In case you missed it, Vogue set the internet on fire this week when it declared war against the bloggers - at least, that's how we'll tell the tale to our children.
What actually happened is that a handful of editors used their Milan Fashion Week wrap up to get in a few digs against bloggers, deeming them "the death of style." The primary issue with this piece have all been well-tread. What we're here to discuss is the secondary issue with Vogue's blogger takedown piece: What, or who, even is a blogger anymore? Likely, many of the people with whom the Vogue editors took issues are not actually bloggers, but influencers- which are two very different things. The simplest way to denote this difference is: Almost all bloggers are influencers. Not all influencers are bloggers.
Still confused? Think of it as a Venn diagram with "blogger" and "influencer" as two concentric circles. (For the sake of simplification, let's consider "vlogger" a subset of "bloggers.") There's a much larger overlap with bloggers because most of those women have achieved influencer status through their blogs. Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Rumi Neely (Fashion Toast), and Aimee Song (Song of Style) are some of the biggest success stories from this sphere. These are women who have parlayed their blogs into bigger businesses, ranking in millions of dollars in the process. A good rule of thumb: If you know someone exclusively by the name of a website, but would be hard-pressed to give their full name, they're a blogger.
Influencers, however, don't have blogs. These are the people who are often at all the best parties and front rows at shows because they have massive followings; at one time, they may have been called "It Girls," or, depending on ancestry, "Socialites." Agencies like Kitten Agency, Next and One.1k have popped up to help these girls monetize their online presence. (This may include launching a blog to run ads/referrals, but does not make them bloggers because the blog came after - make sense?) Fashion Illustrator and The Sartorialist's Fashion Director Jenny Walton is an influencer; so are DJs Harley Viera Newton, Leigh Lezark and Hannah Bronfman. Vine star Cameron Dallas is definitely an influencer. Caroline Vreeland, great-granddaughter to Diana Vreeland, has never had a fashion blog but regularly appears in street style slideshows with bestie Shea Marie (who is a blogger - Peace Love Shea).
There are exceptions to all of this, of course. People like Susie Bubble and Bryanboy have all but transcended the "blogger" title at this point by earning the respect of some of the top designers and editors in fashion. Outlets like Leandra Medine's ManRepeller and Garance Doré started as personal blogs but are now fully-staffed websites. Street style photographers such as Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist), Phil Oh (Street Peeper), and Tommy Ton (Jak and Jil) all got their start as bloggers, but shed that title as street style became a global business and they branched into the commercial sphere. Websites which launched around the same time as the blogging phenomenon - Fashionista, Into the Gloss, The cut, etc - are definitely no longer blogs (if they ever were.)
So really, when the Vogue editors lashed out against bloggers, what they likely meant was "influencers." But they said bloggers, because despite what you may have been told, "blogger" is still something of a derogatory term, often deployed by the established old guard to denote someone who hasn't earned their spot at the table. In certain circles, to be a "blogger" in fashion is to be less than, a secondary caste of internet upstarts with no real talent or influence.
Of course, none of this will ultimately matter when the bubble finally bursts on #influencer marketing in another year or so, and we have to come up with a newer term for whatever comes after. Isn't fashion fun?
Being that we're in fashion, it's a given that we're into nails- the two pretty much go hand-in-hand (pun intended). Mei Kawajiri is arguably the best in the game when it comes to fancy nails, ad we follow her work like true fan-girl. Working off of house calls, Kawajiri has an extensive client list as well as editorial portfolio, and the nail art she creates cannot be described as anything less than incredible. Her work can be seen, well, everywhere, including in many a CR Fashion Book and on the model of the year, Bella Hadid's Snapchat, where she showcased a full blown Disney mani (!) that Kawajiri gave herself. Let's also *please* not forget about the Teyana Taylor 'Fade' inspired manicure she recently posted on her IG.
How she got into nails:
"[When I was younger I] found a nail book in the bookstore and realized I wanted to do something with art for my career. I was thinking that I wanted to be a tattoo artist but my mom said no. I knew I wanted to have art on my body all the time, [so] I decided I should be a nail artist and went to nail school at the age of 19. At the time. nail art wasn't big, but I started doing my nails crazy, and so many people asked me if I could do the same on them so i started doing it in Japan, in Kyoto, which is a very quiet place. Then I moved to Tokyo when I was 21-years-old to work at a nail salon, and then when I was 23, I opened my own nail salon in Harajuku, called FOXXY. I did Omakase nail, meaning I did whatever I wanted, but I made it a little cheaper than others, like $80."
