2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show: Event returns to New York City; models announced

September 17, 2018

Victoria's Secret Angels
Victoria’s Secret Angels in 2016 (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS)

The New York Post has reported that the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will return to New York City, after being in Shanghai in 2017 and Paris in 2016.

November 1, 2018 UPDATE: The 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will take place November 7 with musical guests Bebe Rexha, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Kelsea Ballerini, Rita Ora, Shawn Mendes and The Struts. ABC will televise “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special” on December 2 at 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time.

These participating models have been announced:

  • Adriana Lima
  • Aiden Curtiss
  • Alanna Arrington
  • Alannah Walton
  • Alexina Graham
  • Barbara Fialho
  • Barbara Palvin
  • Behati Prinsloo
  • Bella Hadid
  • Candice Swanepoel
  • Cheyenne Carty
  • Cindy Bruna
  • Devon Windsor
  • Duckie Thot
  • Elsa Hosk
  • Estelle Chen
  • Frida Aasen
  • Georgia Fowler
  • Gigi Hadid
  • Gizele Oliveira
  • Grace Bol
  • Grace Elizabeth
  • Herieth Paul
  • Iesha Hodges
  • Isilda Moreira
  • Jasmine Tookes
  • Josephine Skriver
  • Josie Canseco
  • Jourdana Phillips
  • Kelly Gale
  • Kelsey Merritt
  • Kendall Jenner
  • Lais Ribeiro
  • Lameka Fox
  • Leomie Anderson
  • Lorena Rae
  • Maggie Laine
  • Maia Cotton
  • Martha Hunt
  • Mayowa Nicholas
  • Megan Williams
  • Melie Tiacoh
  • Ming Xi
  • Myrthe Bolt
  • Nadine Leopold
  • Romee Strijd
  • Sadie Newman
  • Sara Sampaio
  • Shanina Shaik
  • Sofie Rovenstine
  • Stella Maxwell
  • Subah Koj
  • Sui He
  • Taylor Hill
  • Toni Garrn
  • Willow Hand
  • Winnie Harlow
  • Yasmin Wijnaldum
  • Zuri Tibby

Maybelline New York announces Josephine Skriver as global spokesmodel

April 19, 2018

The following is a press release from Maybelline New York:

Josephine Skriver
Josephine Skriver (Photo courtesy of Maybelline New York)

Maybelline New York, the world’s leading cosmetics brand, is excited to announce Josephine Skriver as a global spokesmodel. A well-known international model with a loyal fan base, Josephine has risen to the top of her industry through years of dedication, hard work and hustle in the Big Apple and around the world. She is recognized for her philanthropic work, down to earth personality and immense success in her modeling career on the runway and in notable campaigns.

Josephine joins an impressive lineup of global spokesmodels who have helped shape the identity of the iconic Maybelline New York beauty brand including Adriana LimaGigi Hadid, Herieth Paul, Jourdan DunnCris Urena, I-Hua Wu, Emily DiDonato, and Christy Turlington. In her partnership with Maybelline New York, Josephine will participate in brand activities on the global scale.

“Being a part of the Maybelline New York family is a dream come true! I have been wearing Maybelline since I was a little girl,” said Josephine. “I am honored to represent not only Maybelline, but all of the girls who are wearing Maybelline, because these young girls are the future. They are powerful and beautiful, and that to me is what Maybelline stands for. I could not be prouder to represent them and make it happen.”

Josephine grew up in Denmark and was first approached in her teenage years about modeling while on a visit to New York City. Years later in February 2011, Josephine’s connection to New York came full circle when she made her debut at New York Fashion Week, walking for designers like Calvin Klein and Rag & Bone. The same year she appeared in Milanand Paris shows, walking for Balenciaga, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent and most notably closed Prada’s show.

Since her successful career launch, Josephine has modeled in campaigns for the likes of Bulgari, Gucci, Max Mara, Michael Kors, and Tom Ford. She has collaborated with top photographers including Steven Meisel and Mikael Jansson, while her editorial accolades include American Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Germany, V, Dazed, W, and Interview. In 2013, Josephine walked in her first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and has graced the runway in the annual show ever since. She was given the coveted title of Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2016.

“We are beyond thrilled to have Josephine as part of our Maybelline family,” said Leonardo Chavez, Global Brand President, Maybelline New York. “A partnership with Josephine was completely organic because she resonates with our global customer and is a dynamic and fresh addition to our roster of talent. She embodies determination, grit, energy and spirit, while having a true connection to New York and the dream of making it happen in this city.”

