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This gorgeous pink dress was made by @brandonmaxwell and was worn by the divine @thandienewton the night she won an Emmy. Myself @ambervalletta and @joansmalls wore 25 of the most iconic red carpet dresses from the past 25 years to be shot for the September issue on @instylemagazine for the 25th anniversary issue. Clearly 25th anniversaries are something to be celebrated and I’m so excited to be a part of this issue. Photographed by @sebastianfaena and styled by @juliavonboehm hair @lacyredway makeup @frankieboyd 🎀💝🎀💝🎀💝🎀

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This picture gives me the chills. The amazing hair dresser @lacyredway sent this picture to the beautiful Lupita Nyong’o as we were shooting as she wore this gorgeous @prada dress for the 2014 Academy Awards. I was nervous that maybe she’d be freaked out that another women was wearing something that was so iconic and specific to a time in her life. Thankfully that was not the case and with all these pictures we are paying homage to both the brilliant and powerful women who brought life into these gorgeous dresses and to the designers who created such timeless pieces. It’s this alchemy and collaboration between the both that made this shoot so special and that makes the red carpet always so dazzling. CREDITS: Photographed by Sebastian Faena - @sebastianfaena Styled by Julia von Boehm - @juliavonboehm Hair by Lacy Redway - @lacyredway Makeup by Frankie Boyd - @frankieboyd Manicure by Lolly Koon - @lollykoonnails Bookings Director: Lizzy Oppenheimer - @lizzzop Market & Accessories Director: Sam Broekema - @sambroekema Video Director: Brian Anstey - @banstey Production: 360PM - @360_pm

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It goes without saying that redheads are always very supportive of each other. One of my favorite gingers is the brilliant @juliannemoore she’s such a class act all round. She wore this emerald green dress made by Tom Ford for @ysl to the 2003 Academy Awards. I have lots of great memories of this era and of Tom’s time at YSL. Little know fact I sang the song for the end credits of Julianne’s film Still Alice which she won the Academy Award in 2015 it’s a beautiful cover of the Lyle Lovett song called If I Had A Boat. This ginger love affair has lasted a long time! See all the magic in this months @instylemagazine 💚💣💚💣 Credits below Photographed by Sebastian Faena - @sebastianfaena Styled by Julia von Boehm - @juliavonboehm Hair by Lacy Redway - @lacyredway Makeup by Frankie Boyd - @frankieboyd Manicure by Lolly Koon - @lollykoonnails Bookings Director: Lizzy Oppenheimer - @lizzzop Market & Accessories Director: Sam Broekema - @sambroekema Video Director: Brian Anstey - @banstey Production: 360PM - @360_pm

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Something about an ivory satin dress that takes me back to the days of Jean Harlow. This was originally worn by the formidable goddess Angelina Jolie for the 76th Academy Awards this diaphanous and elegant dress was designed by @marcbouwer Worn for the 25th anniversary of @instyle with a 5 star team below 🦢🕊🦢🕊🦢🕊 CREDITS: Photographed by Sebastian Faena - @sebastianfaena Styled by Julia von Boehm - @juliavonboehm Hair by Lacy Redway - @lacyredway Makeup by Frankie Boyd - @frankieboyd Manicure by Lolly Koon - @lollykoonnails Bookings Director: Lizzy Oppenheimer - @lizzzop Market & Accessories Director: Sam Broekema - @sambroekema Video Director: Brian Anstey - @banstey Production: 360PM - @360_pm

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Sometimes you do a shoot that is so special you have to pinch yourself. I had the pleasure to wear iconic dresses from the red carpet over the years worn by women I profoundly admire. Like this pretty in pink dress worn by the radiant @gwynethpaltrow made by @ralphlauren that she wore to the 1999 Academy Awards which she won the Oscar for Shakespeare In Love. The whole story is magical...thank you @sebastianfaena @juliavonboehm and @laurabrown99 for making this happen and to everyone who was a part of it, especially of course to the actresses and designers for allowing us to wear these stunning outfits more images to come! 💗💗💗💗💗 Credits of the magical people who made this look so pretty below. @instylemagazine Photographed by Sebastian Faena - @sebastianfaena Styled by Julia von Boehm - @juliavonboehm Hair by Lacy Redway - @lacyredway Makeup by Frankie Boyd - @frankieboyd Manicure by Lolly Koon - @lollykoonnails Bookings Director: Lizzy Oppenheimer - @lizzzop Market & Accessories Director: Sam Broekema - @sambroekema Video Director: Brian Anstey - @banstey Production: 360PM - @360_pm

