Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington petition Victoria’s Secret over misconduct

Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington are among 100 models who have signed a petition urging bosses at Victoria’s Secret to protect them from sexual misconduct.The longtime Victoria’s Secret Angel, along with the ’90s supermodel, have joined the likes o…

Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington are among 100 models who have signed a petition urging bosses at Victoria’s Secret to protect them from sexual misconduct.

The longtime Victoria’s Secret Angel, along with the ’90s supermodel, have joined the likes of Edie Campbell, Gemma Ward, Iskra Lawrence, Karen Elson, and Milla Jovovich in adding their names to a letter sent to chief executive officer John Mehas on Tuesday.

Non-profit organisation Model Alliance posted a copy of the letter on Twitter, with the text reading, “In the past few weeks, we have heard numerous allegations of sexual assault, alleged rape, and sex trafficking of models and aspiring models.

“While these allegations may not have been aimed at Victoria’s Secret directly, it is clear that your company has a crucial role to play in remedying the situation.”

Of late, the lingerie label has been rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct by photographers Timur Emek, David Bellemere, and Greg Kadel. Emek has not yet responded to the claims, while Bellemere and Kadel have denied the allegations.

“It is deeply disturbing that these men appear to have leveraged their working relationships with Victoria’s Secret to lure and abuse vulnerable girls,” the letter continued.

The petition from Model Alliance is also signed by a member of the Hollywood-led initiative Time’s Up, photographers Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and former Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive. Additionally, it asks Victoria’s Secret to sign on to its Respect programme, which was designed by models and aims to support those who need to report complaints about individuals in the industry, as well as provide education and training.

News of the letter comes shortly after Ed Razek, Victoria’s Secret’s chief marketing officer, resigned from his position. He joined the company in 1983.

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Milla Jovovich unfazed by Hellboy’s critical mauling

Actress Milla Jovovich is refusing to let the disappointing box office debut of Hellboy dampen her spirits, because she is confident it will become another “cult classic”. The Resident Evil star plays witch Nimue, aka The Blood Queen, in the latest bi…

Actress Milla Jovovich is refusing to let the disappointing box office debut of Hellboy dampen her spirits, because she is confident it will become another “cult classic”.

The Resident Evil star plays witch Nimue, aka The Blood Queen, in the latest big screen adaptation of Mike Mignola’s graphic novel, opposite David Harbour as the titular character, but the reboot was mauled by critics and bombed upon its release, only earning $12 million (£9.2 million) in North America over its opening weekend (12-14Apr19).

However, Milla isn’t letting the lackluster reception get her down because all of her previous films have also failed to impress critics – even though they went on to earn cult status among devotees.

“It’s always stressful on opening weekend and @hellboymovie is no different,” she wrote beside an Instagram selfie. “You work super hard to make something fun and entertaining and have to absorb the negative reviews by movie critics, but hey! THAT’S SHOWBIZ BABY.

“All I’m gonna say before going to bed is this: All my raddest (best) films have been slammed by critics. It’s f**king hilarious. Dazed and Confused? Seriously? Classic movie. The Fifth Element! You would have thought that was the worst movie ever made if you read the reviews in like ’98. Zoolander? Slammed. Joan of Arc? Disaster. Resident Evil? Let’s not even go there.

“Anyway, every one of those films is now a cult classic. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. And this will be too. Mark my words.”

Milla goes on to list the reasons for her argument, touting the “amazing actors” she got to work with, including Ian McShane and Daniel Dae Kim, and the fact that Mignola personally co-wrote the script.

She also insists Hellboy was “directed by one of the greats” in Neil Marshall, and urges fans not to be discouraged by the poor reviews the film has received to date.

“Trust me, you’re gonna have a blast watching the new @hellboymovie,” she concluded. “I mean, one critic said ‘it’s a loud, gory mess only a teenager would love.’ HELL yea (sic) Hellboy! Let’s have some fun! And with that, I wish you all a good night!”

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Milla Jovovich felt sorry for Hellboy star David Harbour

Model-turned-actress Milla Jovovich felt sorry for her Hellboy co-star David Harbour, because he had to wander around the set in heavy prosthetics all day. The Resident Evil star, who plays witch The Blood Queen in the latest big screen adaptation of …

Model-turned-actress Milla Jovovich felt sorry for her Hellboy co-star David Harbour, because he had to wander around the set in heavy prosthetics all day.

The Resident Evil star, who plays witch The Blood Queen in the latest big screen adaptation of Mike Mignola’s graphic novel, switched from playing the bad girl to becoming a movie mum in between takes as she tried to make sure her leading man was as comfortable as possible.

“Poor David, he had like 40 pounds of prosthetics on at all times,” she tells Good Morning America. “Poor guy, by the end of the day, with those horns, he would just be sitting with his head in his hands and I would come up and I’d give him a massage.

