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Rihanna's at it again, bringing her perfection into our undeserving worlds. We can't cope with her, honestly.

This time, she's only gone and produced realistic mannequins for her first Fenty collection, with actual, real-life CURVES. *Wipes away tear* We adore representation.

Bad Gal RiRi debuted her first collection at a New York City pop-up store, and while the clothes themselves were gorgeous, fans noticed the mannequins immediately for their authenticity.

While in-store mannequins in regular retail shops normally feature a 24-inch waist, Rihanna decided to do things her way, adding hips, fuller breasts and even…a BELLY. *Faints*

People were here for the representation, with one user tweeting; "Here for the mannequin having hip dips and a little pooch." Another responded; "Wow, this mannequin is shaped like me".

The joy was palpable from fans all over the world, adoring Rihanna's vision. We all most likely remember her iconic Savage x Fenty catwalk show, featuring models of every colour, size and ability as well as a pregnant model.

"Rihanna’s vision for Fenty is to celebrate femininity in all its form," the brand told BAZAAR.com in a statement.

"This Release 6-19 explores another facet of a woman’s wardrobe, one that honours all colours, shapes, curves and styles. We wanted to illustrate the Maison’s inclusive side by showing a size-range of mannequins which represent this reality."

Nike recently debuted plus-size mannequins in the women's section of their Oxford Street store, grabbing attention for the ground-breaking move.

Located at The Webster until June 30, Fenty's new pop-up showcases the 31-year-old singer's stunning dresses and form-fitting knit outfits on mannequins of all different shapes and sizes.

The move is rarely witnessed in the body-shaming world of high fashion, but everyone knows you can't tell RiRi what to do.

Hopefully other brands take note, and decide to show genuine women in their ad campaigns, runway shows and mannequin sizing.

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Kendall Jenner has opened up to Allure about her self-esteem issues surrounding her acne and skincare routine since she was 14-years-old.

She only revealed to the world last month that she is a long-time sufferer of the skin condition which plagues mainly young teens around the world.

Taking to Instagram back in January, she wrote to her fans; "While there are much bigger problems happening in the world, suffering from acne for me was debilitating. It’s something that I’ve dealt with since I was a young teen and has caused me to feel anxious, helpless and insecure."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She continued; "As humans, I don’t think we share our insecurities enough because we live in a time where being “perfect” is the standard. We curate our life online and pick the pretty moments to post. I’d like to show a younger generation that not everything is perfect."

Jenner's goal is to create a conversation surrounding image and insecurity; "I didn’t think I’d see the day where I would feel confident posting a makeup free picture. My goal is to open up a dialogue around skin positivity.

Now, she has stated that the online haters as well as her acne has made her cry for days in the past. We've all had a bit of a sob when a massive spot surfaces on the exact day you have an important event on, it's so cruel.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She revealed more about her young life to Allure;

"I've always struggled with a bit of acne since I was around 14. It killed a lot of self-esteem and I had to really work past that." She is also a person who detests when her pimples are pointed out to her, as we all are.

A break-out at the Golden Globes caused her endless stress, saying, "I was feeling good about myself, and then when people say mean things I'm like, 'I know I have a zit. I know I'm breaking out. You guys don't have to keep pointing it out. I obviously see that, but let me live.'"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Those people are legit the worst. Rude, much?

She admitted; 

"I have cried endlessly for days because of things people have said to me, and I've had to become stronger through it. I mean, don't get me wrong: I am not superhuman. I definitely feel, and the things people say online are very hurtful."

We're happy for her that she's found a great skincare routine that works for her, and is starting the conversation. Young women are under such pressure to look picture perfect 24 hours a day.

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Only a few days ago, Grammy-nominated singer Bebe Rexha took to Instagram to proclaim her anger and frustration at body-shaming designers who refused to dress her for the ceremony.

Why? Because she's a SIZE EIGHT. She didn't name names, but if only she did. They'd have been ripped to shreds in minutes.

The Meant To Be singer is nominated for two awards at the Grammys, and said in a video; "If a size six/eight is too big, then, I don't know what to tell you, then I don't want to wear your f*cking dresses, 'cause that's crazy."

