Do blondes really have more fun? Miranda Kerr certainly seemed to be having a good time when she donned a sultry blond wig for last month's issue of Vogue Italia. Captured by photographer Tom Munro, the supermodel and Victoria's Secret Angel is almost unrecognizable as she lounges on a fur-covered sofa, kohl-rimmed eyes peeking out from behind flaxen bangs. Watch the behind-the-scenes video from the shoot below, then click through to see images from the shoot.
"I had a nervous breakdown when I was 17 or 18, when I had to go and work with Marky Mark and Herb Ritts," Moss says in the December issue of Vanity Fair. "It didn't feel like me at all. I felt really bad straddling this buff guy. I didn't like it. I couldn't get out of bed for two weeks. I thought I was going to die. I went to the doctor and he said, 'I'll give you some Valium,' and Francesca Sorrenti [Moss's friend and mother of Mario Sorrenti], thank God, said, 'You're not taking that.'"
Elsewhere in the interview, Moss discusses her discomfort with posing nude for Corinne Day — the photographer who discovered her – the "years and years of crying" she suffered after breaking up with Johnny Depp, and the mental anguish she dealt with in her first years as a model.
"It was just anxiety. Nobody takes care of you mentally. There's a massive pressure to do what you have to do. I was really little, and I was going to work with Steven Meisel. It was just really weird — a stretch limo coming to pick you up from work. I didn't like it. But it was work, and I had to do it."
The ad that caused Moss's breakdown, below.
Heidi Klum's Halloween costumes and parties are the stuff of fashion legend, so it's fitting that this year the supermodel will dress up as the legendary Cleopatra.
Klum worked with Martin Izquierdo, who has created wings for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, to design the bold gold dress, cape, and headpiece she'll wear at her 13th annual Halloween party. In the past, Klum has cooked up costumes ranging from a purple-and-red robot to the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden.
This will be the first time Klum has celebrated Halloween, which she says is her favorite time of year, without her husband Seal since their marriage ended. Her party will take place at the new New York dance club Finale on Oct. 31. A guest list hasn't yet been announced, but in the past Michael Kors, Ellen von Unwerth, Doutzen Kroes, and Tyson Beckford have attended the bash.
But can anyone outdo Klum's costumes? A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Klum's costume below, plus a glimpse at her costumes from the past here in the gallery.
Agyness Deyn told us that just because she's landed several leading roles in more than one feature film doesn't mean she'll never model again.
Deyn, who stars in the film Pusher, says reports of her leaving the industry are the result of a big misunderstanding.
"It's really funny — it's like I stood on a podium and was like 'I'm retiring from modeling!' And it's so not the case," she said. "Someone asked me if I had stopped modeling and I was like, 'Uh, I suppose so, cause I've not modeled for a while.' But it's not like I'm never going to model ever again. There's a lot of actresses and actors who model and do work. So I'm not like totally ruling it out. I think like, just the basic fact that I've not done a modeling job in a while was what I was trying to communicate."
Her work on stage and screen is what's kept her away from fashion photographers and in front of film directors. In Pusher, Deyn plays Flo, the heroine-addicted stripper girlfriend of the film's protagonist, a drug dealer named Frank. Deyn shadowed a stripper to prepare for the role, and "had a lot of input" in creating Flo's wardrobe for the film.
"You have a certain idea of who she is and what she's about, and you put on a certain thing and its like 'Oh my God, this is her,'" Deyn said. "When she's at home, it's kind of super laid back and neutral and not in your face, her casual wear. And then when she's at work it's like 'Woah, holy sh*t!'"
And Deyn says Flo's duality — in both her personality and her wardrobe — is what makes her such an engaging character.
"She's like this childlike, angelic, delicate flower at home, and then when she's at work, she's this red-haired vixen in total control," she says. "That was the fun thing about playing her: It was kind of like playing two different characters."
Pusher premieres in theaters on Friday, Oct. 26, and is already available on video on demand.
Agyness Deyn and Richard Coyle in Pusher. Photo courtesy of Radius TWC.
Alexander Wang may have gotten Liberty Ross to do something no journalist could: address her husband Rupert Sanders's affair with actress Kristen Stewart.
Ross, who walked in Wang's Spring 2013 show, stars in the latest of Wang's Confessional video series. The 34-year-old model says she's "very happy with her life, and I'm lucky." And while she doesn't get into specifics, she does talk about the importance of exhibiting grace under pressure.
