Daria Werbowy is the perfect Victoria's Secret candidate, so it's no surprise that the brand wanted to get their hands on her. According to The Imagist, they were in a bidding war with Lancome back in 2005 before Werbowy decided to sign with the cosmetics giant.
"It was down to the wire till the last moment," reported the Imagist. "Two power clients bidding at the same time for the exclusive services of [Werbowy]. And then the negotiations swung the way of Lancome, and the rest is contract history."
This week, news broke that Lea T has landed a spot on one of the last episodes of Oprah - when the model is set to tell her story. But the news didn't come as a surprise. The Imagist hinted at the move last month, revealing that the star has booked "an upcoming appearance on the biggest talk show in America."
Since Ricardo Tisci included her in the Givenchy Fall ad campaign, the transgender model - who was formerly Tisci's assistant - has dominated magazines and campaigns and most notably appeared in a nude shoot for French Vogue. According to WWD, Tisci saw the model as embodying “the masculine-feminine dichotomy that has become one of his design signatures and follows coed casting for his Paris runway last March.”
One can't help but think that Lea's success is what Tyra Banks had evisonned for America's Next Top Model contestant Isis King.
Unfortunately we still have a while to wait to see the interview in full. According to ELLE.com, the segment hasn't been taped yet but is set to air in February.
When Jourdan Dunn announced her pregnancy last year, we had hoped that she would hurry back to the fashion fold. It turns out we had hoped right as we hear that Ms Dunn, who gave birth to a baby boy on December 8, will be returning to work very soon. What's more, we can expect the new mum to make a splash when she makes her comeback into the world of high-end fashion. The Imagist has reported that she'll be: "back in the mix BIG-time. Think Blue Chip Only Gir A + bookings back to back." We can't wait.
Apparently so, according to experimental British photographer Nick Knight and Wayne Sterling of Models.com and The Imagist. This autumn 2009, fashion houses have predominantly cast celebrities or well established models for their campaigns, a theme which looks set to remain next season despite numerous new faces appearing on the spring 2010 catwalks as the established models sat it out.
This Tuesday, Knight told the Independent: “My aim has always been to push at the boundaries of what is and isn't beautiful. Instead of our perception of beauty opening up, it's becoming more narrow all the time. To make money, the industry is increasingly catering to the lowest common denominator and, as far as the people who run the big companies are concerned, anything even slightly out of the ordinary frightens people. But anyone with a brain knows that it is the quirkiness and imperfection in a person that attracts other people. That is completely obvious to human beings; it's just when it gets to a corporate level that it all falls apart.”