Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr has been reportedly dropped as a Victoria’s Secret Angel because of her “difficult reputation”.
Miranda Kerr, 29, who is married to British actor Orlando Bloom with whom she shares 2-year-old son Flynn, has been let go as one of the main faces of Victoria’s Secrets after her $1 million, three year-contract “was not renewed”.
Miranda Kerr has been reportedly dropped as a Victoria’s Secret Angel because of her difficult reputation
A source told Us Weekly that Miranda Kerr “has a difficult reputation” and suggested it was the main reason she will no longer walk the lingerie brand’s star-studded annual catwalk show wearing a prestigious pair of angel’s wings, an honor reserved for just a handful of the brand’s top faces.
Another source suggested Miranda Kerr is “not a big seller for VS”, compared to its other Angels like Alessandra Ambrosio, 31, Candice Swanepoel, 24, and Adriana Lima, 31.
She will reportedly still walk in the Victoria’s Secrets’ runway show later this year and will also appear in its catalogue.
The source said: “They can still use her for catalogue, where she will get a day rate, but she doesn’t have to be an Angel to do that.”
Another source told People magazine Miranda Kerr is known in the industry as a diva, adding: “She can be difficult at shoots and appearances. She’s not very timely. She’s standoffish with the rest of the girls.”
But one source added: “If Miranda and Victoria’s Secret part ways it’s not because of her behavior. It’s purely contractual. She’ll be coming back for the show but it’s unclear if she’ll be in future campaigns. But she is definitely one of the most popular models and in high demand.”
Executives from Victoria’s Secret did not deny that Miranda Kerr’s contract has not been renewed, but chief marketing officer Ed Razek insisted he has already invited her to walk in the 2013 runway show in New York in November.
Ed Razek said: “Miranda Kerr is one of the best models in the history of the business – and easily one of the most popular. She is also a consummate professional.”
“Any rumors to the contrary are simply untrue. While her international commitments have kept her away from us more than we’d like over the past few years, she will always be an Angel to me … In fact, I’ve already invited her to walk the runway in this year’s fashion show and, happily, she’s agreed.”
Other Victoria’s Secret Angels include Lily Aldridge, 27, Karlie Kloss, 20, Doutzen Kroes, 28, and Erin Heatherton 24.
While womenswear designers have taken a step into preventing scarily skinny models on the catwalk, it seems the same cannot be said for those behind men’s fashion collections.
A photo of a shockingly thin male model on the catwalk at YSL was tweeted by blogger Poppy Dinsey, the founder of website What I Wore Today.
“Woefully irresponsible model casting at YSL yesterday,” Poppy Dinsey wrote, before adding: “Speechless.”
The photo of the emaciated model prompted a barrage of responses from other Twitter users, most of whom tweeted their support and horror YSL’s use of the gaunt model.
But in a disturbing twist, others weighed in favor of looking extremely thin, with one user – who outs herself as “pro ana” in her Twitter handle – arguing that despite appearances, Poppy Dinsey should have made clear that he “ISN’T ill”.
She added: “Have you thought how he’d feel if he saw this? He has absolutely NOTHING wrong.”
“I have had hundreds of replies but haven’t seen a single response that says they think it looks healthy or acceptable, although plenty of fashiony friends enjoyed the collection itself – which people seem to be forgetting about,” said Poppy Dinsey.
“What did upset me was the number of people who said the model was <<disgusting>> – I made a point of saying you can’t assume that the model has an eating disorder.
“I have been to hundreds of fashion shows so I’m never particularly surprised by the latest <<shock model picture>> but casting directors have to take some responsibility.
“A model may well be healthy, but if someone looking at the pictures will assume the opposite, why not cast someone who doesn’t create such controversy?”
Shockingly thin male model on the catwalk at YSL
The gaunt-faced model is a far cry from the healthy-looking male models who have dominated the industry in recent years.
