After discovering a trove of unknown photographs at an auction, John Maloof set about exposing the nanny-cum-artist who took them. But does ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ tell the whole story?Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
As Kate Upton takes on her first major motion picture role in ‘The Other Woman,’ The Daily Beast ranks our favorite models-turned-actresses from best to worst.The Daily Beast
And 'Lucky' magazine is not closing its doors.
Beyoncé Covers Time's '100 Most Influential People' Issue: "Beyoncé doesn’t just sit at the table," Sheryl Sandberg writes of the singer, who sits atop the magazine's highly-coveted list as a result of her authenticity, hard work, and honesty. "She builds a better one." Beyond broken sales records and sold-out tours, Queen Bey is on a mission to empower women. After recently starring in Sandberg's "Ban Bossy" campaign and penning a feminist essay entitled Gender Equality is a Myth!, Beyoncé is launching her own program aptly named 'What is Pretty?’ pegged to her new single "Pretty Hurts." The campaign asks people to upload and tag photos with the hashtag #WhatisPretty to capture the many definitions of the word. Also making Time's list are Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet and Céline's creative director Phoebe Philo. [Time]
Michelle Obama to Cut Ribbon at Anna Wintour Costume Center: On Wednesday, May 5, First Lady Michelle Obama will cut the ribbon at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's renamed Costume Institute, The Anna Wintour Costume Center. Obama will speak at the ceremony, which precedes the evening's highly-anticipated gala to celebrate the museum's upcoming Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit celebrating the late American couturier. [The Metropolitan Museum of Art Press Release]
And Jessica Chastain to play Marilyn Monroe in upcoming film.
Kate Middleton DJs in Alexander McQueen: On Day 16 of the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stopped by The Northern Sound System youth center in Adelaide…to learn how to DJ. Dressed in a repeat pale pink Alexander McQueen skirt suit, Kate Middleton took a turn spinning on the facility’s deck boards—proving the Duchess has no problem relating to a young demographic. [Fashionista]
Dylan Penn Lands Modeling Contract: With parents like Sean Penn and Robin Wright, it’s no surprise that London's Premier Model Management—which helped launch the careers of Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford—has officially signed the 23-year-old actress/model. "We are very excited to be working with Dylan," Emily Sykes, head of special bookings at Premier, told Vogue UK. "She represents the modern model and muse—so intelligent, with bags of personality and talent. We see great potential." [Vogue UK]
Oscar winner gets the title.
People magazine has named Lupita Nyongo' its “Most Beautiful” person for 2014. The Oscar winner graces the cover of the magazine's most recent issue and is the 25th holder of the title. In addition to receiving accolades for her performance in 12 Years a Slave, the ingénue was praised for her beauty. However, she tells the magazine that “light skin and long, flowing, straight hair," are the features she wanted growing up in Kenya. "Subconsciously, you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess," she said. Nyong'o said she's happy to be on the cover of People “for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.”
And blogger Susie Bubble to write a book.
Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi's Kentucky Derby Gig: After stealing the spotlight as commentators at the 2014 Winter Olympics—and later covering the red carpet at the Academy Awards for Access Hollywood—ice skating duo Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski are back. Continuing their match made in co-host heaven, NBC has enlisted the pair as fashion correspondents for its coverage of the Kentucky Derby, scheduled for May 3. We can only hope that the pair’s outfits are as fun and over-the-top as they were in Sochi. [Daily Mail]
Was Kate Upton Bumped for Kimye Vogue Cover?: In the midst of a massive fashion-frenzie freak-out that can only be described as a Kimye Vogue-pocolips, rumors have begun to surface that the “#WORLDSMOSTTALKEDABOUTCOUPLE” bumped supermodel/actress Kate Upton from its April cover. On Monday, Jonathan Van Meter—a frequent contributor to the publication—confirmed that his feature was indeed switched out last minute. "After getting bumped from the cover of April Vogue for Kimye and finding out only once it hit newsstands, I think I have earned the right to post this little bit of frothy praise," he posted to his Facebook page regarding a review of the magazine that named Van Meter’s Upton article the “jewel of [the] issue.” [E!Online]
The media has been on a rampage against severely Photoshopped images, particularly of young women. Now a new bill calls on Congress to get involved. But is it really a political issue?
