Romee Strijd is expecting baby girl

Romee Strijd and her partner Laurens van Leeuwen are expecting a baby girl. The Victoria’s Secret Angel announced she was pregnant with her first child on Instagram in May, and over the weekend, the couple hosted an outdoor gender reveal party to find…

Romee Strijd and her partner Laurens van Leeuwen are expecting a baby girl.

The Victoria’s Secret Angel announced she was pregnant with her first child on Instagram in May, and over the weekend, the couple hosted an outdoor gender reveal party to find out the sex of their baby.

She posted a video of their loved ones yelling a countdown in Dutch off-camera as her and Laurens stand in a green space, with Laurens holding a metal canister. At the end of the countdown, he pressed a button and pink smoke came billowing out of the canister, announcing they are having a little girl. The friends can be heard squealing with excitement while Romee giggles at their reaction and exchanges a kiss with her beau.

“We can’t wait to meet our little girl,” she wrote in the caption, followed by a love heart emoji.

The 24-year-old’s model friends celebrated the news in the comments, with Karlie Kloss writing “Can’t wait to meet her” with loved-up eye emojis, Devon Windsor simply writing “Amazing” with love heart emojis, and Shanina Shaik adding: “Omg!!!! Little girl!!!!! Congratulations babe!!!!!”

Sara Sampaio, Miranda Kerr, Josephine Skriver, Nadine Leopold, Elsa Hosk, and Chiara Ferragni also commented on the post.

When she announced her pregnancy news in May, the Dutch model revealed that she thought she wouldn’t be able to have a baby after she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). “Two years ago, I got diagnosed with PCOS after not getting my period for 7 years,” she admitted. “I was devastated because being a mom and starting a family with @laurensvleeuwen is my biggest dream. I was so scared that I would never be able to because I got told it was harder to get babies in a natural way.”

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Shanina Shaik quit boxing classes after becoming ‘too bulky’

Shanina Shaik gave up boxing classes after her figure started to become “too bulky”.In a wide-ranging chat with Melissa Wood, creator of the MWH Method, for the latest instalment of her Wellness Wednesdays series on Instagram, the Australian model disc…

Shanina Shaik gave up boxing classes after her figure started to become “too bulky”.

In a wide-ranging chat with Melissa Wood, creator of the MWH Method, for the latest instalment of her Wellness Wednesdays series on Instagram, the Australian model discussed her everyday fitness regime.

But while Shanina was a big fan of boxing at one point, having been inspired by fellow Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima to take up the classes, she has since found that other forms of exercise work better for her body type.

“It didn’t work for my body, I got bulky. It wasn’t working and I wasn’t happy. I thought, ‘I’m killing myself in the gym…’ and it plays with your mind again,” the 29-year-old shared. “And then, I learned about Pilates and slow and intense movements. Pilates just makes me super strong, lean, and like I said, it’s not about being skinny… I just like how my body looks when I do Pilates, I see definition, I feel strong.”

Shanina went on to admit that she still has some insecurities about her figure, especially as she does a lot of lingerie and swimwear modelling, but she is doing her best to avoid looking at social media all the time, as she can find looking at idealised images of other people to be triggering.

“You pick yourself apart. It’s not even about modelling, I think women in general, we compete. And social media has a big part of it as well. We look at other women and compare and then we just always think there’s something wrong with us,” she shared.

“We look at our phones and our laptops and we see what we have to do for the day or we compare ourselves. I’m guilty of it, I’m happy for my friends and my girlfriends, whoever it may be, (but when) you’re trying to attain something in life and you see what they’re doing… then you’re like, ‘S**t, I have to scramble to get there.'”

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Victoria’s Secret’s U.K. business goes into administration

The U.K. arm of lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret has gone into administration. Bosses at the division, which has 25 sites and employs over 800 people, appointed Deloitte as the administrator on Friday, and Rob Harding, joint administrator, explained t…

The U.K. arm of lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret has gone into administration.

Bosses at the division, which has 25 sites and employs over 800 people, appointed Deloitte as the administrator on Friday, and Rob Harding, joint administrator, explained that in order for the business to exit the administration process “it will be necessary to either restructure the lease terms across the portfolio, and, or, achieve a sale of the company’s assets to a third party”.

Harding blamed the situation on the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to stores closing in March and most staff being placed on furlough.