On when she first came to New York:
"My friend came from New York to Japan to visit - he was a photographer. I was surprised because everything here happened for him so fast. I was so impressed because I was more mellow, more slow. Then I decided to visit New York. The first time I came I was by myself I carried so many nail pictures and walked on the street from downtown to uptown, showing people. I heard so many opinions from people, I went to stores, and people said that I should definitely move to New York because nobody did that here. I went back to Japan and started doing my Visa- I got my artist visa after one year and then I moved.
"When I moved to New York I lived in Brooklyn, and started working at a nail salon in Soho called Valley. They were my sponsor for my visa, and I met so many amazing people there like Hannah Bronfman and Samantha Haber."
On her first 'real client' that she got excited for:
"Alexa Chung. It was for a photo shoot at the salon, but I already knew of her, because she's so big in Tokyo. When I saw her in person she was more cool than I was expecting, because she talks in a raspy voice. I did mushroom art on her nails - three red mushrooms that looked like Mario mushrooms. It was so cute."
Her favorite editorial shoots she's worked on:
"I work with CR Fashion Book a lot, and I thought it would be more conservative, but it's not. Carine Roitfeld asked me for so many unique nail designs, so one time I painted on the finger (all the way down to the hand.) Then I did one finger super long and the others super short. She doesn't want anything boring. That's my favorite - I can't wait to work with her again, and I have so many funny ideas. I also worked with a magazine called Eighty Nine. I made so many 3D nails with a David Bowie design. It was really good.
On whose nails she is dying to do:
"I want to do men's nails. But Kylie Jenner, Jaden Smith, and Rihanna would be amazing. But people tend to use the same artist- they get very loyal."
October marks the 26th anniversary of George Michael's exhilarating pop anthem "Freedom! '90." For the song's music video, the former Wham! teen star turned gay icon famously shunned the spotlight, and instead, chose to feature the biggest supermodels of the decade, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Lunda Evngelista, and Naomi Campbell, lip-syncing his lyrics. The video, directed by David Fincher and styled by Camila Nickerson, became an unforgettable moment in fashion-meets-pop culture history. And so, what better way to pay tribute to the "Freedom! '90" anniversary than by making a modernized version of its iconic video? Watch the next generation of mega supermodels- Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls, Anna Ewers, Irina Shayk, Taylor Hill, and more-dressed up in the best looks from the Spring 2017 runways while dancing on the streets of New York City to George Michael's classic, and still as infectiously upbeat, song.
Fun fact: the last relevant event at Hammerstein prior to Thursday afternoon's Marc Jacobs show, was a rave. It was October 2012, and French electronic duo Justice was touring to promote its album "Audio, Video, Disco." Details are admittedly a bit fuzzy, but the sold-out night devolved into a wild dance party - with one showgoer even falling from the third-story balcony into the pit below, only to be carried out in a stretcher, his hands waving the sign of the horns. A pretty badass way to go out, if you ask me.
To close down spring 2017 New York Fashion Week, Marc Jacobs clearly looked to ravers himself, albeit those of the late '80s and early '90s variety, back when New York was a grittier place and club kids - with their colorful, over-the-top, gender-bending fashion - ruled the underground social scene. The runway was illuminated with strands of twinkling bulbs and neon stage lights, with a bass-heavy trance soundtrack bumping as the models walked out one by one, wearing teetering platforms and boobs (some lace-up, some covered in glitter, some decorated with emoji-like appliqués.) Many of the party-ready looks - short, ruffled skirts and sweet baby doll dresses in silk, sequins, lace, brocade, and patchwork leather, as well as metallic hot pants - were styled with thigh-high socks, either candy striped or embroidered with pearls. The dramatic outerwear was a focal point, and incorporated everything from fur and feather-adorned shoulders, pinned and patched denim jackets, varsity-style coats with sequined collegiate stripes, military parkas, metallic and suede trenches and even a tangerine ruffled bomber.
