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Having 30H Breasts Isn’t Easy: “Food Always Gets Stuck in My Boobs”

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Ever wished your breasts were just a little bit bigger (or at least wondered what it would be like)? Obsessing over boobs is a pretty universal thing, but before you start bemoaning your ladies, listen to model Lindsey Pelas share some of the not-so-fun situations that come along with having a 30H chest. Her list of problems is meant to be a little funny, but you can't deny it's eye-opening too. "Food always gets stuck in my boobs," she explained, also revealing that she applies deodorant between her breasts to help with sweating. Searching for everyday bras and sports bras is still a challenge, and cross-body bags? Hard to wear.

The issue that affects Pelas most on a daily basis has to be what her cup size does to whatever outfit she wears. "You always look vulgar in regular clothing. It can be a t-shirt, a floral dress, a wedding dress, a nightgown, whatever," she said in the video. "When you're busty, you just kind of look like a porn star on accident." Anything that encroaches on our ability to freely express ourselves with fashion—boobs included—isn't okay, but rest assured that the Playboy poser doesn't struggle too much with her girls. Scroll through her Instagram (currently at 3.4 million followers), and you'll see that she's definitely not afraid of a little cleavage.

While we're talking breasts, did you know there are seven different types? See which you have, then find out which bra you should be shopping.











Gigi Hadid Defended Herself (Again) Against Nasty Social Media Haters

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Congrats to Gigi Hadid for standing up and defending herself on social media against snarky comments that she should focus on her runway walk and less on boys. A mean tweet came in telling the new super to "practice how to walk properly instead of having a new boyfriend every two weeks," and she chose not to ignore it, instead firing back a pretty perfect response. "I've dated three guys in three years, hun. My walk can always get better; I hope the unrelated bitterness in your heart can too."

It's a neatly packaged takedown (and we've gotta shout out her superior grammar—nicely used semicolon, G!), but hardly the first time she's stepped up and spoken out.

Gigi Hadid Defended Herself (Again) Against Nasty Social Media Haters

Thus far, her career has been marked by a few instances like the above, and we've applauded her for it each and every time. She's clearly one smart cookie, with reactions that come from a place of supreme self-assuredness and are the opposite of knee-jerk, emotional responses. Take, for instance, her recent British Vogue cover where she said, "I love my body because I know what it's been through to be what it is, and honestly I'm not going to change for someone that is depressed about their life." Her publicist might not understand the beauty's need to engage, but it won't stop her. "I've always been someone that stands up for myself. To the point where my publicist will say, 'Sometimes it's better to not say anything.' And I'm like, 'The limelight means you're supposed to hide? And not stand your ground?,'" she added. "That doesn't make sense to me. What's the point of social media if you're only going to respond to things that make you look great; if you're not willing to stand up for yourself, people take advantage of that."

I've dated 3 guys in 3 yrs, hun. My walk can always get better; I hope the unrelated bitterness in ur heart can too. https://t.co/BrsLY1akML

— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) March 23, 2016

Read Gigi's amazing Instagram manifesto on modeling and loving yourself for who you are.










Gigi Hadid Defended Herself (Again) Against Nasty Social Media Haters

Who Is This Supermodel Talking About? “You Might Be Cool Right Now…Are People Going to Get Tired of You?”

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Supermodel Karolina Kurkova appears on the cover of the most recent edition of The Edit and discusses her career from the beginning, including musings on how a sports background prepared her and what Victoria's Secret taught her about self-love. Amongst the reflection comes a comment about the rise of social media and what it's meant for today's crop of most-photographed faces.

When I started modeling there was no social media, I didn't come from a rich family, and I didn't date anyone famous—my work spoke for me. I'm glad, because I learned discipline, dedication, and patience, and it kept me grounded. Now you can be famous so easily and it's dangerous, it can mess with your head. People are coming from left and right with two million followers and, whether they say they're a model or a stylist, they've never trained, never worked with anybody, never sacrificed anything. They're taking work from people who gave up their time and energy to learn their craft. I'm not judging, but who's going to have the longevity? You might be cool right now, but how long will it last? Are people going to get tired of you?


