American Apparel, known for diverse and provocative ad campaigns, recently put out a search for transgender models. According to the ad, models need no previous experience, just to be over the age 16 and wear “simple, fitted clothing.” The brand, which has used transgender models in ads before, is famous for its strong stance on gay rights, carrying gay culture magazines in its stores and piloting the “Legalizing Gay” movement in support of same-sex marriage in California. But headlines about American Apparel haven’t all been good — the brand often faces criticism for overly sexual ads, and CEO Dov Charney has been the subject of several sexual harassment lawsuits.
Cole Haan celebrates 85-year history
In celebration of its 85-year history, Cole Haan’s latest campaign features none other than the great Maya Angelou, along with three other 85-year-olds, all born in the same year as the Cole Haan brand: 1928. All of the “models” were given customized Cole Haan shoes for the shoot based on classic styles ranging from a tall riding boot to a wedge bootie. The campaign, which was shot in New York at Pier 59 in August by Daniel Jackson, launched in September but will appear in the November issues of GQ, Vogue, Elle and Vanity Fair, among others.
Toms Launching a Full-Scale Shoe Donation Program in America
Toms founder Blake Mycoksie has been building his business on his now-famous “one-for-one” philosophy. When you buy a pair of Toms, he gives another pair to a child in need, and through this philosophy has given out over 10 million pairs of shoes in over 60 countries. Toms announced in August that it has entered American-based partnerships, and by the end of 2013, will be giving out shoes in 35 states with help from local organization.By the end of 2014, the company will have given out over one million pairs of shoes in America, a stat which Mycoksie calls “completely humbling.”
Simone Pérèle lingerie calls for curvy
Never a truer thing was said than the age old adage that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Last year, Simone Pérèle lingerie launched their annual “Curvy Couture Model Search” in partnership with leading plus size model agency, BDM. The winner of the campaign, 21 year old Cregan McDermott, went on to model for designers like David Jones and The Iconic. The search began again in August, calling for un-signed models between sizes 12 and 16. The winner of the competition will once again have the opportunity to model for Simone Pérèle in all lingerie work for 2014 and will become Pérèle’s official ‘Confidence Ambassador’, as well as being awarded a 2 year contract with BGM Models.