moment of human connection.”

“We support Munroe’s fight against systemic racism and as a company we are committed to work to dismantle such systems,” she said, adding that L’Oreal will also be donating to Mermaids, a U.K.-based charity supporting transgender youth, and U.K. Black Pride, as suggested by the model herself.

“We all want to contribute to a society in which everyone can live safely, peacefully and equally, and that begins with repairing relationships and moving forward together. I thank @munroebergdorf for her willingness to do this,” Viguier added.

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Jade Thirlwall calls out L’Oreal as she stands in solidarity with Munroe Bergdorf

Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall has vowed to never work with L’Oreal after they dropped model Munroe Bergdorf from a campaign in 2017. Back in 2017, Munroe was dropped from L’Oreal’s True Match campaign after she made comments on Facebook about a white…

Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall has vowed to never work with L’Oreal after they dropped model Munroe Bergdorf from a campaign in 2017.

Back in 2017, Munroe was dropped from L’Oreal’s True Match campaign after she made comments on Facebook about a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying that white people were “drenched in racism”.

Munroe spoke out against the brand once again last week after representatives threw their support behind the Black Lives Matter movement on social media, and now the British singer has taken a stand against the company over their alleged treatment of the transgender model.

In a series of posts on her Instagram Stories, Jade slammed the beauty giant for their recent “Speaking Out is Worth It” post and vowed to never work with a brand that “won’t support and show up for the black trans community”.

“My whole career I dreamed of having a L’Oreal deal because well, I got ALL THIS BEAUTIFUL ARAB/AFRICAN HAIR and I wanna show it off, and it was a brand I looked up to,” the 27-year-old began.

“@lorealparis I guess speaking up is only ‘worth it’ when it suits you? Where is the accountability and apology to Munroe Bergdorf? Now is the time to make amends and lead by example. And until you do, I can’t believe your performative posts. Shame on you. #IStandWithMunroe.”

“The moment Munroe spoke out about systematic racism and white supremacy, she was dropped. It was disgusting to witness, the subsequent abuse and the way she was thrown to the media wolves with no accountability or support from L’Oréal, was even more disturbing,” Jade continued, before demanding L’Oreal “lead by example” and learn from their mistakes.

“Black Lives Matter means Black Trans Lives MUST Matter too,” she added.

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Munroe Bergdorf slams L’Oreal Paris for supporting Black Lives Matter movement

Munroe Bergdorf has slammed executives at L’Oreal Paris for showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement three years after dropping her for speaking out against racism. Bergdorf, the first transgender model to sign with the French beauty brand, …

Munroe Bergdorf has slammed executives at L’Oreal Paris for showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement three years after dropping her for speaking out against racism.

Bergdorf, the first transgender model to sign with the French beauty brand, lost her contract in 2017 after she made comments about the issue in the wake of the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Following the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of white police officers last week, social media users have been taking a stand against racism and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, while many brands have been showing their solidarity in social posts. On Monday, L’Oreal representatives joined in on Instagram, sharing a black square with the words: “Speaking out is worth it.”

Bergdorf responded by accusing brand officials of using the movement as a PR opportunity in an expletive-filled Instagram post.

“Excuse my language but I am SO angry. F**K YOU @lorealparis. You dropped me from a campaign in 2017 and threw me to the wolves for speaking out about racism and white supremacy,” she wrote. “With no duty of care, without a second thought. I had to fend for myself being torn apart by the world’s press because YOU didn’t want to talk about racism… THAT is what you get for ‘speaking out’ when employed by @lorealparis.

“I said just yesterday that it would only be a matter of time before RACIST AF (as f**k) brands saw a window of PR opportunity to jump on the bandwagon… F**k your ‘solidarity’. Where was my support when I spoke out? Where was my apology? I’m disgusted and writing this in floods of tears and shaking. This is gaslighting. If you care about me or #blacklivesmatter, don’t let @lorealparis get away with this.”

The 32-year-old’s fans responded by vowing to boycott the company and petitioning for bosses to apologise, and she later thanked her supporters on Instagram and wrote: “I’m not holding my breath for an apology, it’s been three years, but thank you to whoever has set up the petitions, it means a lot.”

L’Oreal Paris reps, who posted a black square on Instagram in support of Blackout Tuesday, have not yet responded to Bergdorf’s comments.

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Eva Longoria dyes hair at home for new L’Oreal Paris commercial

Eva Longoria has dyed her own hair at home for a brand-new L’Oreal Paris commercial.The Desperate Housewives actress made a splash on Instagram last week when she demonstrated to her seven million followers how she uses the brand’s Magic Root Cover Up …

Eva Longoria has dyed her own hair at home for a brand-new L’Oreal Paris commercial.

The Desperate Housewives actress made a splash on Instagram last week when she demonstrated to her seven million followers how she uses the brand’s Magic Root Cover Up to conceal her silver strands while she can’t visit her usual hairdresser during the coronavirus lockdown.

