jessica stam covergirl
I am a little bit of a Jessica Stam stan. When I saw this photo pop up on my screen, I literally eep-ed. Apart from Tyra Banks and Christie Brinkley, this is the first supermodel – that I can recall – to become a “CoverGirl“, and she’s doing it with all sorts of Stam-Specific Beauty.

Get that coin, girl.
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Rachel Bilson ShoeMint

  • Rachel Bilson recently announced that she is teaming up with stylist Nicole Chavez to launch ShoeMint, a JewelMint-inspired line of shoes which will only be available online. And we already have a preview! The actress gave us a look at one of her designs today when she stepped out in a pair of suede, platform Mary Janes. The heels will be available on ShoeMint.com this November for only $79.99!

  • Tyra Banks is a New York Times best-selling author. This is not a fire drill. The ex-supermodel’s debut novel, Modelland, has launched in the number two spot on the New York Times’ bestseller list for children’s chapter books.

  • Olivia Palermo‘s blog – eponymous by name, eponymous by nature – has finally launched! The first few entries consist of a welcome post, an ode to La Dolce Vita and Stubbs & Wootton, “How to Rock: Leather Shorts”, and much more. With over ten members of staff, it looks like it will be quite something!

  • California has just passed a bill which will make it illegal for children and teens under the age of 18 to use a tanning bed. It’s the first state to do so (and hallelujah, may I add).
  • Valerija Sestic

    Valerija Sestic

  • Though the CFDA strongly advised (aka implemented a rule) against the casting of any model under the age of 16 during New York Fashion Week, at least one managed to fly under the radar. It has recently been revealed that 15-year-old Valerija Sestic duped over a dozen designers (including Prabal Gurung, Rodarte and Oscar de la Renta) into believing she was of age.

    Her management, Women Management, had president Dejan Markovic respond: “It is true. She is 15. This is never going to happen again from our company. I take full responsibility.”

  • Model Lara Stone told GQ‘s Will Welch: “It hurts when you’re having a tough day and someone says, ‘She’s so fucking ugly I wouldn’t let my dog near her [….] Yes, they have. And 500 people ‘liked’ it!”

  • As we draw nearer to the launch of Kanye West‘s designer clothing line, rumours have emerged that the rapper has recruited many Central Saint Martins students to work on his collection for Paris Fashion Week. Less than a week left, you guys!

  • Rooney Mara, the actress who will inevitably get mega famous after playing Lisbeth Salander in the US’ December 21st release of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is set to cover Vogue‘s November issue. Sources have confirmed so after Rooney and Anna Wintour sat together at Rodarte’s Spring/Summer 2012 show.

  • Remember Tyra Banks‘ debut novel, Modelland? It is already rumoured to be bound for Hollywood. Though the book was officially released just this month, the Associated Press claims that Tyra has already been approached by “a successful film producer”.

    “I would love to open up the ‘Modelland’ casting to the world. I’m looking for an Everygirl to possibly play one of the characters in the story.”
    Tyra Banks

    Dibs on Tookie.

  • Joan Smalls Grafitti
    I absolutely adore this vivacious October 2011 cover of Elle UK. “The Model Issue“, as it is otherwise being offered, is fronted by the always-effortless Joan Smalls who appears to have graffitied “Girl Power” onto the wall in one way or another. Her Alexei Hay-lensed, velvet-heeled stance just screams all the sorts of fierce that Tyra Banks tries to drill into the Next Top Model wannabes.

    Beyonce Lace Wig
    On the hair envy front, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Jessica Simpson, Taylor Swift, Ciara, Angelina Jolie, Paris Hilton and Tyra Banks could all be categorized into a box I would happily label, “Give me your damn hair“.

    Makes it quite shocking to know that their hair isn’t real, doesn’t it? No, I’m not talking about extensions (which are all so common now I have spotted tracks on 12-year-olds), but lace wigs.

    A lace wig is one of the most natural looking ‘hair systems’ on the market. This isn’t your 10-dollar party wig (the kind designed to last 5 minutes…tops). Basically, a lace wig is made by using a fine lace material as the base/scalp, then tying individual human hairs onto the lace. The term ‘full lace’ denotes that the base cap is made fully of lace, while ‘lace front’ wigs have lace in front and different materials at the back of the cap. Once custom-made, the wig is then attached with a special glue (strong, but harmless), pins, clips, or special tape. No damage!

    The reason celebrities wear them? The easygoing luxury of it all! Not only can you get top-quality hair the second you wake up, but you can change colour, length and texture without any damage to your own strands! The versatility is astounding. Also, with your “cheap wigs” you often get shedding and no ability to tie your hair up or expose the nape of your neck without seeing the wig. Lace technology makes it look no different to a normal hairline. Undetectable.

    I found out about lace wigs through my close friend’s Mom, who recently launched a lace wig store. The amazing thing is, I have adored both my friend and her mother’s hair for some time and have never doubted that so much as an extension had gone into their hair! They are just the sort of beautiful, polished women who seem as though they’ve just stepped off of a movie set every day. I suggest you take a look at their new website for inspiration and more of an insight into the world of celebrity-perfect hair! Be ahead of the trend.