The Continuing Saga Of Kendall Jenner Biting The Hand That Feeds

Kendall JennerKendall Jenner is claiming that her recent statements in a Love Magazine interview were “twisted & taken out of context.” Remarking on how she has cut down appearing at fashion shows in recent seasons, the 22-year old said: “Since the beginning we’ve been super selective about what shows I would do. I was never one of those girls who would do like 30 shows a season…” Which seems easy for the world’s highest-paid model to say. K.J. also added: “But I had a million jobs, not only catwalks but everything else…”

Jenner came back to explain/defend (back-peddle?) over Twitter, against a healthy dose of criticism leveled at her from the model community. Jac Jagaciak, a Victoria’s Secret model wrote about Jenner’s remarks: “This makes me so angry… so disrespectful to literally 99% of people in the industry ― yes they had to work their way up. Please get in touch with the real world!” And Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Vita Sidorkina-Morabito said:  “Maybe ‘those girls’ need to pay their bills that’s why they’re doing 30 shows? No words.”

These were only two critics of Jenner’s words.

Kendall Jenner is one of the new breed of fashion influencer and high-profile model who came from the reality-TV side of fame. Her celebrity, family name and wealth arguably allows a certain selectivity in the jobs she chooses. And the digital age has allowed her brand attractiveness from just how many millions of people follower her across social media. Her overall ‘experience’ has not been fueled and fed by catwalks and runways or even print/online visual media, but one can’t damn her worldview when Kendall’s experience is so different than the once-typical way of modeling.

Still, she probably could have been a little more cautious with her words.

Kendall’s response to the criticism was:

“I’m inspired by so many of these people i have had the good fortune to work alongside!” “There’s no way i could EVER hate on that.”


The Continuing Saga Of Kendall and Kylie and Tupac and Biggie

Kendall KylieYou might recall Kendall and Kylie Jenner ‘appropriating’ pictures of Biggie Smalls, Tupac, and a host of other musical artists and even album covers.The sisters took these images and then superimposed their faces or company logo across them making up T’s and sweatshirts they were selling for over a $100.00 bucks a piece. Within a day the ladies were hit with a backlash from Biggie’s mom, the music stars’ estates and the photographers of the original images, saying since Kendall and Kylie did not own these images so they could not use them. Quickly taking the shirts down, stopping the selling of them the ladies issued this apology:

“We did not mean to disrespect these icons and understand that we missed the mark completely. We sincerely apologize to the artists, their families and estates and anyone who may have been offended.” Though whether or not the women understood the legal “no no” they perpetrated, is anybody’s guess.

In fact, Kendall claims only one shirt was sold.

Photographer Al Pereira sued Kendall and Kylie initially for their use of his Tupac and Biggie pictures. He then dropped the lawsuit, now he is back, suing the company who made the shirts. Kendall has filed a lawsuit of her own against the photographer, claiming his “frivolous lawsuit” has now gone on too long and she has spent too much time and money defending herself in court. Kendall is looking for twenty two thousand dollars in damages. Her team claims Pereira has been at this suing business for quite a while, having filed over 450 copyright infringement lawsuits since 2015.

Beyond what Pereira wants-and from whom-and what damages Kendall thinks she is entitled to, there is still the quandary of how easy it is to grab that which is not yours, via digital media and sell it anew. Be it in fashion, music, literature, whatever one makes one doesn’t seem to really own all that much these days.



Kendall Jenner, Model to Actress?

Kendall Jenner Hawaii Five-OWhere many have tried, and failed, there are those rare occasions when a model like a Cara Delevinge slips seemingly seamless from modeling to acting. It seems now that Kendall Jenner is going to be making the big move from heading campaigns for the likes of Karl Lagerfeld to attempting her own acting career.

The 22-year-old lady of the Kardashian clan debuted her acting chops six years ago on the remake of Hawaii Five-0. She is also set to appear in the Sandra Bullock-led, female-cast heavy “Ocean’s 8” coming this year. Interestingly enough, that movie, a spin-off of the rebooted “Ocean’s 11” franchise, is set in the moda world. Kendall will fit right in. Whether these cameos, certainly one as high-profile as in “Ocean’s 8,” will jump start Kendall’s movie acting career, no one knows. Her sisters have yet to make any real steps into major motion pictures or T.V. (beyond reality T.V.).