As far as reference points go, Jacobs really ran the gamut this season, at times building upon the gothic, Victorian theme of his fall 2016 show, while peppering in hints of the late David Bowie, '90s grunge and the aforementioned ravers. The most delightful details paid homage to the latter: Throughout the collection, hearts, stars, clouds, rocket ships and candy (or pills unclear) embroideries decorated many looks, as well as things you'd likely visualize during an acid trip - like appliqués of a melting sun and desert scape, and a faucet dripping what appears to be lemons. Whether or not these pieces ever make it into production, we have a feeling Jacobs's fans of all ages will be inspired to attempt DIY versions for themselves.
Thanks to the brilliant casting by Katie Grand, the show's model lineup was easily one of the weeks most impressive, with Instagirls (Gigi, Bella, Kendall, Karlie), Jacobs's perennial muses (Jamie Bochert, Adriana Lima), and the new class of Victoria's Secret Angels (Taylor Hill, Stella Maxwell) all strapping on those treacherous shows and taking the stage. Irina Shayk closed the show in some dangerously short metallic briefs, eliciting a cheer from the crowd - much like the designer did when he came out for his bow, in a moment worthy of a rockstar. Aside from the problematic beauty look (read: cultural appropriation of rainbow dreads) Jacobs's electric show ended NYFW on a high note - in fact, it gave editors enough of an energy boost to almost hit the club. It's over friends. Time to party.
We have some news that totally validates your Snapchat addiction. While a lot of studies have focused on how social media is bad for our mental health, some new research shows that selfie culture might actually have some perks.
According to a study from the University of California, Irvine, taking tons of selfies can actually boost your confidence.
Researchers launched a four-week study of 41 college students, instructing them to follow their normal activities during the study period. The only change was participants documented their mood in a smartphone app several times a day, and filled out surveys at night to really get to the bottom of their emotions.
After the four weeks, participants then took part in another three-week study which asked them to take three kinds of photos throughout the day. Participants took photos of themselves smiling, took photos of something that made them happy and something they believed would make someone else happy. The photo of something that would make someone else happy was sent to the person the participant had in mind.
Researchers found all three kinds of photos made the subjects happy, but the people taking selfies reported more self-confidence and comfort with their image.
These results are so different from everything else we hear about social media, but that's because there's a key difference. While other studies focus on the mental health toll looking at other people's selfies can have, this one looks at how your own pictures influence you. Other studies show browsing social media can create jealousy and self-doubt, in part because seeing the curated and filtered moments of other peoples lives on Instagram can make us feel like we're not as good, cool, or pretty as they are. But when you turn the camera on yourself instead of focusing on others, it turns out the results are pretty great.
"You see a lot of reports in the media about the negative impacts of technology use, and we look very carefully as these issues here at UCI," said senior author Gloria Mark, a professor of informatics, according to Science Daily. "But there have been expanded efforts over the past decade to study what's become known as 'positive computing,' and I think this study shows that sometimes our gadgets can offer benefits to users."
Your parents might tell you snapping selfies all day is narcissistic, but science says it's good for you so keep on posing.
One elephant is killed every 15 minutes — that’s 30,000 every year. Join Doutzen, Cara, Grace, Christy, Miranda and other industry heavyweights for #KnotOnMyPlanet, a campaign to save the world’s elephants.
Elephants are at serious risk of being wiped out due to demand for ivory - one third of the total population has already been lost in the past seven years. That's why the Elephant Crisis Fund has joined forces with fashion's biggest names to raise funds and awareness to combat the poaching of elephants for their tusks. The campaign, #KnotOnMyPlanet, centers around the amazing social memory of elephants, to which led to the adage that an elephant never forgets. But with one-hundred thousand elephants killed in just three years, it seems that we have forgotten elephants. Tyung a knot is an age-old way of remembering something important, and represents a commitment to never forgetting the plight that elephants are facing.
To show support for the cause, ECF is asking that you tie a knot - in your hair, your shirt, your scarf, anywhere you want - and share a photo of it on social media with the hashtag #KnotOnMyPlanet to help spread awareness that 30,000 elephants are being slaughtered every year. The organization also really needs donations, which go directly to the ground for urgent action. THey can be made at knotonmyplanet.org
Doutzen Kroes, the ECF's global ambassador says, "As a mother, I don't want my children to live in a world without elephants, and as a model, I knew that we could rally the fashion community to save the elephants at a time when they need it most."
Alongside Doutzen, Grace Coddington, Cara Delevigne, Joan Smalls, Miranda Kerr, Adriana Lima, and other fashion industry icons are lending their names and faces to fight to save the world's elephants.
