With her chiseled cheekbones and patrician profile, Sabrina Ioffreda can afford to be discriminating. At the spring 2014 shows, the Argentine beauty chose very selectively, walking only for leading-edge labels, including Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Giles, Prada, Alexander McQueen, Céline, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton. You could call her an acquired taste.
We confess we've never seen The Face, Naomi Campbell's model competition reality show on Oxygen. Yet somehow we know a particularly bitchy line she delivers to Coco Rocha, the mentor for a rival team, during one of their spats: "Check your lipstick before you come and talk to me." Granted, it was a strange shade of purple.
Needless to say, Coco opted out of returning for season two, leaving Naomi to hunt for a new supermodel mentor. She may have found one in an old pal. "I asked Kate Moss to do The Face," she said on BBC's Radio 1 Breakfast Show. "I asked her last night. I have faith."
There's just one problem. Kate is famously shy about her voice, which makes her the ideal model. Remember, her motto is never explain, never complain. Interestingly, she went on the same BBC radio show earlier this year. But we're pretty sure it was the first and last time she's spoken publicly in a very long time, and only because it was for charity. Then again, who dares say no to Naomi?
The Victoria's Secret runway show is tonight (airing December 10) and that means several things. Angels are busy toning up and tweeting their wings-ready bods; host Taylor Swift is hard at work rehearsing her girl-power schtick; and organizers are hunting down and tossing out every last Native American headdress. All the while, a petition urging VS to hire its first transgender model is gaining steam.
Marco Regalado, an LGBT resident of Merced, California, has launched a Change.org campaign asking Victoria's Secret to seriously consider hiring Carmen Carrera, a former contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race and the show's first transgender woman. Fully transitioning after her season aired, Carrera aspires to be a model (she's already appeared in W magazine) and Regalado thinks she has the chops to walk a Victoria's Secret runway.
“Victoria's Secret is well-known for launching the careers of supermodels and being an iconic American brand," says Regalado. "Victoria's Secret Angels push the barriers, whether it’s on the runway or in photo shoots — and that's just what Carmen does! She's a force to be reckoned with and deserves to walk the same runway as legends like Gisele and Heidi Klum.”
You may not know it, given the way they tower over their peers and exude a confidence beyond their years, but underage models aren't adults. They just aren't. If they're going to work, they need hand-holding and extra care. New York State is now giving them that in the form of legal protections.
It's been a long time coming, but late last night New York State governor Andrew Cuomo signed a sweeping set of laws aimed at providing children in the fashion and modeling industries the same protections enjoyed by other young performers. For example, designers and labels hiring models under the age of 16 for shoots or shows will be required to supply an on-site nurse and teacher per model, and they must set aside at least 15% of the model's pay in a trust. This is on top of a cap on the hours they can work, the amount of time between sessions, and how late they can be used.
A teary-eyed Coco Rocha said in a news conference, “Having once been a child model myself, I know all too well that, until now, underage models have worked with very few legal protections in New York. The fashion industry's attempts at self-regulation have not been enough to ensure a safe working environment across the board for its minor models."
Instrumental in creating the language of the law, former model and Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff postulated that "the legislation could have a powerful, far-reaching effect. In addition to safeguarding young models, it will influence the images the industry creates, which could help promote a healthier ideal of beauty. I look forward to building on this success by continuing to promote fair labor standards in our industry."
Other supes have weighed in, too. “It seems incredible that young kids in the modeling industry haven't had equal rights to other child performers until now," said Milla Jovovich. "Thank goodness for the Model Alliance and Sara Ziff's inexhaustible perseverance in getting this bill passed." The English model Karen Elson chimed, “I started modeling when I was 15 years old. I traveled to many different places alone without a chaperone or with any real legal rights. The reality is most models start their careers as teenagers. Congratulations Sara and to all at the Model Alliance."
It remains to be seen if houses will abide by the new laws or look the other way when the fall collections roll around in February, or if other fashion capitals will follow suit. We think we know the answer to both.
Her nude cover for Playboy won't be Kate Moss's only unusual magazine contribution in the coming months. The eternal supe has joined British Vogue as a guest fashion editor, her first time calling the editorial shots after 33 covers over the course of 20 years.
She'll work alongside editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman, the magazine's stylists and her choice of photographers and models. Presumably she'll call on her army of photog friends, such as Mario Testino and Mario Sorrenti — who, in return, will surely want to cast Moss as their model.
Despite the industry's quest for wide-cheeked perfection, the gawky, gap-toothed look is always in. Usually these girls, with their big noses and knobby knees, are the coolest of all.
Take, for example, Lili Sumner. Fresh out of the gate, the New Zealand native nabbed an exclusive at Saint Laurent, walking two of the more signature looks in Hedi Slimane's spring 2014 collection for the house. In print, too, she oozes attitude.
As Karolina Kurkova can attest, the ugliest of ducklings often make the most swanniest of models.
Fresh from shooting her for Vogue China's September issue, Hedi Slimane has again immortalized Gracie Van Gastel in this little fashion film to introduce Saint Laurent's new ballerina flats. Needless to say, she walked in Saint Laurent's fall collections, as well as Chanel, Hermès, Marc Jacobs, Christopher Kane, and Rochas. Seen here in a babydoll dress with a Peter Pan collar, as well as those ballerines, it's hard to imagine the lolita ever growing up.
Growing up in Angola during the African nation's civil war and raised by older siblings, Maria Borges has hardly had a charmed childhood. But she's making up for lost time now.
With the famed casting director James Scully as her cheerleader, the Portuguese-speaking stunner caught the eye of Riccardo Tisci and scored a Givenchy runway exclusive, followed by another, and she walked Tom Ford's comeback collection. She also nabbed spreads in LOVE, Italian Vogue, and CR Fashion Book before becoming one of six black models in Raf Simons' couture collection for Dior in July, his first time using darker skinned girls at Dior.
Czech cutie Hana Jirickova has been quietly stalking the scene for a couple of years, first as a finalist in an Elite competition, then walking for the likes of of Hermès and Yohji Yamamoto.
Then, blam, 2013 happened. She scored tons of editorial, including Vogue Italia and Paris (September 2013 issue), and walked for Oscar de la Renta and Ralph Lauren, even nabbing the fall campaign for the latter. On top of all that, she's a painter who's actually really good. Czech, please.