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She continued; "You're saying that all the women in the world that are size eight and up are not beautiful and they cannot wear your dressed,"

"Im sorry, I had to get this off my chest," Bebe captioned the post. "If you don't like my fashion style or my music that's one thing. But don't say you can't dress someone that isn't a runway size."

"Empower women to love their bodies instead of making girls and women feel less then by their size. My size eight ass is still going to the Grammys," she concluded. 

Demi was quick to comment her support; "F*cking preach!!! Love this and you for speaking your mind and using your voice!!!"

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Demi Lovato has always been vocal against body-shamers online, and supportive of plus-sized models in the industry.

She even told a fan who created a detailed sketch of the singer; "That's not how my body looks", insisting that her body be represented accurately.

Rexha has received an overwhelming amount of support from the public and celebrities alike following her video, with numerous designers offering to dress her.

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Modelling is see as the ultimate in glamorous career paths – the jet set lifestyle, beautiful clothing and legions of adoring fan online and IRL.

However, it's also a cut-throat industry, where a 'new face' can be disposed of after a single season, 20-hour days are the norm, pressures come from drink and drug use, low weights are standard, and women can be exploited. 

While in the 1980s and 90s, the fashion industry revolved around a few faces, the super models of the time, such as Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, it's not a changed landscape, with armies of models in each show and a wave of new, teenage models presenting a Fashion Week each season. 

 

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In an effort to alleviate the exploitation of young women in an industry which currently relies heavily on the labour of teenage girls, Vogue has pledged to only book models aged 18 and over. 

The iconic fashion tome is hailing the rest of the industry to follow suit. 

'When Brooke Shields, then fourteen, graced the February 1980 cover of Vogue, she was an outlier, writes Vogue's Maya Singer.

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'Since then, models in their mid-teens have appeared in many of our fashion editorials. No more: It’s not right for us, it’s not right for our readers, and it’s not right for the young models competing to appear in these pages.'

'While we can’t rewrite the past, we can commit to a better future.'

Modelling is a highly stressful, highly physical job, and taking the pressure off teenagers from contributing to the industry can only be a good thing. 

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Scrolling through Instagram or flipping through a magazine can be aspirational AF, but looking at the seemingly perfect lives and figures of our favourite Instagrammers and models can leave some of us feeling dissatisfied with our own bodies. 

A new study from Florida State University has found that interaction with average or curvy models has a positive effect on our mental health when compared to slim models or those with a less attainable body shape for some women. 

The study used psychophysiological measures to examine how women respond, both psychologically and physiologically, to models of different sizes.

 

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According to the study, when average size and plus-size models were on screen, research participants had an overall more positive experience.

Participants answered questions about their body satisfaction after viewing images of both plus and straight sized models.

The participants, who were all female and all had made indications that they wished to lose weight, made fewer comparisons between their bodies and those on screen.

The subjects also paid more attention and remembered more about those models.

Most importantly, participants also reported higher levels of body satisfaction.

'We found overwhelmingly that there is a clear psychological advantage when the media shows more realistic body types than the traditional thin model,'  said Jessica Ridgway, assistant professor in the Department of Retail, Merchandising and Product Development at FSU.

'Women made fewer social comparisons, felt increased body satisfaction, paid more attention to and remembered average and plus-size models,' added Russell Clayton, assistant professor in the FSU School of Communication and lead author of the study. 

'Therefore, it might be a useful persuasive strategy for media producers to employ plus-size models if the goal of the campaign is to capture attention while also promoting body positivity.'

We're all for more curvy representation in the industry, and definitely support having a mix of diverse body shapes, both slim and plus-size, promoted in advertising. 

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Since the birth of the hugely controversial 'heroin chic' look, which was seen on catwalks all over the world in the 90s, the fashion industry has faced intense criticism over the supposed glamourisation of eating disorders.

For more than 20 years, campaigners have urged major brands to take cognisanse of their influence on impressionable young men and women, and actively discouraged agencies from hiring models with a distinctly emaciated look.

And while some small changes have been made, including France's decision to outlaw the use of skeletal models in the country's fashion industry, critics insist more needs to be doing to look after both the models, and the individuals who aspire to be them.

Taking heed of the criticism, two French fashion groups, Kering and LVMH, have signed a charter which bans the use of models below a British size 6, European size 32 and US size 0.

The groups, which are home to Christian Dior, Gucci, Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent, have confirmed that the stipulations laid out in the charter will be met during castings.

Commenting on the move, François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive of Kering said: "We hope to inspire the entire industry to follow suit, thus making a real difference in the working conditions of fashion models industry-wide."

"Respecting the dignity of every man and woman is at the heart of both group’s values," read a release on behalf of both groups.

"Having always cared for the well-being of models, LVMH and Kering feel that they have a specific responsibility, as leaders in the industry, to go one step further with their brands."

Further to this, the charter has pledged to care for the wellbeing of their models by providing nutritional advice and psychological support.

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Irina Shayk, who is currently dating Bradley Cooper, is ranked as the eighth best model in the world, according to models.com, but she may have some competition. 

Sarah Tansey is an Irish model who is making her way in the fashion and beauty industry, one gorgeous picture at a time. 

Irina Shayk

When looking at Sarah, 28, we had to do a double-take due to her INSANE resemblance to Irina . 

It is safe to say that any sort of similarity to this Russian beauty would be a huge plus, but this Louth girl is pulling a serious Parent Trap moment here. 

The comparisons can be seen through their gorgeous full lips and signature bushy eyebrows.

Sarah is signed to the Andrea Roche Model Agency here in the Dublin and Wilhelmina Models in new York,  but travels the world with her career. 

 

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Sarah has mystifyingly blue eyes, and fantastically chiselled cheekbones, much like her Russian counterpart. 

This beautiful brunette is more than just a pretty face though, boasting a degree in Pharmacy from the Royal College of Surgeons. 

The Dundalk native has featured in a number of magazine spreads, for both fashion and beauty, while also having been the face of designer brands such as VULKAN

She has walked in New York Fashion Week (goals) and in her spare time enjoys sipping fresh coffee and hanging out in local landmarks. 

Sarah is spending her summer working in Europe, and will travel to New York in September to pursue some major opportunities. 

We are looking forward to seeing more from this Irish beauty!  

You go girl! 

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Perhaps the age of the ultra skinny super model is finally coming to an end. 

As we are finally seeing more natural shapes on the runway (Gigi Hadid, how are ye?), France has just passed a landmark piece of legislature which protects models from becoming unhealthy as a result of their work demands. 

The bill will require that all models who wish to work in the country must obtain a doctor's note proving they are healthy and fit to work based on their weight, age and body shape.

Any employers who refuse to follow the new procedures can be prosecuted and face fines starting at 75,000€ as well as possible jail time. 

The bill also sets in place guidelines for the retouching of fashion images. Any image which alters a models frame significantly to be skinnier than it actually is, must now be clearly labelled as a "retouched image".

Violation of these guidelines will also result in hefty fines. 

France is not the first country to have passed legislation of this nature. Italy, Spain and Israel have also put in place laws that ban models with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 18 from working in the industry. 

Let's hope this is the last time we are expected to think that protruding bones on the runway are representative of normal or 'fashionable' women. 

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Rick Owens debuted his Cyclops collection at Paris Fashion Week yesterday and in doing so left plenty of people stunned- and also confused.

The show began innocently at first, one model strutted down the runway in an open sleeveless coat that left her black bra on display.

However, things then took a turn for the bizarre.

Models were walking down the runway wearing other models strapped to their bodies like one would wear a schoolbag.

Face-up, face-down or even upside-down, the models contorted themselves in the most unusual ways. Reports claim they were actually local gymnasts,which explains a little, but not a lot. 

iPhones were whipped out as fast as possible as crowds were reportedly shocked by the show, but also very much in love with the fashion.

 

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The designer told the New York Times where his idea came from and why he chose the Cyclops theme.

