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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Lily Aldridge tired of critics urging her to ‘fix’ her smile

Lily Aldridge is tired of people telling her to get her teeth “fixed”.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.But …

Lily Aldridge is tired of people telling her to get her teeth “fixed”.

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.

But in spite of her success, Lily has now opened up about the “dark” side of the industry and shared how she is often targeted by critics over the tiny gap between her front teeth.

“(It’s) something people like to comment on a lot. A lot of people in the business and before used to pressure me a lot to change things. My teeth are not perfect and that’s my choice because I really love my teeth,” she insisted in a video for her YouTube channel. “I just thought I’d say it publicly – I chose to keep these gorgeous teeth, and I love them, and it’s O.K. that they’re not perfect to me. But so many people have a problem with it! They’re like, ‘Why don’t you fix your teeth?’ in comments. And I’m like, ‘I’m 34 years old. If I wanted to fix my teeth, I would fix my teeth.’ I really think the quirks of people are what make you unique and beautiful.”

Lily went on to insist that she doesn’t want “perfect” teeth as she feels a full set of Hollywood-style veneers would make her resemble Matt Dillon’s character in 1998 comedy film There’s Something About Mary.

Elsewhere in the clip, the brunette beauty shared that she has experienced all sorts of negativity on jobs over the course of her career, but tries her best not to dwell on the past.

“There’s hundreds of stories. Times when I’ve been told I’m too skinny. Time when I’ve been told I’m too fat. Times when I’ve been told I’m too pretty. Times when I’ve been told I’m not pretty enough,” the mother-of-two sighed. “I think if you love what you do, no matter what, you can get through all those hurdles. Don’t let anybody narrate your story.”

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Hailey Bieber keen to branch out into fashion design

Hailey Bieber is interested in trying her hand at fashion design.The 23-year-old first began modelling seriously in 2014 and has since gone on to appear in campaigns for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Guess, H&M, and Levi’s. Hailey is now contemplating th…

Hailey Bieber is interested in trying her hand at fashion design.

The 23-year-old first began modelling seriously in 2014 and has since gone on to appear in campaigns for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Guess, H&M, and Levi’s.

Hailey is now contemplating the next phase of her career, and in a cover interview for the March 2020 issue of Elle magazine, indicated her desire to create clothes.

“I would love to get into designing clothes. I love clothes!” she gushed. “That’s actually one of the main reasons I got into the modelling industry.”

With help from her stylist Maeve Reilly, Hailey has built up a reputation as quite the style chameleon. In addition to rocking glamorous gowns on the red carpet, she is often spotted sporting edgy streetwear looks while off-duty.

“I also want to create comfy athleisure. I love what Rihanna is doing. I think she’s incredible, and her (Fenty) line is great. I also love the Olsen twins. I’ve been a fan since the days of (1999 movie) Passport to Paris,” the model praised of her style inspirations. “It’s the same kind of thing I want to do – make stuff for myself, and if people gravitate toward it, brilliant.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Hailey noted that she would be interested in learning more about medicine if she wasn’t so heavily involved in the fashion world.

“(Previously), I wanted to maybe go to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and learn about design. In another life, I would have also loved to be a doctor. I’m interested in neuroscience; I love learning about the brain,” she smiled.

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Ralph Lauren apologises for using black fraternity symbol on trousers

Ralph Lauren has apologised for using the symbol of a black fraternity on a pair of trousers.The chinos, which were advertised for sale on the brand’s French website, featured the Greek letters for the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., which was founded …

Ralph Lauren has apologised for using the symbol of a black fraternity on a pair of trousers.

The chinos, which were advertised for sale on the brand’s French website, featured the Greek letters for the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., which was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1914.

Editors from the Watch the Yard website first reported the use of the lettering, which subsequently saw the launch of a petition demanding Ralph Lauren “do the right thing and recall, destroy, and publicly apologise for trying to capitalise off of black culture”, according to NBC News.

In response, a spokeswoman for the iconic American label apologised in a statement on Monday and said that the use of the symbols was “an oversight”. The chinos, priced at more than $300 (£230), will no longer be sold.

“As an American brand with more than 50 years of heritage, Ralph Lauren is inspired by many facets of American culture. As part of this, we are firmly committed to respectful and appropriate use of all cultural icons and insignias,” she added.

The incident has also prompted the company to overhaul its design protocols.

Andrea Hence Evans, a legal representative for the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, confirmed that her firm would be investigating the infringement, and was “shocked and appalled” that Ralph Lauren would violate the fraternity’s trademarks.

“Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded in 1914 under the principles of brotherhood, scholarship and service,” she stated. “Our client’s brand symbolises a brotherhood of diverse, college-educated men.”

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Lily Aldridge splurges on sunglasses

Lily Aldridge has a large collection of Ray-Ban sunglasses.The California-born model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business and has landed coveted campaigns for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, and Bulgari.Wh…

Lily Aldridge has a large collection of Ray-Ban sunglasses.

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

When it comes to accessories, Lily has now named sunglasses as her favourite item to spend money on.

“I feel like Jack Nicholson and Johnny Depp always wore them, and they just have that cool, classic rock-and-roll vibe,” she said in a chat for New York magazine’s The Strategist. “Sunglasses are the thing I like to splurge on most, and I have so many, but I always go back to the Ray-Bans. I have the Clubmaster, the Aviator, the Wayfarer – I rotate between them.”

Lily went on to explain that she has been wearing her tortoiseshell Wayfarers the most lately.

Meanwhile, when it comes to fashion trends, the brunette beauty is all about embracing a boho-chic vibe and likes to wear Zara body suits with pieces from the Doen label.

“I just love Doen, and the Jane Top and Joan Dress are my absolute favourites for fall. The Jane Top is the perfect easy blouse for fall, with a pair of high-waisted trousers. I have one in a pumpkin spice colour, and I wear it with these really nice cream trousers and some brown slip-ons and my tortoiseshell Ray-Bans and my Bottega clutch,” the 34-year-old shared.

Elsewhere, Lily explained other products she can’t get enough of include the fragrances from her own line, RMS Beauty’s Un Cover-Up concealer, and Windsor Edwards’ Lip Balm.

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Ralph Lauren awarded prestigious Legion d’honneur

Ralph Lauren has been awarded France’s highest honour by French President Emmanuel Macron.The American designer was bestowed with the Ordre national de la Legion d’honneur (Legion of Honour) at a ceremony held in the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday, n…

Ralph Lauren has been awarded France’s highest honour by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The American designer was bestowed with the Ordre national de la Legion d’honneur (Legion of Honour) at a ceremony held in the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday, nine years after being given the title of Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur by former President Nicolas Sarkozy.

“What matters most to me is having my family here,” said Lauren after receiving the accolade.

Macron also heaped praise on the fashion veteran in a 20-minute speech, noting the designer’s “timeless elegance”.

“The American dream that you imported is the spirit of America that we most admire,” he praised. “You incarnate the American spirit.”

A representative for the Ralph Lauren brand shared a photo of the designer decorated with his new medal on Instagram too, and in the accompanying caption, noted that the 80-year-old received the honour in recognition of his “global contributions as a designer, business leader, and philanthropist”.

The post also noted his “deep connection to French heritage”, such as his restoration of a 17th-century Hotel Particulier on Boulevard Saint-Germain.

Nathalie Rykiel was also on hand to celebrate the achievements of Lauren at the star-studded event and told WWD that her mother, the late Sonia Rykiel, was such a fan of the designer that she only slept in Ralph Lauren bedding.

“He is so faithful to himself, to an image, to a country, and what he believes in,” she gushed.

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Ralph Lauren doesn’t view himself as a fashion designer

Ralph Lauren has never considered himself to be a fashion designer.The American star made the unlikely admission while speaking about his new HBO documentary, Very Ralph, which follows his rise to success. Explaining how he prefers traditional styles …

Ralph Lauren has never considered himself to be a fashion designer.

The American star made the unlikely admission while speaking about his new HBO documentary, Very Ralph, which follows his rise to success.

Explaining how he prefers traditional styles and timeless pieces, he told British newspaper The Telegraph: “I hate fashion. I never thought of myself as a fashion designer. It was more about timeless things I liked – and values.”

Lauren insisted that his goal was to “make things beautiful” and doesn’t mind being criticised over his ideas.

“I like old things, but that doesn’t make me boring. It’s how you style them. I love to make things beautiful. Who doesn’t appreciate that?” the 80-year-old shared.

While he has an eye for chic and classic pieces, Lauren also revealed that his children – sons Andrew, 50, and David, 48, and daughter Dylan, 45 – hated him choosing clothes for them when they were younger.

“I used to pick out things from very traditional children’s shops in London for Dylan, and she’d refuse to wear them. The kids in her class were just not wearing that kind of stuff,” he recalled.

