Makeup artist Moises Ramirez turns his attention to model India Makailah Graham in ‘Heavy Metal Beauty’. Photographer Greg Swales highlights the strong impression for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia June 2019./ Hair by Brittan White
Models Lameka Fox and Mathilde Brok Brandi front Bobbi Brown’s Luxe Lip Campaign Fall 2018, styled by Ilona Hamer for images by Alexandra Nataf./ Hair by Conrad Doman; makeup by Benjamin Puckey
On the face of it, one might not readily connect Calvin Klein choosing top-drawer actors Lupita Nyong'o and Saoirse Ronan to front its new scent Calvin Klein Womenscent and Fast Company running a headline Tuesday titled 'The end of Victoria's Secret: Why analysts and readers say the brand is on its last lace.'
“It’s game over,” Jeffries analyst Randal Konik told Bloomberg about the world's biggest lingerie brand, pointing to declines in traffic, pricing power, and market share. Konik also said that he thought investors were ignoring these obvious warning signs and choosing to believe Victoria’s Secret is still a great brand.
That's a harsh statement about a great brand, one that I worked for over 10 great years. You know it's time to go, though, when your own vision for what women want are out of sync with the owners'. If there's anything wrong with Victoria's Secret, it's symbolized by the tawdry spectacle that is the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show. Just imagine if VS piled all those beautiful models on an airplane and took them on a supporting women and girls activism tour. Consider that the VS models who have made high-profile departures from the brand -- women like Karlie Kloss and Doutzen Kroes -- are women who embrace activism and justice as part of their DNAs.
Clay meets glitter in 'Lustre Dust', a collection of intriguing makeup looks featuring model Inna Shvets lensed by Fernando Gomez for L'Officiel Singapore May 2018.
Not many young women can be 'insecure' about their lips and start a cosmetics brand to fix the problem. The 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' women are problem-solvers, making action into their own hands and not waiting for some Prince Charming to come along with a magic wand to make Kylie Jenner, 20, suddenly confident about her lips. With no scientific data, lip abundance is associated with fertility; and we all know that the Kardashian women are not only destiny-driven business moguls but direct descendants of the Venus of Willendorf.
Kylie Jenner talks her personal truth in an interview with sister Kim Kardashian West for ES Magazine's Beauty edition. Kylie is captured by Nagi Sakai, with styling by Anna Trevelyan. / Hair by Andrew Fitz Simons; makeup by Ariel
“It came from an insecurity and I turned it into something. I was insecure about my lips, and lipstick is what helped me feel confident,” Jenner explained to her beauty mogul sister.
“It’s the most authentic thing I’ve done in my career, and it really relates to me, and I feel like people can tell that I’m super passionate about it,” Jenner said about her business endeavor. “I feel like people could see that it’s authentic to me, and it was organic, and it just worked!”
People love to mock the Kardashian women, but Forbes estimated Kylie's net worth at $41m in December 2017, while WWD estimated her 2017 lip-love and more sales from Kylie Cosmetics at $330m.
Earlier this year, Kylie gave birth to her first child, Stormi, with long-term boyfriend and rapper, Travis Scott. The rest of Kylie's interview with sister Kim is about the Kardashian women and their babies.
Supermodel, businesswoman and philanthropist Karlie Kloss is keen on having bucket lists. Kloss scored a major dunk this week, becoming a brand ambassador for Estee Lauder, joining colleagues Joan Smalls and Kendall Jenner as a global spokesmodel for the iconic beauty brand.
"My entire career, having a beauty contract has been at the top of my bucket list," Kloss reveals. "When I was on an airplane commuting between my life as a high school student in St. Louis and my parallel life as a fashion model in NYC, I would journal about my dreams. I have to find that journal that says, 'Bucket List: Estée Lauder beauty contract.' It's surreal, and I'm really grateful and excited."
One of the refreshing qualities about Karlie Kloss is that she doesn't mind being a bit ditzy at times. This quality is particularly refreshing when she spends so much time with young girls and women with her #KodeWithKlossy project. Karlie plays this role in her first film for Estee Lauder.