>> Back in 2006, a Steven Meisel picture of Gemma Ward and Sasha Pivovarova in nuns' veils was published by Vogue Italia, illustrating how similar the two girls appear. In the Fall 2008 issue of POP, the same idea seems to have happened with Alana Zimmer and Amanda Laine: Semra Russell styled the two to resemble each other in "Twin Peaks" — funnily enough, they are also dressed as nuns. Coincidence?
>> THE MODELIZER —Here's the Gemma Ward update we've all been waiting for, straight from Gemma herself: "While I am taking some time off currently to rest and enjoy the company of friends and family, I am still very much a (excited and enthusiastic) working model and actress. I'm only 20, for God's sakes." IMG confirmed that she will be taking off through September — so no Spring 2009 runways. [The Cut]
»Gemma Ward's movie The Black Balloon is coming to "key US cities" in October [Variety]
»Bee Shaffer works out with a trainer at Equinox Soho [FWD]
»Diane von Furstenberg is using Andy Warhol prints in a capsule collection of swimsuits and coverups [Fashionista]
»Giorgio Armani has set off the animal rights activists in Italy [The Cut]
»Vogue Paris and Vogue UK like to use the same cover models, front and back [Fashionista]
»Behati Prinsloo shops where she's paid [FAD]
»Cindy Crawford hung on a yacht with George Clooney, her husband, and Bono in the south of France this weekend [PopSugar]
>> THE MODELIZER —Ever wonder what Gemma Ward is up to these days, now that her face isn't plastered everywhere? Apparently she turned up Annapurna Circuit in Nepal a couple of months ago, according to some fellow travelers, with a porter in tow carrying two fully stuffed body-sized bags containing a guitar, a chess set, and some books, among other things. [Uncornered Market: 1, 2, Bunny Bisous]
Something about viewing go-see Polaroids of models seems invasive, but cool. It's almost like getting a sneak peek of your favorite models in the comfort of their own home, without tons of makeup, without all the serious posing. For those who aren't familiar with modeling jargon, a go-see is an appointment arranged by the model or her agency as an opportunity to interview with clients. Models are asked to keep their face bare and their clothes simple and form-fitting. That's because designers and magazine editors want to see the real girl, sans all the fluff. Here are a bunch of go-see Polaroids that cast a new light on some of your favorite models, including Gemma Ward (left), Erin Wasson, and Daria Werbowy.
Welcome to the . . . circus? That's what happens when you throw Agyness Deyn, Caroline Trentini, Gemma Ward, Iselin Steiro, Lily Donaldson, and Sasha Pivovarova in a park with drag queen-style makeup and colorful clothes that give new meaning to the term mismatched. Fashion Rocks 2007's "In My Tribe" editorial is one big, crazy lovefest outfitted by what looks like House of Holland on acid. Agyness must be in heaven! The funniest is Lily (center), double hoola hooping like she doesn't have a care in the world. All the while, the white bunny rabbits in the back are thinking, I wonder how these models feel about interspecies dating!
Do what you will with this humorous photo; giggle with it, caption it, copy it. Bottom line, have fun!
Lily Donaldson and Gemma Ward make doing laundry look glamorous, but for those of us in the real world, it's anything but. Whether you're doing it in a ball gown or not, the reality is that yellow pit stains are one of the things that make the process grueling. They're stubborn and a major pain to remove. Plus, they make you look smelly, certainly not a look a Fabby is going for.
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I keep seeing pictures of models roaming the streets or attending events with disheveled hair. I can't understand why they don't take the time to brush it when beauty is their trade. I can understand why they go messy after getting primped day after day, and I don't expect anyone to look perfect all of the time. But some models consistently look sloppy. Why do you think this is?
Today in Heath Ledger's hometown, 600 people came out to mourn and celebrate the late actor's life. The invite only ceremony included family and friends, but no baby Matilda. Songs were sung including a lullaby by Ben Harper called Happily Ever After in Your Eyes written for Matilda per Heath's request almost two years ago. The family and Cate Blanchett spoke as well as Michelle Williams who read Shakespeare's, Sonnet 18, you know, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day." After the sad ceremony, the mood changed as 50 of the friends, including Michelle, ran onto a beach with (and some without) their clothes on. Here are more details of the celebration, which finally produced some smiles that would have made Heath proud:
Those in the water laughed and cheered as Michelle watched from the shore. Ledger's sister Kate also took a dive into the water and was surrounded by pals splashing around her while her father Kim Ledger watched from the restaurant's balcony and shouted, "Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!" giving two thumbs up in the air.
As the sun began to set, the swimmers came on shore and stood in a line on both sides of Williams and linked arms. In the last five minutes, as the sun moved toward the horizon, the mourners stood in silence, watching and embracing. Williams hugged Kate Ledger and smiled as she watched the sunset at 8:15 p.m., local time. Two mourners in the group summoned up the moment as they stood behind Williams. "The sun goes down on our love," they said. "But it will never go down on Heathy."
As saddening as this whole thing has been, it is so sweet to finally see some smiles. Michelle clearly has an excellent support system and we hope she and the rest of Heath's family continues to mourn in peace as well as slowly learn to smile again.