The Stop The Beauty Madness campaign and other brilliance

From FIFA fan to L’Oréal model

Photographers spotted Axelle Despiegelaere in the crowd while she was cheering for her home country of Belgium a few weeks ago at the World Cup in Brazil. Winning instant fame on social media, the gorgeous 17-year-old has now landed a L’Oréal ad. The cosmetics company released a promotional video for L’Oréal Professionnel Paris showing her getting her tresses done. Watch it here:

In other modelling news… Ford modelling agency founder Eileen Ford, who built an empire and was responsible for launching the careers of Candice Bergen, Lauren Hutton and Christie Brinkley among countless others, has died in the US, aged 92.

The Stop The Beauty Madness campaign

A brilliant new campaign aims to change the way many of us think about our own worth – valuing ourselves in terms of outward beauty and equating beauty with success in life.

Stop The Beauty Madness campaign consists of a series of 25 ads branded with all-too honest wording, which highlights today’s crazy beauty standards.

The  campaign wants you to ‘feel like you’ve been socked in the gut’ when you view these candid ads, says founder Robin Rice.

‘My main mission is to say if women are worried about their weight and their looks to the point that they’re not actually putting themselves [out] in the world, we’re missing out on some really extraordinary individuals and some really important conversations we need to be having,’ Rice told The Huffington Post.

What do you think of these ads?

Karl Lagerfeld’s cat gets own fashion book

You’ve probably heard about the Kaiser’s love for his cat, Choupette, who has her own Instagram account, a bag named after her, nannies who cater to her every whim… Now she is getting her very own photography book, called Choupette: The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat, written by Patrick Mauriès and Jean Christophe Napias and photographed by Lagerfeld himself.  The book will be a tell-all tale of this famous cat’s fashionable lifestyle.

What Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes’s baby might look like

Two of the world’s most beautiful people are having a baby together. So, it’s naturally assumed that their child will be, well, as Ellen DeGeneres put it in her tweet yesterday:

US forensic artist Joe Mullins has used the latest computer technology to blend the couple’s looks in order to predict what their future offspring will look like, be it a boy or a girl.

Image via Daily Mail

The results? As expected, adorable.

Eugene de Kock denied parole

Eugene de Kock was commander of apartheid South Africa’s secret ‘death squad’ in the 1980s, which was responsible for numerous mysterious deaths of political opponents. Yesterday, after 20 years in prison, he was refused parole. In response, Max du Preez, founding editor of anti-apartheid Afrikaans newspaper Vrye Weekblad, said: ‘I think De Kock should have been granted parole… De Kock, during his hearings before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, played open cards — he was almost the only one — and explained the context and political atmosphere of his actions. He exposed the roles of his political bosses and generals. He helped explain to the police and solve other human rights abuses. He has met with several of his victims’ families and asked for forgiveness.’

What are your thoughts on this?

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