Saturday, February 3, 2018

Condé Nast International Announces Code Of Conduct

The culture of the fashion and modeling world is in the early stages of a polar shift, as the #metoo movement filters over into the industry, exposing the darker side of the business, naming predators and perpetrators, and all those complicit either by acceptance of a status quo or by denying victims and voice and justice.

All models, at any stage of their career can be victimized, simply because they do not know their rights, their vulnerability, language barriers, their need to work at all costs, and the long-held belief that models have to pay to play.  Steps are being taken to finally change the industry to acknowledge models’ right to respect, dignity, adherence to labor laws, and justice when their rights are violated, without a loss of reputation, or work.  Powerhouse publisher Conde Nast has created a Code of Conduct that will define all their productions going forward, creating a benchmark for the rest of the industry to follow suit.  

In the wake of sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood and more recently in fashion, Condé Nast International has published behavioural guidelines for partners working on Condé Nast shoots.

Condé Nast International has issued a new Code of Conduct, effective immediately, to safeguard the dignity and well-being of all who work with its brands. The guidelines, which will be rolled out to partners in all owned and operated markets, stipulate that:

- All models on set must be 18 years old. Where exceptions need to be made - such as when children are essential a story - they must be accompanied by an agency-provided chaperone.

- Any shoot requiring nudity, sheer clothing, lingerie, swimwear, animals, simulated drug or alcohol use or sexually suggestive poses must be signed off in advance by the subject. No shoot participant may be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

A private dressing space must be provided to every subject on set. At all other times, subjects should not be left alone with a photographer, makeup artist or any other participant any time during a shoot.

Condé Nast U.S. and Condé Nast International began work on the Code - an update to the Model Health Initiative in place since 2012 - in October, following a New York Times report outlining decades of sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. To develop the guidelines, Condé Nast spoke with more than 150 bookers, publicists, agents, models, stylists, editors and others working across the publishing spectrum.

“We are committed to collaborating to find solutions to the problem of sexual harassment in our industry,” says Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and chief executive of Condé Nast International. “By adopting these recommendations all those involved in the creative process will be doing their part to ensure a safe and respectful work environment.”
In conjunction with the new guidelines, a committee of senior Condé Nast executives has been established to review any complaints brought forward. Should the committee discover any violations to the Code did occur, the company pledges to immediately terminate its working relationship with the individual in violation, and ensure that all other necessary steps will be taken.

Read the Code of Conduct in full below.

Condé Nast Code of Conduct: No Harassment or Discrimination

Everyone working on projects for Condé Nast should be treated with dignity and respect. All work done for Condé Nast must be performed in a professional manner, free of any form of discrimination or harassment. Any inappropriate conduct toward others, including but not limited to that based on an individual’s sex, race, color, weight, body shape, size, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or domestic-partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, will not be tolerated.

We expect that all companies and vendors working with Condé Nast have clearly communicated equal employment opportunity and anti-harassment policies. Condé Nast may request a copy of these policies.

Shoot Guidelines

Photo and video shoots must be professional environments. Any disrespectful or inappropriate conduct toward others, including but not limited to that based on an individual’s sex, race, colour, weight, body shape, size, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or domestic-partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, will not be tolerated. 

Every shoot performed for Condé Nast must adhere to the following guidelines:

· All models must be at least 18 years old. Exceptions will be made for subjects appearing as themselves as part of a profile or news report. In the event a shoot calls for subjects younger than 18, a chaperone must be provided by the agency, and the agency must ensure compliance with any applicable labour laws, including child labour laws.

· All work performed during a photo or video shoot must be in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including but not limited to labour, wage and hour, and immigration laws.

· Photo shoot participants may not be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs (including unauthorised prescription drugs), and the consumption or use of alcohol and illegal drugs (including the misuse of prescription drugs) on the premises of a shoot is strictly prohibited.

· A brief describing any nudity, sheer clothing, lingerie, swimwear, animals, simulated drug or alcohol use or sexually suggestive poses planned to be incorporated in a shoot will be distributed to all concerned parties and must be agreed to in advance by the subject of the images. All attendees at the shoot will be notified of any planned nudity.

· A private dressing space must be available to everyone appearing in a shoot.

· If sheer clothing is to be included, appropriate undergarments must be provided unless otherwise agreed to in advance by the subject of the images.
· Any concerns a subject has regarding the amount of skin exposure of wardrobe must be considered, and no subject should be pressured to expose themselves more than they feel comfortable.

· While Condé Nast maintains control over creative and aesthetic decisions, any concerns of a subject’s agent or other representative should be given respectful consideration.