Kurkova at a fashion show earlier this month

Kurkova isn't naming names, but it's easy to assume it's directed at today's buzzy Insta-models, so dubbed because of the connection a strong social media presence has had on their career and whip-fast upward trajectory. Still, no one's denying high numbers can matter, especially the models who have benefited from it.

"I think it's been the biggest impact in my career," Gigi Hadid said last winter. "Having a social media presence has not only shown me to designers but also given me a bigger fan base, and those kind of work off of each other. If you have a big fan base, companies want to work with you because that gives them a bigger fan base. When you work with big designers, you get a bigger fan base."

Meanwhile, other models who made their mark pre-Instagram can sound almost wistful about the missed opportunity. Take Cindy Crawford talking about the new class of stars: "They're not as pigeonholed by how other people see them. Someone like Cara [Delevingne], the reason she is so cool is she gets to be who she is on social media and have that direct relationship with fans."

For our part, we love all the charismatic runway stars the fashion world has gotten to see over the years (and are especially thrilled when '90s icons prove they've still got it).










Naomi Campbell on What Modeling for Kanye West Was Like

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One of the unexpected gems of New York Fashion Week had to be the over-the-top list of instructions given to models for Kanye West's Yeezy season 3 presentation at Madison Square Garden (e.g., they couldn't smile, whisper, make eye contact, move quickly or slowly). We always doubted that some of his superstar models—namely one miss Naomi Campbell—were beholden to the same strict guidelines, and we now have confirmation that the super's experience was just a touch different.

Naomi Campbell on What Modeling for Kanye West Was Like

"It was a great experience and a lot of fun. Kanye is great to work with, he knows exactly what he wants and what he's saying and what he does," she explained. "It was very like, wait in your dressing room and 'He wants you now' and you had to be ready in a second. It was fun!"

Campbell is now in London, swapping her runway role for a front-seat spot (she took in the Burberry show earlier today).

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Naomi Campbell on What Modeling for Kanye West Was Like

You’ve Gotta Hear This Curvy Beauty Share the Questions She’s Sick of Being Asked

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If part of your job involves giving interviews to reporters, it stands to reason you'll be asked the same few questions over and over again. And while it's to be expected (and unavoidable in many cases), certain queries exist that might just get your blood boiling. Such is the case for one of our new favorite beauties, Barbie Ferreira. The gorgeous gal stars in Aerie's spring campaign and talked to us earlier this month about her experiences in the fashion world and how she's loving her role as a body-positive activist. During our interview, we decided to flip the table just a touch, asking Ferreira what she does not like being asked.

"Definitely when anyone asks me what I eat—I think that's the most disrespectful thing. There's no winning with that question," she said, audibly annoyed. "I eat different things every day, [so] I think it's a stupid question. It's only asked to women, it's never asked to a man."

You've Gotta Hear This Curvy Beauty Share the Questions She's Sick of Being Asked

The other topic she's sick and tired of?

"Asking 'How do I feel confident in a bikini?' because I feel like no one would ask that to a Victoria's Secret model. No one would ask that to Kate Upton. I understand 'How to feel confident' [in general], but in a bikini, if you're adding that on...I wear a bikini like every other person in the world wears a bikini or a bathing suit."

There are a lot more girl-power moments where this came from too—read the full interview here.










You've Gotta Hear This Curvy Beauty Share the Questions She's Sick of Being Asked

Kate Moss’ First-Ever Modeling Directive: “Pretend You’re Bored Waiting at the Bus Stop”

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New intel on the start of Kate Moss' career has a gem too good to ignore. Photographer Owen Scarbiena was tasked with taking some images of the just-discovered 14-year-old and quickly found her to be a natural who was easy to work with (and totally understood the mood he wanted to capture).

