Karen Elson signed new petition to protect models from ‘egregious behaviour’

Karen Elson signed a petition calling on Victoria’s Secret to protect models to put a stop to “egregious behaviour” in the fashion industry.On Tuesday, the 40-year-old was one of 100 women, including Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington, who signed a p…

Karen Elson signed a petition calling on Victoria’s Secret to protect models to put a stop to “egregious behaviour” in the fashion industry.

On Tuesday, the 40-year-old was one of 100 women, including Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington, who signed a petition urging bosses at lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret to protect them from sexual misconduct.

Non-profit organisation Model Alliance posted a copy of the letter – which was also supported by Iskra Lawrence and Milla Jovovich – on Twitter and demanded chief executive officer John Mehas implements change after numerous allegations of sexual assault, alleged rape, and sex trafficking in the fashion industry began surfacing in recent weeks.

The British model, who sits on Model Alliance’s Board of Directors, shared the open letter on Instagram and explained why she signed it.

“For far too long the fashion industry has turned a blind eye to egregious behavior (sic) that has put models and all those on set at risk. Finally solutions are being created by organizations like The Model Alliance with its RESPECT Program that can help us combat these pressing issues and create a safer and more accountable industry for all,” Elson wrote.

She went on to thank Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff and the Time’s Up movement for signing the petition.

“I hope this is the first step towards bigger leaps in the industry. Feel free to share and support!” Elson told her followers as she concluded her post.

In recent weeks, Victoria’s Secret has been rocked by claims of sexual misconduct by photographers Timur Emek, David Bellemere, and Greg Kadel. The latter two have denied the allegations.

Victoria’s Secret Angel Shanina Shaik also claimed that the annual fashion show has been cancelled this year, although her comments are yet to be confirmed or denied.

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Disney deletes Toy Story 2 ‘casting couch’ joke

Officials at Disney have made the decision to remove a casting couch gag from the closing credits of Toy Story 2, in light of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.The Disney Pixar classic was released on 4K Blu-ray earlier this year, and viewers have not…

Officials at Disney have made the decision to remove a casting couch gag from the closing credits of Toy Story 2, in light of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

The Disney Pixar classic was released on 4K Blu-ray earlier this year, and viewers have noticed that the outtake-style scene has been wiped from the movie’s credits on the new edition.

The scene shows leading character Woody (Tom Hanks) observing Stinky Pete the Prospector (Kelsey Grammer), sleazily stroking two Barbies’ hands and suggesting he could help their careers.

“So you two are absolutely identical? You know, I’m sure I could get you a part in Toy Story 3…” he told the characters, before denying any wrongdoing upon being caught, adding, “Alright girls, lovely talking with you, any time you’d like some tips on acting, I’d be glad to chat with you.”

The release does, however, include other scenes from the original edit, including popular characters messing up their lines, as well as special behind the scenes features. And fans have speculated the move has come as a result of several similar, real-life cases of movie stars being coerced into offering sex in exchange for roles in “casting couch” scenarios.

The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements gained prominence following the allegations, including those involving studio boss Harvey Weinstein who is facing criminal charges for sexual assault. He has denied all allegations.

Pixar Animation Studios co-founder and Walt Disney Company animation chief John Lasseter also stepped down from his post in 2018 amid allegations of sexual misconduct towards employees.

In a memo issued to staff, he described the misconduct as “missteps” and “deeply apologised” for any untoward gestures.

“No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected,” he added.

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Jameela Jamil praised for wearing jeans under Golden Globes dress

Jameela Jamil has been praised by fans for wearing jeans under her dress at the 2019 Golden Globes.The British actress stepped out at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday night (06Jan19) for the awards bash, where her TV show…

Jameela Jamil has been praised by fans for wearing jeans under her dress at the 2019 Golden Globes.

The British actress stepped out at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday night (06Jan19) for the awards bash, where her TV show The Good Place, in which she plays Tahani Al-Jamil, was nominated for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.

Jameela looked gorgeous in a coral-coloured Monique Lhuillier ballgown with matching earrings from Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry, but shortly before she hit the red carpet, she took to Twitter to post a video of the denim she was sporting underneath.

“An experienced woman wears jeans under her Golden Globes gown because it’s forking COLD,” she captioned the clip, which showed her giving fans a glimpse of her blue skinny jeans.

While on her Instagram Stories she shared a similar video and added: “Wearing jeans under my gown because I refuse to be cold for fashion.” She added in a chat with USA Today: “I don’t believe in suffering for fashion. It’s going to be cold later tonight and we’re going to be out all night until the early hours. I would like to be comfortable.”