Kendall has supposedly slowed down her modeling recently, and this is when the real acting rumors began. She shut down her official website and deleted her app, sure signs that change could be coming. Being last year’s highest-paid model to a budding actress is a switch of careers of the highest order and sure to send shock waves across the cultural bloggers’ sphere, champions and haters both.

Either way, Kendall is sure to still be ‘trending.’

As the lady herself said in an official statement about her app close down (although she might be intimating about all of her life here): “I’ve had an incredible 2+ years connecting with all of you, but I’ve made the difficult decision to no longer update my app in 2018. I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey as much as I have, and am looking forward to sharing the next chapter with you. Love, Kendall.”


Calvin Klein Scores The Royal Family

calvin KleinThe list reads like an amazing who’s who of celebrities. Justin Bieber, Kate Moss, Mark Wahlberg and of course way back when, Brooke Shields, to name just a few. But just this week, Calvin Klein revealed a great big bursting beautiful add with America’s royal family, the Kardashian-Jenner clan.

This new global campaign for both Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear features all the ‘younger’ ladies. Kim Kardashian West, Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian, and Kylie and Kendall Jenner all appear lounging in the add shot by Willy Vanderperre. Posing in what looks like a barn-but is really a set somewhere in L.A.-the women wear couture that hints at styles of decades ago. The Kardashian-Jenner’s are in tank tops, bras, ‘boy-shorts’ and even denim. That denim especially is from C.K.’s label 205W39NYC.

This Kardashian-Jenner campaign follows in Calvin Klein’s latest round of celebrity ads, which the company started rolling out in November 2017. In those first adds-all in this same barn setting-Kelela and Dev Hynes, the A$AP Mob, and Kaia and Presley Gerber, appear in their own shoots. This month by month reveal is a new approach by Calvin Klein, but in a culture where we get a new Instagram pic daily by these celebrities, why not give buyers as much as they can stand, as frequently as they can stand it?

On a side note, Khloé Kardashian was pregnant while shooting the add. She let Vogue in on how her and her siblings work and live together and why they are perfect for this particular Calvin Klein campaign: “The bond we share is infectious. Even though we pick on each other like normal siblings, we are each other’s biggest supporters . . . I want people to see unity, loyalty and strength. We’re a mix of everything, and I think family is the ultimate American dream.”



LOVE Magazine Advent Calendar Makes Models Sweat

ashley_graham_by_phil_poynter_loveadvent2017-mp4-00_00_21_01-still003Sporting a #StayStrong hashtag, LOVE magazine has taken quite a different tack on their annual sexy calendar offering. This year we get famous models sweating while exercising in the Phil Poynter-directed video for the annual LOVE Magazine Advent calendar.

Super models making the cut this year include Gigi and Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Doutzen Kroes, Teyana Taylor, Kendall Jenner, and Ashley Graham. Graham, who just revealed her new “Swimsuits For All” collection, is the first lady revealed in LOVE’s semi-daily release of sexy video for this year. After a supposed workout at NYC’s The Dogpound gym, Ashley takes to the street, wearing just sneakers, a crop top and little shorts. Ashley as much gives a quick clap to her generous derriere, as well as pulls a sledge down the street.

Sexy stuff, in stylish black and white, indeed!

Stylist and Love Editor-in-Chief Katie Grand met Graham at The Dogpound and came up with the idea of a fit and sweaty video for this year’s calendar. As she says:”…it’s everything we love about women enjoying being women, on their own terms.”

Following the feminist-empowerment-via-working-out theme, Emily Ratajkowski eats spaghetti in a carb-loading vignette. Kendall Jenner manages a tribute to “Rocky,” complete with raw egg drinking and shadow boxing. And Irina Shayk manages a work-out ‘throwing’ clay.

This video offering from LOVE is entering its 7th year as a much-watched holiday tradition; last year LOVE’s Advent Calendar enjoyed 84 million viewers. With haute couture sponsors such like Agent Provocateur, Coach, and Marc Jacobs Beauty and models like those mentioned above, and an empowering message to women, how can LOVE miss, really?