Check out the inspiring models, plus give Grace's amazing call to action letter a read below. Then go tie your own knots.
Our favorite photo-sharing platform has been making a lot of changes recently. Earlier this summer, the app rolled out the Snapchat-like feature Stories. Then, it finally gave us the ability to zoom into pics just like Facebook and Twitter.
Meanwhile, the platform phased out Photo Maps and made updates to accommodate the forthcoming iPhone 7. But today, we've learned that Instagram is introducing what is perhaps one of its most significant features yet.
Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom announced today on the platform that Instagram has implemented new tools to help users protect their accounts from hateful comments and trolling.
"To empower each individual, we need to promote a culture where everyone feels safe to be themselves without criticism or harassment," Systrom wrote. "It's not only my personal wish to do this, I believe it's also our responsibility as a company. So, today, we're taking the next step to ensure Instagram remains a positive place to express yourself."
The newest feature is a keyword moderation tool that will be accessible to all users (it was previously only available to celebrities and public figures.) When users tap the gear icon in the app, they will find a "Comments" section that allows them to list words that they deem offensive or inappropriate. Any comments containing these words will be automatically hidden from their posts' comment feed. Instagram has provided a few default words, or users an choose their own terms to eliminate.
This keyword moderation is in addition to tools already in place on the app, including the ability to block users and delete or report comments.
We now also have the ability to turn comments off per post.
In his post, Systrom said that he hopes the implementation of these tools will allow the diverse Instagram community to continue expressing themselves freely without fear of negative backlash.
"Over the past five years, I've watched in wonder as this community has grown to 500 million, with stories from every corner of the world," Systrom wrote. "With this growth, we want to work diligently to maintain what has kept Instagram positive and safe, especially in the comments on your photos and videos.
And it seems like keyword is just the first step in Instagram's like keyword is just the first step in Instagram's fight to protect users; other tolls to stop trolling might be on the way.
"We know tools aren't the only solution for this complex problem, but together we can work toward keeping Instagram a safe place for self-expression. My commitment to you is that we will keep building features that safeguard the community and maintain what makes Instagram a positive and creative place for everyone."
See Systrom's full statement below:
If there's one American designer who really, truly empathizes with the American woman, it's Christian Siriano. The 30-year-old wunderkind received a sea of praise after (very publicly) dressing "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones in July, but he's been a champion of consumers of all shapes, sizes and skin tones for his entire career. (A high-profile, critically acclaimed collaboration with plus-size retailer Lane Bryant in May only solidified this.) But it's one thing for a designer to advocate for women above a size zero, and quite another to actually create the change on the runway. This season, Siriano did just that.
For his spring 2017 show, Siriano culled together a cast of models that was, by far, the most diverse presentation we've seen all season - and it was certainly appreciated by the show's audience. When Swedish model Sabina Karlsson took to the runway wearing a long-sleeved seafoam dress with side cutouts, the extensive front row - including Christina Hendricks, Anna Kendrick, Neve Campbell, Pamela Anderson, Jaimie Alexander, Kelly Osbourne and more - clapped and cheered, prompting other attendees to chime in.
A number of plus-size models followed, including one wearing a sky blue, button-down tank dress and another in a billowing pant-and-cropped blouse set. And that's not even touching on the catwalk's abundant racial diversity, which is worth highlighting in light of the fall 2016's season's dissapointment; Demna Gvasalia, for one, included not one model of color in either of his casts for Vetements or Balenciaga.
The vast diversity of Siriano's runway isn't only well-appreciated by editors and consimers alike, but it's timely, too: on Thursday, the first official day of NYFW, The Washington Post published a blistering column from another "Project Runway" Personality, Tim Gunn, that condemned designers for refusing to make clothing that fits the average woman. This disgrace starts all the way at the top - in 2009, Karl Lagerfeld said "no one wants to see curvy women" on the runway. "But this is now the shape of women in this nation, and designers need to wrap their minds around it," Gunn wrote. "I profoundly believe that women of every size can look good. But they must be given choices."
Long before a model sets foot on a Fashion Week runway, there are go-sees, fittings, and, of course, preliminary polaroids that show magazines and designers what they've got. Thousands of budding models have walked through the doors of major magazines and some of them have even made it big — like mean, really, really big. Though it’s hard to believe Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, Lily Aldridge, Gemma Ward, and Chanel Iman were ever rookies, these polaroids from the archives prove otherwise. Click ahead to get a glimpse at what they looked like before their big breaks — and prepare for some major #TBTs.
