22 posts tagged "Doutzen Kroes"
“For too long, the modeling industry has been like the Wild West,” said Coco Rocha at last night’s launch party for the Model Alliance, a new nonprofit group organized by models, for models. Top models including Doutzen Kroes, Crystal Renn, Missy Rayder, and Ajak Deng stopped by the Standard Hotel to toast the cause. The Alliance started as an idea established by model Sara Ziff (the filmmaker behind the revealing documentary Picture Me), explored in a paper she wrote while studying community organizing at Columbia University. Ziff, who at 29 has now been modeling half her life, understands firsthand how young girls are often mistreated in an industry without real labor regulations. For example, catwalkers often begin working in their mid-teens, and many never get the chance to finish high school. They can go through an entire day of walking back-to-back runway shows without actually making any money, getting paid in “trade” (a.k.a. designer clothes) instead. And, there are still a great deal of complaints about backstage photographers taking unauthorized pictures of the girls changing. Typically, the models don’t speak up about these inequities because they know they’re highly replaceable. “Most models’ clout is as tiny as our size zero frames,” Ziff told Style.com. So she teamed up with former model and current fashion writer Jenna Sauers to give these girls a voice, and developed the Alliance along with the support of the CFDA and the new Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School. “Having experienced the highs and lows of this industry, I am ultra-excited about this,” said Rocha. “But we’ve still got a long way to go.”
Carine Roitfeld stuck to using “real people” (as opposed to models) for her guest-edited issue of Vman, due out February 14. The exception: the bonus pinup girl calendar, shot by Willy Vandeperre, featuring “supermodels and Victoria’s Secret Angels, 12 of the planet’s most celebrated creatures.” Roitfeld dressed the girls, including Joan Smalls, Miranda Kerr, Adriana Lima, and Karolina Kurkova, in an assortment of Victoria’s Secret lingerie and customized pink American Apparel jackets. Style.com has the exclusive first look at the full calendar. Here, a few of our favorite months.
The annual Victoria’s Secret runway spectacular (complete with a performance by Kanye West this year) is just around the corner on November 29. In the meantime, VS is rolling out its holiday campaign. For the TV ad, debuting this Sunday during Desperate Housewives, director Michael Bay filmed Candice Swanepoel, Doutzen Kroes, Adriana Lima, and Erin Heatherton strutting around the streets of Prague (scantily clad in the new Dream Angels collection—available in limited edition with rhinestones for the holidays—and wings, naturally). “The city of Prague was the perfect place to shoot because it had a very regal and magical feeling,” Swanepoel tells Style.com. “It’s always so nice to have all of the Angels in one city!” Here’s an exclusive sneak peak at the new ad and the collection before it hits stores November 1.
Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Hilary Rhoda, Coco Rocha, Ataui Deng—with all of these top catwalkers in the same room just hours before the shows at Lincoln Center begin, you wouldn’t be off the mark if you thought they were at a last-minute casting call or fitting. But these girls, along with supes Christy Turlington and Doutzen Kroes, were at the Dream Downtown this morning for a reason more altruistic than peddling designer duds. They came out to support Iman, who is raising awareness for the ongoing famine in East Africa.
Iman (originally from Somalia), who was wearing her new Thakoon Masai plaid scarf, told Style.com: “It’s heartbreaking to hear about mothers who have to choose which of their children to save and which to leave behind in their search for food.” The legendary model decided to take action and created a bracelet, benefiting Save the Children, with the help of Modelinia and Noir jewelry.
“The easiest way to make an impact is to use your voice,” explained Turlington (who also supports Africa with her maternal health organization Every Mother Counts). “Making yourself heard is something we have the ability to do in the U.S. that many other women around the world don’t have.” Showing off her new bracelet, Kloss promised Iman (who is a “huge fan of Karlie”), “We’ll all be wearing these backstage this week.”
Modelinia Beautiful Friends Forever bracelets are available at www.noirjewelry.com, $35 each.