Apparently, sometimes even the most beautiful woman in the world isn’t beautiful enough. Elle India has mistakenly allowed some overzealous use of Photoshop on Aishwarya Rai. The former Miss World is looking excessively pale on the cover, an edit which is sure to alienate the magazine’s Indian audience. As a stylist, I understand that lighting can dramatically change skin tone, but it will rarely cause an erase of ethnicity like this. Beauty is not one colour, editors. View Post
IMG are launching a battle of the celebrity blondes. While Dakota Fanning made the IMG Models Board this weekend, a source at the agency has confirmed that Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen has been dumped. Neither piece of information is particularly surprising as Taylor is clearly on a downward trajectory (and had no deals of late) while Dakota is blossoming into a beautiful woman with a great career both behind and ahead of her. I’m sure her role in Twilight doesn’t hurt, either. Someone please just sign Momsen to the Big Sister program.
Grand recently talked to Models.com’s Christopher Michaels, who asked her about her idea of cool, what she really thinks of blogs, and the fourth issue’s iPad app.
As commercial as one part of me is, there is the other part of me that will be like, “oh is it cool?” It’s just trying to keep that balance and unfortunately commercial often means bland; I’d rather not be bland. The fashion industry can be so evil to itself in a way, I think people can be so vindictive and nasty and judgmental about what you do and it happens in art and cinema as well. If you do anything and put yourself out there, you are open to criticism. It’s that thing about, if I don’t like it, how can anyone else like it? Or how can I be proud of something that’s on the shelf if I don’t even like it? It’s not like when you style a show because that’s someone else’s, the buck stops with someone else other than you and of course you care and you want to do your best but there is someone else at the end of the line making the final decision, with the magazine, that person is me.
…and that’s the reason blogs really do your head in; the minute you start reading them you are just full of self loathing… I think what I learned from reading too much of TheFashionSpot is that the things that bother you are only things that you think yourself. I mean, if anyone had said anything bad about the Daria story from the last issue, it’s like, “Oh for God’s sake, she just looks like the most beautiful woman on the planet, shut up.”…Whereas there are other things that people pick up on and you’re just like, “ugh I know” … And those are the things that keep you up at night…
It’s kind of weird, I think that there is something about a photograph on an iPad or a computer; even though they should look better because there is a light box behind them, there is just something that doesn’t translate that well for me. The thing that I’m obsessed with is moving image, much much more than putting photographs on an iPad.