Accordingly, a number of Jameela’s online fans were impressed by her clever fashion trick.

“Just when I thought I couldn’t love you any forking more,” one user wrote, while another commented, “Jeans are so formal. I’d be doing cozy fleece with an elastic waistband!!

And a third added: “I’ve worn thermals under a tux before. No judgement here.”

In addition to her ensemble, Jameela carried a black clutch purse with Time’s Up ribbon attached as means of showing her support for the movement founded by Hollywood celebrities as means of fighting against sexual harassment.

“Celebrating @timesupnow effort to double the amount of women and minorities at the helm of Hollywood and the height of all women industries,” the 32-year-old wrote alongside a snap of her purse on her Instagram Stories.

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Carey Mulligan more ‘proactive’ about addressing pay gap on set

Actress Carey Mulligan has become more “proactive” about questioning her movie salaries after shying away from the topic at the start of her career. The Great Gatsby star admits she rarely thought about how much she should be earning during her rise t…

Actress Carey Mulligan has become more “proactive” about questioning her movie salaries after shying away from the topic at the start of her career.

The Great Gatsby star admits she rarely thought about how much she should be earning during her rise to fame in Hollywood, because she felt grateful to be on every set, doing what she loves for a living.

“I think I probably felt lucky to be there,” she said during the Thursday’s (10May18) Women in Motion panel at the Cannes Film Festival. “I felt so completely overwhelmed at the beginning of my film career, I felt like, ‘I should be paying you guys (filmmakers)’.”

However, as the movement for gender equality in the workplace continues to make waves, Carey insists she is now more “mindful” about “being treated fairly”.

“I think people won’t tolerate it (Hollywood pay gaps) anymore,” the Brit shared. “I probably wasn’t aware of it before, but now we’re all aware and we can be proactive about it.”

Carey is also making sure she speaks up whenever she has something to say about the projects she takes on, because she never felt her opinion was truly valued during her early acting projects.

“Very often I felt my voice didn’t matter as much as (those of) the men around me, because I was female,” she explained, according to the BBC.

But, with more and more women refusing to be silenced in Hollywood as part of campaigns like the Time’s Up initiative to fight sexual misconduct and inequality in the workplace, Carey feels confident future generations will not be silenced.

“Young actresses coming up now will feel stronger and better because of what’s happening at the moment and feel that what they say matters,” Carey declared.

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Kate Hudson uses Fabletics to remove stigmas against women

Actress Kate Hudson aims to improve the workplace for women through her athletic label Fabletics.The inclusive brand, which offers athleisure gear from sizes zero to 30, is close to celebrating its fifth year in business following the company’s launch …

Actress Kate Hudson aims to improve the workplace for women through her athletic label Fabletics.

The inclusive brand, which offers athleisure gear from sizes zero to 30, is close to celebrating its fifth year in business following the company’s launch in July, 2013.

Kate and her partners opened up the first Fabletics brick and mortar location in the United Kingdom recently at boutique fitness studio Pop Fit, and she hopes to expand the company even further to continue making a difference for women in business.

“It’s a fun way to launch our first retail presence in London and I’m also supporting women in business,” Hudson said of the store opening during a talk at Sotheby’s in London, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

In her five years in business, the 38-year-old made it a point to base the Fabletics operation model around some of her core beliefs, including women’s empowerment, conscious consumerism and supporting happy, active lifestyles.

Kate has recently turned to Hollywood’s Time’s Up movement, a legal funding initiative for sexual assault victims, for inspiration as she continues to fight stigmas against women through her brand.

“I first thought I was going to be doing dresses, but when I sat down and thought about what I could offer to a company and to my partners, athleticwear made a lot of sense,” she explained.

“It was about taking away the stigma that you have to be a crazy yogi or an athlete to wear printed leggings. The collections resonated quickly because they brought a sense of fun while still incorporating the right technology.”

Adding of her Time’s Up movement influence, Kate revealed she is applying the philosophies she shares with fellow supporters of the initiative, such as Viola Davis, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow, to enhance working environments everywhere, including in her own Fabletics offices.

“On the heels of what happened, we got together to see what we can do to create a movement for all women in all workplaces. It’s not just about Hollywood,” she said. “The justice system is the way to fight a cause.”

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Frances McDormand on not wearing all-black to BAFTAs: ‘I don’t follow rules’

BAFTA Best Actress winner Frances McDormand decided against the unofficial black dress code because she has “trouble with compliance”.The majority of stars opted to wear black for the British prize-giving on Sunday night (18Jan18), a move that echo…

BAFTA Best Actress winner Frances McDormand decided against the unofficial black dress code because she has “trouble with compliance”.

