Japan, Spain, England, Mexico, China. The Academy Awards last month was peppered liberally with beautiful young actresses from all corners of the globe. Ditto the runways of New York, Milan and Paris, where the Brazilians and Eastern Europeans were joined by models from around the world. The global assortment is reaching fever pitch, it seems, with a new generation of young women challenging traditional notions of beauty. Take half-Vietnamese, half Polish-Irish, Hawaiian-raised action star Maggie Q, who held her own in the blockbuster Mission: Impossible 3 opposite Tom Cruise, or Alice Braga, the young Brazilian actress known for her role in City of God, who shares her exotic looks with her aunt, actress Sonia Braga. (Next up is a star-making role opposite Will Smith in I Am Legend.) The modeling world’s latest sensations are breaking beauty barriers, too. From Hilary Rhoda, the Chevy Chase, Md., native whose full eyebrows and sporty-yet-sophisticated demeanor earned her an Estée Lauder contract, to the British-born bleached-blonde Agyness Deyn (currently appearing in ads for Giorgio Armani) and runway favorite Ajuma Nasayana, who hails from Nigeria, the new icons of beauty are anything but standard.
@juicebeauty, where @gwynethpaltrow holds the title of creative director of makeup, has become one of the foremost labels in the organic beauty category –– with sales on track to hit $100 million this year. What’s behind the rapid growth the brand is experiencing right now? It all started in 2005 when the wellness movement was just getting started. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty
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"I want to tell a story that inspires people to feel good about themselves, but also I'm making a commentary about the lack of female stories and female directors and saying this should change," said @imheathergraham on her latest project "Half Magic." The comedy feature, which the actress wrote and directed, is based on her own struggles as a woman in show business. Read @andrewnodell's full interview with Graham on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
@meltcosmetics cofounders @lora_arellano and @danabomar built their brand on a single idea: a true matte lipstick. To set the brand apart, they said they always put their customers first –– including a personalized note in each package. #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.