•Skechers is being sued by three models for using their photos improperly. The models allege that they were each paid to shoot ad campaigns that, per the terms of their contracts, were to run for a limited time period and only in certain world markets. Skechers then “disregarded these limitations and embarked on a successful worldwide branding campaign that was built around the images of these young models,” according to the models’ attorney, David Shraga, who added that the company preyed on the inexperienced, up-and-coming models by taking the chance that the mis-use of the images would go unnoticed because it occurred overseas. Skechers had no comment on the lawsuit, but the company was sued on similar grounds by a fashion photographer in 2010. Richard Reinsdorf claimed that ads he’d done for Skechers in 2006 had been re-used by the company in breach of his contract, without compensation. Reinsdorf’s case is ongoing; he seeks $250 million in damages. The three unnamed models are after a comparatively modest $10 million. [LATimes]
• 17-year-old Dutch-Greek model Ros Georgiou has already walked for Céline and Dries van Noten, but as soon as this September’s New York fashion week is over, she’ll be heading back to Athens for high school. “I’ll come back next year, after I graduate,” she says. “I think when I go back [to Greece] I’ll work more, but for Greek magazines, doing jobs after school. Finishing school is important, and I want to do that before I take anything big on.” Smart girl. [WWD]
• Spanish Vogue‘s September cover is out, and it features Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer, and Eva Herzigova. [FGR]
• In this video for American Vogue, Kate Moss — who is rarely interviewed for print, and yet more rarely speaks on camera — talks about organizing her wedding. It was filmed roughly one month before she tied the knot with Jamie Hince: “I’ve had big parties, I’ve had big birthday parties and you know, I’m like, ‘Let’s do a big wedding!’ Oh my god. And then you wake up thinking, ‘Ballet shoes for the girls!’ ‘The satin!’ ‘Is the ribbon right?’ I’m like, I’ve gone mental! I did not understand the <i>Bridezilla</i> show but now I do.” [YouTube]
• T magazine interviewed Kinga Rajzak and Lily Cole, who graduated from University College London and Cambridge, respectively, this spring. Rajzak earned a B.A. with honors in sociology and politics, and Cole earned an M.A. with a double first in art history. Cole says of campus life, “The Kills came to play on campus once, which was fun, as I’m friends with Jamie Hince. It was my first year, and he didn’t wager high stakes on me seeing it through three years. I suppose I won that bet.” [T]
• Rick “Zombie Boy” Genest and Andrej Pejic: united at last. [Made In Brazil]
• In 1996, a 16-year-old modeling newcomer known as James King was trailed around her first show season by Jennifer Egan, a novelist who herself modeled briefly in the 1980s, and who has incorporated the industry in her fiction writing. The resulting New York Times Magazine cover story, entitled “James is a Girl,” remains one of the best pieces of journalism ever written about the modeling industry. This weekend, the Times magazine did a feature where it caught up with some of its former subjects, to ask them how they felt about their portrayal in the magazine, and to reflect on the intervening years. This is what King said:
At 16 years old, you think you know everything, and then all of a sudden you realize that you don’t know anything at all. That is the best way to explain what I was feeling at that time.
I had grand illusions of what I thought modeling would be, as any young girl would. I was working with these masters in fashion and photography and learning from brilliant, creative people from around the world. But at the same time, I didn’t realize the weight of responsibility that I would carry, to have the same expectations put upon you as a minor that an adult would have. I was just a kid; I didn’t realize the freedom of youth that I was going be trading in for success. I became very successful, and I didn’t know how to handle that.
I felt like some people wanted a piece of me, wanted to take something from me. I felt that they wanted to sexualize me. In hindsight, I can see that and know the truth of it, but at that time I didn’t know that’s what they were doing. I just thought, Oh, I’m suddenly successful and all my dreams are coming true, but why do I feel so scared? I experimented with drugs; I was young and wanted to ‘‘fit in.” I quickly realized this wasn’t the path for me, and I haven’t touched any drug since I was 17.
I’m an actor now on an upcoming show on the CW, ‘‘Hart of Dixie.” I wish that I would have known how to have a career and be a kid at the same time. I think for the fashion industry that can happen only if they have a union for the young models as they do for the young actors.