High-earning male models such as David Gandy, Gabriel Aubry and Andrés Velencoso have set an industry standard geared towards the fit and healthy rather than the emaciated.
But the appearance of the emaciated model suggests times could be changing and that’s worrying -particularly at a time when male anorexia or “manorexia” is becoming more widespread.
According to recent figures released by eating disorders charity, B-EAT, the number of male anorexics, previously thought to total just 10% of total sufferers, has shot up.
Male sufferers now account for a quarter of all disordered eating cases but often find themselves struggling with the disease alone thanks to a lack of awareness about the disease and how it affects men.
“All too often eating disorders are seen as a young girl’s illness,” says B-EAT spokeswoman, Leanne Thorndyke.
“There is still a great deal of misunderstanding and stigma surrounding these serious psychiatric conditions which makes it even more difficult for a male to admit to having the problem and seeking help.”
And, while the sight of models such as the one seen at YSL aren’t directly to blame, according to Leanne Thorndyke, they certainly don’t help.
“The fashion industry doesn’t cause eating disorders. It does, however, have a powerful influence that is highly toxic to some vulnerable people.
“People have told us these images alone do not cause their eating disorder but it can make it harder for people to recover.”
Poppy Dinsey: “It’s unfair on the fashion industry to say that all designers are peddling an unhealthy ideal, as the majority of designers and casting directors will be doing their utmost to only book healthy models.
“Catwalk models aren’t like your average attractive guy or girl from school – they fit a very narrow ideal of height and weight and some people are just naturally that thin.
“The problem is, impressionable people across the world see these images and aspire to be like this – when it would take nothing short of starvation to achieve the same shape – and that’s forgetting they’re probably four inches too short to model anyway.”
Marion Finlayson’s last catwalk appearance may have been over 60 years ago, but she looked as though she’d never been away as she made a triumphant return to the runway at the age of 80.
The glamorous grandmother, who first modelled when she was a teenager before pursuing a career as a teacher, went down a storm at the launch of the 50 Plus Festival in Aberdeen earlier this week.
Marion Finlayson says she is enjoying the experience a great deal more the second time around as she has grown more confident over the years.
“I thoroughly enjoyed it,” she said.
“I hadn’t done it since I was a student in the late 1940s. Luckily I don’t have nerves anymore so I just got up there and had lots of fun.
“I couldn’t believe the crowd. There were about 300 or 400 people watching and they were great.”
Marion Finlayson, who is grandmother to Antonia, 13, and Andrew, 11, previously worked as a teacher at Albyn School in Aberdeen for years and went on to work with special needs children.
Mario Finlayson looked as though she’d never been away as she made a triumphant return to the runway at the age of 80
She decided to return to modelling after the death of her husband Bruce in 2010 and says having something else to focus on is helping her to deal with her grief.
“My husband, Bruce, died a year and a half ago after 54 years of marriage, a very good marriage, and I found it very difficult to overcome it,” she explained.
“But doing this catwalk has really helped. I’ve got to meet lots of new, younger people, which I think is good for me.
“I even had a muscly personal trainer in tartan to walk me down the catwalk.”
The widow says her family and friends have also played a huge part in helping her to move on after losing her beloved husband, and reveals that she recently found the strength to go on holiday alone.
“I used to go on holiday to Italy a lot with my husband, and I wasn’t sure about going away on my own,” she says.
“But I’ve gained a lot of confidence recently and I thought to myself, <<no I’m not going to stay at home, I’m going to go>>. After going to Italy I even went to Mauritius.”
Marion Finlayson, who is incredibly great shape for her age, says she likes to keep active and regularly attends yoga and Pilates classes.
“I do yoga, pilates and tums and bums classes every week,” she says.
“My grandchildren are a handful as well, they’re always running about.
“The modelling was something different and I would definitely do it again. If anyone asks me I will have a go – it’s better than doing the ironing.
“I’ve been interested in fashion all my life and I’d be the first to admit that I’m a bit of a shopaholic.”