“This is yet another blow to the U.K. high street and a further example of the impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on the entire retail industry,” he said. “The effect of the lockdowns, combined with broader challenges facing bricks and mortar retailers, has resulted in a funding requirement for this business, resulting in today’s administration.

“We will now work with the existing management team and broader stakeholders to assess all options available for the future of the business. As administrators, we’d like to thank them and all of the employees for their support, at what we appreciate is a difficult time.”

No redundancies have been announced and the company’s online operations are not affected.

The U.K. arm is part of the Victoria’s Secret group, which is owned by L Brands. Also hit by the coronavirus crisis, executives in the U.S. were recently forced to call off a deal to sell a majority stake to New York-based private equity group Sycamore Partners.

In a statement, Stuart Burgdoerfer, L Brands’ finance chief and interim chief executive of Victoria’s Secret, added: “We are taking a number of actions across Victoria’s Secret and Victoria’s Secret PINK to strengthen and position the business to succeed as a separate standalone company… As part of that profit improvement plan, we are addressing the operating losses in our 25 U.K. stores by appointing Deloitte to work with VSUK in a ‘light touch’ administration.”

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Romee Strijd pregnant

Dutch model Romee Strijd is expecting her first child.The Victoria’s Secret Angel announced her pregnancy news on Instagram on Thursday by sharing a photo of her partner Laurens van Leeuwen cradling her baby bump as they posed in their garden. In the l…

Dutch model Romee Strijd is expecting her first child.

The Victoria’s Secret Angel announced her pregnancy news on Instagram on Thursday by sharing a photo of her partner Laurens van Leeuwen cradling her baby bump as they posed in their garden.

In the lengthy caption, the 24-year-old revealed that she thought she wouldn’t be able to have a baby after she was diagnosed with Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) two years ago.

“WE’RE HAVING A BABY,” she wrote. “Two years ago, I got diagnosed with PCOS after not getting my period for 7 years. I was devastated because being a mom and starting a family with @laurensvleeuwen is my biggest dream. I was so scared that I would never be able to because I got told it was harder to get babies in a natural way.”

After conducting research into the condition, she concluded that her body was “under constant stress” from travelling so much, having daily workouts, and eating “super clean”.

“I think I pressured my body to (sic) much, and honestly everybody is so different but I think my weight was not good for my body to function properly and couldn’t handle the constant traveling,” she explained to her followers.

Romee studied natural healing remedies for PCOS and decided to do less high-intensity exercise, take breaks when necessary, and stop restricting her food intake.

“I also tried some natural supplements, acupuncture and we got a place back in the Netherlands as well, so we could spend more time with Family (since I’m such a family person),” she concluded. “I’m so happy and grateful to say that I got my period back last November AND that WE’RE SOON A FAMILY OF THREE & to the women trying to conceive, believe in yourself and be nice for yourself and your body and don’t let those thoughts get to you to much (sic).”

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Lindsay Ellingson welcomes baby boy

Lindsay Ellingson has given birth to her first child.The model, who has walked the runway for the likes of Chanel, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, and Victoria’s Secret, announced on Tuesday that she and husband Sean Clayton had welcomed a baby boy named C…

Lindsay Ellingson has given birth to her first child.

The model, who has walked the runway for the likes of Chanel, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, and Victoria’s Secret, announced on Tuesday that she and husband Sean Clayton had welcomed a baby boy named Carter John Clayton on 15 May.

“Our lives are forever changed and we couldn’t be more grateful! Welcome to the world little Carter,” she wrote alongside a slideshow of images of her holding little Carter on her Instagram page. “He’s such an angel, so cuddly and sweet, I’m so in love!”

Lindsay’s post soon attracted the attention of her celebrity pals, with the likes of Adriana Lima, Martha Hunt, Emily DiDonato, Lily Aldridge, and Sara Sampaio all sharing congratulatory messages.

And opening up about her birth experience in an interview with People magazine, the blonde beauty shared that while it was disappointing that her family couldn’t be at the hospital due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, everything went smoothly.

“It was surreal to finally hold my little boy,” the 35-year-old smiled. “I had felt his kick for months and had dreamt about him so many times. The doctor put him on my chest for skin-to-skin time and he looked right up at me, and then to Sean. We were crying tears of joy and relief. It’s a moment I will never forget.”

Lindsay and Sean wed in 2014. She confirmed her pregnancy news in January.

