As summer unofficially begins, our fave blogs are wishing a top supermodel a good 42nd birthday, saluting a pair of pioneering Chicago artists, and exploring the true story behind that Meryl moment.
It’s been quite a relief to see how many iconic women turn 40+ with style, and we celebrate them all at WVFC. And we’re not the only ones: this week, Jihan Forbes at Fashionista.com chimes in with 42 of Naomi Campbell’s magazine covers, to celebrate the 42nd birthday of the always-mesmerizing supermodel. “No matter what she does, whether she’s throwing a cell phone at your head, judging a reality show, or starring in Cavalli ads, it’s safe to say that at 42, Naomi Campbell is still fierce. With every photo shoot, public appearance, or turn down the catwalk, she still keeps us interested. And we love her for it. So, here’s to you Ms. Campbell: You’re 42 years old, and don’t look a day over 27. Cheers!” Click over for more, including covers that might bring you back to the future.
NYU’s Rosie the Riveter Project keeps popping up in unexpected places—just like Rosie herself during World War II. On Memorial Day weekend, the Ad Council (responsible for legendary ads like “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires”) began a Rosie campaign, celebrating on Facebook and elsewhere the work of the agency J. Walter Thompson, as well as the Rosies themselves: “The most successful advertising recruitment campaign in American history, this powerful symbol recruited two million women into the workforce to support the war economy. The underlying theme was that the social change required to bring women into the workforce was a patriotic responsibility for women and employers. Those ads made a tremendous change in the relationship between women and the workplace. Employment outside of the home became socially acceptable and even desirable.” The new campaign also features a “Rosify Yourself” tool, which enables you to insert your own photo into that iconic poster.
From women’s history to making history now, this list of “The Most Powerful Women in the World You Likely Don’t Know” was both educational and inspiring. In addition to somewhat-familiar faces such as the SEC’s Mary Schapiro, the list plucks others from around the world: “As New Zealand’s prime minister, Helen Clark oversaw a decade of economic growth and won three straight terms in her post after a long career as a Labour Party legislator and cabinet minister. Less than a year following her departure as Kiwi prime minister, however, Clark turned to a much larger—and more challenging—stage: Since 2009, she has led the U.N. Development Program (UNDP), the arm of the United Nations charged with confronting the world’s worst problems, from global poverty to corrupt governance to health and environmental crises.”
We don’t mean to become the Anna Wintour Fan Site all of a sudden, but Connie Wang at Refinery29 this week gave us cause to remember her movie avatar, Meryl Streep—and a scene that had us, at least looking at our clothes a little differently. “There’s that infamous cerulean speech from The Devil Wears Prada that introduced a lot of the world to fashion’s domino-line of production. But, in reality, the process that puts a look on the runway, debuts it in stores, and then gets that exact look replicated for a fraction of the original cost is much more complicated, more calculated, and—dare we say it?—a little more menacing than even Miranda Priestly. How exactly is it that a look can go from the runway to the $20 sale rack in just a few months?And how is it legal?” Click over to find out. And in case you don’t know what we meant, here’s that priceless Meryl moment: