Legendary Model and Activist Bethann Hardison Talks Runway Diversity and the Road Ahead

Four months ago, on the eve of New York Fashion Week, prominent fashion activist and former model Bethann Hardison launched the Balanced Diversity campaign with the help of Naomi Campbell and Iman to end racism on the runway.  In an open letter to the governing fashion bodies of the four major fashion capitols— New York, London, Milan and Paris— she called out the industry’s white-washed model casts, citing a number of designers who had featured zero or one model of color in seasons past.  Designers paid attention, as did the public, and within weeks, it was being hailed as one of the most memorable, if not important, moments of the season.

As today marks not only the home stretch until the start of New York Fashion Week’s Fall 2014 season, but also more importantly, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we sat down with the legendary model and Coalition leader to discuss the effects of last season’s campaign on the fashion industry and the road ahead.  See our full interview with the iconic model and inspiring leader below!

1.  Since launching the diversity campaign last year, what improvements have you noticed in the industry?

There have been improvements that were both nice and unexpected.  The New York shows were featuring three, four, even five models of color, compared to just one or zero the season before.  London also made slight improvements, as did Paris.  However, the most surprising improvements were in Milan, where Georgia Armani used a model of color to open the show, Prada used five models of color, which is almost unheard of, and Jil Sander incorporated several models of color while they usually use none.  There was a noticeable shift in energy last season, and I think people suddenly felt out of their comfort zone, which is a good thing.
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Get the Look: Kate Upton’s Stunning Sports Illustrated Party Look

We loved Kate Upton‘s figure-flattering Antonio Berardi gown— it was both sexy and sophisticated enough for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit‘s 50th Anniversary bash!  But, what we loved more was her flawless red carpet beauty look!  Following last week’s supermodel fete, we caught up with the woman behind Kate’s stunning hair and makeup look, celebrity makeup artist Terri Apanasewicz, for a step-by-step guide to recreating the super’s knockout look at home.  Glamourous, youthful and oozing with sex appeal, this look is not only supermodel-approved, but also the perfect look to try for your next special occasion, whether it be a wedding, cocktail party, or romantic night out.  Get Kate’s exact SI party look with Terri’s expert styling tips and product picks below:

1. First, tell us about the inspiration behind this look?

When I first thought about Kate’s look, she hadn’t yet decided what she was going to wear to the event.  As it turns out, the dress she ended up wearing was the first dress she tried on at that morning’s fitting, and that’s when we started  thinking about what her hair and makeup would look like.  Obviously, I wanted her to look beautiful and glamourous, but also not too over the top because we wanted the focus to be on Kate and the dress.  Ultimately, I wanted to go for a beautiful, luminescent, and glamourous look, while still keeping it young, as she is only 21-years-old.  In this case, it was really important to have beautiful skin, eyes that popped a little and a dewy cheek— nothing too hard or dramatic.  In the end, we wanted the look to stay young and sexy, and that’s what led to the softer, fresher look you saw on the red carpet.
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Cute Couple Alert! Suki Waterhouse and Bradley Cooper Make Their Award Show Debut

Bradley Cooper may have walked the red carpet alone at this weekend’s SAG Awards, but once inside the ceremony, he could hardly tear himself away from his beautiful British girlfriend, Suki Waterhouse!

Making their official awards show debut as a couple, Suki joined the 38-year-old actor and his American Hustle co-stars at the Shrine Auditorium in LA on Saturday, where the two celebrated the film’s win for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Despite having kept their relationship out of the spotlight throughout the past several months of dating, Suki and Bradley proved they are still going strong, as they spent the majority of the show indulging in a variety of PDA.  For his part, Bradley could hardly keep his hands off of the 22-year-old model, who stunned in a white strapless Andrew Gn gown featuring a sweetheart neckline and figure-flattering black accents.
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Modelinia AM Reads: 7 Supercharged Ingredients for Clearer, Healthier Skin Today

The gang’s all here!  See every single dress to make its way down the red carpet at this weekend’s SAG Awards! ~ PopSugar

Press and photographers may not have been allowed inside First Lady Michelle Obama’s star-studded 50th birthday party on Saturday, but thanks to Beyonce, we now have a peek inside the epic all-nigh bash! ~ Daily Mail

Renting Kate Middleton’s stylish clothes is now a reality (sort of)! ~ Huffington Post

Playboy has slammed Harper’s Bazaar with a $1 million lawsuit for allegedly ripping off NSFW photos from that Kate Moss photo shoot! ~ New York Daily News

Male leggings, known as “meggings,” may soon be a regular on the shelves according to this US design duo who hope to bring them into mainstream! ~ Telegraph

Ok, we may not be 100 percent sure what Alexa Chung’s actual job title is, but that hasn’t stopped the British style icon from raking in an impressive $3 million this past year! ~ Styleite

Donatella Versace reveals that she would like to give Kate Middleton and the Queen a Versace-style makeover.  But is that really necessary? ~ Grazia UK

You’ve cut out the cupcakes and have limited yourself to just three cocktails a week, now it’s time to add healthy skin to your resolutions list!  Here are 7 supercharged ingredients for clearer, healthier skin in the new year: ~ Modelinia

Model Twitpics of the Week!

With throwbacks to Kate Moss, party pics from Vegas and selfies galore, today’s Model Twitpics offer something for everyone!  Scroll through the slideshow below to see what’s new with your favorite top models:

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Look of the Week: Emily Ratajkowski Sparkles in Roberto Cavalli

Though she’s best known for her attention-grabbing outfit— or, should we say lack there of— in the “Blurred Lines” video, model Emily Ratajkowski looked every bit the sophisticated glamazon at this week’s Golden Globes festivities. The up-and-coming model/actress joined Hollywood’s elite at the Netflix Golden Globes after party on Sunday night, where she flaunted her famed physique in a backless silver Roberto Cavalli gown.  Sexy, elegant, dramatic, effortless— this show-stopping silver number hit all the right notes, and the industry certainly took notice!  Like a screen siren straight out of Old Hollywood, Emily sparkled from her perfectly tousled waves, to her strappy silver sandals, placing her among this week’s pack of style-setters.  Take note: when it comes to style, the lines certainly aren’t blurred for Emily Ratajkowski— she’s a certified knock-out!

 

Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn Join the Star-Studded Crowd at London’s NBA Live Game

Having gotten a taste for the sport last week, Cara Delevingne returned to her beloved court side seats on Thursday night, taking in London’s NBA Live game with a whole new crew of hoops fans!

Joined by fashion besties Jourdan Dunn, Stella McCartney (girl gets around huh?) and pop superstar Ellie Goulding, Cara had a blast sitting front row and center as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Atlanta Hawks at London’s O2 arena.  The Vogue cover girl kept things pretty low-key in a pair of skinny jeans, an ’80s rock tank and a Nets hat to show her allegiance to the New York team, which is part-owned by Jay Z.  Jourdan, who also joins Cara in this season’s buzzy DKNY campaign, took a more glam approach to her usual street style look, dressing up her favorite Kenzo sweatshirt with sleek leather pants and a pair of strappy heels.

Naturally, Cara documented the outing via several Instagram snaps, including one of her cheek-to-cheek with Stella McCartney, and another of her pulling funny faces with Brazilian professional soccer player David Luiz.  Although, the model appeared to be most impressed by professional boxer Anthony Joshua, who she snagged a photo with following the game.  ”Look at my face!! Serious SWOON,” wrote Cara alongside a photo of her with her arms around Joshua’s very muscular biceps.  Truthfully, that’s enough to make any girl swoon, are we right?

Following the game, the star-studded crowd then headed over to the Brooklyn Bowl launch party— also held in the same venue— where they tested their bowling skills in style— bowling style that is!

Check out the slideshow below to see which of your other favorite stars have been spotted sitting courtside at NBA games!


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Inside Kate Moss’ 40th Birthday Bash

Kate Moss may be an official member of the ‘40 and fabulous’ club now, but as she proved last night, she still knows how to party like the best of them!

Despite earlier reports that she would be spending her birthday on Richard Brandson’s Necker Island, Kate celebrated close to home on Thursday, kicking things off with a star-studded  lunch at 34 Restaurant in London.  Joined by her mother, and close pals Naomi Campbell, Nick Grimshaw, Mario Testino and Stella McCartney, Kate reportedly sipped on champagne and cocktails, including £70 bottles of wine and endless Bellinis.  Although the fash-pack reportedly order very little food, picking up just a few appetizers and nibbles throughout the two-and-a-half hour fete, their bill was believed to have been around £5,000, Daily Mail reports.  Of course, we can only assume that Kate did enjoy a piece of her gorgeous birthday cake, which Stella McCartney shared a snap of on Instagram from the Mayfair eatery.

Once the party was in full swing, Kate and co. headed over to The Dorchester, where the crew settled into a private suite to keep the party going.  The iconic hotel is a known favorite of the supermodel’s, and houses one of her favorite restaurants, China Tang.

The birthday girl eventually made her way home around 1:30 am, marking the official end of her nearly 12 hour birthday celebration.  Needless to say, it appeared to be a great day for Kate, and the perfect way to usher in a milestone birthday!