On the first day of New York Fashion Week, the rapper-cum-designer drew guests from Pharrell to Suzy Menkes to Roosevelt Island, where he staged an ambitious outdoor presentation in the grueling New York heat. Here's everything that went down, from surprise runway appearances to new sneaker silhouettes, and all the shuttlebusing in between.
Guests took a bus: The one that was idling on 11th avenue for close to an hour. Another was kind of trapped in midtown. Guests didn't take it back.
Things ran late: before the show began, West said it was (sort of) inspired by the endless stretch of strip malls and gated communities in Calabasas, California - home of Kardashian HQ. "Gated" unintentionally proved to be the best descriptor of the afternoon: after disembarking from shuttle busses, editors passed through a series of barricades, gates, and holding areas on the way to Four Freedoms Park, a beautiful public space on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island.
There were no male models: Alright, so his controversial casting call for "multiracial women only" sort of gave this one away. But given that Wests prior three presentations have featured gender-mixed casts, some were surprised to see no men this time around. However he phrased the ambition, West succeed in assembling a wonderfully diverse cast of shapes and skin tones.
There were a few familiar faces: Sadly, Naomi Campbell did not make a return trip to West's runway, but others did. Yeezy friends were spotted including photographer and model Braina Laveina, Chanel Iman, Amina Blue, and Teyana Taylor's insane abs. The legendary Grace Bol made a commanding appearance, and Sofia Richie enjoyed her NYFW debut.
It was hot: Really hot - like 85 degrees in direct overheat sunlight hot. When guests first arrived, they were greeted by a Beecroftian army of models standing inside of the show's slightly-elevated triangular runway. Twitter users began expressing concern for these stoic, spandex-clad girls - many of whom began to sit down when West's runway models showerd little signs of emerging. The show team circulated water among Beecroft's performers, at least one of whom reportedly fainted.
The clothing was military-inspired: Over the past four seasons, West has designed within a utilitarian vein, creating oversized clothing in muted, natural tones that is equal parts sportswear and workwear. Season 4 remained faithful to this aesthetic: jackets arrived in faded real tree camo, and baggy sweats in pale gym class grey. Textures varied from super-sheer stretchy spandex to rich, charcoal velour.
There were a few beloved Adidas pieces, too: Earlier this year, Adidas revealed that it had expanded its partnership with West, and planned to dedicate greater production resources to the Yeezy brand. West returned the love by featuring one of the sportswear giant's ost recognizable staples: three-stripe track bottoms. Chanel Iman closed the show in a pair of black and red trackies - a bold pop of color that added vibrancy to West's monochromatic offering.
And some new sneakers: Sneakerheads are buzzing about new styles that debuted at the show. These include: an all-white variation of the Yeezy Boost 350, and a still-unreleased new silhouette that's rumored to hit store soon, the Yeezy Boost 350 V2.
Kanye took merch in a slightly different direction: Today's merch offerings didn't feature the gothic-style font and layout designed by L.A. artist Cali Thornhill Dewitt that appears on West's hotly coveted TLOP merch (first sold at his Yeezy Season 3 show in February.) There were just wo long sleeve t-shirts available - one in white, another in neon yellow - that simply listed the show's information in basic Helvetica typeface. The back of the shirt just says "Season 4."
Rappers turned up to show support: Kim, Kylie, and Kendall were joined by a strong contingency of West's hip-hop contemporaries. Recently minted GOOD Music President (and Hilary Clinton-endoresed Rock the Voter) Pusha T held court, as did Pharrell, Atlanta trip Migos, A$AP Ferg, and Tyga.
But the music was minimal this season: In the past, West has used his shows for big musical reveals. His debut outing in 2015 saw the premier of "Wolves," and last season was pretty much one big listening party for The Life of Pablo: laptop, aux cord, and all (except with Madison Square Garden's sound system.) West opted for a much more pared-down soundtrack this time around: a deep, buzzing bass punctuated with evocative vocal loops that sounded as though they're Sia's. Maybe it was the nw stuff he'd been working on with Drake. Maybe not though.
