Models team up to stop sexual harassment in fashion industry

A new program created by a group of 100 models demands respect — literally.

According to Cosmopolitanthe mass of models banded together at the recent Copenhagen Fashion Summit in Denmark to announce their new Respect program, which “aims to end sexual harassment in the fashion industry.”

Led by Model Alliance founder Sara ZiffCosmo reports that the program “asks brands, modeling agencies, and media outlets to sign a contract to protect models,” with the idea being that a legally-binding contract will allow models to file formal complaints, protect them from retaliation and secure an independent investigation into their complaints.

“The program establishes an orderly and fair process for addressing charges of abuse. It provides comprehensive training and education to models and all industry participants,” Ziff said in an interview with WWD, according to Cosmo. “This system benefits models, photographers and other service providers, and every company that wants to do the right thing. The only people who don’t benefit are the harassers themselves.”

Among the models who signed an open letter encouraging brands to join the program are Karen Elson, Doutzen Kroes and Milla Jovovich. While this new initiative aims at greater protections for models, it is not the first to take aim at such measures; Cosmo says the Model Alliance partnered last year with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to provide private changing areas for models.

This program, however, seeks to stand on the shoulders of previous work — and Cosmo says Ziff is heartened by what she’s seen so far.

“I think everyone is very aware of the problems in our industry and others and now we finally are able to move towards solutions.”

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Nars launches lip balm version of popular blush

Nars has just unveiled the lip balm version of your favorite blush, and it’s a makeup bag must-have.

According to Glamour, the ever-popular Nars Orgasm blush is getting a new life, this time taking the form of a lip balm. That’s right, Glamour says the rosy-blush tone of the Orgasm blush is now available for your your pout in the brand’s all-new Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm.

Offering “the sheerest tint of gold-flecked, peachy rose,” Glamour reports that the balm offers a “slight sheen,” though “not enough to be glossy but definitely not matte, so it catches just enough light to add brightness.”

Besides the balm’s natural tone, Glamour adds that it also is infused with monoï oil, which gives it a soft, buttery texture. Ready to add this little tube of wonder to your makeup routine? Get it now at Sephora for $28.

Fans call for Fenty to extend lingerie size range

Anything Rihanna touches with her Fenty empire usually turns to gold, but this time, her fans are demanding a bit more from the multi-hyphenate.

According to Cosmopolitan, the singer/designer’s latest launch — a sexy lingerie line called “Savage X Fenty” — debuted to high praise for its size-inclusive offerings, which include underwear sizes up to 3X and bra sizes up to 44DD. But some fans thought the size range wasn’t true to the brand’s “Savage comes in all shapes and sizes” motto.

Taking to social media to express their frustration over the lack of their specific bra size, Cosmo says fans called for additional sizes on both ends of the size spectrum.

“I was soooooo excited for but all the pieces I was excited about don’t come in my size. Story of my life,” wrote Twitter user Meghan. “‘Size inclusive’ is almost always a lie. It always means “here’s 25% of what straight sizes get, that’s good enough right?”

“Do not try and say you cater for ‘all body types’ by only selling a 32 band size as the smallest option and the most generic, easily available cup sizes 🤦🏻‍♀️ ,” tweeted Eleanor Wells.

While there is no word yet on whether or not the brand will eventually add even more sizes to their current range, Cosmo offers that there is a solid chance that Fenty may make good on their inclusive promise — look no further than their makeup line for proof that true inclusivity is possible.

Stay tuned!

 

Miss America announces first all-female leadership team

Miss America has just made history, but not in the form of a contestant or winner.

According to CNN, the organization has just appointed an all-female leadership for the first time in its history. Led by all former pageant winners, CNN reports that Miss America has named Regina Hopper as president and CEO, while “Marjorie Vincent-Tripp was named as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Foundation.”

Hopper and Vincent-Tripp join former Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson who, in December, was named the chairman of the Miss America Organization’s Board of Trustees. Taking over for leaders who resigned in 2017 over disparaging emails, CNN says the organization hopes the their new leadership team will usher in a new era:

“The induction of this all female leadership team signals forthcoming transformational changes to the entire organization and program, ushering in a new era of progressiveness, inclusiveness and empowerment,” the organization said in a statement.
Amen to that!

Anderson announces fitness collection with QVC

Finding stylish workout clothes that don’t compromise on fit and comfort is getting a bit easier these days, thanks in large part to a brand-new collection created by a fitness genius.

According to InStyle, fitness guru Tracy Anderson is set to launch a collection of versatile workout-wear in a collaboration with G.I.L.I., a brand by TV personality Jill Martin. The collection, which will be an exclusive to QVC, InStyle reports, will combine Anderson’s “fitness expertise with my passion for creating garments for women of all shapes and sizes,” said Martin.

With Anderson’s signature fitness techniques, InStyle points out that activewear that will withstand even the most intense of workouts is clearly a must for her new collection. But, the pieces must also pull double duty; that’s why InStyle says the collection features everything from leggings, to jogger pants and even body suits.

For QVC, incorporating the new activewear collection something of a no-brainer.

“More and more, we’re hearing that our customers are craving activewear that performs well in the gym and looks great when running errands or relaxing with family and friends,” said Rachel Ungaro, Vice President of Buying for QVC about the launch of the collection, “which is why we were so excited to work with Tracy and blend her fitness expertise with the G.I.L.I. style that our customers know and love.”