· We recommend that a model should not be alone with a photographer, makeup artist or other contributor participating in a Condé Nast shoot.

· Throughout the shoot, including any related travel, photographers and videographers may not shoot anyone engaged by or through Condé Nast other than as requested by Condé Nast.

All participants in a photo or video shoot must act professionally and refrain from harassment of any kind. Unacceptable conduct includes but is not limited to the following:

· Sexual advances or propositions.

· Any type of sexual activity or contact.

· Any suggestion, direct or implied, that submission to or rejection of sexual advances will affect an individual’s ability to perform services for the shoot or any other Condé Nast project.

· Display of pornographic or obscene material.

· Offensive comments regarding a person’s sex, race, color, weight, body shape, size, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, including epithets and slurs.

· Physical threats or assaults.

Anyone who has concerns about conduct occurring on a photo shoot may contact the Condé Nast contact listed on the call sheet for the shoot that has been provided and/or posted on-set.

I am optimistic that other publications, brands, studios, and agencies will adapt these guidelines, as more models speak out, find their voice, and demand the respect that is anyone’s right in any other industry.  The fashion and modeling industries have a culture that puts the balance of power anywhere except in the hands of the model, taking away basic human rights for someone to earn a living without compromising their health, safety, and respect.  If you are model who has been victimized, you can find support through the Model Alliance at .  We hear you.  We support you.  

                                                           XOXO Shelley

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Best New Face Masks for Treating Winter Skin

If you are anything like me, harsh winter weather is probably taking its toll on your skin.  Forced heat, wind, dry conditions, and a lack of vitamin D all contribute to a dull, dried-out, over-sensitive complexion.  I love face masks so much that I could easily use one every evening, which might be a bit excessive, but I love how indulgent it feels to pamper myself and to actually watch my skin bounce back, dewy and glowing and plump.  

Over the past few winters I used sheet masks, clay masks, and refining masks, all on rotation and each one addressing a different skin concern.  This years favorites are a bit more tactile and futuristic feeling with gel patches and rubber masks that are fun and easy to apply, a snap to remove, and are loaded with skin nourishing benefits.  

Smaller patches are especially interesting as you can choose different formulas for different parts of your face for spot-treatments.   Need to de-puff your eyes, refine your brow line, tackle breakouts on your nose and chin?  You can treat them all at the same time without using three different sheet masks - love that! 

The new high-tech rubber masks and foil masks make you feel like you are having a high end spa treatment with an esthetician, albeit minus the lovely salon ambiance and pampering, but nothing beats a face mask in your bathrobe while binge-watching Netflix.  Here are some of my new favorites lining my vanity and quickly becoming a daily part of my evening ritual:

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                                                             XOXO Shelley    

#winter skin treatments #at home facials #beauty masks #beauty treatments #gel masks #best new face masks #Shelley Goodstein 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Gym Bag Beauty: Small wonders that will have you off and running in no time

You have committed to sticking to your new year’s resolution to finally get into the best shape you can be and to be the healthiest version of yourself - good for you!  We all know how working out messes with your beauty routine, but the benefits of exercise far out-weigh the trouble of a few extra minutes it takes to put yourself back together again - at least enough to stop on the way home for an organic green juice and not look like something that just run a 20K in Miami in June.

Everyone knows the hair products that suit their own type and style of hair, so let’s talk about the newest and best-rated skincare and beauty products that will enhance your post-workout glow.  Size matters and so does convenience, and multi-purpose products are handy little space-savers in your gym bag, as are single use packets.  Skip powdered products unless you particularly want to eliminate the glow.  Here are some of the best new products to speed up your post-exercise beauty routine, lighten your gym bag, and leave your skin looking fresh, healthy, and even-toned, your eyes bright, and your lips baby soft and hydrated.  

Start with NUFACE Prep-N-Glow Cloths in individual packets to exfoliate and hydrate with hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and minerals.  MILK Makeup’s Cooling Water Mini de-puffs eyes and cools and invigorates the face, and is even more refreshing if you refrigerate it overnight.   Follow up with BELIF The True Cream Moisturizing Balm.  IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50 is a hero product that has been rated a Reader’s Choice by Allure Magazine for its color-correcting formula that is packed with collagen, peptides and antioxidants, and covers dark spots leaving skin with a radiant glow.

