Maye Musk, 68, may be one of the most in-demand models for New York Fashion Week next month. The glamma grandma, registered dietician nutritionist, and mother of billionaire, Elon Musk, has been working in fashion for more than fifty years; however, it was not until she started letting her hair go gray that she found true success. “When I was approaching 60, I got sick of being blonde, so I decided to stop coloring my hair. I grew out the gray and I cut it short. People said, ‘You’ll never work again with short gray hair,’ but it came out white and everybody loved it,” she shared with Harper’s Bazaar. “I got a billboard in Times Square for Target and a billboard in Madison Square Garden for Verizon and my career took off. I started getting a lot of high fashion work then, too,” she continued. The brand ambassador for Atelier Swarovski has signed with top modeling agency, IMG, worked for beauty brands, Clinique and Revlon, shot spreads for Elle and Italian Vogue, and has even appeared in a Beyoncé video. “Looking back, letting my hair go natural was an amazing decision because I started getting major ad campaigns. I also signed with agencies in Europe and travelled to many different cities, which I loved. People would stop me in the street and say they loved my hair.” Musk has become the poster girl of the Greynaissance movement, which has emerged from a new generation of fashion and beauty consumers who respond better to products advertised by women their own age.
No matter where they stood politically, more than one million women of all ages, ethnicities, and economic standings united in the fight for equality on Saturday. The Women’s March on Washington, and throughout many cities across the United States, is a grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state level. The effort, helmed by four national co-chairs and a national coordinating committee, signified a mission to “stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” Hollywood, of course, stood up with A-List celebrities such as (clockwise from top) Amy Schumer, Madonna, Julia Roberts, Katy Perry, and numerous others, joined the cause.
BRAND RECONSIDERS WOOD-BASED FABRICS FROM THE RAINFOREST
On the heels of an announcement by the Ralph Lauren Corporation, Victoria’s Secret parent-company, L Brands has published a new policy on the use of popular but controversial wood-based fabrics, like rayon, viscose and modal. L Brands has committed to tracing the source of wood-based fabrics used in its clothing lines and to eliminate sources connected to the destruction of rainforests and the violation of human rights.
This new policy will apply to L Brands extensive operations, including popular lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret. L Brands joins a growing list of fashion companies (such as H&M, Zara, Stella McCartney, ASOS, Levi Strauss & Co.) attempting to address deforestation and human rights abuses in their supply chains, but it follows fashion giant Ralph Lauren as one of a few major US-based companies to address the issue.
L Brands’ policy and actions on wood-based fabrics were developed in cooperation with Rainforest Action Network (RAN), whose “Out of Fashion” campaign has been bringing attention to the risks that controversial wood-based fabrics pose to endangered forests and human rights in Indonesia and elsewhere. “The world’s rainforests have been cleared for fashion for decades. Indigenous communities in North Sumatra, Indonesia, and elsewhere have been fighting against land-grabbing and other human rights abuses as pulp plantations for fabric have steadily expanded onto their traditional lands. The production of wood-based fabrics at the expense of rainforest and human rights needs to stop,” said Brihannala Morgan, Senior Forest Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network (RAN), who worked with L Brands on the creation of its policy.