So what are the specifics of the collection? InStyle reports that piece will be priced between $24 and $150, and will make their QVC debut on June 5 at 8 p.m. EST.

 

Draper James debuts collection with Eloquii

Following a quick-selling collaboration, Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James and extended-size brand Eloquii are teaming up yet again for an all-new collection.

According to InStyle, the companies are releasing a revamped summer series that offers “gingham on a flattering flare dress, lightweight chambray, floral prints, and fresh stripes. With summer-ready styles up for grabs, InStyle says that the collaboration also has two other very important features: “nothing is priced over $145 and sizes go up to 28.”

While the looks are very on-trend — hello, gingham! — they are also as classic as can be, offering simple, clean silhouettes that will last season after season. And with pieces priced under $145, it’s style and accessibility all rolled into one.

Check out the collaboration right here.

Markle marches down aisle on her own terms

In what is likely the most highly-anticipated event of the year, American actor Meghan Markle walked down the aisle to be married to Prince Harry — and that walk was certainly one to remember.

According to ELLE, the new royal made her way down the aisle in bold fashion, first entering St. George’s Chapel on the arm of her mother, Doria Ragland. As she reached the Quire — or the part of the chapel “where the main royal wedding guests are seated” — ELLE reports that Markle escorted by Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles of Wales.

While Markle did have company making her way to the alter, ELLE says she made much of her trip alone, “making a feminist statement by being alone for the majority of her walk.”

Not only that, but Markle was not “given away” by Prince Charles, but instead walked to Harry on her own — something that CNN reports as being a historic move.

“No other royal bride in the UK has walked unescorted down the aisle at their wedding ceremony,” CNN says. “Markle’s decision indicates that she wishes to assert herself as a strong, independent woman who is prepared to challenge royal norms.”

Wedding gown brand to offer extended size range

All brides deserve a gorgeous wedding dress to celebrate their special day — that’s why one wedding dress brand will now be offering an extended size range.

According to Glamour, Floravere‘s “Firsts Collection” will not only offer affordable bridal styles, they will do so by offering samples in a broader size range, specifically offering sample gowns in sizes 2, 6, 12, 18W, or 24W. What’s more is that Glamour reports that Floravere will not impose a surchage for ordering a larger size, a common practice at some bridal shops.

Beyond the extended size range, Glamour notes that there is something extra special about the brand’s “Firsts” collection: each dress “is named for a female pioneer—like Marie Curie, Judy Garland, and Amelia Earhart” while also making reference to the changes their collection will make on the bridal industry.

“I think we’re really the first to revolutionize and drive innovation in bridal,” Floravere cofounder and CEO Molly Kang explained to Glamour. “We’re truly the first to really offer luxury wedding dresses that you can try on across sizes, no matter where you live.”

In addition to being size-inclusive, Glamour says Floravere’s latest collection is also wallet-friendly, with gowns starting at just $850.

Click here to check out the brand’s styles.

Relive the Met Gala with new makeup collection

Every day can feel like the Met Gala, thanks to a brand-new makeup collection by Pat McGrath.

According to PopSugar, the famed makeup artist “teamed up with NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (which hosts the event) to launch a line of apparel and makeup inspired by the gala’s theme, ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.'”

The mini-collection includes three pieces, all of which infuse the Met Gala theme in ways both subtle and blatant. For example, the brand’s Lust gloss will now be available in “Aliengelic,” says PopSugar, a “hydrating topcoat that applies like a balm or treatment while giving your pout a three-dimensional shine.”

Also included in the line is a five-pan palette called “Mothership IV: Decadence,” which PopSugar says features colors such as rose gold and turquoise. Finally, the Met Gala-themed collection offers two T-shirt styles, reports PopSugar, the product of a collaboration with the museum that produced a long-sleeve look that showcases a 13th-century statue from the Met Collection and another that features a gold foil Cloisters-inspired crown.

Available both online and at the museum starting May 8, PopSugar says the collection’s gloss sells for $28, while the palette retails for $125 and the long-sleeve T-shirt goes for $82.

Peruse the collection here.

Social media erupts in praise over ASOS swimwear model

Online retailer ASOS made waves when it began using unretouched models, featuring everything from stretch marks to cellulite. But now, the company is drawing extra praise for showcasing one model in particular in their lineup.

According to Insidershoppers took to social media to share their delight in the company choosing Vivian Eyo-Ephraim to be a swimsuit model for their ASOS Curve line. For example, Twitter user Katherine Laura said, “Glad to see curve models are actually the sizes sold and not a size 12 wearing larger clothes. Thanks ASOS,” while another simply wrote “THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SEE!!!!!”

Others praised the move as a significant step toward achieving greater body inclusivity and diversity in the fashion industry, as Twitter user Martina shared, “she’s so beautiful and seeing my body shape being represented as well makes me so happy.”

Eyo-Ephraim told Insider that the opportunity has given her a platform to break down the doors of beauty standards to represent all beauty.

“”I am so grateful to Bridge Models and ASOS for championing diversity in the fashion industry and giving me this amazing opportunity to do a job I love,” she said. “To have the public respond in such a positive way to one of my first jobs is so unbelievable, it just highlights now more than ever that we want to see a wider representation of women and men on the high street and we are going to champion the brands that listen to us.”