Elsewhere in the interview, the industry icon also discussed being rejected for a role at large U.S. retailer Saks Fifth Avenue early on his career.

“I don’t know what happened to that person who interviewed me. But I’m still here,” he quipped.

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Ralph Lauren: ‘I was never relevant in the fashion world’

Ralph Lauren has never been interested in becoming a “relevant” figure in the fashion business.The veteran designer is the subject of a new HBO documentary, Very Ralph, which was shot by director Susan Lacy over several years. Opening up about the eve…

Ralph Lauren has never been interested in becoming a “relevant” figure in the fashion business.

The veteran designer is the subject of a new HBO documentary, Very Ralph, which was shot by director Susan Lacy over several years.

Opening up about the events in his life that come under the spotlight in the film, Lauren revealed that when he first began his career by launching The Ralph Lauren Corporation in 1967, he was dismissed by fashion industry leaders.

“No one applauded me when I started. And there were people who didn’t love what I did. They didn’t love it 25 years ago, and they don’t love it now,” he told Vanity Fair. “I was never relevant. I always did my own thing.”

And Lauren is a firm believer in the American Dream, which is the belief that anyone in the United States can be successful.

“I’ve done everything honestly. I created what I did. No one gave me anything. Someone lent me money, $50,000. It was a lot of money then, but it was very little for starting a business,” the 80-year-old stated. “I did it all quality, and I believe that America has helped me. Living here has been great. Couldn’t have done it in any other country.”

Lauren celebrated the 50th-anniversary of his company last year with a star-studded fashion show in New York’s Central Park, and just a few months later, he became the first American designer to be given an honorary knighthood in the Queen’s Honours.

“I’m cool, I’m loose. I have a good life. I’ve enjoyed my life,” he quipped.

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Lily Aldridge is a fan of the smell of Disneyland

Lily Aldridge has named Disneyland as one of her favourite smells.The California-born model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business and has landed coveted campaigns for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, and Bul…

Lily Aldridge has named Disneyland as one of her favourite smells.

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

Lily unveiled her own fragrance line in September, and while she prefers floral notes when it comes to perfumes, she has now shared in an interview with The Cut that one of her top “surprise” smells stems from her visits to the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California.

“Like you just got surprised with a trip to Disneyland and you’re just so full of joy and wonder,” she told the publication. “It’s my favourite place. And it smells like churros everywhere because they pump the smell out.”

Lily went on to name flowers, candles, and rosewater spray among her picks for best smells, but happiness smells like her children, Dixie, seven, and Winston, eight months, whom she shares with her Kings of Leon rocker husband Caleb Followill.

“I can smell them, and it just brings me joy,” the 33-year-old smiled. “And during the process of creating my fragrance, when I met the people at the actual labs that create the scents, they were like, ‘You can bottle the smell of anything.’ I was like, ‘Can you bottle the smell of my children? So I can have it forever?!'”

Elsewhere in the chat, Lily noted that her go-to perfume at the moment is Haven from her own brand, with the scent featuring notes of mandarin, lychee, rose, peony, and freesia.

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Ralph Lauren not a fan of dressing stars for the red carpet

Ralph Lauren isn’t a fan of dressing celebrities in his designs for the red carpet.The American designer has opened up on his lengthy career in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and during the chat, was asked how much he valued the publicity of…

Ralph Lauren isn’t a fan of dressing celebrities in his designs for the red carpet.

The American designer has opened up on his lengthy career in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and during the chat, was asked how much he valued the publicity of famous faces wearing his gowns to events.

“Not something I love, but certainly a showcase for stars and the designers that dress them,” Lauren stated.

The fashion veteran created Gwyneth Paltrow’s iconic pink gown for the 1999 Academy Awards, which was the year she famously won the Best Actress gong for her turn in Shakespeare in Love.

Lauren revealed that despite not wanting his designs to grace the red carpet, he enjoys creating pieces that tell a story, and even imagines whole films based on his garments thanks to his love of cinema.

“Movies and storytelling have always been an inspiration. When I started designing, it was never about just the tie or the shirt or the dress. It was always about the hero or heroine I had in mind,” the 80-year-old explained. “They are the stars of my movies and express what I have to say. I study their character and I create for them and through them. I guess you could say, in some ways, I am the director and the screenwriter. I write through my clothes.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Lauren insisted that his brand was a champion of diversity in fashion, and said he has created clothes that incorporate a different way of living.

“Diversity has always been part of our world and our story. Not just race or gender, but different ways of living,” he added.

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