"Some girls come with a ready-made photo pose, and you have to work through that," he told The Telegraph. "I just said to Kate, 'Pretend you're bored waiting at the bus stop,' and she got it." The world should be pleased Scarbiena and Moss spoke the same language—who knows whether a photographer with a different style could have pried out the vibe that created one of history's biggest supermodels. And while toothy, happy shots of the Brit aren't impossible to find, it's fair to say her signature look is more of the sulky variety (which, per this reveal, might be best described as boredom).


Moss backstage at a fashion show in the early '90s

The photographer also revealed that Moss came in with zero "pre-conceived ideas about how models are supposed to pose or stand. She was unimposing, innocent, fresh, unaffected and had a striking, nymph-like beauty," he told British Vogue.

Scarbiena's photos of Moss will be exhibited at Kate Moss: Unseen in London later this month.

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The Models’ Instructions Show It Was Really, Really Hard Being in the Yeezy Season 3 Show

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The Models' Instructions Show It Was Really, Really Hard Being in the Yeezy Season 3 Show

While reality shows and reality star models have officially gotten through the message that, yes, modeling can be work, we're sure a lot of industry members have never worked quite as hard as the group that posed for Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 yesterday. Really, has Kanye's sister-in-law Kendall Jenner even faced a list of demands instructions like this?

The list of "performance rules" was shared on social media and revealed that smiling, dancing, whispering, and singing were all banned ("unless instructed" on the last). It seems obvious that some of the guidelines fed into the moody vibe that performance artist Vanessa Beecroft, working together with Kanye for the third time, was after: Models were to "behave as if no one was in the room" and understand that whatever they did affected the group as a whole. Plus, since the entire thing was staged at Madison Square Garden a strict call to avoid looking at the Jumbotron was also issued. It was a lot to digest, and the entire group pretty much nailed it, excepting perhaps a black-clad Naomi Campbell, who honestly can't not look cool (other big-name models on stage included Veronica Webb, Alek Wek, and Liya Kebede).


Honestly, you have to hope that some of these models also work as actors, because a few directives seemed to be at odds. While they were supposed to "alternate between attention and ease," they couldn't act cool, casual, or sexy. Physically, there were to be no sharp, fast, or slow movements—natural only. And just in case all this was too much, they were permitted to lie down if tired.










The Models' Instructions Show It Was Really, Really Hard Being in the Yeezy Season 3 Show

Here’s What This Barbie Thinks About That Barbie (Spoiler: Feel-Good Moment Ahead)

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Last week, Mattel and Barbie made headlines after revealing that the original slim-hipped doll would be joined by a few other body types: petite, tall, and curvy. Oddly enough, it wasn't the first time the name "Barbie" had slipped from our lips recently either: Aerie grabbed attention in January for its smoking-hot spring '16 campaign starring stunning 19-year-old Barbie Ferreira. Coincidence?

Well, yeah, but still. Both are powerful statements about the need to acknowledge and celebrate a wide range of female body types, and the double-dose of unique first names was too much to ignore. When we got Ferreira on the phone, our opening question went straight to the pop culture icon.

Here's What This Barbie Thinks About That Barbie (Spoiler: Feel-Good Moment Ahead)

"Not everyone relates to being a blond girl with blue eyes and is proportioned so she could barely walk if she was a real person," she explained with a matter-of-fact attitude that typically comes with the self-confidence most of us earn only when we're firmly entrenched in our 30s. "I think it makes girls feel more accepted, and that they're beautiful, too." When it comes to some of the negativity that the release saw (we were privy to some of it on our own Instagram account), she chalked it up to people being afraid of change. "She's been a traditional icon for so many decades that even a small step opens it up for even more progress. Once it's successful [in stores], I think they'll come out with even more varieties."

Before the Aerie campaign, the glossy interviews, and signing with Wilhelmina, Ferreira was just a good-looking girl sharing her life on Instagram. And while that's relatable enough, most of us can't fathom the journey that social media fueled for her.

