Emily DiDonato reflects on ‘wake-up moment’ when pals urged her to gain weight

Emily DiDonato has spoken candidly about the moment two friends confronted her over her extremely thin frame.The American model launched her career in 2008, and while she quickly booked gigs with the likes of Ralph Lauren, Maybelline New York, and Vict…

Emily DiDonato has spoken candidly about the moment two friends confronted her over her extremely thin frame.

The American model launched her career in 2008, and while she quickly booked gigs with the likes of Ralph Lauren, Maybelline New York, and Victoria’s Secret, Emily was “consistently” told by agents she was “too curvy” or “too athletic” – with the feedback causing her to become “very unhealthy”.

However, in a new video for her YouTube page, Emily explained that it wasn’t until fellow model Julia Stegner and make-up artist Charlotte Willer approached her at a casting to express their concern about her size that she realised she needed to reassess her extreme diet and exercise regime.

“I think I just had a wake-up moment where I was like, ‘Alright, this isn’t making a difference or moving the needle now that I’m this skinny and now I have people who are worried about me… What’s the point of doing all this?'” she recalled.

Emily went on to show viewers a picture of her at event when she was at her thinnest and noted that she had dropped from 140 pounds (63 kilograms) to 118 pounds (53 kilograms). She eventually put the weight back on, and now weighs around 150 pounds (68 kilograms), though for a time around her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue debut in 2013, she felt very self-conscious about her new curves.

“When I gained the weight back, I felt really embarrassed. I really wanted to hide. I felt like I was failing all of these agencies and people who believed in me and wanted me to succeed,” the 28-year-old remembered.

And while Emily was expecting to receive negative comments about her appearance, the opposite occurred, and she has been at peace with her figure ever since.

“Part of my sharing this with you and this audience is I wanted you to know that I’ve struggled with this,” the model stated to the camera. “I wanted you to know that I wear a size six, and I’m in an industry that that’s not always super accepted. But that’s OK. I know that I am OK and successful in many areas of my life – and many areas of even this industry – and that’s OK. Not everyone is going to love you and think you’re perfect. And they shouldn’t, and that’s fine because nobody is perfect.”

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Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls and Karen Elson model iconic Hollywood gowns

Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, and Karen Elson have been selected to model iconic Hollywood gowns for the new issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.To mark the 25th anniversary of the publication, editor-in-chief Laura Brown decided to shoot a series of special…

Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, and Karen Elson have been selected to model iconic Hollywood gowns for the new issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the publication, editor-in-chief Laura Brown decided to shoot a series of special subscriber covers depicting the top models wearing some of the industry’s most legendary red carpet dresses.

For one image, Valletta is seen standing on a city street while sporting the black Versace gown with gold safety pins that Elizabeth Hurley wore to a premiere in 1994, a second shows Elson posing in the pale pink Ralph Lauren ballgown Gwyneth Paltrow wore to collect her Oscar in 1999, and a third features Smalls in the huge pink Giambattista Valli dress that Rihanna chose for the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Reflecting on Hurley’s breakthrough fashion moment, Donatella Versace recalled to editors how she never once anticipated the daring design to garner so much controversy.

“I know, you’d expect something more interesting behind one of the most famous red-carpet dresses in history,” the Italian designer shared. “But as for many things, chance played a big role in making it all happen. No one could really fathom such an astonishing reaction, or that Liz would steal the spotlight from everyone else.”

The photoshoot was shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Julia von Boehm, with the dresses secured by Rina Stone and Lizzy Oppenheimer.

Other pictures feature the sequinned Louis Vuitton dress worn by Alicia Vikander at the 2016 SAG Awards, the red Balenciaga dress donned by Nicole Kidman at the 2007 Academy Awards, the pale green one-shoulder Valentino number Jennifer Lopez chose for the 2003 Academy Awards, and the purple Rodarte dress worn by Natalie Portman to the 2011 Academy Awards, among many others.

“When we were planning our 25th anniversary issue, talk of course turned to legendary red carpet dresses. It’s easy to choose favourites and stick them in a story. What’s not, and what we’re so proud of, is securing 25 of the greatest dresses of the past 25 years and shooting them, out in the world, on the supermodels of today,” wrote Brown on Instagram. “The word ‘Iconic’ is overused in fashion, but it’s the only word for this.”

