* If you've walked into a drug store in the last six years, you've probably seen her face. Youthful, serene and perfectly lit, Bulgarian model Marina Asenova is the face of Coty's Sally Hansen Hair Care line. Only, she had no idea until very recently and is demanding remuneration. She is suing her former New York agency MC2 for "breach of contract and unjust enrichment, contending that 80 percent of the cash the company has pocketed should be hers."[NYPost]
* Remember the movie B*A*P*S? Apparently it makes for fertile fashion inspiration as Steven Meisel and Lori Goldstein saw fit to resurrect it for March 2012's Italian Vogue cover story. In a nod to the fabulous but often outrageous world of competitive hair-styling, Meisel shot Joan Smalls, Jessica Stam, Karen Elson, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Lindsey Wixson, Daphne Groeneveld, Guinevere van Seenus and Coco Rocha for his 32-page editorial "Haute Mess." Heavy on kitsch, the spread has sparked cries of racism and class-ism and borrowed heavily from an editorial titled “Gallery of Ghetto-Fabulous, Edible Hair Dos” from food and fitness blog, Yum Yucky.
It seems a bittersweet victory for Joan Smalls who scored her first Italian Vogue cover, the first Italian Vogue cover in four years to use any minority model since the 'Black Issue' in July of 2008. When asked whether she thought the images she approved were racist and controversial, IT Vogue Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani answered, "A racist image, I really do not understand... We have had very controversial issues, and this is not a controversial issue at all." One look at Vogue Black, a derivative site dedicated solely to, well, all things "black and fashion" and one would assume that Italian Vogue editors have no difficulty culling positive references to black culture. But on the 44 covers since the 'Black Issue,' the magazine has featured only beautiful images of white women. [Styleite, Tom and Lorenzo, NYMag, fashin]
* Condé Nast has enacted new guidelines for it's already competitive internship program. On the heels of an anticipated inquiry from the Department of Labor and a lawsuit against competitor Hearst Corp., the publishing giant now requires that interns are only enrolled in the program for one semester, given a stipend of approximately $550 and receive college credit. Interns are also barred from running personal errands for senior staffers. [Reuters, Fashionista]