The majority of stars opted to wear black for the British prize-giving on Sunday night (18Jan18), a move that echoed the wardrobe choices at the Golden Globes in January, in support of Time’s Up movement, which aims to stop sexual harassment in the workplace.

Despite not wearing all-black at the glitzy ceremony, Frances threw her weight behind the movement. Taking to the stage to pick up her Best Actress gong for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Frances addressed her decision to wear a black lipstick print Valentino dress.

“Thank you British film people. As Martin (McDonagh, Three Billboards writer and director) said, I have a little trouble with compliance,” she told the audience at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

“I want you to know that I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black.”

Another guest who shunned the black dress code was Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who stunned in a green Jenny Packham gown, which she accessorised with a black ribbon belt and matching clutch bag.

It was unclear whether the pregnant royal would wear black prior to the big night, as it is against royal protocol for a member of the royal family to make a political statement.

Some viewers took offense to the colour of her dark dress, though Best Supporting Actress winner Allison Janney fully supported her decision.

“I would never judge anyone’s choice, she looked absolutely beautiful and I’m so happy for them that she’s pregnant again,” she told the press backstage.

“She’s an extraordinary woman and she can wear whatever she wants to wear.”

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Celebrities wear black to 2018 BAFTAs in support of Time’s Up

Many celebrities wore black to the 2018 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday night (18Feb18) to show support for the Time’s Up movement.Following on from a coordinated effort at the Golden Globes last month (Jan18) where many stars wore dark …

Many celebrities wore black to the 2018 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday night (18Feb18) to show support for the Time’s Up movement.

Following on from a coordinated effort at the Golden Globes last month (Jan18) where many stars wore dark colours to show solidarity with the cause, which seeks to raise awareness of gender inequality and sexual harassment, a number of Hollywood names donned black at the film celebration held in London.

Actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie, whose film First They Killed My Father was nominated for Best Film Not in the English Language category, kicked off proceedings in a stunning Ralph & Russo gown made from black velvet, which she matched with black heels and diamond chandelier earrings.

Saoirse Ronan made a sartorial statement in a black Chanel dress with a high neck and sheer skirt which was accessorised with black platform heels from Jimmy Choo and Cartier jewellery, while her Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig dazzled in a long black Jonathan Cohen dress with floral motifs.

The Shape of Water star Octavia Spencer opted for a black embellished ballgown from Sachin & Babi, while her co-star Sally Hawkins stood out in a black sequin dress from Ralph & Russo that she complemented with shoes by Charlotte Olympia.

Margot Robbie rocked a chic black Givenchy dress with beading on the bodice and pleated skirt, and her I, Tonya co-star Allison Janney, who took home the Best Support Actress prize, turned heads in a black dress with structured silver draping around the neckline from Bibhu Mohapatra.

Jamie Bell and Kate Mara posed up a storm on the red carpet, with the Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool actor donning a tuxedo, and his wife dazzling in a gorgeous black strapless Dior dress covered in delicate gold beading.

Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o wowed in a black gown with gold trim from Elie Saab, and her colleague Letitia Wright chose a striking black gown with floral appliques from Gucci that she topped off with Le Silla shoes and fine jewellery.

Rachel Weisz, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Emma Roberts, Naomie Harris, Ruth Wilson, and Salma Hayek also wore black to the event, while Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge went for a muted green.

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Victoria Beckham set to reflect #MeToo movement in her designs

Victoria Beckham plans to incorporate the messages from Hollywood’s #MeToo movement in future designs.The British designer launched her eponymous label in 2008 and is celebrating the brand’s 10th anniversary with a show during London Fashion Week in Se…

Victoria Beckham plans to incorporate the messages from Hollywood’s #MeToo movement in future designs.

The British designer launched her eponymous label in 2008 and is celebrating the brand’s 10th anniversary with a show during London Fashion Week in September (18).

The 43-year-old was one of 11 New York designers interviewed by U.S. Vogue regarding how the sexual harassment scandal sweeping the film industry may influence the fashion world, and Beckham revealed how inspired she is by the show of female solidarity in Hollywood.

“The Time’s Up and #MeToo movements have shone a light on how powerful we can be when we all work together to bring about change, and that’s incredibly inspiring,” she said. “My career has always focused on empowering and celebrating women, so the momentum that these movements have brought only makes me even more determined and passionate in my beliefs, and through my designs, I continue to be inspired to reflect the many nuances and powers of femininity.”

The editors at the publication also spoke to Michael Kors, who shared his enthusiasm for the all-black dress code guests at this year’s Golden Globes chose to adopt in protest of sexual abuse.

