Model Liya Kibede is gracing the May 2015 cover of Vogue Paris and she looks absolutely stunning. So why is this a big deal? She's gorgeous, her skin is flawless, she looks amazing in high-end designer fashion--she belongs on the cover of magazines, right? Well, this is the first time Vogue Paris has had a black model on the cover in five years, proving that the lack of diversity in the fashion industry is still very much a huge issue. Despite efforts from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and its international counterparts to boost diversity, on the runway in particular, there hasn't really been much progress throughout the industry as a whole. Here's hoping this Vogue Paris cover and Jourdan Dunn's Vogue UK cover back in February are the start to a necessary change that needs to happen in the fashion world. Congrats to the beautiful Liya Kibede on landing this cover!
It's the end of an era! After two decades of modeling, Gisele Bündchen is retiring from the runway. The supermodel, who's walked for iconic fashion houses including Chanel, Valentino, and Louis Vuitton, ended her career last week in her native Brazil where she strutted the runway at Sao Paulo Fashion Week. "I don't see how to continue (modeling on the catwalk) ... and stopping will leave room for other projects I have for myself," Bündchen said in an interview. "Automatically my body tells me if what I do is worth it, and it asked to stop. I respect my body, it's a privilege to be able to stop." The Brazilian beauty is, according to Forbes, the highest-earning model, netting $47 million last year alone. Bündchen is staying mum on what her "other projects" might be, but we're keeping our fingers crossed that some sort of book is in the works.
It was just over a month ago that we reported that dELiA*s was finito, but it ain't over 'til it's over. After being delisted from the Nasdaq Global Market, liquidating merchandise (and store fixtures!) at the brick and mortar locations, and shutting down the website, dELiA*s is making a comeback as an online-only shop. Head to the dELiA*s homepage now and you'll be greeted with a message that reads "coming soon...," along with the hashtag #DeliasForever. The retailer also sent out the message via their Instagram with a post that says "News flash! Delia*s will be coming back-to-school with you! Best part? Online only = ALWAYS OPEN!" Look for the new dELia*s e-commerce site to launch this August.