In addition to her modeling career, Josephine is notable for being an advocate for global LGBTQ rights and is involved with organizations like Family Equality Council and COLAGE as well as to Keep A Child Alive, which focuses on children’s fight against HIV. Having been raised by LGBTQ parents, Josephine hopes to inspire children and all future generations of LGBTQ families by sharing her own journey.

Josephine is excited to continue her work with Maybelline New York this Spring, appearing in her first campaign for the brand for the launch of Super Cushion 2-in-1 launching in May 2018.

About Maybelline New York
Maybelline New York is the number one cosmetic brand in the world, available in over 120 countries. By combining technologically advanced formulations with on-trend expertise and New York City edge, Maybelline New York’s mission is to offer innovative, accessible and effortless cosmetics for every woman. The brand is currently the official makeup sponsor of New York Fashion Week and other fashion weeks worldwide. For more information, log on to www.maybelline.com.

Estée Lauder signs Karlie Kloss

April 19, 2018

Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss  (Photo courtesy of Estée Lauder)

The following is a press release from Estée Lauder:

Estée Lauder today announced that it has signed Karlie Kloss, model, entrepreneur and philanthropist, as its newest Global Spokesmodel and Brand Ambassador. Karlie joins the current roster of Estée Lauder spokesmodels Carolyn MurphyFei Fei SunGabriella WildeHilary RhodaJoan SmallsKendall JennerMisty Copeland and Yang Mi.

Karlie’s first campaigns will debut beginning in July 2018 across digital, social, TV, in-store and print to support Estée Lauder’s iconic products including Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick, Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup and Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Creme. These campaigns were shot by Josh Olins in Los Angelesand Palm Springs.

Karlie’s production company, Klossy productions, will also partner with Estée Lauder to create Karlie’s own beauty content to share with over 16 million followers across her social and digital platforms. Karlie’s first video launches today, featuring founder Estée Lauder’s great granddaughter, actress Danielle Lauder. In a humorous, behind-the-scenes sketch, Danielle oversees Karlie during her first day working at Estée Lauder’s New York City headquarters. This is the first in a series of videos produced by Karlie that will debut on her YouTube channel, Klossy, as well as on both Karlie’s and Estée Lauder’s digital and social channels.

To leverage Karlie’s commitment to educating and building confidence in the next generation of young women, Estée Lauder will also support Kode With Klossy through coding camp scholarships and events. Kode With Klossy is a philanthropic initiative founded by Karlie in 2015 which hosts free, two-week coding summer camps for girls aged 13-18 and fosters a national community focused on furthering career opportunities for girls in tech.

“Karlie is the modern-day Estée and we are thrilled to welcome her to the Estée Lauder brand,” said Stephane de La Faverie, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder. “Karlie has achieved tremendous success in her career through hard work, first taking the fashion world by storm, then becoming a media and television personality, and now empowering young women to become future leaders in tech. Her passion for beauty, unique voice and global social media presence will help us continue to inspire and connect with women around the world.”

“Karlie is perfect for Estée Lauder,” said Aerin Lauder, Style and Image Director, Estée Lauder. “As a successful model, entrepreneur and founder of Kode With Klossy, Karlie is both beautiful and accomplished. I am so excited she is joining the brand.”

“It is a dream come true to join the Estée Lauder family,” said Karlie Kloss. “I am so inspired by the brand’s legacy and values —from the entrepreneurial spirit of Estée herself to the company’s unparalleled commitment to creating best in class products for women around the world. I could not be more proud and honored to be part of such an iconic brand.”

About Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss is an American supermodel, 36-time Vogue cover girl, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Karlie was discovered at a local charity fashion show in 2006. Her career quickly took off, walking for top designers including Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen and Versace, among dozens of others, and starring in several major global campaigns including adidas, Calvin KleinCarolina Herrera and Swarovski. Karlie launched Kode With Klossy in 2015 to empower girls to learn to code and become leaders in tech. Karlie was recognized on the TIME 100 list for her philanthropic work as the founder of Kode With Klossy and was featured on the covers of Fast Company and Forbes for her work to scale the organization. Karlie recently forayed into media and television, hosting Freeform’s six-part series ‘Movie Night With Karlie Kloss’ and premiering as a correspondent in season one and two of the Netflix original series ‘Bill Nye Saves The World.’ Karlie launched her YouTube channel, Klossy in 2015, which has garnered over 690,000 subscribers and over 33 million views. Through her combined content platforms, Karlie has amassed over 16.8 million followers to date. Karlie also sits on the board of Oath serving as an advisor alongside Oath chair Serena Williamsand other industry leaders.