Less we forget though, this year or any other before, LOVE’s Advent Calendar is first and foremost pure commercialism bolstered by sexy images of beautiful women.

But who would want it any other way?

Gisele Bündchen squares off against Kendall Jenner

kendallFor nearly a decade-and-half Gisele Bündchen was the most profitable, highest paid model on the planet. During this unprecedented run the Brazilian beauty, for whom the term “Ubermodel” was created, amassed a small fortune and also used her growing popularity for humanitarian efforts. For this she was acknowledged by the U.N. as well as named a Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment by UNEP. But according to Forbes’ Highest Paid Model report released this week, Kendall Jenner takes the lead for earnings in 2017. Earning $22 million as opposed to Bündchen’s mere 17.5 million for the past year (yes all of our heart’s are bleeding for Gisele’s monetary downturn!), Jenner is presently the high-paid model on the planet.

Jenner poked her way into the Forbes Highest Paid Model list two years ago; she made $4 million in 2015. But with 85 million Instagram followers, connections with brands like Adidas and Este Lauder, and walking every haute couture runway that matters Jenner now tops the list. Gisele made the #2 spot this year, while Chrissy Teigen made the Forbes list for the first time, at #3, with an estimated earnings of $13.5 million.

Ashley Graham became the first plus-size woman to make the annual Forbes list, in 10th place. Graham actually seems to be a model acquiring lots of ‘firsts’ in the past few years.

If Kendall Jenner can retain her highest-earner spot into the next year, let alone if she could hold on to the crown of Forbes’ top model for fourteen years, is anybody’s guess. The moda world is a different one these days than it was at the beginning of the decade when Gisele was staking her claim. For this year though, Jenner is queen and will no doubt see her fortunes, and popularity (not to mention Instagram followers) increase in 2018.

In total, the world’s 10 highest-paid models earned $109.5 million in 2017 before taxes and fees.

Jumpin’ Ship and Fake Tics @ The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

VS 2017The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has become a culture ‘light’ fashion institution. From the yearly reveal of the highest-priced bra in the world, pop music performances, and the Instagram-able moments of V.S. angel’s preparations, even those of us with no interest in lingerie hear of the show. Here is the latest news about the upcoming 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, to be held in Shanghai this year.

And none of this news is particularly positive.

It seems that now two infamous model/personalities will not be walking the V.S. runway this year. If you haven’t been keeping up, at the end of the summer Kendall Jenner announced she’d not be in the show this year. Jenner signed a multi-million dollar deal with V.S. rival upscale lingerie company La Perla. And in that signing she had to agree to a non-compete clause. But one of Kendall’s besties, Gigi Hadid, just announced that she wouldn’t be going to China either. Hadid wrote: I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China this year. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!! Can’t wait to tune in with everyone to see the beautiful show I know it will be, and already can’t wait for next year! :) x.

Has this year’s Shanghai location halted Hadid, or did she suddenly realize she really couldn’t be an angel without Jenner?

In more bad news-and certainly caused by the location change-models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva, Irina Sharipova, and Dasha Khlystun, (Russia and Ukraine ladies)-were just denied Chinese visas and won’t be attending the V.S. show either.

Lastly in the V.S.F.S troubles (at least for right now) it seems a bunch of ticket buyers have gotten scammed on thousands of tickets for the show. Actual tickets for the event are free and given out by invite only. But a Chinese eBay-like company was offering tickets-for a minimum of $7000.00 (plus an after-party for 35k)-for the November 28 show.

Will there be more bad news coming The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show?

Models and Magazines Celebrate Icons Marilyn Monroe and Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ashely New York Magazine Fall Fashion Issue CoverA good icon never goes out of style. Be it a movie, a movie star, an iconic fashion like Jackie O’s “Pillbox Hat,” that ending refrain of “Hey Jude,” if its good, its good. The great stuff sticks around, is copied, referred to, influences us all in ways that we often do even realize. And in fashion, we see the iconic trotted out again and again, referenced on runways, in haute couture shoots, in a model’s look, in even a whole theme of a magazine.

Two magazines are featuring some iconography in their latest issues.

