“There’s so much more to life than worrying about your size.”
Yet another depressing example of everything that’s wrong with the way this world views women.
Nobody rocks a crop top like Gigi.
The modelling industry has been getting a bad rep as of late and now superstar Cara Delevingne has added even more fuel to the fire.
Opening up to The Times, the 23-year old confirmed that she won’t be “doing fashion work anymore” after dropping her management company in recent months; however, the seemingly quirky and overly confident fashionista turned actress revealed that the reason behind her decision wasn’t just to focus on her film career, but instead because she was left hating her body.
“Modelling just made me feel a bit hollow after a while. It didn’t make me grow at all as a human being. And I kind of forgot how young I was… I felt so old,” Delevingne told the mag.
Speaking out about the constant demands of the industry, she added: “I was, like, fight and flight for months. Just constantly on edge. It is a mental thing as well because if you hate yourself and your body and the way you look, it just gets worse and worse.”
After being in the industry for nearly a decade and as one of the most influential models in the world, you’d be quick to assume that Delevingne would be well acquainted with, and comfortable in, the business. Even the most awe-like human beings have their limits, though, and the stress of the profession led her to develop anxiety and the skin condition psoriasis, she said.
“People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought I was like, leprosy or something.”
The actress later went on to criticise the industry for sexualising young girls and revealed that as a teen she was made to feel like she couldn’t say no to proactive poses. “I’m a bit of a feminist and it makes me feel sick. It’s horrible and disgusting,” she told The Times. “You start when you are really young and you do, you get subjected to… not great stuff.”
This comes off the back of the recent exploitation of 14-year-old model, Sofia Mechetner. After signing a $200,000 contract with Dior, the young teen was then paraded down the runway wearing a sheer, see through dress. While the brand said that it was “all for art” and not meant to appear sexy, one has to question why a multi-million dollar fashion house is choosing pre-pubescent girls to showcase adult clothing.
Tell us your thoughts… When is enough, enough?
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The collection is packed with playful rompers, white lace dresses, crop tops, high-waisted shorts, and lightweight trousers which are perfect for layering.
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What are some of your favourite pieces from the collection?
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As somebody who loves fashion, I still think it’s important not to romanticise the fashion industry. There is no doubt that it is one of the most homogeneous and exclusive industries with the large majority of models being white, tall, skinny, and female. Of course, this is not representative of modern society, so whenever somebody in fashion escapes that “norm” and thinks outside the box, it’s pretty exciting.
Last week, internationally acclaimed modeling agency IMG signed Hari Nef, a 22-year old transgender model and artist who has walked at New York Fashion Week and describes her occupation as “doing things in front of people.” IMG Paris had previously signed transgender model Valentijn de Hingh, while size-22 model Tess Holliday covered People magazine last week, so one might get the impression that there is a shift in the fashion industry to be more accepting and more diverse.
While these few examples of successful models outside the “fashion-norm” are a step in the right direction, it’s the motivation behind these business decisions that potentially remain problematic; does IMG sign a transgender model because they think she has the same potential as every other model, or because they know it will get a lot of publicity? Will Tess Holliday on the cover of People magazine make designers think twice when booking size-0 models for their shows? Probably not.
Either way, it would be great to see Nef on more runways and in more magazines now that she is with IMG, but she does have a point when saying that “fashion is having a moment with trans aesthetics, not trans issues.” One can only hope that this “moment” triggers awareness and ultimately turns into acceptance and more inclusion rather than exclusion.
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In her first major film role, the very beautiful and delightful Kate Upton proves categorically that she is a gifted actress. She plays the naïve Amber, a classic blonde bombshell who innocently believes she has found true love with her handsome and highly successful boyfriend, Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), until she discovers that he has been deceiving her. She befriends his wife Kate (Leslie Mann) as well as the lawyer with whom he is also having an affair, Carly, (Cameron Diaz) and we learn that there is far more to Amber than meets the eye. The three women set about untangling Mark’s web of lies, they conjure up clever plots to give him exactly what he deserves. At the same time they form an unlikely bond, becoming firm friends. Along their journey, the women provide each other with support, loyalty and a lot of fun.
How thrilled were you about landing the role in The Other Woman?
“I was so excited. This really is my first movie role, because the other ones were just cameos. This is the first time I have been involved in a movie from the very beginning to the end. I read the script and I felt right away that the role was something I could do, that I could really be good at.”