“He couldn’t (even) sit on a normal chair, because of everything (he was wearing)…, so I would run and grab him an apple box in between takes, because usually I didn’t have shoes on for most of the movie, so I could get around really quickly.”

Milla also reveals she struggled to tell Harbour and his stunt double apart: “When stunt doubles are dressed in complete costume like that, you literally can’t tell them apart,” she chuckles. “The funniest thing is to see, like, two Hellboys at the craft table, eating potato chips, grabbing a coffee, just like chilling in between takes.”

Stranger Things star Harbour admits playing Hellboy was a tiring experience as he would have to get up at 2.30am for a three-hour makeup session, which began at 3am.

“I’d get about five hours of sleep and then I’d have to be in makeup,” he explains. “I’d sit there with my earbuds in, listening to music, as these people would go to work on my face, delicately tapping the prosthetics down with their fingers.

“It was like getting a facial from an army of ants.”

The process became so comfortable, David started getting a little extra sleep as the makeup experts went to town: “I’d be sitting there snoring as they did their thing.”

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T.I. and Ron Perlman join Monster Hunter adaptation

Rapper/actor T.I. and movie veteran Ron Perlman are jumping into action for the big screen adaptation of Monster Hunter. They will join leading lady Milla Jovovich in the film, based on the popular Capcom video game, in which players track down and ki…

Rapper/actor T.I. and movie veteran Ron Perlman are jumping into action for the big screen adaptation of Monster Hunter.

They will join leading lady Milla Jovovich in the film, based on the popular Capcom video game, in which players track down and kill various monsters.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, T.I. is set to play a Link, a top sniper, while Hellboy star Perlman portrays Admiral, the leader of the Hunter’s Crew.

Milla’s husband, Paul W.S. Anderson, will direct the project from a script he also wrote.

Details regarding the plot remain unknown, but production is due to begin in South Africa next month (Oct18).

Jovovich and Anderson have already experienced huge success adapting a cult Capcom game for Hollywood after working together on the Resident Evil film franchise. The action-horror series debuted in 2002 with Milla as protagonist Alice, and concluded with a sixth instalment, titled The Final Chapter, in 2016, banking over $1.2 billion at the global box office. It is now reportedly in the process of being rebooted with a new lead actress.

Meanwhile, Monster Hunter marks the latest big film gig for T.I. after joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015 with a role in Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man as one of the titular character’s sidekicks. He reprised his part as Dave in this year’s (18) sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp.

He also recently wrapped working alongside comedy icon Eddie Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name!, a biopic about late funnyman Rudy Ray Moore, which is being developed for streaming service Netflix.

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Milla Jovovich lands Balmain campaign

Milla Jovovich has been tapped to front Balmain’s latest campaign.The Resident Evil actress has returned to her fashion roots by starring in the French luxury fashion house’s fall/winter 2018 marketing imagery, which was helmed by creative director Oli…

Milla Jovovich has been tapped to front Balmain’s latest campaign.

The Resident Evil actress has returned to her fashion roots by starring in the French luxury fashion house’s fall/winter 2018 marketing imagery, which was helmed by creative director Olivier Rousteing and shot by photographer An Le.

One image sees Jovovich posing in a silver dress, while another sees her standing in front of a concrete wall in a blush-pink tuxedo jacket.

“What a beautiful experience it was to work with such talented and inspiring people, creating something so special!” she wrote alongside the campaign snaps on her Instagram page. “So much love to the incredible team!”

In addition to the photographs, Jovovich, who has also recently worked with Kenzo co-creative director Humberto Leon on a project, appears in video imagery directed by Jake Nava. The clip sees the 42-year-old walking in an empty room in a shiny silver minidress and thigh-high black leather boots before striking a variety of abstract poses.

“There was a choreographer on set that showed me some things I could do potentially, tapping my feet, for instance, clapping, scraping the chair across the floor and using it in interesting ways to move around, rather than just sitting in it,” she told Harpersbazaar.com of how she was encouraged to experiment while filming the video. “Then when I got into the clothes, I started to visualise different types of movements I could do that would look striking and strong on camera, but that would also create some cool sounds.”

Of the final result, Rousteing explained that he couldn’t be happier and shared that he was thrilled with the dimension Jovovich brought to the photoshoot.

He described her as one of his personal heroes and the “perfect” representative of the Balmain woman.

“Like Balmain, she manages to be both timeless and modern,” the designer commented. “Her confidence and talent comes through in each shot and in every movement of her performance.”

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Kenzo’s Humberto Leon writes and produces first film

Humberto Leon has swapped fashion for film with new feature The Everything.The co-creative director of Kenzo, who helms the label with Carol Lim, has written and produced the new movie, which editors at WWD describe as a “lighthearted drama about a fam…

Humberto Leon has swapped fashion for film with new feature The Everything.