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Victoria’s Secret owner calls off sale

Executives at L Brands have called off the sale of Victoria’s Secret to a private equity firm.Back in February, bosses at the parent company of the U.S. lingerie giant reached an agreement with the team at Sycamore Partners to buy a majority stake. The…

Executives at L Brands have called off the sale of Victoria’s Secret to a private equity firm.

Back in February, bosses at the parent company of the U.S. lingerie giant reached an agreement with the team at Sycamore Partners to buy a majority stake.

The deal involved the firm acquiring a 55 per cent interest stake in the Victoria’s Secret lingerie, Victoria’s Secret Beauty, and Pink brands, which was valued at $1.1 billion.

However, leaders at Sycamore Partners began making moves to terminate the transaction last month due to the implications of the coronavirus pandemic, and on Monday, representatives from both companies announced that they had reached a “mutual agreement” to end the deal.

“Like all retailers, the company faces an extremely challenging business environment,” said Sarah Nash, current director and future chair of L Brands’ board. “Our board believes that it is in the best interests of the company, our stockholders and our associates to focus our efforts entirely on navigating this environment to address those challenges and positioning our brands for success rather than engaging in costly and distracting litigation to force a partnership with Sycamore. We will continue to make decisions and take actions with the best interests of all our stakeholders and the future of our company in mind.”

In addition, a spokesperson announced that Leslie Wexner will step down as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of L Brands, though he will remain as chairman emeritus.

Andrew Meslow will succeed him as chief executive officer at L Brands, with Stuart Burgdoerfer to serve as interim boss at Victoria’s Secret.

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Nadine Leopold suing German magazine over photoshoot

Nadine Leopold is suing editors at a German magazine for allegedly publishing nude images without her consent.The Austrian model, perhaps best known for her appearances in two Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows, took to Instagram over the weekend to annou…

Nadine Leopold is suing editors at a German magazine for allegedly publishing nude images without her consent.

The Austrian model, perhaps best known for her appearances in two Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows, took to Instagram over the weekend to announce that she was launching a lawsuit against bosses at the German edition of MADAME magazine for “taking advantage” of her at a recent photoshoot that took place in Ibiza, Spain.

In a series of posts, Leopold alleged that she made it clear to the photographer she “did not agree to any sort of nudity whatsoever” when she arrived on set, and that the editor/stylist reassured her that even though it was a windy day and she was wearing “light clothing”, there was no chance of “nudity or nipple shots at all”.

However, the 26-year-old then claimed that she was shocked to see the final images in the magazine.

“I opened up to see several shots my breasts and nipples exposed in shots that I didn’t even know where taken let alone published for the world to see. This was one of the most painful experiences in my 10-year modelling career. I’ve never felt so mistreated and violated as a woman. My trust and rights, like so many other girls in the industry, were abused and disrespected, but this time by another woman for a woman’s magazine,” she wrote. “I am fighting back and who knows what will happen. I am lucky to have the resources to fight back but for many just starting in their career, this happens all the time. I decided that things like this will continue if we don’t stand up to it and show them that it’s not O.K.”

In response to Leopold’s allegations, Petra Winter, editor-in-chief of MADAME, posted a lengthy statement in the comments section of the post.

“MADAME is a magazine with sophisticated content and high-quality, aesthetic fashion photography: for grown-up and clever women – made by women. It has never been our intention to expose or exploit anyone. We always coordinate photoshoots closely and in detail with all protagonists. It is very important to us that the protagonists feel good in front of the camera, because otherwise no first-class pictures can be created,” she stated. “During the shoot with Nadine Leopold, we never had any doubts that she agreed to the shoot. Unfortunately, she seems to rate it differently and we are sorry for this misunderstanding. We very much regret that we are currently in a legal dispute with Nadine Leopold and ask for your understanding that we will not comment on ongoing proceedings.”

Winter added that she will be “very happy” to speak about the background to the photoshoot at a future date.

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Victoria’s Secret sale under threat due to coronavirus pandemic

Executives at a private equity firm due to acquire Victoria’s Secret now want to back out of the deal.Back in February, bosses at Sycamore Partners had reached an agreement to buy a majority stake in the lingerie label from its troubled owner, L Brands…

Executives at a private equity firm due to acquire Victoria’s Secret now want to back out of the deal.

Back in February, bosses at Sycamore Partners had reached an agreement to buy a majority stake in the lingerie label from its troubled owner, L Brands.

The deal involved the firm acquiring a 55 per cent interest stake in the Victoria’s Secret lingerie, Victoria’s Secret Beauty, and Pink brands, which was valued at $1.1 billion (£891 million).