"I believe that we're all on journeys and we are all given lessons at certain times in our lives, and sometimes when things seem really bad, you have to be able to see the good and learn from it, and just move forward as graciously as possible," she says.
Watch as Ross gets prepared for her graceful turn down the runway in the video below.
Alexa Chung's much-awaited appearance on the Upper East Side has finally come, and though her one-line cameo — in which she emphatically announces "there's no way in hell I'm going out there" right before ditching Blair's fiasco of a fashion show — lasts all but a few seconds, it's still pretty fun to watch. Judging from Chung's cheery "I was on Gossip Girl last night. Lol," tweet this morning, it sounds like the model-TV presenter-clothing designer and soon to be author definitely got a kick out of the mini appearance as well.
Just in case you missed it, here it is.
Grace Coddington will release her autobiography, Grace: A Memoir, in November, and in it she recounts her introduction to modeling: posing in the buff for photographer Norman Parkinson.
In an excerpt of the book on Vogue.com, Coddington writes that a boyfriend introduced her to Parkinson, known by his friends as Parks. The first time they met, Parkinson said, "I have this little job at the weekend on my farm in Pishill. It's a nude photograph, if you don't mind."
"Well, I only registered the word photograph," Coddington writes. "I don't recollect why, but I guess it didn't occur to me that he meant I should take off all my clothes. Later on I did wonder whether it was the proper way to behave . . . To Parks, however, all I said at the time was 'OK,' and off we went to take pictures of me running through the woods naked. He demonstrated what I should do. 'This is what I want!' he shouted, mustache twitching as he leaped through the air from behind a tree, a tall, gentlemanly figure wearing one of his lucky little woven Ethiopian skullcaps. And that was that. I had a lovely time. It was my first modeling job. And afterward we all went home for tea."
Grace: A Memoir will make its debut on Nov. 20.
Photo: Grace Coddington photographed by Norman Parkinson, courtesy of Norman Parkinson Archive.
Poppy Delevingne says she's not only ready to make a career change, but she's also leaving the UK to do it. "I'm off to Hollywood to try my luck as an actress," the model — and recently engaged sister of fellow Burberry face Cara — recently told the Daily Mail. "I've always wanted to be in films and I'm not sure I can stay a model forever."
And though Delevingne is definitely not the first model to make the switch to acting, she does already have a little experience under her belt. In 2000 she played the lead in the romantic short Perfect, and more recently in 2009, she had a small part in the Philip Seymour Hoffman period comedy Pirate Radio.
A look back at some of our favorite Delevingne modeling moments here, in the gallery.
Agyness Deyn's appearance on the Summer cover of i-D magazine may have been the last job of her modeling career. Deyn, who's now pursuing a career in acting, said in a recent interview that she's "stopped modelling officially."
Deyn told The Independent, "I've not done any for a good long while now. I think it was about four years ago when my feelings were changing towards the industry. I didn't hate it, but I was yearning to do something different. I was on a gradient. It was a gradual thing."
Deyn has a supporting role in the upcoming film Pusher, which premieres next month, but she first started appearing in films in 2010. That year, she starred in the short Mean to Me and played the role of Aphrodite in Clash of the Titans.
Still, Deyn's drift from modeling into acting doesn't mean she didn't like walking down runways and appearing in ad campaigns.
"Oh god, I loved it," she said. "Being 18 years old, from Manchester, and suddenly having this new world to explore — being able to travel, meet all these different people, and immerse myself in all these different cultures — was just so much fun."
A look at all the fun Deyn has been having in her new career as an actor, here.
Photo courtesy of i-D magazine.
Victoria's Secret has already given Alessandra Ambrosio her angel's wings, but this year it's also giving her another precious gift to wear: diamonds.
Ambrosio will wear this year's $2.5 million Floral Fantasy Bra. The pricey piece of lingerie comes with a matching belt created by London Jewelers and features over 5,000 amethysts, sapphires, rubies, and diamonds arranged in a floral pattern. The bra features a removable 20-carat diamond hanging at its center.
"I felt they made it for me. It's very romantic," said Ambrosio, who's appeared in every Victoria's Secret Fashion Show since 2000. "I've been waiting for this moment for a long time."
The 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will air on Dec. 4 on CBS. Until then, a look back at the Fantasy Bras of seasons' past here in the gallery.
Photo via Victoria's Secret