All of us activists for women rights, who believed the 18th century style of repression of women and their rights was long over, find ourselves staring in disbelief at the recent statistics about the treatment of women on college campuses. Official stats report, that 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted by a student or professor, during her four years of college.
That's twenty percent of our young women training to become the future leaders of our society. Obviously they should not be forced to confront harassment, discrimination, or assault by the instructors who they effectively have hired to give them the education and knowledge they need to fulfill their ambitions.
When you take a minute to digest this, like me, you probably will begin to wonder how we call ourselves a “civilized” society.
One student is suing. In this case, a professor "routinely called her ugly, fat and... stupid in front of other students." Huh?
The same professor "required the female graduate students to attend a boat party where the male professors became intoxicated and were allowed to make romantic and sexual advances on the students." For some, college life sucks.
The supervisor of this Vanderbilt professor responded saying, "in his opinion, it was nothing but a personality conflict."
You’re damn right it was a personality conflict... a conflict between the personality of a normal, ambitious woman aware of her rights, and a sick man.
Can this isolated lawsuit fix the trend that innocent women have endured? No. But it will surely make universities more discerning about the hiring and practices of their teachers.
In April a compliance review was launched by U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights at Vanderbilt concerning the handling of cases of sexual misconduct on campus.
A lady who influenced the standards of beauty for more than forty years while being the founder and head of one of the most recognizable brands in the modeling industry, has died at age 92 on Wednesday, in Morristown, N.J.
On a that sad Thursday, Eileen’s death in the Morristown Memorial Hospital was announced to the public by her beloved daughter, Katie Ford. Mrs. Ford lived her life in Califon, N.J., in Hunterdon County.
Ford Models, one of the oldest, most famous and respected modeling agency has been founded by Mrs. Ford and her husband, Jerry in the late 1940s, having since climbed to the world’s top. Apart from just being one more of successful modeling agencies, it did much more. It brought a kind of revolution in the modeling world – elevating modeling as a profession into serious career and business with millions of dollars contracts, representing thousands of stylish, beautiful women and creating a market trends suitable for the creation of “supermodel”, a select handful of top performing models who could demand salaries unrivalled by world’s highest paying professions.
While Mr. Ford was responsible for managing the business and taking care of all the technical aspects, Eileen Ford became the widely recognized face of the agency as well as it’s main talent scout, with an uncanny ability to literally pluck young women from the crowd and turn them into successful models.
Among hundreds of celebrities who made their name with Ford Models, you can find Hollywood stars like Suzy Parker, Jane Fonda, Ali MacGraw, Brooke Shields, Candice Bergen, and Rene Russo, models, or even lifestyle moguls like Martha Stewart who, long before becoming who she is now, was in the Ford in order to help pay her way through college.
Mr. and Mrs. Ford have became a moral pillars of the industry that have set it on a good track for years to come. Mr. Ford was famous for improving the style of the models by teaching them proper grooming, etiquette and conduct while Mrs. Ford had some models eat dinner with her, each night because she “doesn’t want to tell a mother she doesn’t know where her daughter is at 2. AM”.
On the other side, she was criticized for being too direct or harsh with would – be models that applied, which she explained by the fact that she has to see several thousands of potential models each year and she has no time for politeness when expressing what’s wrong and why people can’t be models.
Mrs. Ford will always be remembered as one of the founding members of not just Ford Models, but modeling industry as we know it today. The pillars against model exploitation she has set will remain an example for decades to come, while her name will most often be mentioned in a positive context.
I was introduced to Closed jeans this past week at a Focus Fashion event produced by Milton White and hosted by Jamie, a full service luxury boutique in Nashville. The company Closed that produces “Closed” jeans brand was first founded in 1975, in France, by Marithé and François Girbaud, under the name “CA”. Not long after, famous company C&A felt their rights violated and decided to put an end to “CA” by a law suit. They managed to do it quite expressly. During the years in which they weren’t allowed to use “CA” brand, they’ve presented their products under the product number: 11342. When the dispute was finally over, they’ve closed (no pun intended) the company and created a new one under the name “CLOSED” in 1978, in Italy.
Over the time, the company’s headquarters were moved to Hamburg, Germany, and their products are widely available in Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, France, Scandinavia, Russia and US. With twenty-two section parts, pockets sewn at a signature 33 degree angle and all handmade, these jeans are worth every penny.
Closed was the first jeans producer to invent the legendary stonewash-procedure, which led them to hit the high mark in 80’s as one of the most popular jeans brand, completely conquering the denim market and leaving the competition in the dust. The new, now wide known x-pocket shape created the unique feel and impression characteristics exclusively to Closed brand.
In 1980, the company launched the now legendary Pedal Pusher to the market, which made a revolution in jeans industry and even today remains one of the most sought out jeans type in the world.
Now, they are introducing the skinny pusher. What’s changed? Not much. The waist is still high, the pockets although smaller are still in perfect placement. There is one changed detail, the skinny leg. The classic high-waisted jean just got a little tighter.
Nashville citizens recently had the opportunity to see the new Skinny Pushers first hand, when Jamie, an incredibly edited high-end fasion boutique in Nashville, hosted at the Focus Fashion event, Christine Arnefors, Closed’s representative, She showed Closed’s fall collection, including the ‘Giselle’ moto pant, another Closed signature denim style.
And yes, they have the detailing of a motorcycle pant. I wore mine under a silky men’s shirt-dress. Both styles, The Skinny Pusher and the Giselle, are very wearable and come in a yummy stretchy material. The feel is sexy badass; the look is classic and clean allowing for it to be dressed up or down. I even felt you could go down a size for a slightly tighter fit and still look and feel comfortable.
*Currently Jamie in Nashville and Haven in Franklin are carrying the line.
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"You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female’. - Diana Vreeland #quote #feminism #vogue #editor #fashion #editorinchief @voguemagazine
I needed to hear this today. How many hours have you spent trying to perfect and make beautiful what already is. Keep it strong ladies. Be known for who you are.
UK lingerie company Bluebella conducted a survey asking men and women to use celeb body parts to describe their ideal body. The results are far from shocking men like women a little more thick and curvy and women prefer a longer leaner shape.
The preferences for the male body type appear the same for both sexes. What do you think?
I personally and attracted to neither of the men; I like a little less perfetion. But I'm with the female from, I definitely prefer the less curvaceous shape. Am I influenced by media images of ideal beauty or is this a real attraction?