For Maddie Ziegler is the hauntingly brilliant young dancer who first drew our attention in the creepy yet captivating video for Sia’s Chandelier. Reaching well over a million views within the first 24 hours of its release, the video, which saw Maddie don a now iconic nude leotard and Girl Interrupted-esque wig, instantly catapulted the former star of reality TV show ‘Dance Moms’ to superstardom, and since then her fame has continued to rise. Not only has she appeared as the public face of reclusive singer-songwriter Sia in four more of her videos, she’s featured as a judge on the 2016 season of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, released a memoir The Maddie Diaries and appeared as the voice of Camille in the DVD release of the Ballerina. Little wonder, therefore, that Maddie is currently one of the most famous teenagers on the planet.
As she releases her new clothing range, acid attack survivor Katie Piper reveals how she used fashion to help rebuild her confidence and why she's encouraging other women to do the same.
Jourdan Dunn has earned a lot of firsts. In 2008, she became the first black model to walk for Prada in over a decade. She was also the first solo black face to land the cover of British Vogue in 12 years. And if that wasn’t enough, the modern day supermodel was the first black British name to make Forbes’ highest earning models list.
Known as one of the world’s first transgender models, Caroline Cossey has paved the way for the trans community. After travelling the world as a showgirl, Caroline embarked on a successful career as a model appearing in major fashion and pin-up magazines. In 1974, Caroline went through her final gender reassignment surgery.
Vibrant, articulate and incredibly intelligent, Allison Williams doesn’t disappoint. The 28-year-old actress, who rose to fame portraying Marnie Michaels in Lena Dunham’s witty comedy series ‘Girls’, is Yale-educated and the daughter of NBC news anchor Brian Williams and TV producer Jane Stoddard. Allison’s close to her family, happily married to internet entrepreneur Ricky Van Veen, co-founder of comedy website/brand CollegeHumor, and a self-confessed ‘dogmother’ that clearly dotes on her pooch, Moxie.
Giles Deacon is an interesting character in fashion. Starting his life in County Durham, the designer worked for the likes of Bottega Veneta and Tom Ford’s Gucci before launching his own label in 2004.
Mei Kawajiri is one name who has benefitted from our constant scrolling. It’s no surprise though for the Japanese creative is responsible for some of the fashion world’s most astounding nails. At Balenciaga’s AW17 menswear show, male models adorned logoed nails that riffed on – or ripped off – the campaign slogan of hopeful presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Leomie Anderson is no ordinary model. Scouted while walking home from school, Leomie is loved by Jeremy Scott – having walked for Moschino multiple times – finally landing a dream job in the form of the Victoria’s Secret show last year. Worn by the likes of Jourdan Dunn (who Leomie describes as “one of [her] role models”), it sent a clear and strong message.
For any little girls who dream of being plucked from their normal, ordinary lives and catapulted into the ritzy world of fashion, Megan Williams is about to become your new lifespo. A 14-year-old Megan was minding her own business in McDonalds in her home town in Surrey when she was spotted by a model scout and told to get herself to an agency. Fast forward eight years and with seven campaigns for Guess under her belt, catwalks for designer giant’s Ralph Lauren, not to mention gracing the pages of glossies Elle, Glamour, Marie Claire and the swimwear edition of Sports Illustrated, the 5 foot 9.5” beauty is fast becoming fashion’s new sweetheart.
Quick-witted and with the funnest sense of style around, Baddie Winkle is one of those people you just can’t wait to meet. Deciding to post her exceedingly daring outfits on Instagram with the help of great-granddaughter Kennedy, plain Helen Van Winkle became Baddie Winkle: the rebellious grandma with 2.5 million followers and a whole host of celebrity admirers. Now the face of Missguided alongside other badass babes including Pamela Anderson and Amber Rose, Baddie flew to London to open the retailer’s first store in Westfield Stratford.
Savannah Miller is one busy woman. After graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2004, she worked with the likes of Alexander McQueen and Matthew Williamson before launching a fashion label with her sister – and well-known actress – Sienna. For six years, the pair worked on the Twenty8Twelve label until Savannah felt it was time to branch out alone.
It goes some way to explaining Jessica Alba’s colossal jump from simple Hollywood actress to serious businesswoman. The Honest Company, which Jessica started in 2011 after struggling to find toxin-free baby products, is now worth almost $2 billion. Selling everything from nappies to tampons with the odd beauty line thrown in, the company has earned the 35-year-old a spot on the cover of Forbes magazine and the title of fourth youngest woman on their list of the Richest Self-Made Women in America.
Tala Raassi is living proof that sheer drive and determination pays off. The 35-year-old Iranian swimwear designer has overcome quite a few hurdles to become the woman she is today. Not least being locked in jail for five days and sentenced to 40 lashes when she was just 16-years-old. Her crime? Wearing a mini-skirt to a private mixed party to celebrate her birthday.
As a Blue Peter presenter, it’s par for the course to do a few crazy challenges along the way. A finishing Ultra Marathon runner, Helen is holder of world records for the longest solo journey by kayak, and the longest distance in a kayak in 24 hours by a woman.
It’s easy to see why Liv Tyler’s such a successful woman. “Delphine (Ninous, the brand’s creative director) thought I was a good Belstaff girl,” Liv says, tucked up on a chair in a suite at the Rosewood London wearing a loose blouse, jeans and no shoes.
In palmer//harding’s case, the white shirt, a classic piece that every woman should own. Successfully reinventing the shirt every single season with intricate detailing and innovative silhouettes, the duo’s business savvy minds and tailoring expertise have earned them numerous sponsors, a place in the final of the prestigious ANDAM Award and a soon-to-be launched collaboration with John Lewis. Matthew and I met in 2007 at Central Saint Martins.
Less than five years ago, Deliciously Ella was Ella Woodward, a normal girl at university, albeit experiencing a chronic illness which meant she was often bed-ridden and in constant pain. Ella made the pivotal decision to change her diet, which not only turned her illness on its head, but also ended up taking her on a whole new career path. More commonly known for the success of her subsequent food blog, ‘Deliciously Ella’, Ella (now Mrs Mills), has since released a best-selling app, two successful cookbooks AND co-founded a delicatessen - all before reaching 25 years old.
There are a lot of reasons to want to get know Georgia May Jagger, model, brand ambassador and daughter of famous Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and model Jerry Hall.
Carol Vorderman has something to get off her chest. “Everybody thinks once you pass 50 you become some sort of wizened old has-been, but I’m here to tell you that you don’t!”
The word iconic is overused, but if any designer deserves the descriptor, it’s Carolina Herrera, who has grown the House of Herrera into a booming global brand.