Gigi Hadid's Vogue Hong Kong Covers Sparks Internet Backlash Over 2017 Buddha Cookie 'Racism'

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Vogue Hong Kong has launched as the 25th edition of the publication, with Gigi Hadid and Sun Feifei (aka Fei Fei Sun) covering the first issue, on sale today March 3, 2019 in Hong Kong..

Photographed by Nick Knight, the models each take a solo spot before appearing together on the third and final version. Both models wear Chanel Haute Couture, from Karl Lagerfeld’s last collection. The designer is prominently featured on the landing page of Vogue Hong Kong’s new website, as well as in the print publication.

The Vogue Hong Kong team will be led by Peter Wong, who assumes the role of Editorial Director. Joining Wong will be Senior Fashion Content Editor, Daniel Cheung, and Fashion Director, Anya Ziourov.

Speaking to WWD about about the decision to feature a western and an Asian model on the cover, Vogue Hong Kong publisher Desiree Au remarked that Hong Kong has "always been a mix of east and west".

This may be reality, but the Internet burst into furor over Gigi Hadid’s cover appearance. It turns out that people have a long memory over Hadid’s 5-second video of now-infamous eye moves. No one was upset that the restaurant served her a cookie depicting the face of Buddha. It was Hadid’s brief mimicking of the cookie with her eyes, that got her in a heap of trouobe.

"Gigi has a very city vibe and strong sense of energy and is dynamic, which I felt is very Hong Kong,” Au said, in explaining her cover story choice before all hell broke lose. Vogue Hong Kong has now taken down Gigi Hadid’s solo debut cover from Instagram. Chinese social media ran Hadid out of town in advance of the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Hong Kong — forcing her to cancel her appearance.

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“(Sun Fei Fei) is obviously Chinese but has made it big in the west as well. We wanted somebody from Asia but also with a very international outlook.” So far, Fei Fei is not under attack for appearing with Gigi Hadid, but in today’s digital world, no one is safe.

Vogue Hong Kong’s debut issue runs more than 350 pages. Au confessed that the news of Lagerfeld's passing from pancreatic cancer necessitated changes days before publication.

“Can you imagine? Pushing printing to basically a week before but this is the beauty of Hong Kong,” she said. “Distribution is fast, printing is fast. We’re really able to get things that are last minute into the magazine.…This is very Hong Kong.”

Nick Knight Captures Naomi Campbell For Equinox Hotel Manhattan Debut | Campbell Headlining FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Summit on March 8

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell is celestial and surreal in Nick Knight’s tantalizing images for the first Equinox Hotel in Manhattan. The fitness chain’s maiden forray into the hospitality business is marketed under the mantra ‘For Those Who Want It All’.

"I’m interested in how people represent health, because it tends to be one of those areas that doesn’t perhaps get as much creative treatment as it deserves," Knight said of taking on the project. "When Equinox approached me, I looked at what they’ve done in the past and thought, Here’s a company who say they want to push boundaries, and it’s for people who are constantly on the edge, but let’s look back through their advertising. And their advertising was exciting. They take risks. That’s the sort of thing you need to look at when you take on a new client."

The campaign, produced in Knight’s SHOWstudio, comes in three parts, each based on a different brand plank for Equinox hotels: movement, nutrition, and regeneration. Campbell appears in each segment in a mirrored room, built to be the size of an average hotel room. "I didn’t want to do anything where the imagery felt preachy," Knight said of conceptualizing the video. "I’d much rather stimulate people with the image that I make, rather than lecture them." Of course, the high-concept nature of the campaign was not without its challenges. "It was all shot in a mirrored cube, and that was a challenge in itself, because she’s surrounded by her own image, which is for her a slightly odd moment," Knight said. "But because of the mirrored cube, she also couldn’t see me at all, so we had to put microphones inside the mirrored images so she could hear what I was saying. It was a bit like the voice of God."

Naomi Campbell for Forbes Woman Africa

Naomi has a major stop in South Africa next month, where she will headline this year’s FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit, hosted by KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, taking place at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on International Women’s Day – Friday, 8 March.

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Rihanna Covers British Vogue's September 2018 Fall Fashion, Lensed By Nick Knight

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Rihanna covers the September 2018 issue of British Vogue, captured by fashion photographer Nick Knight. Vogue UK editor-in-chief Edward Enninful chooses a Prada dress and gloves and Savage X Fency lace bodysuit. Rihanna is the first black women to cover the blockbuster September issue of British Vogue in its 102-year history. / Makeup by Ismaya Ffrench; hair by Yusef Williams

Speaking about the new issue, Enninful writes (paragraphs out of order):

“I always knew it had to be Rihanna,” editor-in-chief Edward Enninful wrote in his monthly editor’s letter. “A fearless music-industry icon and businesswoman, when it comes to that potent mix of fashion and celebrity, nobody does it quite like her. No matter how haute the styling goes, or experimental the mood, you never lose her in the imagery.”

So here it is, Vogue’s big fashion special, our definitive 400-page guide to everything you’ll want to buy, wear, admire and be inspired by as a new season dawns. As you know, September issues are important in the fashion world, our largest and most lavish of the year and a real statement about what the coming months will bring. With this one being my first as editor-in-chief, I was determined it would be something special.

On top of providing an indispensable guide to the clothes and trends that will define autumn 2018, I wanted these pages to act as a marker for everything that is exciting and varied about the times we live in. Essentially, we are taking you on a journey – from our offices in central London, where I invited Bajan superstar Rihanna earlier this summer to talk diva-dom and diversity, to Royal Lodge in Windsor, where Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie welcomed Vogue into the heart of the Royal family.