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‘Supreme Models’ Tracks the History of the Black Model in Fashion

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Thankfully, the days of one or two Black models being the fashion industry’s “It Girl” are gone. There are a growing number of marquee names walking down the runways: Adut Akech, Duckie Thot, Precious Lee, and many others. Sadly, this was not always the case. How did the Black model finally get embraced, and celebrated, by fashion brands and publications?

A YouTube original docuseries from Vogue and The Machine, a production company founded and led by The September Issue director R.J. Cutler, tracks the cultural history of the Black model in fashion. As journalist and author Marcellas Reynolds poignantly explains it, “The history of the Black model—specific to fashion—is actually the history of the Black person in the United States.”

The six-part series is an adaptation of Reynolds’ bestselling book Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion, which celebrates these figures through essays, interviews, and photos. The series is rich with personal conversations and testimonials from enduring trailblazers like Iman, Bethann Hardison, Pat Cleveland, Joan Smalls, and more. Fashion industry icons and talent also make appearances, including Anna Wintour, Edward Enninful, Zendaya, Olivier Rousteing, and Zac Posen.

There is a focus on shining light on under-discussed pioneering moments for Black voices in fashion. For example: Industry experts reflect on the inspirational ascent of Donyale Luna (who was the first woman of color to ever appear on a Vogue cover). Bethann Hardison provides a firsthand account of what it was like to take part in the historic 1973 fashion show Battle of Versailles. Iman discusses launching a, at the time, revolutionary POC-focused makeup line in 1994 after continually encountering makeup artists and beauty brands that lacked foundation shades suitable for darker skin tones.

Supreme Models, which is part of Youtube’s Black Voices Fund initiative, is a riveting and necessary education on the evolution of meaningful inclusion of POC women in fashion and, simultaneously, the world writ large.

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Hailey Bieber Uses This Make-Up Artist Trick for Subtle Festive Shine

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When it comes to holiday makeup, how best to nod to the festivities via your beauty? Red lipstick and metallic eyeshadow are always a popular choice, but for Hailey Bieber, it’s all about a nod to shimmer and shine with the help of a make-up artist favorite: eye gloss.

Just look at that shimmer: 

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An easy way to create natural luminosity on the face, eye gloss is beloved by the pros because it’s super versatile. It’s clear, so you can wear it on eyelids to catch the light and create a healthy, post-spa glow. But it also works well when worn atop eyeliner or eyeshadow for a smudgy, sultry and lived-in effect. Not to mention, it can also be used as a dewy highlighter on upper cheekbones and temples.  

Hailey Bieber wears hers here on top of a neutral taupe eyeshadow. Paired with fresh and natural skin and a lick of mascara, it’s the perfect look to add to your moodboard for party season and beyond. To recreate the look this Christmas, try the Guerlain Gel Gloss Mirror-Effect Top Coat or Gucci Éclat De Beauté Effet Lumière Gel Face Gloss. Add this multi-purpose wonder to basket, stat. 

This post was originally published on British Vogue.


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Taylor Russell Nails the Y2K-Era Jeans and Strappy Sandals Combo

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Taylor Russell gave us a blast from the past on the Gotham Awards red carpet today. The actor, who stars with Timothée Chalamet in the film Bones and All, appeared wearing a white fur chubby jacket: a Tom Ford-era Gucci archival piece from the spring 2004 show. To balance the megawatt Hollywood effect, the actor wore light-wash jeans and strappy heels, which instantly brought us back to the 2000s.  

Russell’s look is reminiscent of Mariah Carey, who popularized the strappy-sandal-and-denim combo on the red carpet. At the time, the singer often paired going-out shoes with low-rise, light-wash flares–sometimes with the waistband sheared off. Other celebrities who championed the ensemble included noughties red carpet darling Cameron Diaz and singer Janet Jackson. 

There’s a self-styled charm that comes from wearing sexy stiletto sandals and jeans with a high glam piece, such as Russell’s white jacket. (From her Instagram stories, it seems that she purchased the chubby herself from a vintage shop.) The overall look feels natural but playful, all while checking the boxes of a standout red carpet look. 

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This Pregnancy Loss Recovery Kit Is a Game-Changer

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It wasn’t until Frida founder Chelsea Hirschhorn experienced multiple pregnancy losses that she realized there was a gap in the promise her company made to serve women in every stage of postpartum. While Hirschhorn, a mother of four, already knew what recovery from birth looked and felt like, she was surprised to find that she dealt with similar pain and bleeding during and after her miscarriages. So she decided to do something about it. “There’s nothing political about what a woman’s body goes through, regardless of how they arrived at the situation,” Hirschhorn tells Vogue of the decision to expand the brand’s recovery kits to cover all stages of necessary care, including after a miscarriage or abortion with its new Frida Recovery Kit for Incomplete Pregnancies. “These are physical needs that they have, and we are in a position to help them support those needs.” 

Since launching her company in 2019, Hirschhorn has designed solutions to help mothers navigate the raw physicalities of childbirth, from C-section recovery bands to abdonimal binders. “As holistic and comprehensive as that was, we were still neglecting to address the 2 million women who still experience some form of physical transition with their bodies during pregnancy loss even though it doesn’t end with a baby,” says Hirschhorn. That’s changed with the launch of the Frida Recovery Kit, which is curated to address what she calls “basically the entire bathroom experience.” Within the discreetly labeled shipping box, there’s 1 upside-down peri bottle, 4 pairs of disposable underwear, and 6 ultra-absorbent maxi pads. “In pregnancy loss, there is a spectrum of experiences that women can have,” explains Hirschhorn. “If it’s an early stage, it may just be an extremely heavy menstrual period. Still, it will be a shock for women who are accustomed to using tampons or menstrual cups to hear from their OB-GYN that those aren’t permitted in the pregnancy loss healing process.” The kit also includes a personal note from Hirschhorn, which shares her experience with pregnancy loss. It’s meant to provide immediate “emotional handholding” gesture so that anyone reading it knows they aren’t alone. 

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Frida’s latest launch marks yet another opportunity to break taboos in the maternal health space, a mission the brand has championed since its global launch with a banned postpartum recovery-themed commercial at the Oscars and a first-of-its-kind primetime ad showing a breastfeeding mother during the Golden Globes. “Now we’ve lived up to our promise to support women through all phases of recovery, regardless of how their journey ended,” says Hirschhorn. “And we feel really good about that.”

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