However, Eva has since decided to permanently dye her locks with L’Oreal Paris’ Excellence Creme products, and filmed the process of her doing so at home on her smartphone for an original ad campaign.

“When my L’Oreal family approached me to do this campaign, I was excited to direct this first of its kind commercial. It’s a challenging time for everyone right now as we try and juggle all of our responsibilities and the needs of our loved ones, but it’s also important to remember to take care of ourselves,” the star, who has served as a L’Oreal spokesperson since 2005, commented. “In this commercial, viewers can see how easy it is to get expert results and the confidence boost they deserve while at home. Self-care is self-worth and now, more than ever, we are all worth it!”

The clip shows Eva explaining how she applies the at-home dye product, before allowing it to process and then rinsing in the shower. She then conditions her locks before blow-drying with a hairdryer.

“No more greys! I’m so happy!” she exclaimed at the end.

And Delphine Viguier-Hovasse, global brand president of L’Oreal Paris, noted that she couldn’t be more thrilled with how the concept turned out.

“Just as many of us are working from home, so too is our spokesperson Eva Longoria, who has created this advertising campaign for our star hair colour range Excellence Creme from her home. The Covid-19 crisis hasn’t stopped L’Oréal Paris from imagining new ways to create original forms of connection with our consumers, who are looking to maintain their self-worth during confinement,” she insisted.

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Zara owner set to begin making hospital scrubs amid coronavirus crisis

Executives at Inditex, owner of Zara, are looking to begin making hospital scrubs in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.At present, Spain is one of the countries to be hit the hardest by the crisis, with over 17,000 confirmed cases and 767 deaths. Ac…

Executives at Inditex, owner of Zara, are looking to begin making hospital scrubs in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

At present, Spain is one of the countries to be hit the hardest by the crisis, with over 17,000 confirmed cases and 767 deaths.

Accordingly, bosses at the Arteixo-headquartered company are now contemplating how textile manufacturing plants could be altered so they can start making hospital scrubs, gowns, and masks to help support the government and local health authorities.

Leaders have already donated 3,000 masks to hospitals, with a further 10,000 more due to be dispersed by the end of the week.

“We are working to bring the materials the Spanish health authorities have indicated they need most urgently: masks, gloves, protective glasses, caps, shoe covers and face shields. Inditex will lend logistical support in transporting the materials the Spanish government acquires directly from China,” a spokesperson commented, according to WWD.

On Wednesday, Inditex leaders confirmed over 3,780 stores, around half of all global locations, would be temporarily closed. They didn’t share the exact boutiques affected, but it would appear the majority are in Spain, Italy, and France, which are currently on lockdown.

Meanwhile, bosses at cosmetics giant L’Oreal have also launched a programme to aid consumers across Europe, and are increasing production of hand santiser for hospitals and pharmacies, as well as donating hygiene kits to social workers, volunteers, and beneficiaries.

“In this unprecedented crisis, it is our responsibility to contribute to the collective effort in every way possible,” said Jean-Paul Agon, chairman and chief executive officer of L’Oreal. “Through these actions, L’Oreal expresses our recognition, our support and our solidarity towards those who are demonstrating extraordinary courage and selflessness in their efforts to combat this pandemic.”

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Doutzen Kroes uses acupuncture to ‘plump and lift’ her face

Doutzen Kroes uses acupuncture to combat signs of ageing on her face.The Dutch supermodel is one of the most in-demand names in the fashion industry, having scored major gigs with the likes of L’Oreal and Victoria’s Secret. Yet, Doutzen has noticed c…

Doutzen Kroes uses acupuncture to combat signs of ageing on her face.

The Dutch supermodel is one of the most in-demand names in the fashion industry, having scored major gigs with the likes of L’Oreal and Victoria’s Secret.

Yet, Doutzen has noticed changes to the texture of her skin in recent years, with her right eye now appearing smaller than her left – but instead of trying Botox or fillers, she is opting for regular “facial rejuvenation acupuncture” sessions.

Noting that her acupuncturist Cas Rooseboom promised her that her face will “look a little more plump” after 10 sessions, the 35-year-old explained in a video for her YouTube channel, “(My face) will have a little bit of a lift. Like, how I would like to be my face is just a little bit more (lifted). It’s not a big difference, but I just feel like my face since a few years has… I don’t know how to explain it… It’s just falling apart.”

Doutzen went on to show how Cas inserts acupuncture needles into her face, hands, and feet, with the theory being that the process will mean “there will be collagen pushed into my face”.

And while the mother-of-two emphasised that ageing is normal, she is determined to do all she can to keep wrinkles and fine lines at bay for as long as possible.

“Because I’m working in the fashion industry people look at me more up close and are maybe looking at ageing a different way. I feel like I’m dealing with insecurities as well when I come to set, and I haven’t seen someone for 10 years and, obviously, I look different now than I did 10 years ago. I like to think that I don’t care about it, but I do,” she shared. “I do care, and I do everything I can to slow down the ageing process. I do facials, I choose very carefully what I put into my body, I have a very active lifestyle, and recently, I discovered acupuncture.”