“(It) was powerful in its unity, in getting the message across that it’s the dawn of a new day,” he said. “As a designer who has always believed that the right clothes bring out the best in a person’s attitude, I’m now convinced more than ever that my job is to make women feel more confident and stronger for all occasions, whether it’s the red carpet or everyday life.”

While Jeremy Scott, creative director of luxury house Moschino and his namesake label, claimed that it’s possible to influence change in the fashion industry.

“Fashion has the power to carry a message. We need serious discussions in our society about things that have for too long gone ignored or have become normalised,” he added.

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Stars wear white roses to Grammy Awards in support of Time’s Up

Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, and Pink were among the stars who wore white roses to the Grammy Awards on Sunday (28Jan18) in support of the Time’s Up movement.The fashion statement followed the red carpet blackout at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this m…

Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, and Pink were among the stars who wore white roses to the Grammy Awards on Sunday (28Jan18) in support of the Time’s Up movement.

The fashion statement followed the red carpet blackout at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month, when stars wore black to take a stand against sexual misconduct and call for equality in Hollywood and other industries.

Earlier this week, female music executives sent emails to the celebrity guests set to attend the Grammys, encouraging them to take part in the floral accessory trend, and as the show kicked off at Madison Square Garden in New York, it was apparent the message had been received loud and clear.

Gaga stepped out in a dramatic black ballgown with flowing train from Armani Prive, and chose to pin her white rose to the lace bodice, while Kelly sported a glamorous black gown with gold embroidery from Christian Siriano, and carried a white rose.

Pink dazzled in an embellished gown with fuchsia, blue, and violet feathers, also by Armani Prive, and walked the red carpet with her six-year-old daughter Willow, who also had a white rose attached to her cute grey dress with a feathered skirt.

Rita Ora had a white rose placed on the bodice of her chic Ralph & Russo gown, Zayn Malik had a rose motif embroidered onto one of the lapels of his pale pink Richard James suit, and country star Thomas Rhett had a tiny white rose added onto his black Gucci suit.

Camila Cabello, who stunned in a red Vivienne Westwood number, showed her support for the cause too, and carried a trio of small white roses as well as a silver purse from Judith Leiber.

Sam Smith, Nick Jonas, and The Chainsmokers also added the floral accessory to their outfits, as did actress Anna Kendrick, comedienne Sarah Silverman, and ceremony host James Corden, while Miley Cyrus and Cardi B each decided to carry a long-stemmed white flower on the red carpet.

The Grammys marks the first music awards show in which celebrities took a collective stance against sexual misconduct.

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Kelly Clarkson to support Time’s Up by wearing white rose to Grammy Awards

Kelly Clarkson and Rita Ora are among the musicians who will pledge their support to the Time’s Up movement by wearing white roses to the upcoming Grammy Awards.The planned demonstration, which comes just weeks after the majority of stars wore black to…

Kelly Clarkson and Rita Ora are among the musicians who will pledge their support to the Time’s Up movement by wearing white roses to the upcoming Grammy Awards.

The planned demonstration, which comes just weeks after the majority of stars wore black to the Golden Globe Awards to support the movement, formed in response to the sexual assault and harassment scandal sweeping Hollywood, has been planned by Meg Harkins, senior vice president at Roc Nation, and Karen Rait, rhythmic promotion at Interscope Geffen A&M Records.

The duo realised that no plans had been put in place for stars attending the biggest night in the music industry to show their support for those who have come forward with tales of sexual assault. Harkins and Rait then assembled around a dozen other women in music, dubbing themselves Voices in Entertainment, for a dinner in New York on Monday (22Jan18) to come up with a plan for Sunday night’s ceremony.

After much discussion, they came up with the symbol of a white rose – which references the white colour the suffragettes wore during their protests and also the hue Hillary Clinton donned at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.

Since they set their plan, the Voices in Entertainment have been reaching out to their contacts to encourage them to wear white roses to the event, with Kelly, Rita, Halsey, Cyndi Lauper, Dua Lipa, Rapsody and Tom Morello among those who have agreed to accessorise their ensemble with the flower on Sunday night.

Harkins and Rait have also been in touch with the Time’s Up movement headquarters to discuss their plans for the Grammys, and to ensure that they can coordinate their messages.

“It is an important conversation politically in our country and it’s also a conversation we need to have internally with our artists and our companies,” Harkins told Billboard.com. “We need to say if anyone is feeling like they’re being discriminated against and they don’t feel safe in their workplace, they have people who will support them.”

“Music artists have a lot of impact… So it’s only fitting that that music’s biggest night show the support for equality and safety in the workplace and that people need to be cognisant of their fellow employees,” Rait added.

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