You don’t need a lot of color after working out so. Choose products that complement the healthy flush from exercise.   After all, you worked hard for it.   ILIA’s Multi-Stick gives cheeks and lips a sheer, natural looking blush.  For the eyes, try BOBBI BROWN’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Pink Sparkle with its creamy formula that does not require a brush or precise application.  TOM FORD’s Fullscreen Lash Mascara is smudge and flake-proof and lasts all day.  Finish up with the most coveted lip treat out there, DIOR Addict Lip Glow Reviver Balm, a hydrating balm formulated to work with each individual’s unique chemistry to impart the perfect lip shade to enhance and flatter.  Choose your favorite colors in matte, satin, or shimmer finishes.  

Et voila - less than five minutes to achieve the perfect beauty look to get on with your day.  Now don’t you look as amazing as you feel? 

                                                       XOXO  Shelley

#gymbagbeauty #post-workoutbeautyroutine #quickmakeup #multi-purposebeautyproducts #newyear’sresolution #fitness #healthandbeauty #Shelley Goodstein 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018 - “Ultra Violet”

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018 is a vivid purple named “Ultra Violet”, a shade that is already making waves in fashion, beauty, home decor, design, and advertising.  Long a favorite of both boys and girls everywhere, millennials and their buying power have influenced this selection, seeing a return of a color that they adored as kids, and a deeper take on the rose pink that has been so predominant in the last few years.  

Prepare to see Ultra Violet everywhere from makeup shades, to fashion, to home decor and beyond, as this enticing shade becomes an Instagram favorite.  Varying in intensity from pale washes to highly pigmented deeper tones, this flattering color transitions from season to season.  

Less sweet that the pale rose pink that has become ubiquitous and synonymous with all things style-related, Ultra Violet is sophisticated and grown up, with more depth and intensity.  The pastel tones of years past became identifiable with millennials by it’s popularity on Instagram and other social media platforms, but wasn’t the first choice of anyone who wouldn’t wear pastel shades, nor desired a pink-toned decor in their home or office.  

Adding Ultra Violet to your makeup or wardrobe can be as easy as incorporating the color with eyeshadow or liner, a silk tank top, handbag or clutch, or wearing amethyst jewelry.  The shade is one of my personal favorites for being flattering yet edgy at the same time.  Something for everyone from girly-girls, to urban fashionistas.

                                                                 XOXO Shelley   

#Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018 #Pantone’s Ultra Violet #Fashion’s newest color #new beauty colors of 2018 #Ultra Violet makeup #Ultra Violet fashion #Pantone #Shelley Goodstein

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Jumpstart your Modeling Career: the steps you need to do now to make 2018 your best year ever

There is no better time than the new year to kick start your modeling career and to take things up a notch, making 2018 your breakout year. It can be hard to get back into the swing of things and even know what you should be doing to elevate yourself and your career after the holidays, so I have compiled a list to help you hit the ground running:

Reach out to all your agencies in an email, or drop in if they are local to you.  Send them all your new images in hi-res so they can update your online portfolio.  Express your commitment to your career, your desire to travel to different markets, and your ambitions.  Ask them to help you reach out and see what other markets and agents would be good for you.  Make sure they have all your current sizes, updated digitals or polaroids, test shots, tear sheets, contact info, and all the tools they need to help you succeed.  

Commit to working out and actually do it.  It is good for your body, your health, your modeling prospects, your mind, and your stress levels.

Get a hair trim to maintain your hair in good condition for work, or consider a new haircut to change your image, but always ask the agency first. Start doing regular facials at home to maintain a good complexion, so you will always be ready for shoots.

Eat well, drink less alcohol and don’t smoke - your career depends on it.  You must maintain a good weight with healthy eating to be strong and able to actually do the job, and alcohol and smoking destroys your skin and makes you look old and haggard. 

Commit to increasing your social media presence.  Set a schedule for posting, follow industry pros such as top and emerging photographers, hair and makeup artists, magazines, editors, stylists, brands, designers, and other models. “Like” and comment regularly.  Do Instagram “stories”.  Always follow your agency guidelines when posting.

If you are trying to find an agent or get scouted, do updated research to identify the best agents, agencies, and scouts, and follow their submissions guidelines to the letter. 

A new year requires a new commitment if you want to take your career to new heights.  Put some energy into it and you will see results.  Put it out there into the universe and ask for help to make your dreams come true.  Be smart about it and treat it like a business and watch your career take off.  Good luck in 2018!

                                                                XOXO Shelley

All photos Kaia Gerber

#newyearsresolutions #modelingcareer #jumpstartyourmodelingcareer #businessofmodeling #modeling #newfaces #getintomodeling #getscouted #ShelleyGoodstein