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Prada inks beauty deal with L’Oreal

Executives at Prada and L’Oreal have signed a long-term beauty deal.On Thursday, representatives for the Italian fashion house and French cosmetics giant announced that they had agreed to pool their expertise for the new venture, which will include the…

Executives at Prada and L’Oreal have signed a long-term beauty deal.

On Thursday, representatives for the Italian fashion house and French cosmetics giant announced that they had agreed to pool their expertise for the new venture, which will include the creation, development, and distribution of luxury beauty products for the Prada brand.

“L’Oreal is the leading global beauty company,” said Prada chief executive officer Patrizio Bertelli. “Its position and experience makes it the ideal partner for Prada to develop its full potential across a variety of new projects, leverage Prada’s well-established fragrance identity and reach even more audiences around the world.”

Prada has long been involved in the fragrance industry, with its La Femme Prada and Candy scents proving to be favourites with consumers.

However, leaders at the label, headed by fashion designer Miuccia Prada, have yet to explore the make-up and cosmetics categories.

In light of the deal, Cyril Chapuy, president of L’Oreal Luxe, noted that he was thrilled to be working with the team at Prada.

“We are very pleased to have signed this licence agreement with Prada. Prada is one of the most respected players in the global luxury industry,” he commented. “A symbol of excellence and avant-garde, the Prada brand’s unique and unconventional philosophy appeals to consumers around the world. This licence will give L’Oreal Luxe the ideal complement to its portfolio of iconic brands.”

The agreement will come into effect on 1 January 2021.

Earlier this year, bosses at L’Oreal also announced plans to expand their fragrance offerings by acquiring the Mugler and Azzaro brands from Clarins Group.

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John Galliano renews Maison Margiela contract

John Galliano will continue to serve as the creative director of fashion house Maison Margiela.The designer joined the Paris-based brand in October 2014 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his avant-garde garments and deconstructed coats…

John Galliano will continue to serve as the creative director of fashion house Maison Margiela.

The designer joined the Paris-based brand in October 2014 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his avant-garde garments and deconstructed coats.

Now, Galliano has confirmed he will be extending his contract with the label.

“I am super excited for this new chapter and grateful to Renzo (Rosso) for his belief in me and the vision for Maison Margiela,” he said in a statement.

While Renzo Rosso, president of Maison Margiela’s parent company, OTB group, added that he was impressed with the way Galliano had been steering the brand and believed it is now “the coolest cutting-edge couture house”.

“Five years ago, I believed that John was the only person who could take this house in his hands, and I am even more convinced of this today. John’s undisputed talent is only matched by his understanding of today’s generations, their way of thinking, their struggles, their dreams. And he is doing exactly what this Maison always did at its best – disrupt, innovate and inspire,” the executive praised.

Rosso added that Galliano has doubled the revenues at Maison Margiela since his arrival.

In particular, the 58-year-old has found success with his bag and sneakers, with the accessories business now equating to 60 per cent of total sales. And he is looking forward to seeing how new fragrance Mutiny, developed in conjunction with licensing partner L’Oreal, does in the coming months.

Previously, Galliano worked in senior roles at Givenchy, Christian Dior, and his own namesake label. But in 2011, he was dismissed from Dior after he was found guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks and sentenced to pay a total of $6,700 (£5,100) in suspended fines. Designer Bill Gaytten replaced him as creative director at the Galliano label.

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Helen Mirren takes issue with the word ‘beauty’

Helen Mirren has an issue with the word “beauty”, and wants a new word for people to use as a compliment.The 73-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who is an ambassador for L’Oreal, said in a recent interview that she wants others to focus on achievements …

Helen Mirren has an issue with the word “beauty”, and wants a new word for people to use as a compliment.

The 73-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who is an ambassador for L’Oreal, said in a recent interview that she wants others to focus on achievements – rather than looks – when giving out praise.

“Sometimes I clean up nice with a lot of help… So I want a new word instead of ‘beautiful,'” Mirren said during an appearance on British show This Morning. “I think ‘being’ is a good word. My ‘being’ tip is really to be curious and interested in other people and not think too much about yourself. Give your attention to other people and that has a way of making you, if you like, more beautiful in many ways.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Mirren confessed she sometimes cuts her own hair with the kitchen scissors, even before red carpet events.

“I do often cut my own hair,” Mirren shared. “I said to my brilliant hair guy here, Stefan, ‘The cut I have right now, Stefan, is something that I did with the kitchen scissors about a week ago in my kitchen. So you know, maybe you could clean it up a bit for me?’ So yes, I do cut my own hair.”

The British actress, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006’s The Queen, previously revealed she hated going to the hair salon every six weeks, so took matters into her own hands.

“I only go about once a year,” she told Redbook magazine in 2014. “In between, I get out the scissors and do something, usually rather disastrously.”

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