Jourdan Dunn Joins the Maybelline Family!

It’s been a big year for Jourdan Dunn.  The British model kicked off the year with not one, but two cameos in Beyonce’s record-breaking video album, launched the third season of her online cooking show “Well Dunn With Jourdan Dunn,” and recently joined supermodels Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Karlie Kloss on stage at the third annual Vogue Festival.  If that weren’t enough, the 23-year-old model has just been announced as the newest spokeswoman for Maybelline New York!

Joining the likes of Christy Turlington, Emily DiDonato, Freja Beha Erichsen and Charlotte Free, Jourdan’s new venture with the beauty giant marks her first contract as a beauty ambassador and is “an honor,” she says.  “I’m proud that to say that I am a Maybelline girl and hopefully I can make people feel the same way I did when I saw the advertisement growing up.  The brand imagery is always beautiful and positive.  To now be a part of that is a dream come true!”

While she has previously appeared in beauty campaigns, including those for YSL, CK One and Burberry, this new role has added significance as Jourdan marks the brand’s first British model ambassador.

“Jourdan’s look, style and positive energy are perfect for the Maybelline New York brand,” said Jerome Bruhat, global brand president of Maybelline New York.  “She truly reflects Maybelline’s vision of global beauty.”

Jourdan’s first role for Maybelline will be fronting the brand’s Go Extreme mascara with print and television ads that will hit the shelves sometime this month.  We can’t wait!

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Happy Birthday Victoria Beckham!  The former Spice Girl turned powerhouse designer turns 40 today. Celebrate with a look back at greatest style and designer hits. ~ Vogue UK

While speaking at the Savannah College of Art and Design on Tuesday, Alexander Wang revealed that he originally turned down the Balenciaga job and only changed his mind after paying a visit to its legendary couturier’s archive! ~ Fashionista

Two of our favorite Hollywood muses, Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst, are teaming up once again, this time for a special edition of W magazine guest edited by the “Marie Antoinette” director herself! ~ WWD

Looks like the dress isn’t the only thing Anna Wintour is cracking down on at this year’s Met Gala.  The editor in chief reportedly “wants more exclusivity and high fashion” when the gala returns to NYC on May 5, with ticket prices hiked from $15,000 to $25,000 per person! ~ The Hollywood Reporter

Self-proclaimed Photoshop critic Lorde is once again pointing out her flaws for all to see.  The singer tweeted yesterday, “apart from the fact that i’m pretty sure this magazine gave me a new nose (:|), i really like this photo.” ~ Twitter

Despite the rumors this week, Oscar de la Renta claims that he is not actively seeking a new creative director, though there still may be a smidgen of truth to rumors. ~ Financial Times

Good new shoppers: British fashion label Mulberry is planning to offer more affordable products in the near future in a bid to boost its growth! ~ Telegraph

So you want to be a model?  We sat down with Trump Models Manager Gabriel Ruas Santos-Rocha for the inside scoop on what it really takes to impress a model scout and the top new faces to keep an eye on this season! ~ Modelinia

London Calling: What to Expect at Victoria’s Secret’s First Ever London Fashion Show

By now, you’re well aware that the Victoria’s Secret show is moving to London. We’ve now had 24-hours to digest the news, giving us ample time to get excited about the outfits, the acts, the Angels, and of course, the BRITS!  As the Angels prepare to take their gorgeousness across the pond for the wold’s most spectacular runway show yet, we’re left day dreaming about what the brand’s first London show will look like (hopefully).  From the all-star model cast, to the star-studded front row and the exclusive performances, we’ve imagined what we consider to be the ideal Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but with a exciting London twist (obvious Harry Styles reference included).  VS execs take note— THIS is what we’re hoping to see on runway later this year:
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Exclusive: Chloe Norgaard Shares Her Coachella Instagram Diary

We’ve long admired Chloe Norgaard for her Rainbow Brite locks and one-of-a-kind street style, but that’s not the model’s only standout quality— turns out she’s also an Instagram pro!  During the first round of Coachella over the weekend, we asked Chloe to document her three days in the California desert, where she snapped away at some of her favorite shows, late night parties and more. See Coachella through this festival lover’s eyes in her exclusive behind-the-scenes photo diary below:
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Oh la la!  Will Kim Kardashian wear a Balmain wedding dress designed by Olivier Rousteing?  Her latest Instagram snaps suggest YES! ~ Grazia UK