If there's anything we learned from "The Neon Demon," it's that the world of modeling is crazy. Well, that and the fact that the Fanning sisters love anything that sparkles. At the premiere of "Brismstone" during the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, Dakota proved her love for all things glimmery yet again, wearing a Miu Miu gown covered in shimmering, opalescent paillettes. But wait! pThere's even more sparkle! A straight-on front photograph reveals gem clusters at the base of each of the dress's straps - and that Fanning also paired the dress with a crystal-adorned belt:
As beautiful as this look is from the front, you kind of have to see it from all angles. I mean, check out how stunning it looks in the back:
The word "resplendent" was literally invented for this gown.
You don't know this right now, but one day, your name will be synonymous with natural beauty and women's empowerment. You will give women the confidence they need to feel like the best versions of themselves by celebrating and enhancing the features they love with makeup. Yes, makeup. You'll discover your passion for makeup later in life after realizing that the traditional educational path just wasn't quite the right path for you. However, in order to understand where you'll end up, you need to understand how it all began.
As a girl, you'll spend hours upon hours watching your glamorous mother apply her makeup. You'll think she is the most beautiful woman in the world, and you'll never quite feel half as pretty as she is. You'll aspire to look like all the blonde models you see in the fashion magazines and on TV, and even your girlfriends in high school. Then one day, you'll see a movie called Love Story, starring Ali McGraw, and it will change everything. You'll find Ali's dark hair, thick brows, and barely visible makeup stunning. Through her, you'll finally be able to appreciate your own beauty.
In time, you'll also stop beating yourself up for not being good at subjects like math and science. School will always be a struggle for you and you will get down on yourself, but you'll see things differently than your peers and will always be looking for a better way to do things. You'll come to find that this is called being an entrepreneur.
So you'll graduate high school, go to a "traditional" four-year college, and be completely miserable. You won't be able to shake the feeling that something is not right and that you made a mistake by even going to college. You'll go home to visit your mom and tell her you want to drop out. She'll ask you, "If you could do anything you wanted, what you would do?" And you'll respond, "I'd go to Marshall Fields and play with makeup at the cosmetics counter." That's when your mom will suggest you become a makeup artist- the "aha!" moment in your life that will change everything.
You'll find a school where you can thrive, design your own major, and be yourself. You'll feel like you fit in - like you've finally found your people. You'll realize that you can be an extremely successful student once you have figured out that everyone retains information differently, and although you didn't like working with numbers, you were still very intelligent.
You'll never look back, but instead will set your sights on becoming the best makeup artist you can be. You will move to New York in your twenties and start working in the fashion industry. In these years you'll be smart enough to let models fix their faces if they don't like it: you'll watch and learn as Jerry Hall and Kim Alexis do their make-up. You may not always feel like you know what you are doing, but working with different photographers and editors and magazines will keep you learning and growing. As a young makeup artist, you'll do Anna Wintour's make-up in her office. A few years later you will get to work with Bruce Weber after studying and idolizing him for years.
The rest won't be easy, but as you grow older, know hat you will gain more confidence and evolve as a person. For years, you'll stress about what to wear and you'll make a lot of mistakes but when you figure it out, you'll see that it comes down to comfort.
You will learn to love yourself, and that newfound self-respect will enable you to do great things. You will launch what many will call a makeup empire, not because you set out to, but because your approach will resonate with so many women on an emotional and very personal level. You'll constantly tap into those feelings of insecurity from your childhood to help ensure that the women you work with only ever feel pretty and confident. Your message will be simple, but it will stand the test of time for more than 25 years: The secret to beauty is simple, be who you are.
Staying true to yourself will give you the confidence you need to succeed in life. When things don't go right and get really tough, find a way to power through. Find a window if a door closes, make up your own rules and follow your gut. Finally, don't lose your naiveté. It's the trait that will make you most successful.
Young Bobbi, you are pretty powerful, and you are going to inspire millions of women around the glove to believe that they are too.
Kendall may not be the only Jenner hitting the catwalk this fashion week. Kylie's polaroid was just featured on Alexander Wang's "Wangsquad" Instagram, captioned "@kyliejenner #WANG16". Could it be likely that Kylie has booked a coveted spot as a model for the designer's show this season?
Kylie's BFF consist of Kendall, Bella and Gigi Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, and - of course - ultimate sisterwife Jordyn Woods, so it only makes sense that the modeling skills rubbed off a little bit. Not to mention that she certainly knows how to pose, if her Instagram feed has anything to say for it.
Only time will tell, but New York Fashion week, isn't very far away, so we certainly won't have to wait long to find out if Kylie's booked the show of the season. Be sure to check back for updates.