What kind of woman is Amber?
“She’s definitely naïve, she is young and sweet and she sees the whole world in a positive way. She thought she had a genuine relationship with Mark. She believed his lies. Amber seems to be the type of girl everybody wants to hate, but Carly and Kate, Cameron and Leslie’s characters, don’t hate her at all. They make friends with her. They bring her in to their group. The film is inspiring for women because you should probably hate the young girl in the bikini running around the beach, but they realize Amber didn’t know what was happening and is just as hurt by this situation as they are. We help each other through it.”
Do you think men actually cheat more than women?
“Honestly I don’t because I have a lot of guy friends, and they have experienced women cheating on them as well. All of us have been through a cheating situation. It’s really all about how you handle it, and that’s what this movie shows. It is about dealing with cheating and getting over it. At first the girls take the easy way out by getting a little bit of revenge, but they end up taking the high road by being strong enough to move on.”
Did you, Cameron and Leslie become genuine friends while making the film?
“We were playing girlfriends on the set, but we became real girlfriends. I feel so close to them. We would hang out and talk and download our days. I knew I had a support system to go to if anything difficult happened. That’s why girlfriends are important. It was a really cool relationship, and I’m so happy that we are still friends. They’re inspiring, lovely people and they really helped me through my first film. I am so grateful. They’re also so talented, the best of the best at what they do, and I was able to watch them at work.”
What did you learn from them?
“I learned by observing them and by example, how well they carried themselves in person. They’re kind, genuine people. I’ve always looked up to Cameron and Leslie. They’re fantastic actresses. It’s so cool that I got to make my first film with them.”
Any great moments on the set you can share?
“My favorite day on set was when I celebrated my birthday. I turned 21. We were filming the scene where we all meet. Cameron and Leslie’s characters are in the Hamptons and they have found out that Mark isn’t just seeing the two of them, there’s another mistress. We were all a little under the influence, because our characters were in such a weird situation. We were all bonding over wine, at Kate’s brother’s (Taylor Kinney) house. We were having a good time, and Leslie and I end up dancing on the table. Then after we’d finished filming, we went back to the hotel and they threw me a little party in a bar next door. We danced all night. It was so much fun and that was definitely my most memorable experience.”
How interesting was it working with the legendary costume designer Patricia Field?
“She was great. It was really cool working with her. Normally on photo shoots, I decide what I like. I’m working with some of the best stylists and they ask me for my opinion. In a movie, it doesn’t matter what I like. It’s what Amber would like and what the character would wear. So it was a different experience for me being at the fittings. It took me a couple of fittings to really find out what Amber would wear. She’s super casual. She’s always in shorts and she’s young. I’m young (laughs). She has a young, free spirited style.”
What is your own style?
“I kind of have a uniform. I always love jeans, boots and a nice top. I’ll switch it around from there, but that is the place I always start. I have lots of favorite designers. I love Dior, Lanvin, Derek Lam, Rag & Bone, and Ralph Lauren….. I could go on and on.”
You are so funny in the film, does comedy come naturally?
“I thought I was funny growing up (laughs). But there’s a bit of a difference between being funny and thinking you’re funny. My whole household is funny. Even now, if you saw my family, everybody would be joking around. Everybody is laughing constantly. Growing up, I would act stupid or dumb to get a good laugh. Just hearing laughter keeps me driven. It’s almost like a high to get people laughing at my jokes. I’ve always wanted to model and act. I lived right by Disneyworld, and whenever we’d pass the studio, I’d be like, ‘I want to be in a Disney channel movie.’ My mom would say, ‘I don’t think that’s how it works. Now, I’m in a Fox film and I am so excited. People weren’t one hundred percent sure that a model could act, but I focused on acting. I worked hard and I took classes for two years. If I do something, I want to be good at it.”
What are your career goals?
“At this point in my life, I want to focus on learning more about acting and improving and expanding what I’ve already accomplished. Acting and modeling have always been my ultimate goals.”