The co-creative director of Kenzo, who helms the label with Carol Lim, has written and produced the new movie, which editors at WWD describe as a “lighthearted drama about a family of teenagers with unusual powers that bring them together”.

Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich stars as the matriarch, with Sasha Frolova and X-Men: Apocalypse stars Alexandra Shipp and Kodi Smit-McPhee featuring as a group of young characters.

Regina Hall, Jay Ellis, Zsela Thompson and Leo Reilly also make up the cast, and filmmaker Spike Jonze has a cameo.

Kenzo’s fall 18 collection features throughout the 27-minute film, and the luxury label’s La Collection Memento No. 3 is also on display.

Leon and Lim, who are also behind U.S. retailer Opening Ceremony, frequently collaborate with writers and directors when it comes to Kenzo campaigns.

They previously teamed with Oscar winner Jonze on My Mutant Brain, an advert for the Kenzo World perfume, which starred The Leftovers’ Margaret Qualley.

“We all have known each other for such a long time. It’s one of our favourite things when we get to work with people we know and admire so well,” the designers previously told Buro24/7 of working with Jonze and Kenzo World’s bottle designer, Patrick Li. “Both of them are geniuses in their respective fields and we were lucky that they were free to work on this project with us.”

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Karen Elson and Doutzen Kroes back plan to stop abuse in fashion

Karen Elson and Doutzen Kroes are backing a “Respect Programme” to stop abuse in the fashion industry.The supermodels are among 100 stars who have signed the Model Alliance’s Respect charter, which is asking brands, agencies and media companies to sign…

Karen Elson and Doutzen Kroes are backing a “Respect Programme” to stop abuse in the fashion industry.

The supermodels are among 100 stars who have signed the Model Alliance’s Respect charter, which is asking brands, agencies and media companies to sign a legally binding agreement to foster a business defined by safe workplaces and mutual respect, in the wake of several high-profile photographers, including Mario Testino, Bruce Weber and Terry Richardson, coming under fire for allegedly mistreating models.

Throwing her weight behind the initiative, Karen has taken to Instagram to share a statement in which she described the importance of bringing about change in the fashion community.

“Over the past year, many courageous individuals have revealed the dark truth of sexual harassment and bullying behaviour in the fashion industry,” she wrote. “A lot of these concerns have yet to be addressed in a meaningful way. Today, myself along with over 100 other models, are supporting the solution: the RESPECT Programme.”

Doutzen uploaded a statement with a similar sentiment, while Model Alliance representatives shared the entire list of models who are supporting the charter, including Teddy Quinlivan, Milla Jovovich, Caitriona Balfe and Elettra Wiedemann.

Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff announced the Respect Programme at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit on Thursday (17May18) alongside model Edie Campbell, casting director James Scully and Kering’s chief sustainability officer Marie-Claire Daveu.

“As models, our images serve a commercial purpose, but our bodies remain ours,” the initiative states. “Agreeing to be photographed or filmed as professional representatives of a product or brand does not constitute agreement to be groped, fondled, involuntarily disrobed or worse.”

The Respect Programme also offers models access to a confidential complaint process.

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Milla Jovovich replacing Olivia Munn in action-thriller Hummingbird

Milla Jovovich will replace Olivia Munn in upcoming movie Hummingbird.The Resident Evil actress has been tapped to step in for the X-Men: Apocalypse star on the project, which will be directed by Swedish filmmakers Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Akerstrom. …

Milla Jovovich will replace Olivia Munn in upcoming movie Hummingbird.

The Resident Evil actress has been tapped to step in for the X-Men: Apocalypse star on the project, which will be directed by Swedish filmmakers Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Akerstrom.

Milla will play a black-ops assassin who begins to doubt her skills and training when she’s placed on a questionable assignment, with the story set to be in the vein of films such as Luc Besson’s Lucy and Paul Greengrass’ Jason Bourne franchise.

Milla will be the third actress cast in the main role, as Olivia originally joined the film after Zoe Saldana had to drop out due to a scheduling issue with the Avatar sequels.

However, the new role will prove to be a family affair for Milla, as her husband Paul W. S. Anderson has been engaged to write a revision of John McClain’s script, which was on the 2016 version of The Black List – a catalogue of the most-liked motion picture screenplays not yet produced.

Filming is slated to kick off this summer (18), with China’s Fundamental Films to produce the flick alongside Broken Road Productions. Gary Glushon will executive produce, while Mark Gao, Gregory Ouanhon and Todd Garner will act as producers.

Milla starred in all six of the Resident Evil sci-fi action movies as Alice, a former security officer turned rogue fighter, with the films becoming the highest-grossing series to be based on a video game – garnering over $1.233 billion worldwide. The Ukraine-born star has most recently been working on the next Hellboy movie, in which she takes on the part of Nimue the Blood Queen, and sci-fi film Future World, which also stars James Franco, Lucy Liu, and Suki Waterhouse.

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