When the modelling and social influencer world is not enough...what to do? Bella Hadid is the latest Insta-girl to turn her hand to photography
It seems for the youngest generation of millennials, it's not enough to master one skill. A few months ago, we noted how Kendall Jenner and Brooklyn Beckham were toying with amateur photography, with Brooklyn even shooting a fragrance campaign for Burberry. Unsurprisingly, they're not the only ones to express an interest in fashion photography. - because now Bella Hadid is the latest it-kid to pick up a camera.
In a series of portraits for top fashion title W, Bella shoots a subject close to her heart: family friend Jesse Jo Stark and her mother Laurie Lynn. Best buds with Bella and Gigi since childhood, Jesse Jo is heir to the Richard Stark-founded label Chrome Hearts and circulates in that specific LA universe made up of reality TV stars (The Kardashians/Jenners), Real Housewives (the Hadid's) models (Cindy Crawford's Gerber) and music legends (the Richies.) Yep, she's exactly part of the young Hollywood kids that include Kendall and Kylie, Kaia Gerber and Sofia Richie.
The LA clique, which provided the world with endlessly titillating tabloid fodder, is the inadvertent subject of this exclusive shoot, video, and story. As Jesse Jo explains her lifestyle, fashion legacy and friendship circle, posing next to mother Laurie Lynn (a photographer herself,) you can see where the family fit into the LA scene. As for Bella's new hobby? We guess when you're this well connected, anything's possible.
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They have a combined social media following of 3.5 million and they’re using it to spearhead a change in the industry.
All Woman Project is a multi-pronged, multi-platform campaign that aims to broaden fashion's definition of beauty. Fronted by Charli Howard, the British model who broke silence over the industry's impossible standards last year, and Clementine Desseaux, body activist and first "plus size" model to bag a campaign for luxury label Christian Louboutin, it brings together a cast of women expanding what it means to be beautiful, proving straight and curve models can and should feature together - "flaws" and all.
"The industry needs to stop associating beauty with a size, or putting women into categories because of their size, color, or sexuality." Howard and Dessaux tell Vice. "We traditionally associate plus-size girls with terms like 'curvy' and 'real women', and straight-size models with 'high fashion' and 'editorial', missing out a vital fact - we're all women, and we should be treated as such."
The campaign is lead by an array of models including Eliot Sailors, Iskra Lawrence, Denise Bidot, Barbie Ferreira - each picked because of their own vocal stance on body image and each willing to be photographed completely unretouched. "All the girls we feature speak about diversity in some way or another - whether that be shape, size, color, politics or LGTBQ rights," says the pair. "They're all so unique and strong in their own ways and it was a pleasure working with them."
The fruits of that work can be seen in the Olimpia Valli Fassi shot film premiering below, alongside photography be fellow curve models Heather Hazzan and Lily Cummings and exclusive content published on social media startup clapit, through which women can upload their own messages via the #IAmAllWoman hashtag. "We wanted it to be a female-led project - models and team included," says Howard and Desseaux. "We called upon friends that speak about diversity to get involved and use brands that actively promote women in their most natural form."
They continue: "We can only achieve a change in fashion if more people create campaigns like this and make diversity the 'norm,' rather than a trend. If we can create a campaign on a minimal budget, with a variety of shapes and ethnicities, then bigger brands can certainly do the same,"
Check out the campaign film below.
For more information and to see the editorial project, visit allwomanproject.com. To see exclusive #ALLWOMAN content, download clapit from the iOS app store and follow @ALLWOMAN.
For at least six years running, Gisele Bundchen has dominated Forbes's highest-paid models list, out-earning even her second-place competitors by millions (and getting slapped with a tax audit because of it in the process.) It seemed like the Brazilian supermodel, who recently "retired" from the runway, would be unbeatable. But these days (perhaps you've heard?) social media-savvy models are dominating the scene - which means Gisele's $30 million throne may soon be usurped by an Instagirl.
Forbes released its 2016 list of highest-paid models, and Gisele is still right there at the top with her $30.5 million paycheck. While that's certainly an impressive number, in 2015 she made $44 million, a drop from 2014's $47 million. Ouch.
