Legendary Hairstylist Oribe Passed Away, Naomi is the Face of Nars, and more news you missed

Naomi Campbell Returns As the Face of Nars
In a strange state of affairs, Naomi Campbell landed only her second beauty campaign ever with this season’s Nars Cosmetics Spring 2019 ad. The cosmetics brand has turned to the supermodel before way back in 2004 and she hasn’t let up on landing campaigns and covers after over a decade. Over Instagram, Francois Nars revealed the campaign expressing his love for the new company muse saying, “She and I are like family. I have known her since the very beginning of her career. From the start, I have admired her, her beauty, and her style.”

Oribe has passed away
Sad news reached the industry this week that legendary hairstylist Oribe has died at 62 after suffering liver and kidney failure after going to New York for cancer treatment last month, as reported by The New York Times. His impact on the era of 90s supermodels was unprecedented, crafting big hair looks that brought the sparkle to the “glamazons” of the time. Models, celebrities, and collaborators turned to social media to express their disbelief and sorrow at his sudden passing.

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When I was 16 I was fascinated with Vogue magazine I would ride on the train and look at all the images of the supermodels and I was obsessed with the hair!! When I saw an image I loved I would check who did it and it was always someone named Oribe… Wow… he’s amazing I would think!! Cut to years later I was making my first album. I started working with Benny Medina and he said to me we have to do an album cover shoot who do you want for hair and makeup… honestly I was so new to the industry I knew no one and remembered my time flipping thru those magazines on the 6 and said ummm Oribe and Kevin Aucoin… Benny laughed and said oh OK! The next 10 years I would spend with Oribe by my side in every waking and working moment. We fell in love with each other. We traveled the world together. And along with Scott Barnes they helped me blossom into JLO. It was a magical and exhausting time…And when I was tired he would say to me… “You are gonna get up and go out there and be beautiful and fabulous bc that your job!!” We’d laugh bc that sounded crazy and then we would get to the business of doing our “job” !! He made me love the glam part of things. Bc he loved it so much and saw it as a powerful tool to empower women. He loved beauty and wanted women to feel beautiful and sexy. He loved the messiness and the imperfection and saw how interesting that was. He was a true artist. He made me feel special and beautiful for so long. I could go on and on but I will just say with a heavy heart… Thank you sweet, beautiful man… I will miss you. I love you Oribe… so much… ?#latinolegend #artistextraordinaire #hairgod #familia

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Prada issues an apology for its racially tone-deaf keychain
Last week, Prada found itself in hot water after shoppers were quick to call out the offensive resemblance of one of their trinket key chains from the Pradamalia collection, to that of a racist 19th-century blackface character. The luxury house promptly removed the racially tone-deaf toys from their stores and issued an apology over Twitter, clarifying that, “….we abhor all forms of racism and racist imagery,” and followed the tweet with a formal statement promising to form an advisory council on diversity, inclusion, and culture.

Rodarte to Make a California Homecoming for Fall 2019
Following their return to New York after a Paris stint, Rodarte’s Fall 2019 collection will be shown will be shown in Los Angeles, as reported by Vogue. It’s a homecoming 10 years in the making for the brand’s designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy who are from Pasadena. “We are proud to bring our show to L.A. with our amazing team and our collaborators, Alex de Betak and Bureau Betak and Brian Phillips and Black Frame, and to be presenting the show with JNSQ wines as they introduce an elegant rosé cru,” they told Vogue. [Vogue]

See the 2018’s winners from Models.com’s annual Model of the Year Awards
The end of 2018 can only mean one thing: Models.com’s Model of the Year Awards. With over 250 industry voters as well as countless reader’s votes we present the models that defined this past year. Find out the winners in each of our 11 categories here.

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