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For far too long the fashion industry has turned a blind eye to egregious behavior that has put models and all those on set at risk. Finally solutions are being created by organizations like The Model Alliance with its RESPECT Program that can help us combat these pressing issues and create a safer and more accountable industry for all. Thank you Sara and Agatha for tirelessly organizing this campaign and getting it off the ground and to Times Up and all the models and industry leaders from Christy Turlington, Doutzen, Carolyn Murphy, Gemma Ward to Inez Van Lamsweerde and Cindi Leive along with The Strategic Training Institute for the Prevention Of Eating Disorders based at Harvard, who have supported this important letter to Victoria Secret and added valuable input to the conversation of how we make this industry a safer place. I hope this is the first step towards bigger leaps in the industry. Feel free to share and support! 🙏🏻 #Time4RESPECT #timesup @modelallianceny @timesupnow #thetimeisnow

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Sunday roast in my Sunday best with @ruenninful and his papa @edward_enninful at @laylow_london #bigthingscometh

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My sister and I are happy about the rain. It’s so hot in London, I think the hottest day on record? Can you believe she had a baby 5 days ago? ☔️🙏🏻☔️ #selfie #sister

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Climate change is making it hotter than hades in London

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Thankfully it was love at first sight.

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One from the archive, always loved this by @mario_sorrenti for @anothermagazine

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Auntie and little one. Mummy and baby are both healthy! Auntie is a little frazzled from chasing my sister’s 2 year old this way and that 🤪

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Welcome to the world! Our new angel, my darling new niece. To witness my sister’s awe inspiring focus and strength and the loving and calm atmosphere created at the hospital by the mid wives and doctors blew my mind. So much respect for them! She was at the birth of my children and to be present for her birth was so humbling. Life is so precious! Tears of joy!

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An outtake a few years back from a @louisvuitton shoot by the amazing @therealpeterlindbergh in South Africa, with my giraffe friend 🦒

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Dinner with these legends. Massive respect and nothing but love for everyone in this pic @karliekloss @edward_enninful @kloss_films @jourdandunn ❤️🧡❤️🧡

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Selfie #tatemodern #olafureliasson

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New shoot in @voguemagazine shot by the incomparable Annie Leibovitz I always enjoy shooting with Annie. We’ve done some amazing shoots together over the years and what I love is her point of view. She doesn’t diminish in her photo’s she empowers, it’s about the person and not the bells and whistles. Editor the brilliant @saramoonves and I’m wearing @marni #annieleibovitz #vogue #fashion

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Myself and @erinoconnor back in the day. We were partners in crime along with @maggierizer for a while. We all experienced a lot of firsts together, being young and away from home. But some of the simplest memories were the best. Singing our hearts out at the top of double decker bus and wandering around new cities together on castings. Pic by the wonderful @seanellisphoto

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Got Milk 🥛🥛🥛 @vogueitalia

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Sometimes we loose perspective that what often makes us beautiful are the quirks a lot of us try to hide. I was never called pretty growing up. I was often called weird and other not so pleasant names. What makes me successful as a model are my quirks and that my beauty isn’t because I look perfect. So many kids are bullied because they don’t fit the mould, but what I’ve seen in life is that being different and embracing your individuality is the key to living an authentic life. I was talking with a teenager the other day and she told me that it’s hard to look on social media as the pressure to always look perfect and seem happy when we post our lives is overwhelming. Life is imperfect, faces are too, that’s what makes us special. True individuality doesn’t come from face-tuning away any perceived imperfections but celebrating the special things that make you unique and thus beautiful. Photo @harleyweir @vogueitalia @kegrand

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Snake charmer @vogueitalia shot by @harleyweir and editor @kegrand 🐍

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Her azure veins and alabaster skin...