Fellow Brazilian Adriana Lima sits comfortably behind her in second place with $10.5 million, so what might account for the $13.5 million dollar difference in Gisele's payday? Instagram. Tying for third place this year are Instagirls Karlie Kloss and Kendall Jenner. It's a huge leap for Jenner - a 150 percent leap, to be precise - who made her first appearance on the list at number 16 just last year. In this period, her earnings have increased from $4 million to $10 million. Kloss more than doubled her previous earnings by taking more campaigns than any model on Forbes's list, pushing her from number 11 to third place. Like a Kloss, indeed.
Even more remarkable are this year's newcomers: Gigi Hadid makes her Forbes debut on the list at number five, ranking in $9 million thanks to her numerous contracts. She ties with fellow newcomer Rosie Huntingon-Whiteley, who makes the jump courtesy of royalties from her Marks & Spencer line. Other newbies include Victoria's Secret Angels Jasmine Tookes, Lily Aldridge, and Taylor Hill (there's a reason those wings are so coveted,) as well as Barbara Palvin, thanks to a number of beauty contracts.
"Retirement" is treating Cara Delevingne well, too; even though she dropped from a number two to number seven, Forbes reports her overall earnings only dropped by $500,00.
You can see the full list of 2016's top model earners at Forbes.com.
Is Willow Smith about to take on the world? Chanel and brother Jaden seem to think so
Willow Smith is only 15 she's already had a hit single, starred in a few films, amassed 1.7 million Instagram followers and become a Chanel ambassador. But that's old news, right? The Smith wunderkind has already briefly previewed her Chanel Eyewear campaign, but today the French label revealed the full campaign on its website. Featuring a behind the scenes video, polaroids and other visually striking and appropriately Chanel-esque images; all it does is offer more proof that Willow Smith is NOT your average 15-year-old.
As brother Jaden Smith says in a recent Interview Mag story with Pharrel William: "We never really felt competitive because Willow's always been better than me at everything. There's been no competition." In the interview, the self-confessed yin-and-ying siblings wax poetical on social media, creativity, and their "ludicrous fashion ideas" from when they were tiny children. As Willow explains, "we would just be so rambunctious with our clothing choices" (what teenager uses the word "rambunctious in conversation?)
Anyway, when asked about her Chanel ambassadorship, Willow had this to say: "if we didn't have the kind of exposure to the world that we do now, people wouldn't hear the positive thoughts that we have. It's amazing to be able to work with iconic people and to have my name on something that's so beautiful, but at the same time the only reason why I do it is so that I can have more of a reach to different kinds of people and spread my message. The only thing that really matters is spreading love and light and acceptance and unity throughout the entire world in any way that you possibly can."
And that, my friends, is precisely how and why Willow Smith is going to take over the world.
You'd think that when someone's face is as valuable as Kate Moss', there wouldn't be too many rare photos lying around. This is a woman of whom a paparazzi shot snapped while buying a pack of smokes can sell out magazines. But apparently photographer Owen Scarbiena wasn't paying quite as much attention to Kate's legion of fans.
The years after the icon was discovered at JFK airport by Storm Model Management founder Sarah Doukas, she was offered a shoot with Owen. At the time, he was focusing on producing especially minimal work as a reaction to much of the late 80s and early 90s art direction. Knowing this, Sarah suggested he shoot one of her newest recruits: a very green Miss Mos.
Speaking to VICE Owen said: "Kate didn't have any preconceived ideas of how a model should stand. She was just her, which I loved... It was very slightly awkward, but natural." Playing up with her youth, he shot her in a school style shirt and a pair of sports shorts. The result is so fresh and unassuming the images could be one of your high school friends - if you were friends with one of the most beautiful women on earth.
Interestingly, the photographer admits that although he liked Kate, he didn't recognize her as a future legend. "I didn't think she would make it because she didn't fit into that obvious beauty. She's not six feet tall. She had her own quirky gorgeousness, which isn't taken up by the masses," he reflected. Considering he didn't immediately realize her potential, it's understandable that the negatives would get lost in a drawer of other forgotten projects. He said he only thought to dig them out when a friend reminded him of the shoot.
The take away lesson in all of this: clear out your drawers.
Dior has just released a trailer for their Tales of the Wild short film, which follows the strory of four men who have left behind "superficial cities" in exchange for life in the wild. From the sea to the sands of the desert, the sneak peek shows a glimpse of the remarkable men as they climb epic mountains, surf ferocious seas, gallop across vast lands and ignite the spirit of others.
Dior's Tale of the Wild is set to launch this September. Check out the video above.