About Estée Lauder
Estée Lauder is the flagship brand of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Founded by Estée Lauder, one of the world’s first female entrepreneurs, the brand today continues her legacy of creating the most innovative, sophisticated, high-performance skincare and makeup products and iconic fragrances – all infused with a deep understanding of women’s needs and desires. Today, Estée Lauder engages with women in over 150 countries around the world and at dozens of touch points – from in-store to digital. And each of these relationships consistently reflects Estée’s powerful and authentic woman-to-woman point of view.

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Patrick Demarchelier, David Bellemere, Greg Kadel among fashion photographers accused of sexual misconduct in explosive Boston Globe article

February 16, 2018

by Colleen McGregor

Sarah Paulson in Town & Country's February 2018 issue (Photo by Patrick Demarchelier)
Sarah Paulson in Town & Country’s February 2018 issue (Photo by Patrick Demarchelier)

The Boston Globe has published a major investigative article in which numerous models and others in the fashion industry have accused several high-profile fashion photographers of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment. The photographers, who deny all the allegations, include Patrick Demarchelier, David Bellemere, Greg Kadel, Andre Passos and Seth Sabal. In addition, stylist Karl Templer has also been accused of sexual misconduct in the article, which was published on February 16, 2018. Templer also denies the allegations.

The harassment allegations include unwanted sexual advances (verbal and physical), inappropriate touching and sexual assault. All of the alleged victims, many of whom want to remain anonymous, say that the accused used their power to intimidate and pressure people into letting the accused get away with this behavior for years.

Demarchelier, who used to be Princess Diana’s photographer, was dropped by Condé Nast (parent company of magazines such as Vogue, GQ, Glamour, and Vanity Fair) after the Boston Globe contacted Condé Nast about the allegations against Demarchelier. Kadel has also been dropped by Condé Nast and Victoria’s Secret, another longtime employer of his. Meanwhile, Victoria’s Secret and Lord & Taylor severed ties with  Bellemere in 2016, which suggests that the companies knew about problems with him long before the Boston Globe article was published.

The Boston Globe article comes after three other famous fashion photographers faced career consequences after being accused of sexual misconduct in incidents that span several years. In January 2018, Condé Nast dropped Mario Testino and Bruce Weber, who was also let go by designer Michael Kors after the allegations were made public.  In October 2017, Terry Richardson was fired by Condé Nast, Valentino and Bulgari. The same week that Condé Nast cut ties with Testino and Weber, the company announced that it had revised its photography policy, which now includes no longer hiring models under the age of 18 and no longer serving alcohol at photo shoots.

The #MeToo effect on the fashion industry also raises a larger question of why there isn’t more diversity in fashion photography, which is dominated by men. After all, fashion photography doesn’t require any abilities in which one gender is more inclined to excel over another, compared to a physically demanding job. Why isn’t the fashion industry giving more opportunities to female photographers? It could go a long way in creating a more equal balance of power since photographers usually control the environments in which models are at their most vulnerable. Although women are also capable of committing sexual harassment, it’s been proven time and again that the vast majority of people who commit sexual harassment are men in power. Firing photographers accused of sexual harassment is a short-term band-aid when fashion photography still perpetuates sexism by letting one gender dominate the power structure instead of giving equal opportunities to males and females.

 

Bruce Weber and Mario Testino scandals: Famed photographers accused of sexually harassing men; Conde Nast overhauls policies for fashion shoots

January 13, 2018

by Colleen McGregor

Bruce Weber
Bruce Weber (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for DuJour)

Several fashion publications have cut ties with photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino after the New York Times published stories from men (mostly male models) who accused Weber and Testino of sexual harassment, including unwanted groping and masturbation. Condé Nast (the company that publishes Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ) has announced that it will no longer work with Weber and Testino. Weber and Testino are denying the allegations. The news comes one month after the New York Post reported that Weber is being sued for sexual harassment by model Jason Boyce, who claims that Weber made unwanted sexual advances on him during a December 2014 photo shoot.

Weber (who is 71) and Testino (who is 63) both have famous international careers going back to the 1970s. Their work has been published in several books and all the top fashion magazines. While both photographers worked frequently with fashion brand Versace, Testino’s main client base consisted of European brands such as Gucci, Chanel and Burberry, and Weber’s biggest clients were mostly American brands such as  Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Abercrombie & Fitch. Weber’s most recent Vogue (U.S.) cover was the September 2017 issue with Jennifer Lawrence.  Testino’s most recent Vogue (U.S.) cover was the February 2018 issue with Serena Williams and her daughter Alexis. Fashion designer Michael Kors has also cut ties with Testino.