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Her azure veins, her alabaster skin...

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I’m 99.9 % Northern European, a mix of British, Irish and Scandinavian, the 0.1% they can’t figure out, I’d like to hope it’s alien. I also have 96% more Neanderthal DNA than most people. Love these photos by the brilliant @harleyweir with my long time friend @kegrand as editor for @vogueitalia PS this image is censored on IG, because my body captured beautifully is offensive to some 🙄

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Long Snake Moan 🐍 #Repost @harleyweir ・・・ Beautiful neaderthal bebe @misskarenelson @kegrand @thomasdekluyver @cyndiaharvey @ferdinandoverderi @sylviemacmillan.nails @andyhillmanstudio #dna #neanderthal @vogueitalia

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Memory Monday’s To the dreamy dream that was Bhutan with Tim Walker. High up in the clouds and Himalayan peaks. In a centuries old monastery, wooden floors creaked and ancient bells rang. Rays of late afternoon sunlight crept through the windows and caught the wisps of smoke curling up from incense burning. Inside a cold room, Tim’s camera clicked, his soft voice and gentle direction telling me to turn my head this way and that. Bhutan was a shoot I’ll never forget.

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On any shoot it takes a village to make it work. Everyone plays a part to make it work. Hair, makeup and stylists are always such an invaluable part of any shoot, but beyond all things beauty, they often provide moral support, laugh with you at the absurd, keep you going when you hit a wall and confidents on hard days. These relationships have been so important to me throughout the years. PS today was iconic, not allowed to say exactly what it is I’m doing, but at many moments today I was awestruck... 🤐

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The Raven and I (From the archives)

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I can’t tell you how much I love this shoot. I was 18 when this iconic Italian Vogue shoot was shot. I was so in awe of the other models who were and still are some of the biggest names in fashion, but I also felt a little inadequate because they were such forces to be reckoned with. These women give and then give some more and challenge you to do the same. It was a master class, and I loved every moment. Shot by the master himself #Meisel @vogueitalia

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As seen at Nashville Pride today. It was so heart warming to see so many people and organizations out in support, including a number of a local churches. Because LOVE is LOVE #nashvillepride 🏳️‍🌈💗🏳️‍🌈

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Apparently it’s #nationalselfieday 🙈🍑📸

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My summer ritual involves factor 50 sun screen, sun hats and lots of shade to maintain my ghostly pale glow. One from the archives, by @davidslijper from Pop #4 with my dearest @kegrand Always loved these images ☁️🐇☁️

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Last week in Florence with @carineroitfeld and @luisaviaroma wearing @marcjacobs 🖤◾️🖤

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Bullet with Butterfly Wings Dream team below Dress by the magical @irisvanherpen Photo @luigiandiango Styling @patti_wilson Makeup @erinparsonsmakeup Hair @luigimurenu 🦋💜🦋

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Happy Birthday to my dearest @sarahsophief I’ve known her I was 18 and she’s always been a source of compassionate and unconditional friendship and support. I love her to the moon and back and I’m so proud to watch her soar and use her poweful voice to be an advocate for so many.

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Happy Fathers Day to all the amazing fathers I know. My own is a source of sunshine wherever he goes. I was in shop yesterday with my kids and they asked about my Dad, because he made such an impact on them when I brought him in over the holidays last year. This happens all the time as he’s got such a sunny disposition. I’m very lucky to know some incredible fathers in my life, from my children’s brilliant dad, to my sisters partner and the friends I have who go above and beyond to be the best role models they can for their children. 💗💗💗

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Working that factory girl chic last night in Florence for @crfashionbook and @luisaviaroma wearing an amazing outfit by @marcjacobs Thank you @carineroitfeld @pg_dmcasting for putting on a show that gave me so much nostalgia for the 90’s props to @michelgaubert and his awesome tunes. These weary bones are headed home, to unpack and hit reset until the next round of travel. 🥰 PS fur is fake.