He writes: "A cyclops is a mythological creature, formidable with focused vision. Who among us wouldn’t appreciate that kind of description?”

We can’t argue with that, can we? He then continued:

“In the spring men’s collection, which shares the same name, that focused vision was propulsive and aggressive. When applied to women, I see that focused vision being more about nourishment, sisterhood, motherhood, and regeneration. “

He said that “women raising women” and “women supporting women” in the world of women is something he knows little about.

Just when we thought we had in-depth knowledge of the fashion world, human-backpacks arrive and leave us all really confused.

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Attention all girl bosses (or aspiring girl bosses)!

We may have a long way to go until we achieve actual equality in the workplace, but the number of women leaders is growing. Hurrah!

The Limited, an American clothing brand, wanted to celebrate that in their new Autumn campaign. 

"The New Look of Leadership" features over 60 women who are forces in their industry. 

From motivational speakers, to life coaches, stylists and authors, The Limited rounded up the most diverse, beautiful and powerful group. 

The aim for the compelling campaign was a reminder than absolutely anyone can be a trailblazer. 

Society is changing – go #Girlbosses! 

 

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When model of the moment Karlie Kloss announced earlier this month that she was starting a YouTube channel called Klossy, it sparked much debate about whether or not YouTube was a viable source for models to gain exposure. 

While social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram are great for getting your name out there, it seems YouTube offers them a more unique outlet of expression. 

So we did our own digging around – finding a few amazing models just like Karlie who have their own YouTube channels.

Read on to meet the models of YouTube

 

Ruth Crilly

Between all the makeup for fashion shows and photo shoots over the years, models practically become beauty experts. Ruth Crilly's experience in front of the camera led her to start her own YouTube channel dedicated to product recommendations. You will see her sampling countless products from perfumes, to lipsticks and moisturisers. This girl knows her stuff!

 

Taylor, Logan and Mackinley Hill

The Hill sisters started their YouTube channel to document their journey from high school students to top models. With Taylor tapped to be the next Victoria's Secret Angel and sister Mackinley following shortly behind her, the sisters have charted every moment via their online channel. They also take time to answer questions from aspiring models. 

 

Alexandra Elizabeth and Harleth Kuusik

Alexandra Elizabeth was on YouTube well before she became a model but initially she focused more on dance than fashion. Now that she's on the runway she captures all the moments with fellow model Harleth Kuusik. From all the backstage chaos and international travel that comes hand-in-hand with their job, this channel gives you some great insight to the world of a top model.

 

Dauphine McKee

This blonde beauty gives a little bit of everything on her YouTube channel from modelling advice to make up reviews and even the occasional song cover. A medical degree is also on the horizon for Dauphine so expect to see a lot of health and fitness reviews coming along soon. 

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Half a dozen familiar faces sourced from the leading Assets modelling agency – not to mention expert styling, as well as clothes and accessories from the likes of Rococo, Seagreen, Mirimar, and Style Ikon.

Yes, one of the Dublin social scene’s must-attend events is getting closer – and the evening itself is only getting better.

Held at the swish Killiney Castle Hotel on Wednesday, June 24, the fashionable soiree will benefit the Gaza Children First appeal.

Kicking-off with a swanky drinks reception at 7pm and with several well-known names from the worlds of fashion, entertainment and media already on board, the show itself will begin at 7.45pm.

Tickets cost just €25 and attendees will furthermore be offered heaps of expert beauty advice and insider tips. Everyone there on the evening goes home with a great gift-bag too.

The event is being organised to help an amazing cause; namely the founding of an educational centre for the children of Gaza.

There, they will be taught English, maths, computers, and arts and crafts by local teachers overseen on a daily basis by the charity’s project manager.

Children will be able to come to the school for morning and afternoon sessions, and further schools are now in the offing.

The Gaza Children First fashion show takes place on Wednesday, June 24 at the Killiney Castle Hotel. Tickets cost just €25. Follow the charity on Facebook, gazachildrenfirst, and also check out gazachildrenfirst.org.

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