MANPEDIA CENTREFOLD: KATE MOSS

Kate Moss, (born January 16, 1974, London, England), British fashion model whose waifish figure and natural look redefined the industryin the 1990s and who later became a cultural icon.

Kate Moss

Moss grew up in the London borough of Croydon. At the age of 14, she was discovered by Sarah Doukas, the owner of the modeling agency Storm. In 1990 Moss caught the attention of the fashion industry when a series of stark unstylized photographs of her—taken by the British photographer Corinne Day—were published in the youth style magazine The Face. At that time the fashion industry was populated by supermodels who were famous for their statuesque and curvaceous frames and traditionally glamorous images. With her more natural look, street style, and slight build—at five feet seven inches, she was short for a model—Moss became known as an “anti-supermodel,” and she launched a new era in modeling, though not without some controversy.

In 1992 Moss signed with American designer Calvin Klein, and she subsequently appeared in a series of advertisements for his brand that highlighted her very thin frame clothed in skimpy attire. The Klein campaign, as well as a photo spread in British Vogue shot by Day, caused a furor, as Moss was accused of promoting anorexia and pedophilia. She became the symbol for the so-called “heroin chic” generation that followed the grunge style. Despite the uproar, Moss became one of the most sought-after and highest-paid models. In the ensuing decades she appeared in ad campaigns for Dior, Burberry, Chanel, Versace, and Dolce and Gabbana, among others. With her iconic style, she also became a muse to a number of designers. Although many models retire by their mid-20s, Moss remained busy into the 21st century, by which time she had appeared on more than 300 magazine covers.

In addition to her work in front of the camera, Moss also was involved in several design-related ventures. Her first collection for the retailer Topshop appeared in 2007—it reportedly sold out in one day—and in 2010 she debuted a line of handbags for Longchamp. She also launched a perfume line in 2007, and her first lipstick collection for Rimmel hit stores in 2011.

Moss’s personal life was well documented by the tabloids. Her various relationships—notably with American actor Johnny Depp; British publisher Jefferson Hack, with whom she had a daugher in 2002; and Jamie Hince, a British rocker whom she married in 2011 and divorced in 2016—were popular targets, as was Moss’s partying lifestyle. In 2005 a tabloid published photographs of Moss using drugs with her then-boyfriend Pete Doherty, a British musician. The ensuing scandal resulted in a number of her contracts being terminated. By the following year, however, after a stint in rehab, Moss was again one of the industry’s top-earning models.

WEARING A SHARP SUIT

Not only does it change how other people perceive you, but it can also alter the way you see the world.

This is according to a new study that found people who wear suits tend to focus on the bigger picture rather than on minor details.

Wearing a crisp-cut suit may make you feel more powerful than you think. Not only does it change how people perceive you, but it can also alter the way you see the world.  Foreign Secretary William Hague (centre), actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie in London last year

Researchers at California State University, Northridge, describe people who put on formal clothing as abstract thinkers.

‘Putting on formal clothes makes us feel powerful, and that changes the basic way we see the world,’ Abraham Rutchick.

While the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs may have made it acceptable to wear jeans at work, the new study argues formal wear is better suited for the office environment.

Thinking abstractly can help in situations such as getting negative feedback on a piece of work, allowing the person to take a step back from the criticism.

Michael Slepian, another of the paper’s authors and a professor at Columbia Business School, said it could also help deal with financial situations by preventing impulse purchases.

The researchers performed a series of experiments in which students had to rate the formality of the clothes they had on.

They then answered a questionnaire designed to understand the way in which they think.

The researchers then asked the casually dressed participants to wear formal clothing, such as a suit, and found those who did began looking at the bigger picture when solving problems.

‘No matter how often you wear formal clothing, if you are wearing formal clothing, then you are likely in a context that’s not the intimate, comfortable, and more socially close setting with no dress code,’ says Slepian.

‘Thus, whether you wear formal clothing every workday, or only every wedding, my prediction is that we would find a similar influence because the clothing still feels formal in both situations.’

THE SLEEVE ROLL

Rolling up your sleeves.

It’s something you’ve probably never thought twice about.

But the way you roll your sleeves makes a huge difference in the silhouette of your outfit.

It can keep a level of formality in hotter weather. Or it can take your outfit to business casual.