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Crying with laughter with these girls all day in Florence. Lots of rosé wine, pizza and pasta and now the fun begins with @crfashionbook 🥀💗🥀 note Joan is the only one focused on the camera 😂 love you ladies @joansmalls @iosonomariacarlaboscono @carolinetrentini @lara_stone @doutzen

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New pics, by my friend @theo123456 for the incredible brand @partow_official I had such a wonderful time shooting this look-book. Nellie Partow is such an incredible talent. She also gets what women want to wear. Her clothes have an intelligence and coolness to them, I also love that she is insistent on working with strong, grown up women who have life beneath their wings. She also used to be a pro-boxer and it’s pretty bad ass if you ask me. See the link above for the wonderful profile on her in @voguemagazine

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Florence Nights @mr_stephengalloway and @noemielenoiroff @crfashionbook

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Infinite gratitude to @patmcgrathreal on her birthday today. Meeting Pat changed my life. She helped shape my career, I was her canvas for a time and she created looks that changed how we look at makeup and even fashion. I have so much admiration for Pat, her work ethic, her incredible heart and the creative genius that she is. Thank you Pat for everything and I still owe you an Hermès blanket! This was our first @vogueitalia cover together with the formidable Steven Meisel. I turned 18 on this shoot and like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz by life turned from black and white into actual technicolor. Happy Birthday Mother 🎂♥️🎂

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Those who know me well, know that sleep is something I tend to not get a lot of. I’m a light sleeper, add jet lag or any noise and I’m up. Regardless of when I fall asleep my eyes usually open as soon as the sun rises which isn’t a bad thing I guess. Cue to last night. I’ve been flying a lot and my body was feeling achy so I got a massage in my room then crawled into bed. I slept almost 12 hours which NEVER happens! I cannot remember when I slept that long maybe it’s a first! I woke up with the sun in my eyes, and a perfect opportunity to take a selfie of a legitimately well rested me, or maybe all this is a long winded justification of taking a selfie. Regardless here it is!

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Friday night on the town.

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Rest In Peace Doctor John. Will never forget spending a weekend in New Orleans with you as our spirit guide. Walking down the street it was obvious how beloved you were. People would come and shake your hand and you’d trade stories about what rag tag mischief you and that person had got up to back in the day. May the angels always boogie with you into eternity.

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Had a wonderful time hosting tonight’s British gathering of the minds in NYC for @britishfashioncouncil Saw so many old friends and had the pleasure to meet many fascinating creative minds who are the future of fashion. Thank you everyone for coming out and supporting British talent! Mermaid hair @braydon_nelson and luminous makeup @erob3me 🧜🏻‍♀️✨

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To describe the impact this man had both on my career and my life is impossible. Meeting Steven Meisel was the single most important moment of my career. He shot my first of many Vogue covers with him. He saw in me something no one else did, he saw my scrappy tenacity, quirky personality and funny face. He took a chance on me and transformed my life. I’ve never felt more seen and beautiful when I’m in front of his camera and I’m eternally grateful for all the shoots I’ve done with him. Here’s an image I love from an @vogueitalia couture shoot in 1997 with the equally legendary and beloved team of @patmcgrathreal on makeup, @garrennewyork on hair and @ozwolf as the editor 🖤🥀🖤

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The first time I shot with @davidsimsofficial back in the 90’s always loved this image. Really captured the mood in that time period. Went on to do many amazing shoots with this team. Hair and cool wig chop @guidopalau makeup #lindacantello Repost from @onmywallinthe90s

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How many Met Ball flash backs can I post? Oh but it was a glorious night. Pic by @mehdilacoste_ Also Happy Birthday to the divine @stephenjonesmillinery who makes a cameo in this photo 💗

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Had 3 flights cancelled due to weather today and PMS’ing big time. I’ve been a bonafide grouch. Mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, I stumbled upon this incredible young man and snapped me out of my funk. I’m blown away by Kodi Lee and his gift, his presence and his story. This performance is for all the kids who struggle with disabilities and who shamefully often aren’t recognized by society. For parents who know the joy and love these children bring and give. I am moved. Congratulations and the future seems to be very bright as it should be!

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My dimples captured by the gorgeous @alexachung who can add photographer to the long list of talents, on top of designer, author, also stunning in front of a camera, and most importantly is genuinely kind, wickedly smart and overall brilliant modern woman.