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Taylor Hill had ‘extra fun’ shooting Ralph Lauren campaign with boyfriend

Taylor Hill’s new Ralph Lauren fragrance campaign was “extra fun” to shoot because she got to work with her boyfriend again. The 23-year-old, who has a long-standing relationship with the designer, was tapped to front the imagery for the Romance fragr…

Taylor Hill’s new Ralph Lauren fragrance campaign was “extra fun” to shoot because she got to work with her boyfriend again.

 The 23-year-old, who has a long-standing relationship with the designer, was tapped to front the imagery for the Romance fragrance alongside her longtime boyfriend Michael Stephen Shank in January, and the duo is now fronting the campaign for the brand’s new perfume, Beyond Romance.  

 The video shows Taylor and Michael partying in New York, where they live, embracing on a rooftop near the Empire State Building and setting off fireworks, and the Victoria’s Secret Angel told Us Weekly she felt at ease on the set because she didn’t have to fake chemistry with a stranger. 

 “It was comfortable,” she gushed. “It was extra fun because it wasn’t just some random person I hadn’t met before.” 

The Ralph Lauren Beyond Romance Eau de Parfum was created by perfumer Honorine Blanc and boasts top notes of raspberry coulis, mandarin, bergamot as well as base notes of black vanilla, cashmeran, and white musks. 

 Taylor shared that the scent gives her “flashbacks of being a teenager and falling in love for the first time” and evokes the day of the photoshoot.

 “When I smell Romance, I think of the shoot day. It was a day where I got to be a tourist in my city and go to the top of the building with the Empire State Building right in front of me,” the model stated.  

 During the interview, the Ralph Lauren fragrance ambassador also revealed that fragrances would make her sneeze as a child, her first favourite scent growing up was the laundry detergent Tide, and she applies her perfume to her neck, the back of her ears and her wrist before leaving the house each day.  

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Lily Aldridge gearing up to launch fragrance brand

Lily Aldridge is preparing to unveil her namesake fragrance brand.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 is preparing to unveil her namesake fragrance brand.

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 announced last September that she was developing her own perfume company in partnership with Interstellar Brands, a subsidiary of Inter Parfums, Inc., and her management team, IMG Models, and on Thursday announced the brand will officially be launched on 1 September.

“Such an exciting day speaking with beauty editors about what I’ve been working on for the last 2 years @lilyaldridgeparfums launching Sept 1,” she wrote on her Instagram page alongside a selfie. “Thank you for all the love & support today!!! Can’t wait to share it with you all SOOOOOON!!! #DreamComeTrue.”

Lily, who welcomed her second child with her Kings of Leon frontman husband Caleb Followill in January, did not share any further details about the collection.

However, the 33-year-old previously stated that she would be taking a hands-on approach in developing the line and would be teaming with Interstellar bosses on the scents as well as the e-commerce site, which will be directed to her social media channels and “passionate” fan base.

“We believe this partnership is a first in our industry,” commented Jean Madar, chairman and chief executive officer of Inter Parfums, Inc., in a statement. “We are very pleased that Lily Aldridge is our first partner under this agreement. Not only a beautiful model, Lily is also an exemplary role model, as a wife, mother and business woman. She is ‘all in’ on this project and will be fully engaged in the creative and product development decisions of her brand. She will also help fast track the launch and continued sale of her fragrances through interaction with her growing social media following.”

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Ralph Lauren documentary in the works

The life and work of fashion icon Ralph Lauren is to be the subject of a new documentary.Lauren launched his career with a line of men’s ties in 1967, and the following year, developed his debut range of Polo menswear. The 79-year-old designer has sinc…

The life and work of fashion icon Ralph Lauren is to be the subject of a new documentary.

Lauren launched his career with a line of men’s ties in 1967, and the following year, developed his debut range of Polo menswear. The 79-year-old designer has since gone on to build up a reputation for his American sportswear and preppy classics, and on Tuesday, a spokesperson for U.S. network HBO announced that the Very Ralph documentary will be released on 12 November.

“For more than 50 years, he has celebrated the iconography of America and defined American style, translating his vision and inspiration into one of the world’s most widely recognised brands,” a representative said in a statement. “In Very Ralph, as he enters his sixth decade in business, Lauren reflects on his journey from a boy from The Bronx who didn’t know what a fashion designer was, to becoming the emblem of American style all around the world.”

Very Ralph will be directed and produced by Susan Lacy, the award-winning documentarian previously made HBO projects such as 2017’s Spielberg and 2018’s Jane Fonda in Five Acts.

The film will also contain archive footage, interviews with Lauren’s family, as well long-standing colleagues, including Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Jason Wu, Naomi Campbell, Martha Stewart, Calvin Klein, Tyson Beckford, Diane von Furstenberg, and Jessica Chastain.