First there is the November 2017 issue of “Harper’s Bazaar,” The famous fashion magazine has put together a Star Wars photo feature with Kendall Jenner, and Gigi and Bella Hadid. Yes, we will be seeing lots of Star Wars stuff in the ramp up to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, coming December 15th (just a little more than a month away! get on line!). But this shoot, which enlisted the talents of Star Wars’ illustrator Brian Rood, saw the infamous Millennium Falcon make an appearance, as well as the Jedi weapon of choice, a lightsaber, in the shot with the ladies. Â

Paying tribute to arguably the biggest female actress icon/sex symbol of all time, Ashley Graham dressed and posed as Marilyn Monroe for “New York Magazine” Fall fashion issue. Across various pictures the most famous plus-sized model channeled many a Miss Monroe look. Ashely wears wore blonde wig, white gloves and sparkles in one shot. In other pictures-the cover most notable-she poses with red hair while wearing a leopard print. In yet another shot she dons black shorts, white blouse and rocks back dangling a sailor’s cap on her toes.

Star Wars to Marilyn Monroe. Culture surely brings us the tropes we all come to consider and fashion certainly steps back to pay homage to, time and again. “Harper’s Bazaar” and “New York Magazine” picks their influences well, it seems.

The Continuing Controversy over Kylie + Kendall T-shirts

K+K TupakProving that every idea you may have is not an idea you need run with and that Instagram is not always your friend, Kylie and Kendall Jenner brewed up a bunch of controversy this week. The sisters attempted to ‘appropriate’ some classic rock/pop/rap images for T-shirts they were looking to sell (for $125.00 a piece) at their Kendall + Kylie store. But the Jenner sisters came under volatile criticism for superimposing their images and the K+K logo over images like Pink Floy’s prism from the band’s classic Dark Side Of The Moon cover and pictures of rappers Notorious B.I.G and Tupac Shakur. In fact, it was their use of a Tupak image that now sees them being sued.

Photographer Michael Miller, who shot the photo of Tupac, is suing the Jenner’s for copyright infringement. Miller’s attorney issued this statement: “Miller at no time sought to associate his work with Kendall or Kylie or any of their companies,” yet they “have misappropriated and wrongfully exploited at least two original photographs of late hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur, slapping the iconic photographs on garments and overlaying them with dubious imagery and text.”

An official July 5th apology from Kylie + Kendall over this faux pas and the online criticism from it, stated in part that: “These designs were randomly selected and not well thought out. The brand would like to apologize, especially to the artists that have been featured in the series.”

The shirts were pulled from the Kendall + Kylie collection and pictures of them taken down off of Instagram.

Voletta Wallace, mother of Notorious B.I.G. wrote this about the Jenner’s liberal use of her dead son’s image: The disrespect of these girls to not even reach out to me or anyone connected to the estate baffles me. I have no idea why they feel they can exploit the deaths of 2pac and my Son Christopher to sell a t-shirt.”

Rankin presents Le chaise ironique

RankinOne can’t say that the moda world doesn’t have a sense of humor when it comes to how is portrayed on film. Models and designers appeared in Robert Altman’s Prêt-à-Porter. Just recently we saw many famous fashion faces in both Zoolander 2 and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. And there was the scathing The Devil Wears Prada. Presently photographer and editor Rankin is showing his humorous side, making himself the butt of the joke, in his fashion “mockumentary,” short, Le chaise ironique.

Working now in the digital space as much as he can, in his new short film Rankin plays a heightened version of himself, fretting over his weight (sweating too much) and a model mix-up, snapping selfies in an onsite booth and getting up close and personal with a chair. He even mocks Vogue UK editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman and how she doesn’t like him.

As he says of his persona in the movie, “I’ve been that person screaming at someone because they haven’t told the model she’s going topless — which is the concept of the shoot — or because the makeup or hair isn’t right.”

He curses what he calls “glam prisons,” where he has been exiled waiting for hair and make-up people to work on models. And he even calls out Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi commercial controversy in Le chaise ironique..

The short movie really is a self-deprecating gem and makes one instantly just love Rankin.

In actuality, it is said Rakin keeps a fun and productive atmosphere to his shoots. And he adores the models he works with.

While he might indeed try his hand at another short fun film, a full length movie is not something Rankin is considering. And in fact he prefers less structure then more in his films, intimating his next (if he makes one) might even be improvised.