Lorde, the 17-year-old wunderkind from Down Under, just scored her very first mainstream American fashion magazine  cover: the May issue of Teen Vogue to be exact! And get ready, because she’s opening up about everything! ~ Teen Vogue 

Vogue has dubbed Kate Middleton the “Duchess of Normcore” — though we seriously doubt we’ll be seeing her in Tevas anytime soon. ~ Vogue

Donatella Versace doppelganger Lady Gaga is laid bare in new images that reveal what her campaign looked like before retouchers got their hands on it.  The side-by-side comparisons are pretty jarring. ~ Telegraph

Just when you thought Adidas couldn’t get any more high fashion, Mary Katrantzou has joined Pharrell and Stella McCartney to collaborate on a line of footwear and apparel for the sportswear brand. ~ WWD

Cancel your summer plans— rumor has it Beyonce and Jay Z are going on tour together starting in late June! ~ Page Six

Today, Sunglass Hut will launch a new partnership with Google in which it will offer its customers a try-on experience via Google+ Hangouts, making it the first retailer to tap into the online platform in that way. ~ WWD

A one-of-a-kind Easter egg created by Jeff Koons for Faberge’s citywide Big Egg Hunt has attracted bids of $360,000 at auction, with six days still left on the clock.  And we thought chocolate eggs were exciting! ~ Daily Mail 

Despite having spent eight hours flying across seas, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley arrived to Heathrow Airport in London earlier this month looking runway-ready (no pun intended).  If you’re anything like us, you’ll want to shop this look immediately (and at a more affordable price), which is why we’ve rounded up her exact pieces, along with a few of our other favorites, to help you score this model’s winning off-duty look for less! ~ Modelinia

Model Twitpics: The Coachella ’14 Edition!

Coachella may be over, but there are still plenty of Twitpics coming in today!  Below we’ve rounded up the best behind-the-scenes photos of the models’ Coachella fun this past weekend.  Scroll through the slideshow below for a look at the music festival through the models’ eyes!

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Shop the Look: Alessandra Ambrosio’s Flirty Festival Fashion

Every year Coachella rolls around, we have our eyes peeled to see what boho-cool outfit Alessandra Ambrosio will wear on the festival grounds, and once again, the Angel did not disappoint!  Though surrounded by a number of fabulously dressed models— Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn were among some of our favorites—  Alessandra lead the style pack at the Arcade Fire concert on Sunday in this flattering tie dye maxi dress from her new ale by Alessandra collection, a colorful print scarf and her signature aviator sunglasses.  While the relaxed look was made for stomping around the Coachella grounds, we can just as easily imagine Alessandra rocking it for a summer lunch date with friends, making it a must-have addition to our wardrobes this season.  So, whether you’re headed to round two of Coachella later this week, or simply looking for a carefree, model-approved look for the warmer months ahead, Alessandra’s look is certified win!  Shop the look now in the slideshow below:

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Gigi Hadid Sizzles in Her Music Video Debut!

The trend of models appearing in music videos is nothing new — Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls and Chanel Iman in Beyonce’s “Yonce,” Rosie Huntington-WhiteleySelita Ebanks, and Miranda Kerr in Pharrell’s “Number One,” and the supermodels in “Freedom ‘90″ — but few have ever made our hearts melt like Gigi Hadid‘s debut role!

In a moment of overwhelming cuteness yesterday, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model joined her boyfriend and Australian singer Cody Simpson in celebrating the release of his new music video for the hit single “Surfboard,” in which she plays his ultimate dream girl.  And with a name like “Surfboard,”  you can bet that Gigi was very much in her element striking one sultry pose after the next in a cream one piece and flipping around her perfectly tousled beach hair.  In one scene in particular, the adorable couple even appear in mid-lip lock while cuddling upon a blue surfboard on the beach  Seriously— could these two be any cuter?

Watch the official music video below and get ready to see why Gigi and Cody may be our new favorite celebrity couple!