Coco Chanel, Nazy Spy

A new book by American writer Hal Vaughan suggests that Coco Chanel had an affair with a German spy and that she secretly has been a Nazi spy during the Second World War.

Sleeping with the enemy, Coco Chanel’s secret war” created a big scandal in the fashion industry: Gabrielle Chanel, the founder of Chanel French fashion house, the symbol of elegance, the designer that released women from corsets, creating a new silhouette,  the femme fatale known for her love life, was a Nazi spy?

Sadly and true according to Hal Vaughan which declare that the story is the result of more than three years research in the French, British, German, Italian, Polish and American archives. In his book he cites 225 secret documents that reveal the contract between Coco Chanel and the Nazi Germany. She was identified with the agent number F-7124 and has operated under the name “Westminster,” named after the Duke of Westminster with whom she had a love affair.

Why Chanel launched into this adventure? It wasn’t just because her lover Hans Günther Von Dincklage probably influenced her. The American journalist tries to find another explanation. Through her contacts with the Nazis, Coco Chanel seek to take the full control of the Chanel perfumes because she was possessing only a tiny part, the rest was hold by Wertheimer brothers.

After the Second World War ends Coco Chanel is arrested. With the help of her friend Winston Churchill she is released after few days. Died in 1971 at the age of 88 years, Chanel has always denied that she collaborated with Nazis.

Coco Chanel and Winston Churchill.

“You were born Original, Don’t die a copy!”

If you are fat you may not suit the fashion world’s criteria, and this is not news for us. But if you are a singer or an actress and not a model and your size is 16, could you still be bombarded with controversial comments? Wouldn’t it be ridiculous that even if you are not a runway model you have to follow somebody’s rules, the rules of the celebrity world. Everybody knows that the appearance matters much more than the performance as a singer or actress. Yes this is the sad reality! A ridiculous episode happened a few months ago, when the fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has allowed himself to offended the British singer Adele, saying that she was very fat. Do not forget that in the past the German fashion designer has suffered from weight problems. However I’m not very surprised of this comment, as we know that if you want to be accepted in this world you have to be part of the same ‘collection’ as Barbie in factories. In an interview with People magazine, the 23-year-old says: ‘I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.’ Also the queen of pop, Madonna, described Lagerfeld remarks as “horrible and ridiculous”. “I don’t like it when anybody says anything bad about anyone — I don’t like it. Adele’s a great talent and how much she weighs has nothing to do with it.” Madonna said to The Sun. “It is all about who you surround yourself with — friends and people who really do care about you, and care about your well-being beyond being a superstar. That’s the most important thing.”

The negative advertising is even better in the fashion industry.

Everyone’s personal life needs to stay private! We are all agreeing with that. But if you are a public figure is this right still belongs to you? You automatically become an idol an icon for your fans, which everybody fancy to follow.  Suddenly everyone wants to know everything about your life, it become a dangerous obsession for many. This is the price that celebrities pay, especially those that are part of the fashion industry, cinema and music. Once you turn to be famous you are an example for a lot of people, your behaviour is the key of your success. But what happens when celebrities’ bad actions are nothing more than positive consequences for them.

A good confirmation and example as we always request, could be the old Kate Moss’ cocaine scandal. The “shocking accident” did not harm at all the top model’s fees but has just doubled her salary, according to popeater.com. How cool is that? At the beginning it is a shocking scandal as the cocaine in their luxury world is big news for us,.And next this sad accident doubled Moss incomes. The manager of Kate, Sarah Doukas said ‘I just thought she will be fine, and I knew that some of my great clients, that were huge clients to her, they stuck by and said “we are in your capable hands, we will stick by her” – and they did.’

I personally think that for Doukas it has had been a very hard work to do. Immediately after the scandal that Moss signed with Burberry, was involved in campaigns for Dior, Longchamp, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Rimmel, and Bulgari Provacateur Agent. According to Forbes, Moss earned $ 9 million in 2010 after the scandal occurred.  “It’s a public figure and should take care of her image to a point, but her private life remains her private life, and she is just a model,” said Doukas. 😀

Mystery behind suicide of famous Kazakhstan model Ruslana Korshunova.

On June 28, 2008 Ruslana Sergeyevna Korshunova died after falling from the ninth-floor balcony of her apartment in Manhattan. Ruslana was a beautiful young woman with Russian descendant that was turning 21 years four days after she commit suicide. Police stated there were no traces of violence in the victim’s apartment, concluding that Korshunova’s death was an apparent suicide according to Daily Mail newspaper.

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Watching her photos you think what may ever happen to this divine beauty that led her to carry out such a tragic act. Two months before the self-murder Korshunova wrote on a social networking site “I’m so lost. Will I ever find myself?” However Ruslana’s relatives deny the hypothesis of suicide. “I see no reason that made her to do this terrible gesture. She was on top, she never showed no signs of depression”, said a friend to The New York Post.

Called the “Russian Rapunzel” due to hers long hair, Ruslana Korshunova appeared on the cover of magazines like Elle France and Vogue Russia. In addition, she appeared in advertising campaigns of some designers like Vera Wang, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs and DKNY. Despite hers prosperous career and a life “without any problems” Korshunova was part of an organization named Rose of the World, which was providing a training for personality development. The controversial Moscow institution encourages participants to share their worst experiences and to recall repressed memories.

The British TV producer and filmmaker Peter Pomerantsev while researching for a documentary into Korshunova’s death have made these discoveries. Pomerantsev find out also that the model spent more than three months attending the training sessions and that she was accompanied by an Ukrainian model Anastasia Drozdova, who committed suicide under similar circumstances in 2009. Friends describe the two girls “more aggressive” after completing the program. Both lost weight. Rick Ross, head of the Cult Education Forum, argues that organisations such as Rose of the World “work like drugs and are very dangerous”.