“Offering unprecedented access to his life and work, Ralph Lauren speaks candidly in extensive interviews about his childhood, his five-decade-long marriage, the early days of his company, his response to criticism, his inventive multi-page ad campaigns and his pioneering vision which includes a remarkable series of firsts,” they added.

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Bridget Malcolm shares candid blog post about body dysmorphia: ‘I am not cured’

Bridget Malcolm has opened up about her continuing battle with body dysmorphia in a candid blog post.The Australian model launched her career in 2011 and has since gone on to walk the runway for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, and Victoria…

Bridget Malcolm has opened up about her continuing battle with body dysmorphia in a candid blog post.

The Australian model launched her career in 2011 and has since gone on to walk the runway for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, and Victoria’s Secret.

Bridget has hit headlines in recent years for detailing her struggles with body dysmorphia, a disorder characterised by the obsessive idea that some aspect of one’s own appearance is flawed, and she has now penned an article in which she explained that maintaining her health takes “constant work”.

“I am not cured. And I have to exert fairly constant vigilance on myself, to make sure that I don’t slip back into old habits,” she wrote. “My body dysmorphia is particularly bad right now. There is no reason why – I have not gained weight, and I have not lost weight. For some reason though, the feeling of my skin is making me extremely uncomfortable. I would love nothing more than to reduce the size of the human I see in the mirror. And I know that if I do, I endanger my life and everything in it.”

And while Bridget noted that her body dysmorphia is difficult to deal with right now, she has the strength of mind to know that it will pass.

“There is too much possibility in my life these days for me to give in to those old, mean voices. Whilst the voices never go away, they certainly fade,” the 27-year-old stated. “They become a background noise that is easier to drown out.”

Bridget went on to insist that she is committed to eating three meals a day, working out to build strength, avoiding mirrors and not losing weight.

“Because that is all I can really do right now,” she continued. “Living in recovery is extremely challenging… So today, try doing the small things that bring you back to centre. It is all about progress over perfection after all.”

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Ralph Lauren becomes first American designer to be awarded honorary knighthood

Ralph Lauren is the first-ever American designer to be awarded an honorary knighthood, the U.K.’s highest honour.The 79-year-old was presented with the prestigious insignia by Prince Charles in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. Fol…

Ralph Lauren is the first-ever American designer to be awarded an honorary knighthood, the U.K.’s highest honour.

The 79-year-old was presented with the prestigious insignia by Prince Charles in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

Following the ceremony, which was attended by Lauren’s family, the designer was humbled by the honour of Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE), which he was awarded for his services to fashion.

“To have the honorary KBE conferred on me by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and presented to me personally by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is an honour I have humbly accepted,” he said in a statement.

Lauren, who stepped down from his position as chief executive officer of Ralph Lauren in 2015, added: “I have always been inspired by the history, traditions, and culture of Great Britain and the historic relationship our two countries have shared. This is one of the most meaningful honours bestowed at this very special moment in my 50th anniversary.”

Other honorary American KBEs include Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, and Ted Kennedy.

Over the years, Lauren’s iconic brand has also been worn by several members of the royal family, including Princess Diana, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

This isn’t the first time Lauren has been honoured in the U.K., as back in 2016, the British Fashion Council awarded the designer with its Outstanding Achievement award at the Fashion Awards in London.

He has also donated millions of dollars to the Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research at The Royal Marsden Hospital, which he unveiled alongside his wife Ricky and Prince William in 2016.

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Milo Ventimiglia’s red carpet style inspired by This Is Us character

Milo Ventimiglia’s red carpet style is inspired by his This Is Us character, Jack Pearson.The actor plays the father-of-three in the hit NBC drama series, opposite onscreen wife Mandy Moore, and in a new interview with Variety, revealed he has been inf…

Milo Ventimiglia’s red carpet style is inspired by his This Is Us character, Jack Pearson.

The actor plays the father-of-three in the hit NBC drama series, opposite onscreen wife Mandy Moore, and in a new interview with Variety, revealed he has been influenced by aspects of Jack’s personality, most notably, his simple approach to his wardrobe.

“Some people take bolder approaches and want to stand out,” he said. “I like to blend in. I just like to be classy, simple, and timeless.”

For his first-ever Primetime Emmy Awards back in 2007, Milo wore a classic black Ralph Lauren tuxedo, and even styled himself.

Fast-forward to 2017, and the Gilmore Girls star planned on wearing another simple yet sophisticated Ralph Lauren navy blue tuxedo to the Emmys, as This Is Us had scored its first-ever nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.