Nearly three years ago, Seth Matlins, a former Hollywood marketing executive who spent almost nine years at agency-powerhouse CAA and served as CMO at Live Nation Entertainment, began looking at the world through the eyes of his daughter and the woman she would one day become. He considered the obstacles “that can leap out and get in the way of a little girl trying to grow up happy and trying to becoming a sustainably happy woman,” he told The Daily Beast. He quit his million-dollar gig to, in conjunction with his wife, Eva, become an empowering resource for girls and young women.
“In August 2011, there was a story that I read about a member of the British parliament [Jo Swinson] who had taken down two Lancôme billboards in London—one had Julia Roberts, the other had Christy Turlington,” he said. “And she took them down because she said they provided such a false and unrealistic expectation of what women should and could look like, that it was damaging. I thought to myself, who in the world is looking out for my daughter—for our children—from a legislative perspective here? And I didn’t see anyone, because there was no one.”
Not content with supermodels, lingerie company asks men and women to fabricate the “best of.”
So it seems that British lingerie company BlueBella decided to do a poll in which 500 men and women identified their favorite celebrity body parts. The company cobbled those features together to create the “perfect" man and woman. According to Women's Health, this project “resulted in four very different (and slightly unnatural-looking) people.” Very different is a bit of a stretch, considering the results are two extremely idealized, extremely thin women (slightly more voluptuous in the male fantasy) and two equally idealized, extremely muscular men (slightly more buff in the female fantasy). The actual purpose of this exercise remains unclear. To make women feel better that men prefer large breasts on their models? To foster body insecurity among men? Women and men and girls and boys are already confronted day in and out withidealized, Photoshopped images of actual individuals. Is it really necessary to play Frankenstein?
And Nike is discontinuing its FuelBand.
Terry Richardson Allegedly Bargains Vogue Shoot for Sex: On Sunday, model Emma Appleton posted a screenshot photo to her Instagram account (which has since been deleted) of an alleged message from the notorious photographer Terry Richardson that read, “if i can fuck you i will book you in ny for a.shoot for Vogue.” A spokesperson for Richardson—who has been accused of sexual assault by models numerous times—denied the authenticity of the message, telling Buzzfeed, "This is obviously a fake. Terry did not send this text." Vogue's PR representative also emphasized that the magazine has not worked with the photographer since 2010 and confirmed it has no plans to do so in the future [Gawker]
Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP is Swimming in Debt: Shedding light on the inner workings of actress Gwyneth Paltrow's luxury lifestyle blog, GOOP, Radar Online obtained the “brand’s” corporate documents that plot out its financial margins for 2011 and 2012. While swimming in $1.5 million of debt, and expenses surpassing the blog’s profits, Paltrow, as well as the company's CEO Sebastian Bishop, somehow still managed to receive a sizeable increase in pay during that time period—from $200,000 to $600,000. [Jezebel]
A new movie at the Tribeca Film Festival takes an intimate look at young dancer Justin Peck's road to opening night as he choreographs the 422nd ballet for the New York City Ballet.
In Ballet 422, a new documentary debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival, director Jody Lee Lipes captures the two-month conception, preparation, and execution of the New York City Ballet’s 422nd new ballet under the helm of an up-and-coming choreographer, 25-year-old Justin Peck, who was dubbed “the third important choreographer to have emerged in classical ballet this century,” by The New York Times’s dance critic Alastair Macaulay.
The film opens with the following statement: “The New York City Ballet is one of the foremost creative dance companies in the world.” Founded in 1948, the NYCB consists of 91 full-time dancers, but Peck, who joined the Corps de Ballet (the group’s lowest tier of dancers) in 2007, is the only current NYCB dancer who choreographs for the company.
Go behind the scenes with Kate Moss as she designs her latest collection for Topshop.
She’s obsessed over by the fashion set, but compared to Kate Middleton, Sheikha Mozah is an unknown. How her pricey taste—and circumstances—have kept her from becoming a household name.