"Social media opened up basically every opportunity for me because, traditionally, I wouldn't be thought of as a model. Since people organically started following and relating to me, I proved [to brands] that yes, I can be a model even though I might not traditionally be what you guys think is marketable," she said. Her impressive presence—currently clocking at 270,000 followers—helped her land some of her early gigs (including posing for American Apparel and New York City-based artists), but when it came to signing with Wilhelmina, it wasn't simply a case of a major agency inking a deal with an Insta-model. Rather, she went with the standard approach of sending her assembled book of past photo shoots. They must have liked what they saw, impressed that the teen had enough gumption to make a lot of stuff happen for herself even without an agent.

As her platform's grown, she's been called a "body-positive activist", a 21st-century term that's been described as someone working to "overcome conflicts with their bodies so they can lead happier, more productive lives." Neat definition aside, the movement was first brought to her attention via Tumblr.

"I've always struggled a ton with my body image, and I wanted to help other people not feel so ashamed about themselves. It's a completely unnecessary part of everyday life," she told us. "Seeing amazing young women [on Tumblr] who are fearless and don't care if society tells them they're not beautiful enough—they're still showing their imperfections and embracing themselves. That gave me the confidence to be in pictures, something that was out of my comfort zone."

Following the beauty on Instagram, or chatting with her on the phone, leaves you thinking that this is a girl who knows she rocks. But even she admits to still battling down days. She's learned tactics to deal with it and believes that a good defense is the best offense, cutting out gossip magazines, critique-heavy TV shows, and acquaintances who made shady comments about her body. Plus, her own social feeds went through a nice purge at some point.

"I don't follow anyone who I think is trying to sell the dream that everything is perfect. It's not, it's [based on] comparing, and I don't like it. There's so much that subconsciously affects you, and you don't even realize it."

Here's What This Barbie Thinks About That Barbie (Spoiler: Feel-Good Moment Ahead)

Ferreira posing for Aerie

Of the future of modeling and the fashion industry, Ferreira is infectiously optimistic. She sees beauty ideals being challenged every day and cheers for the way that social media is exposing people to different walks of life they never could have glimpsed a decade ago. The term "plus-size" doesn't specifically bother her, though she's firm in her opinion that something it represents needs to change: "The problem is labeling—we're all just models. What the body-positive movement wants is to stop categorizing people, and to let people of all body types be able to do anything, whether they're slightly bigger than the average model or a lot bigger," she said, casually referencing the way the industry terms a size six as "plus," ignoring the fact that the average size of American women hovers between 12-14.

"'Plus-size model' puts me into a box. It gives me the traditional plus-size jobs, which are amazing, but it's time to open up the doors so that people of all body types are able to be in all lanes of modeling, not just one niche. The body-positive thing has been happening for a long time, but it hasn't been shown to everyone. It hasn't been given a light."

If anyone can do it, it's Barbie (the model).

Watch young girls see the new Barbie dolls for the first time.










Here's What This Barbie Thinks About That Barbie (Spoiler: Feel-Good Moment Ahead)

It Girl Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi Says She Never Enjoyed Modeling

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Beyond being a style icon in-the-making who married into Monaco's unofficial royal family this summer, Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi has a pretty impressive resume. She's a journalist striving to fight injustices against girls and women, but has also tried her hand at modeling, most recently covering Vogue Italia's special couture issue. And while there's no doubt she's tirelessly devoted to her writing, the modeling gigs are something she's never actually liked all that much.

"I never really enjoyed it. It was always a weird environment, especially if you take it too seriously. Other models accused me of not taking it seriously...I could not, because it was not my thing. It was useful as my first approach to the working world—being on time, being reliable, handling your own money," she told WWD. "Do you ever have the feeling that you live different chapters in your life and when a chapter is over you have difficulty remembering, 'Who were you when you were doing that?'"

MORE: 7 Outfits That Prove Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi Is a Style Icon in the Making

It Girl Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi Says She Never Enjoyed Modeling

Even though the stunning shots that she's posed for might convince you otherwise, Borromeo Casiraghi also wants to be clear that modeling wasn't her end goal and, as such, never provided for her fully.