But according to a court filing made in the U.S. state of Delaware on Wednesday, Sycamore is looking to terminate the deal because of Victoria’s Secret’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The brand has closed stores and furloughed employees in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, and lawyers for Sycamore claimed that was a breach of the agreement.

They said bosses at L Brands had violated the terms of the deal, including the obligation to conduct “business as usual” and to refrain from changing “any cash management policies, practices, principles or methodologies”.

“That these actions were taken as a result of or in response to the Covid-19 pandemic is no defence to L Brands’ clear breaches of the transaction agreement,” said the firm in its filing, according to Reuters.

The move sent the company’s shares plummeting by almost 25 per cent before trading of the stock was temporarily halted.

In a statement, a spokesperson for L Brands called the proposal to terminate the deal “invalid”.

“L Brands will vigorously defend the lawsuit and pursue all legal remedies to enforce its contractual rights, including the right of specific performance,” they added.

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Karlie Kloss tried to stop herself from growing when she was younger

Karlie Kloss tried to stop herself from growing when she was younger because she didn’t want to be so tall. The statuesque former Victoria’s Secret Angel, who towers above her model peers at 6’2″, revealed during a chat with Naomi Campbell on her No F…

Karlie Kloss tried to stop herself from growing when she was younger because she didn’t want to be so tall.

The statuesque former Victoria’s Secret Angel, who towers above her model peers at 6’2″, revealed during a chat with Naomi Campbell on her No Filter with Naomi YouTube series that she once tried putting weights on her head to stop herself from getting any taller.

“I really struggled with being so tall my whole life. It’s not like when I was 16 all of a sudden I shot up – since kindergarten, I was taller than all the boys, I was taller than all the teachers,” she shared. “I tried to stop myself from growing. I was trying so hard… ‘Cause I heard all these things about how people were helping themselves keep growing but I would have given anything to stop growing. I remember trying to put weights on my head and nothing worked. If there was an option (to stunt my growth), I would have done it.”

The 27-year-old confessed that she used to tell people she was 5’11” for “a very long time”, and was told when she was 13 years old that she was too tall to be a professional ballerina.

“When I was 13, I was probably 5’8 or 5’9 already and I was told I would never have a career as a professional ballerina, which was fine because that was never my intention,” the Project Runway host recalled, before adding that the strict and precise dance style helped her to embrace her height. “What I learned from ballet was actually how to love my body, how to stand tall, and command presence with movement.”

Her fashion career also benefitted from her height because she was frequently chosen to close shows, with her explaining, “I’m really tall so I would always close the shows with a big long gown because every designer knew I could carry it off.”

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Alexina Graham details scary battle with coronavirus

Victoria’s Secret model Alexina Graham has detailed her scary struggle with coronavirus in a social media post.The runway beauty took to Instagram to describe the array of symptoms she experienced over the course of five days, during which she thought …

Victoria’s Secret model Alexina Graham has detailed her scary struggle with coronavirus in a social media post.

The runway beauty took to Instagram to describe the array of symptoms she experienced over the course of five days, during which she thought she was suffering from food poisoning, before it became clear her condition was much more serious than she had imagined.

After experiencing a fever and severe breathing difficulties, Alexina was hospitalised.

“I was throwing up and on the toilet at the same time, multiple times through the first day,” she wrote. “The fever appeared and then when It broke I got severe chills.

“I was light-headed, I lost shortness of breath, I lost the ability to be able to speak properly in full sentences, my lungs just wouldn’t let me. My chest was tight. I wasn’t able to get in and out of a bath alone. I needed help to get in and out of bed and even eating became painful.”

Alexina went on to thank her younger sister for supporting her through the tough time.

“I was scared, I was in pain and I didn’t know what was to come but you took care of me. You held me, you wiped away my tears and you have been there through each step,” the 30-year-old shared. “When you couldn’t be with me in hospital you were there on the phone. Family, best friend, and my nurse at home. Love you.”

Elsewhere in her post, Alexina begged her 722,000 followers to adhere to government advice about social distancing and self-isolation.

“Some people are still not taking this seriously,” she insisted. “I see on the news there are still gatherings going on and even house parties. Please stay home in isolation alone or with who you live with only (sic). Please take this seriously and please stay home.”

Alexina is the latest famous face to battle Covid-19 – British royal Prince Charles and actors Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, and Olga Kurylenko all tested positive for the disease, which has killed more than 2,350 people in the U.K.

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