Kate Upton joins Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann in the hilarious new film, The Other Woman, from director Nick Cassavetes. The supermodel displays her natural acting talent as Amber, a stunning and sweet young woman who is dating an older man, firmly believing she is the only one in his life. Amber’s illusions are shattered when she finds out that her charming but duplicitous boyfriend is not only married to Kate (Mann), he is also involved in a relationship with Carly (Diaz). The three women bond as they exact revenge on the deceitful rogue who has been lying to all of them. Funny from start to finish, the film delivers a fresh take on female friendship.
Own The Other Woman on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digitally from October 9.
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Proud mum, television and movie actress, published author and former supermodel, Brooke Shields resonates the modern busy women to a tee, but it doesn’t stop there, Shields will release a make-up collection with cosmetic powerhouse MAC in October of this year. The pieces will be part of the ‘Iconic’ range consisting of fifteen items, with the largest celebrity shadow-palette MAC has ever produced.
There was no doubt Brooke Shields would make sure eyes and brows would be a big part of her collection and wanted to be certain her pieces could transfer from day to night easily:
“I could not decide between two different looks: One was a very fresh approach, and one was a much richer, sexier, moodier look. I said to M.A.C., ‘I had a hard time narrowing it down and couldn’t pick one or the other; you have to tell me what’s appropriate.’ I’ve always had that duality—the way I lived in the entertainment industry and went to school. I’ve always been operating in two worlds. M.A.C. said, ‘Well, why don’t we do both?’ It was amazing.”
This “serendipitous” relationship saw Shields having a significant input into the formation of the collection, after a 34 year career in the industry centered around beauty it seems only fitting this collaboration will be a creative success, “I’m so used to having my make-up done by someone else – this was really my first time to delve in personally, rather than it being a mask that’s put on for a certain photo shoot. And so many times you get asked to ‘create’ something but it ends up being ‘put your face on this,'” she told WWD.
The line is said to profit five million dollars, and to think the make-up product contract was first mentioned when Shields was fresh faced, grabbing a latte after her yoga class and bumped into a friend who happened to be with MAC Vice President James Gager at the time. After that initial coffee, and a few more meetings the collaboration was a done deal.
We love this all-American girl and can’t wait until October when we can finally perfect those famous Brooke Shield eyebrows.
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By Amy Miller
John Hardy announced that Cara Delevingne will be the face of the brand’s new advertising campaign. The shoot took place in Bali, the birthplace and home of the John Hardy brand, by internationally renowned photographer and film director, Sebastian Faena under the creative direction of advertising guru, David Lipman.
John Hardy was founded in Bali in the 1970s and has established itself as a pioneer of Sustainable Luxury, with its unique handcrafted jewelry collections available in 27 countries and regions around the world.
John Hardy’s CEO Damien Dernoncourt said:
“It was natural for us to bring Cara and the entire production team to Bali so they could experience and capture the soul of the brand and express it in iconic images. We envision this campaign as an artistic expression of our brand’s essence, paying homage to our rich heritage and at the same time creating a bold, modern vision for the brand. Cara, like John Hardy jewelry, is one of a kind. Her independent and irreverent nature personifies the ethos and spirit of our brand.”
The campaign featuring Delevingne and Canadian male model Simon Nessman was shot in the pristine natural surroundings of Amankila in East Bali by Faena, who is known for his bold dramatic photographs that speak volumes to his passion for creating visual narratives filled with emotions. Alongside Lipman and Faena, the team included industry veterans Bob Recine, Sara-Jane Hoare and Tom Pecheux.
Delevingne described the experience as “a true adventure” saying:
“The team was amazing to work with, the energy and creativity was incredible. The shoot was so raw and now I don’t want to leave.”
Not only does she wish she had smaller boobs, but Kate Upton has gone so far as to say she wishes she had a body like her The Other Woman co-star Cameron Diaz.
Kate told The Sun in an interview: “I wish I had smaller boobs every day of my life as I love to wear spaghetti tops braless or go for the smallest bikini designs… Every single day, I’m like, ‘Oh, man, it would be so much easier,’ especially if people didn’t constantly bring them up.”
The 21-year-old model-turned-actress also said: “If I could just take [my breasts] off like they were clip-ons…” Hmmm, there’s a visual image.
She want on to say that “Cameron Diaz has the perfect figure”. she told the paper. But don’t worry boys, she won’t be visiting the cosmetic surgeon’s office for a reduction any time soon.
“I love my boobs and I’m proud of my size. That’s an important message to young girls — love who you are,” she said.