"I barely had the money to live by myself. I wasn't like a supermodel. I was only doing Milan Fashion Week because I had to study. I didn't want to make a career out of it. I always felt out of place in a way. It wasn't my thing."

If the beauty's name is still unfamiliar to you, here's your crash course. She wore two spectacular wedding dresses for her summer ceremonies (Valentino couture and custom Armani), plus a dreamy Valentino gown for her rehearsal dinner. The "I dos" themselves took place in front of a group that included plenty of the world's chicest royals, with the well-heeled guest list due to her family's aristocratic roots and new husband Pierre Casiraghi's royal ties (his mom is Princess Caroline of Hanover and Grace Kelly was his grandmother).

Another stylish woman we love with serious royal connections? Meet Lady Kitty Spencer, the fashionable niece of Princess Diana.










It Girl Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi Says She Never Enjoyed Modeling

Video: Gigi Hadid Reacts to News She’ll Be a Model in the Victoria’s Secret Show on Instagram

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By the magic of social media, the world got to see Gigi Hadid's adorable reaction when she learned that she'd be walking in this year's Victoria's Secret fashion show. The spectacle will take place in New York City next month before being aired on TV on Dec. 8.

And because the adorableness couldn't possibly be contained in one moment, Gigi shared a snap of the moment on her Instagram with an emotion-filled caption.

Couldn't keep back my tears!!!! Anyone that grew up with me knows that getting this show has been a dream of mine forever! THANK YOU Victoria's Secret and Ed Razek! One of the happiest moments of my life.

We knew it was a big dream of Gigi's and so did mom Yolanda Foster, who gave her daughter some stellar life advice when the new super found out she wasn't cast for last year's show. Still, the news about her making it this year isn't a huge surprise: she's kind of a big deal and has already worked with the brand, posing for PINK this summer. Congrats, Gigi!

A photo posted by Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) on Oct 29, 2015 at 4:49pm PDT


Come check out pictures from the first-ever Victoria's Secret runway show, held in NYC back in 1995 (they're epic).











Video: Gigi Hadid Reacts to News She'll Be a Model in the Victoria's Secret Show on Instagram

Kendall Jenner Says Modeling Is Hard Work With Late Nights and Lots of Traveling

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The trajectory of Kendall Jenner's modeling career has been fascinating to watch. It feels like just yesterday the world was collectively feeling a bit skeptical, Kendall was saying the Kardashian name was hurting her career, and she was dealing with rumors of mean-girl models backstage. Since all of that she's graduated into a full-fledged social-media supermodel, expected and accepted on the world's biggest runways, and landing campaign after campaign (like posing alongside Gigi Hadid for Balmain's sure-to-be-epic collaboration with H&M).

Even so, she just took to her new website to reveal that modeling's actually pretty hard.

MORE: Check Out the Very First Runway Moments for Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne, and More

Kendall Jenner Says Modeling Is Hard Work With Late Nights and Lots of Traveling

Kendall Jenner backstage at Diane von Furstenberg spring 2016

"I've learned that modeling isn't as easy as everyone thinks. There are a ton of early mornings and late nights—it's exhausting. And there's a lot of traveling," she wrote on her site. "I have thought, What if it doesn't all work out, what else would I do? I haven't figured it out just yet, but that's okay because I'm still young."

Kendall's not the only catwalk regular to give the world a taste of what the profession entails. Abbey Lee Kershaw spoke honestly about her experience jetting around the globe for various fashion weeks, revealing that it got physically painful at times. "Your skin is red raw from all the makeup, your scalp hurts, you're exhausted, you're hungry," she said. Still, top girls are handsomely compensated, with lucrative campaigns and per-runway-step numbers that approach $300.

Kendall Jenner Says Modeling Is Hard Work With Late Nights and Lots of Traveling

Kendall getting worked on backstage at DVF

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Kendall Jenner Says Modeling Is Hard Work With Late Nights and Lots of Traveling