As a result of these and sweeping societal changes being made because of the MeToo movement, Condé Nast has revamped its policies for fashion shoots beyond the usual rules that forbid sexual harassment and other behavior that creates a hostile work environment. According to the New York Times,  Condé Nast will no longer hire models under 18, and will no longer serve alcohol on sets. Any nudity or sexually suggestive imagery must be approved by the modeling subject in advance. Photographers are no longer allowed to use Condé Nast sets for their personal projects after an assignment ends. And people involved in the assignment are encouraged to prevent a situation where two people are in alone in a room together. In addition, a hotline has been set up to report complaints anonymously.

Hearst Media (which publishes Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Esquire and other fashion magazines) also changed its policy for fashion shoots: Independent contractors are now required to reveal any past and present claims of harassment against them.

In late 2017, Condé Nast also severed its business relationship with photographer Terry Richardson, who has faced numerous accusations of sexual assault and sexual harassment over the years. Almost all of his accusers are female models who worked with him. Richardson (whose work often includes graphic sexual imagery) has claimed that these encounters were consensual, and he has not been arrested or charged with any sex crimes.

Sports Illustrated 2017 Swimsuit Issue reaches several milestones

February 15, 2017

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Kate Upton on the three different covers of the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (Photo by Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated)

The annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is one of the most highly anticipated magazine issues in fashion and beauty. The 2017 edition (on sale as of February 15, 2017) reached several milestones.

The first time a model is on three covers of the same issue.

Kate Upton graces three covers of the issue. Upton’s appearance on three national covers is a first for SI Swimsuit. It also marks her third cover appearance (2012, 2013), tying her with Christie Brinkley (who returns to SI Swimsuit this year at 63), Kathy Ireland, Daniela Pestova and Cheryl Tiegs. Elle Macpherson holds the record, with five SI Swimsuit covers.

More diversity than ever before.

The women featured in the issue include five previous cover models (Nina Agdal, Christie Brinkley, Ashley Graham, Hannah Jeter and Chrissy Teigen), five mothers (and one expecting), five world-famous athletes (Simone Biles, Genie Bouchard, Aly Raisman, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki) and seven rookies, al assembled by Swimsuit Editor MJ Day. In addition to being models, these women are authors, activists, designers, kick boxers, impresarios, Olympic gold medal winners, students, singer-songwriters, up-and-coming and leading business executives and role models.

The first mother-daughter photo shoot.

Brinkley posed with her two daughters, Alexa Ray Joel and Sailor Brinkley Cook.

An unprecedented multi-platform, multimedia launch.

Launch week featured over a dozen Facebook Live shows, including the announcement of the 2017 Rookie of the Year winner from Facebook’s Manhattan studios; a Snapchat Global Live Story following the models during Swimsuit launch; a new partnership with Giphy to create hundreds of GIFs searchable by model and topic; exclusive new YouTube videos featuring top influencers; exclusive Instagram swimsuit videos and much more. There are also partnerships with @WomenIRL—a Time Inc. Instagram community devoted to authenticity—and with Health.com to launch the new “What I Model” campaign, which coincides with the tagline for this year’s edition, “Every body, Every age, Every beautiful.” It celebrates confidence and beauty in all its forms as women can participate by submitting their own videos using the #WhatIModel and #LoveYourSwimsuit tags.

SI Swimsuit also revealed never-before-seen photos and video content, including 360-degree videos from shoots in Fiji and Mexico, nearly 1,000 bonus pictures, dozens of new Swimsuit videos, premium in-app content and much more.

In addition, “The Making of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017” premiered exclusively on DirecTV Now on February 15, 2017. The 50-minute documentary offered viewers a rare extended glimpse behind the scenes of the creation of the iconic issue.

On February 16, 2017, SI Swimsuit streamed a live show from the red carpet of the New York City launch party debuting this year’s full cast of models. The VIP event had a DJ performance by Nick Cannon and an array of social integrations.

The first VIBES by SI Swimsuit festival.

There was also the inaugural VIBES by SI Swimsuit music, food and culture festival taking place in Houston on February 17 and 18, 2017, featuring live performances by Grammy winners Diplo and Miguel; a range of panels hosted by 2017 Swimsuit models; and food offerings from local and national celebrity chefs.