Models died on the catwalk because of anorexia.

Battling anorexia not always has a happy ending. Famous models become victims of anorexia after they were constantly under pressure working on the fashion industry. Anorexia is a serious disease and, especially, it is not sexy.

Luisel Ramos

At only 22 years, Luisel died of cardiac arrest during a fashion show in Uruguay. Immediately after she returned from the catwalk, on the way to wardrobe, she felt ill and collapsed. His father later said that Luisel have not eaten for several days before the show and for a few months she had held a drastic diet based solely on Diet Coke and leafy vegetables.

Eliana Ramos

It is Luisel’s younger sister, who died just 18 years. She suffered a heart attack because of malnutrition. She was found in her grandparents’ house.

Ana Carolina Reston

She began her modeling career at just 13 years, and after a casting in China, she was told that she was too fat. The remarks received have caused anorexia and at 21 years old Ana Carolina Reston died. Just three weeks before, she was hospitalized, but strict diet based on and red apple lead to kidney failure. Carolina weighed only 40 pounds.

Isabel Caro

It is probably the most publicized case of anorexia. Frenchwoman fought this disease for 15 years. She posed nude for an anti-anorexia campaign. Isabelle Caro began the battle with anorexia when she was 13 years, because she was told she must lose 10 kg if she wants to get a job in modelling. In 2007, when her condition was still critical, she agreed to pose nude for Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani, to draw attention to this disease.

The sad side of cheap clothes!!!!

When people think about low cost clothes shops, they will quickly say Top Shop, Primark , Bershka, PullandBear ecc. These shops might make happy millions of people, because everybody has the opportunity to be trendiness. We buy clothes, we want to look nice and we acknowledge it as a need to be fashionable, we just don’t want to be excluded from this society, don’t we?! However not everyone is lucky to shop at Selfridges or Harrods so they decide to spend their clothes-budget in cheap stores.

Sadly not many people really realise what is happing behind the scenes. Did you ever ask yourself why these clothes are so cheap? Instead of running and share with your friend the beautiful, cheap and trendiness piece that you bought. Ask yourself if the low price is only due to a bad quality or there is a tragic hidden truth? I’m pretty sure that many of us have heard about exploited children and the miserable conditions where they work. Most of all we know that this happens in places like East Europe India, Africa where labour is very cheap and for those who have power in their hands there are minimal problems to subject the poor people.

Recently I watched a British documentary series called ‘’Blood, Sweat and T-shirts’’ is about a group of high-street fashion victims that go to India to work alongside Indian garment workers, making clothes destined for sale in British high-street stores. This film reflects very well the sad reality. People working all day in front of the sewing machines earn less than 2£. Can you imagine this? I’m  going to scream it in Capitals.  THEY GET PAID ONLY TWO F* £ FOR A FULL DAY OF WORK!!! I advise you to watch this documentary, indeed I’m begin you to watch it!!!! And after you finish ask yourself what can you do about it???

A short video from the documentary series:

Warning statistics behind the most “glamorous” professions in the world. Fashion between drugs, alcohol and sexual harassment

The fashion industry is regarded as an example of glamor and high-life. However, behind closed doors statistics are alarming.

The model Sara Ziff started a non-profit organization The Model Alliance,to defend girls rights, which are working on the fashion industry. She told to the “Business Insider” that the industry has no regulation and there is a big presence of exploitation on minors, sexual harassment, drugs and problems food.

Thus, a sample of 85 models, “The Model Alliance” has identified that more than a half had problems with cocaine, suffered from depression or was forced to weaken the extreme. Here are some shocking statistics:

54.7% of the models begin their careers between 13 and 16 years.

37.3% started working in modeling between 17 and 20 years.

A third of girls were touched and sexually harassed at work.

28% were forced to have sexual relations with bosses or co-workers.

86.8% were made to pose nude without being announced in advance.

46.4% of those who posed nude agreed with this, but 27.5% did so because they felt forced and otherwise would have lost the job.

29.1% d girls who were harassed were able to complain to agencies that work.

Two thirds of the models suffer from chronic sadness or depression.

64.1% were required by agencies to weaken the force.

Half of the girls used the enema to get rid of extra weight.

31.2% suffer from food.

76.5% took drugs or drank alcohol in excess.

50.6% have tried at least once in the workplace drugs, especially cocaine.

28.8% have health insurance.

The scandals are indispensable ingredients during Fashion Week.

If Fashion Week flows without scandals, it barely can become big news for magazines. The scandal as a famous quote says ‘is the icing on the cake’ for fashion events. This year at the top centre of many scandals we found  Marc Jacobs show.
The famous designer has been criticized for placing on the podium two girls of 14 years.

Thairine Garcia and Ondra Hardin

The models named Thairine Garcia and Ondra Hardin, parade the stylish hats inspired by singer Jay Kay from Jamiroquai. According to the Council of Fashion Designers of the United States, all models on parade must have at least 16 years. Jacobs does not regret his decision.

“I do my presentation as I want, as I think it should be and not as people say,” said the designer for daily “The New York Times”.

The scandal involving Marc Jacobs comes just days after Ford Models, one of the biggest agencies, has chosen not to play by the rules and sent Ondriei Hardin and Thairine Garcia to parade on the catwalk. “There are mandatory requirements. In each presentation, we hope that designers will follow, but it is only their decision, “said a press release from the Designers Council.