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"I really don’t let that stuff get to me."
In a new interview with Complex, Sofia Richie, daughter of music icon Lionel Richie, opens up about the challenges she has faced while working in the modelling industry. The 5-foot-6 model says she's often criticized because of her petite stature. "People obviously don’t respect some of the shoots I do because I’m short," she explained.
However the 18-year-old model she promises she doesn't let criticism faze her. "It’s not like I called and begged these designers to work with me," she says. "They felt my vibe and we were cool and that’s that. I really don’t let that stuff get to me."
Other highlights of the interview? Richie did not want to talk about Justin Bieber. Richie's publicist made it clear that "no questions" could be asked about the former fling. Sad face.
While the status of Sofia and Justin's romance remains unclear, one thing is certain. Right now Sofia is focusing on her career. "I'm super interested in having a fashion line which I am kind of working on, but I really love modelling because I get to be involved with clothes and designers. I get to hear them out and see what they're interested in. I'm kind of taking notes in the corner."
Adriana Lima prepping for the runway. Credits: Instagram.com
How supermodels and Victoria’s Secret Angels stay fit, beautiful and runway-ready:
All of the catwalk cliques—from the Instagirls to the Angels—love going nine rounds. A form of interval training, boxing builds stamina and muscle endurance. No ring nearby? Grab an exercise band. Former boxer Michael Olajide Jr., who works with Adriana Lima at his Aerospace High Performance Centre in NYC, ties them around clients’ ankles while they bob and weave. Even just jabbing will strengthen the lower back and shoulders and help posture, says Justin Gelband of modelFIT, also in NYC, whose clients include Irina Shayk and Miranda Kerr.
Olajide prefers the body-toning cardio of skipping to running; he says it’s easier on the joints and you’ll see results in a third of the time.
CHANGE IT UP
Behati Prinsloo counts squats and sit-ups as top butt kickers, but she’s always up for a change. “I don’t like knowing exactly what I’m going to do because I get lazy,” she says. This mind game benefits the body too: Switching exercises makes you concentrate more and equals faster results, says Gelband.
One of the Beckham brood is following in Mama V's musical foot steps!
Cruz—aka the 11 year old third born of Victoria and David—just released a Christmas single, and for a pre-teen, it ain't bad.
Is it going to knock 'All I Want For Christmas (Is You)' from its throne as greatest holiday song of all time? No. But it is on the same level as say, a Bieber's 'Mistletoe'. And speaking of: Cruz is being managed by Justin's manager, the star-making Scooter Braun.
Have a listen to 'If Every Day Was Christmas' here. (PS. All proceeds go to charity!)
She beat her younger sis Bella & BFF Kendall.
Gigi had an emotional night at Britain's Fashion Awards last night, after being awarded the title of International Model of the Year by one of her idols, Donatella Versace.
To be voted for this award by the @britishfashioncouncil, to stand in front of an audience full of my greatest inspirations, idols, and friends, and to be presented International Model of the Year by my angel @donatella_versace was one of the most humbling and emotional experiences of my life. To walk into that room and feel so at home is a great blessing and I have & will cherish every friend, memory, lesson and adventure this industry has given me, forever. I can't wait to continue to grow and create with all of you, and to see what the future holds !! Make a conscious effort every day to be someone people enjoy working with, and your possibilities will surprise you. ❤️
The award was presented by the British Fashion Council, the force behind London Fashion Week and a champion of British fashion. The council's annual awards ceremony celebrates the best of the best in global fashion.
Other recipients at the start-studded show were Gucci's Alessandro Michele, who won best International Ready-To-Wear Designer, and Jaden and Willow Smith, who received the New Fashion Icons award.
Demna Gvasalia also picked up International Ready-To-Wear Designer for his work at Balenciaga, and his label Vetements won best International Urban Luxury Brand.
All in all, Gigi was among some fashion greats. Watch a clip of her acceptance speech here: