As fashion continues to evolve its messages about beauty and inclusion, a new generation of models has risen to the forefront. Boldly beautiful and willing to speak up on issues relating to body image, politics, and feminism, they’re among the most in-demand talents of the moment. Paloma Elsesser, Precious Lee, Jill Kortleve, and Tess McMillan represent this sea change in different ways. Still, their combined efforts are helping redefine what it means to work in the “curve” segment of modeling. Whether it’s Kortleve and Lee taking to the runway at Versace’s spring/summer 2021 show and embodying the outré spirit of Donatella’s designs, Elsesser racking up covers on prestige glossies, or McMillan lending her ethereal beauty to Marc Jacobs’s campaigns, each is charting new territory. The group joined Vogue contributor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson on stage at their Forces of Fashion panel to discuss the ups and downs of being among the first
Baby Phat follows Rihanna and Kylie Jenner with a new skincare/makeup line
Kimora Lee Simmons started her career as a model before she became a wife, mother of four, reality TV star, and fashion designer. Now, she and daughters Ming Simmons and Aoki Simmons, who she shares with hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, have developed their own beauty line under the Baby Phat brand.
An outgrowth of Russell’s Phat Farm clothing line, Baby Phat first launched in 1999. At that time, the line was full of hood-chic and sexy clothing that gave the streetwear trends a feminine appeal. After several dormant years once she sold it, Kimora repurchased it and brought the brand back last year.
We love a good second-life career story—heck, Who What Wear co-founder Hillary Kerr started a whole podcast around the idea—so of course, Abbey Lee’s pivot from model to actress is one that stands out to us. Here is someone who, at the height of her fashion career, walking some of the biggest runways and starring in major campaigns, stepped away from it all to pursue a career in Hollywood. The fashion world’s loss was certainly the entertainment world’s gain, though, because without that move, we wouldn’t have Lee’s star power in projects like Mad Max: Fury Road, The Neon Demon, and HBO’s latest thriller masterpiece Lovecraft Country.
Written by Misha Green (Underground) and executive-produced by Jordan Peele, Lovecraft Country is a heart-pounding watch from start to finish featuring a timely narrative that follows a young Black man in the 1950s who sets out on a