The Daily Beast went backstage at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, airing Tuesday on CBS, to ask Doutzen Kroes, Constance Jablonski, and more about their craziest fan moments.
The annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is back, delivering dozens of beautiful women with highly-coveted bodies in elaborate lingerie to millions of viewers watching at home in their pajamas, devouring pints of ice cream, and promising to hit the gym every day this week. But what about those fans who take their Angel admiration to a whole new level, tweeting love notes or instagramming photos? And what happens when they go too far? The members of One Direction aren't the only celebs to have wild super-fans. Backstage at the fashion show's taping on November 13, The Victoria's Secret Angels tell The Daily Beast about some of their own crazy admirers.
Forget Gaga’s bushy full frontal—modern women aren’t embracing the au naturel look just yet.
I was once a “model” for a Brazilian wax, in which one has the torturous job done for free by an aesthetician in training. Having been through this procedure many times, I empathized with my visibly nervous waxer. I smiled reassuringly, contriving to mask the grimace on my face when, with one strip of wax, she pulled, and pulled, and pulled again. “Oof,” she grunted, using her sleeve to wipe the perspiration from her brow. She plunged the tongue depressor (yes, this is the utensil of choice) back into the wax pot. Oof, indeed.
As she applied the next strip with an unsteady hand, a beautiful Singaporean woman entered the room, trailed by a notepad-holding observer. (How strange, I thought, to have three women scrutinizing my vagina like a science experiment.) She watched my trainee rip, and rip, and rip again before jumping in. “Stop! Stop! The area has to be taut,” she chided, gently stretching the skin around my exhausted unmentionables. “Now do it.” The tentative trainee collected herself and ripped again, this time in one dramatic pull. “Better,” the Singaporean said, winking at me.
It has bejeweled the upper crust for over a century. A new retrospective in Paris looks back at the house’s work from its birth in 1847—including Kate Middleton’s wedding tiara.
On a summer day at a villa on the French Riviera in 1957, top Hollywood producer Mike Todd gave his ravishing 25-year-old bride Elizabeth Taylor some buffed red-leather boxes. Her eyes brightened—she knew those boxes came from the French jeweler Cartier, one of her favorite stores in the world. She opened them and discovered a jaw-dropping ruby and diamond necklace, with matching earrings and bracelet glittering in the hot Mediterranean sunlight. “It was like the sun, lit up and made of red fire,” Taylor would remember. She swooned and cooed as she put them on and jumped into the pool, the drop earrings swinging like chandeliers in a storm. Ever the movie star, Taylor had someone on hand to film it.
The necklace, earrings, and film clip are among the marquee items on display at Cartier: Style and History, an unprecedented retrospective of the jewelry house’s work from its first year in 1847 through the 1970s that is being held at the Grand Palais in Paris. In the recently restored Salle d’Honneur, more than 600 items are on display, including the Halo Scroll tiara, a swirling diamond-filigree headdress that once belonged to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and is currently owned by Queen Elizabeth II, who lent the tiara to Kate Middleton for her marriage to Prince William in 2011. Also on display is the 10.5-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring that Prince Rainier III of Monaco gave to American actress Grace Kelly in 1956.
But there are a great many other gems on view, such as the sword crafted with a Picasso-head-like hilt for writer and filmmaker Jean Cocteau when he was admitted into the Academie Française, France’s regulatory body for language, in 1955; enameled, jewel-encrusted objets, such as clocks, cigarette cases, and desk accoutrements; a case devoted to a hundred-year’s-worth of Cartier watches; and a revolving display of international tiaras, including a Roman laurel wreath-like diadem once belonging to Princess Marie Bonaparte, the great-grandniece of Emperor Napoleon I of France and a psychoanalyst associated with Sigmund Freud.
And Beyoncé adds more Pucci to the Mrs. Carter Show.
Miley Cyrus Debuts Anna Wintour-esque Bob: Sunday evening, Miley Cyrus debuted a new 'do at the 24th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas festival in Los Angeles. Cyrus changed up her super-short look with bangs and a symmetrical, not-quite shoulder-length bob that looks a bit like Anna Wintour's famous hairstyle. Although the singer has been public about her desire to grow out her pixie cut lately, it's hard to imagine that this look is 100% Miley's real hair. If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, maybe Miley will land that Vogue cover after all. [Fashionista]
Lady Gaga Dresses as a Christmas Tree: Getting into the holiday spirit, Lady Gaga donned a Christmas tree headpiece—complete with baubles and a sparkly star—when leaving the Jingle Bell Ball in London Sunday night. Keeping the rest of her outfit subdued, Mother Monster posed for the cameras in a red jumpsuit, fishnets, a festive green wig, and platform stiletto boots. The popstar did not comment on her Yuletide outfit, but she did say on her Facebook page that "Last nights show cured a deep sadness" she felt after canceling her last performance at the venue in February due to emergency hip surgery. [BuzzFeed]
Images from Scott Schuman’s latest book, ‘Closer,’ popped up at the Pulse Art Fair in a solo show. The famed street-style photographer talks about what inspires his compositions.