This simple art – which takes a few minutes to master – makes a world of difference to your appearance and the social signals you send. (And it can also make your arms look bigger!)

But you need to know how to do it right. In this article and video, I’ll explain how to roll up your sleeves in five different ways. You can decide which method suits you best.

MANPEDIA CENTREFOLD: ELLE MACPHERSON

Elle Macpherson was born on March 29, 1964, in Killara, New South Wales, Australia. Her birth name is Eleanor Nancy Gow. Her father was the entrepreneur and sound engineer and a former president of Sydney rugby league team. Her mother was a nurse. Macpherson’s parents divorced when she was 10, and she moved together with her two siblings.

When her mother remarried, and due to a clerical mistake in her new school, her surname was changed to her stepfather’s surname Macpherson. Her stepfather Neil was a multimillionaire who owned a chain of stereo equipment stores. She studied at Killara High School and later attended the University of Sydney, where she studied law for one year.

Rise To Stardom

During a ski vacation in Aspen, Elle Macphersonwas discovered. She was 18 years old, and quickly signed a contract with Click Model Management. Her career rose immediately, and she featured the covers of major magazines like Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Vogue, GQ, and others. She made frequent appearances on the cover of Ellemagazine – she appeared in every issue for six straight years. In 1985 she became the face of French skincare company Biotherm.

Elle Macpherson holds the record for appearances on Sports Illustrated cover – a total of five times. Modeling for Sports Illustrated ensured Macpherson a world recognition and her supermodel status. She had walked runways and appeared in advertising campaigns for Dior, Luis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, John Galliano, Valentino.

Elle Macpherson has also worked for Victoria’s secret, Revlon and Omega. Macpherson has also appeared in non-fashion advertising campaigns for Coke, Chrysler, Budweiser, KFC and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

Acting Career

In 1994, Elle Macpherson made her film debut in the film Sirens. She played an artist’s model, alongside with Hugh Grant, Sam Neill, and others. After this she also starred in Batman & Robin, The Edge with Anthony Hopkins and The Mirror Has Two Faces.

Macpherson appeared in five episodes of the hit series Friends in 1999. Her most controversial roles was in Showtime miniseries A Girl Thing, where she played a woman experimenting with bisexuality.

Besides her roles as an actress, Elle Macpherson also was the host of favorite reality show Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model. She joined the show in 2010, even serving as executive producer. Macpherson also hosts and produces NBC reality show Fashion Star.

Other Endeavors

Elle Macpherson left her modeling agency in 1994 to start her own business – Elle Macpherson Inc. She began to produce highly popular calendar series as well as workout videos. In 1990, Macpherson launched her lingerie collection which was an international success. She partnered with Brendon Limited Apparel when the company offered her to model their lingerie line.

At the time, her idea of personal lingerie line was very unorthodox, but it soon became the best-seller in Great Britain and Australia. In 2014 she became the co-founder of WelleCo with its signature product The Super Elixir. Together with models Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell, Macpherson launched a restaurant Fashion Café. Unfortunately, the business wasn’t successful and became bankrupt in 2000.

Personal Life

In early 1980’s Elle Macpherson was dating Billy Joel and became an inspiration for his songs “The night” and “And So it goes.” When she was 21, Macpherson married the creative director of Elle – Gilles Bensimon, who she met in a photo shoot in 1984. The marriage lasted three years.

In 1996 Macpherson started seeing French financier Arpad Busson, and the couple had two sons together. The family lived together in London, until their separation in 2005. From 2009 she started dating Jeffry Soffer and became engaged in March 2013.

Besides English, Macpherson is also fluent in French and speaks Spanish and Italian. After performing nude in the 1994 film Sirens, she learned that the media began to look for nude photos of her. To address this issue, she appeared in 1994 May issue of Playboy magazine in a 12-page spread. She earned a stunning $25,000 for a page.

Philanthropic Work

Elle Macpherson is the European Ambassador for RED – initiative to raise money and awareness for AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. She is also an ambassador for UNICEF.

Elle Macpherson is also the ambassador for the Smile Foundation in Australia – foundation that helps families of children with rare diseases and organizes government research grants. She has also modeled for fundraising causes, like for 2007 British flood victims. She is also the patron of National Association for the Children of Alcoholics.