However, Milo ended up wearing a suit that was originally created for a groom.

“That actually was a custom tuxedo that was made for a guy for his wedding, but he didn’t like the black lapels,” the 41-year-old explained. “It just happened to be in my size, and I tried it on and was like, ‘This is a beautiful tuxedo. It’s not going to see a wedding, but it’s definitely going to see the red carpet.'”

And when he was nominated for a second time at the Emmys last year, the actor decided to up the stakes, and worked with stylist Ilaria Urbinati. Wearing a Brunello Cucinelli white dinner jacket and black trousers, Milo pulled off a chic and timeless red carpet look.

“I couldn’t do a full white tuxedo. That’s just not me. That actually might have been my favourite look of the last several decades because I felt really good wearing it,” he shared.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus grateful for way Seinfeld outfits hid her pregnancies

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was pleased with the way her Seinfeld costumes hid both of her pregnancies.The actress rose to fame playing Elaine Benes on the popular ’90s sitcom, with her character known for her quirky ensembles comprised of floral dresses and b…

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was pleased with the way her Seinfeld costumes hid both of her pregnancies.

The actress rose to fame playing Elaine Benes on the popular ’90s sitcom, with her character known for her quirky ensembles comprised of floral dresses and boxy blazers.

However, Julia has now shared that she was always happy with Elaine’s baggy looks, as it meant she was able to conceal her baby bumps when she was expecting sons Henry and Charles with husband Brad Hall.

“Frankly, I was pregnant twice during Seinfeld, so all of this oversized clothing was helpful to me as a pregnant person, both getting more and more pregnant, and then becoming less and less pregnant after giving birth, you know ’cause it takes a little time to get your body shape back,” she said in an interview for Vogue.com’s Life in Looks series.

Julia went on to explain that while Seinfeld had a costume designer, she ended up having a lot of “influence” on Elaine’s outfits, and was very fond of wearing dresses with shoes and socks.

“At the time, I just thought, ‘There is nothing groovier than this look,'” the 58-year-old recalled. “She definitely dictated her own style and I think, she was not somebody who dressed super-sexy. That wasn’t her vibe, man. She didn’t need to do that; she was a little tougher.”

Julia also spoke about a brown suede Ralph Lauren jacket that she incorporated into Elaine’s wardrobe from her own closet, and her concerns that some of the bolder styles are once again becoming trendy in the fashion world.

“That look with the bobby socks and the shoes, I don’t know if that was in or if I just thought it was in or particularly au courant. I have no idea. And now it’s making some sort of a comeback, which I find inexplicable,” she laughed.

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Jessica Chastain proud to help redefine womanhood with Ralph Lauren scent

Jessica Chastain is pushing gender boundaries as the face of Ralph Lauren fragrances. The star is proud to serve as an ambassador for the brand’s new scent, Woman, because it made her rethink her ideas of masculinity and femininity. “In the past…

Jessica Chastain is pushing gender boundaries as the face of Ralph Lauren fragrances.

The star is proud to serve as an ambassador for the brand’s new scent, Woman, because it made her rethink her ideas of masculinity and femininity.

“In the past, when I thought about fragrance, I never really thought about the way it can truly make a difference,” she tells Forbes. “We are in an interesting time right now, because when I started the gender boundaries and rules started to get blurred about what is masculine and what is inherently feminine… I think we’re all questioning it.

“Through this collaboration with Ralph Lauren, I’ve realised that fragrance doesn’t have to be essentially male or female. We’re all different. What is feminine to me could be masculine to someone else. We’re all our own definitions of what it is to be a woman. That’s been a really eye-opening and exciting thing that I’ve learned that has coincided with Ralph Lauren.”

The actress, who first signed on to represent the brand in 2017, has been inspired by the images of women put forth by the designer and his team in campaigns.

“I love the images of women that they put out. A woman in a suit is a very powerful image, and that’s very exciting to me. In addition to that, partnering with them on this campaign and scent, Woman, coincides with everything I’ve ever said in every interview about how I feel about women in our society. I don’t think there’s anything that could have coincided better.”

Chastain also enjoys combining her love of fragrance with her passion for acting.

She revealed, “I have a different fragrance for each part that I play and I start wearing it when I’m at home prepping the part because fragrance is very connected to a deep, emotional memory to me, so if I’m working on something and in my subconscious I have this fragrance around me, when I’m on set and I use the fragrance it’s going to bring everything back.”

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