With 1.8 million unique visits and 12 million page views a month, it’s no secret that Scott Schuman’s street-style blog, The Sartorialist, is the go-to website for fashion aficionados around the globe. Schuman’s New York gallery, Danziger Gallery, took a selection of images from his latest book, Closer, to the Pulse Art Fair, held in conjunction with the weeklong bonanza that is Art Basel in Miami Beach, for a solo show and book signing held in the fair’s Impulse section, along with an evening cocktail party at the Standard Spa to celebrate the exhibition.
“We think that his work is most effectively shown when you get to see it in large groups,” said gallerist James Danziger. “What separates him from the rest of the pack is not just that he was the first person to photograph and develop this style of street fashion photography but that if you look at his pictures, you’ll see that the composition of each picture is beautifully done. To be able to do those pictures in the split second he has to do them is a real talent—is just something that has to come innately from you.”
She had no idea what the mysterious audition was for. Then the casting agent demanded she turn ‘bitchy’ at the sound of the word ‘Arab.’
I was woken up by the aggressive vibrations of my phone.
“Hello?” I slurred.
A Norwegian blogger posts a selfie of her abs four days after giving birth and the Internet explodes in indignation. But are the haters taking such pics too personally?
When was the last time you saw a tabloid cover without a picture of Kim Kardashian’s post-pregnancy body?
Celebrities’ postpartum figures are a persistent narrative on newsstands and websites, confirming our perverse obsession with how much weight women put on during pregnancy—and how quickly they shed lumps and baby bumps after giving birth. Inundated with stories of famous new moms’ post-birth diet and exercise regimes, we alternately shudder and marvel at their results. When the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show aired, we watched in awe—and squinted at our televisions for signs of stretch marks—when models Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Lily Aldridge all walked the runway within months of giving birth.
Sinning in Miami Beach? Talk to Father G, better known as writer Glenn O’Brien, who launched ‘Penance,’ based on his performance art, complete with a Catholic-style confessional booth.
Each year at Art Basel in Miami Beach, the fashion and art crowds parachute in for a week of parties and debauchery where sinning is aplenty.
So Alldayeveryday, the group behind the pop-up Newsstand in Brooklyn’s Lorimer subway station, and writer Glenn O’Brien seized the opportunity to launch his book, Penance, along with a Catholic-style confessional at the bayside Standard Spa.
And Chanel purchases its official tannery.
Beyoncé Wears Fur to Vegan Dinner: On Thursday, new vegans Beyoncé and Jay Z went to raw food hotspot Native Foods in Westwood, Los Angeles for some lunch. Queen B, however, wore quite an unconventional fur jacket, seemingly contradictory to her recent vegan proclamation. Beyoncé came off looking not fully committed to her man by sporting a voluminous, almost $5,000 Christopher Kane camouflage parka with a fox-fur collar. While B does look chic, pairing her coat with quilted track pants and platform booties, it's hard to take her kale, corn tacos, lentils, and vegan chocolate truffles meal seriously while she rocked real fur on her shoulders. [Daily Mail]
Kate Middleton Dons a Messy Ponytail: After a $984 haircut by hairdresser Rossano Ferretti to hide her newly found grey hair, Kate Middleton should look nothing but fabulous, right? The Duchess of Cambridge's appearance Thursday night at the untimely UK premiere of Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom, however, showed off a somewhat messy, very neutral look, especially when comparison to her previous princess-like style. The simple ponytail with a voluminous string of hair at the back was just so un-Middleton-like, especially paired with her chic Rouland Mouret dress and Zara necklace. [The Cut]
And Versace receives billion dollar offer.
Miley Cyrus Named Both Best and Worst Dressed: Time Magazine released its annual Best and Worst Dressed lists for the year, and as a result of her "schizophrenic fashion," Miley Cyrus made both. The nude, latex bikini and foam finger the singer wore to the VMA's earned her the top spot on the '10 Worst Dressed of 2013' list. Also joining Cyrus as worst dressed list were Kim Kardashian at number two for her floral Givenchy Met Gala gown and Anne Hathaway in second place for the nipple-centric Prada dress she wore to the Oscars. Unsurprisingly, Justin Bieber’s gas mask outfit also put him on the worst dressed side of things at number five. Cyrus also received sixth place on the '10 Best Dressed of 2013' list for the sequined, turquoise Marc Jacobs dress she wore to the 'Night of Stars' event. The list also featured Solange Knowles at number ten, Kate Middleton at number two, and Jennifer Lawrence taking the crown for the Dior gown she wore to the Oscars. [The Telegraph]
'Radiant Orchid' Named Pantone's Color of 2014: Executives at Pantone have reached a verdict—'Radiant Orchid' will be 2014's color to watch and wear. Pantone, the institute that sets color standards for the commercial garment industries, said the pinkish-purple hue is flattering on many skin tones and has the diversity to translate into nail polishes, eye shadows, lip colors, and even coffee makers. As a member of the purple family, 'Radiant Orchid' occupies the space opposite this year's color, emerald, on the color wheel, making it just as distinctive. "People associate purple with creativity and originality—and those are very valued today," said Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone. [AP]
A group of young women is trying to prove that it’s possible to be hip and stylish, while still covering up. Can they break the stereotype of the hijab as a symbol of oppression?
Models are shown at a dream-like dinner party in a new video from CR Fashion Book entitled 'Entropy.'