Bella Hadid Wore a $16.99 Dress, But Should Celebrities Promote Fast Fashion?

In this op-ed, writer Shama Nasinde explores the hidden cost of celebrities promoting fast fashion, as explored via Bella Hadid’s now-viral $16.99 dress.

Model Bella Hadid sure knows how to serve a throwback look. On Monday, November 30, she posted a series of fierce Instagram pics with her signature ’00s flare. “Me myself and my @michaelkors Soho bag,” she captioned the sponsored post wearing a black quilted Michael Kors bag. But what fans really wanted to know is where they could cop her halter neck dress. 

Bella’s slinky moss green dress featured a plunged crossover neckline that left her followers curious for the link. ”This dress tho. I need,” one Instagram user commented. Ask and you shall receive – or, almost. ”I bought it online for $16.99 I’m gonna find the link for u,” Bella soon replied. Twitter user @kissmekyake screenshot Bella’s response and posted it to Twitter on Tuesday, December 1. The tweet quickly went viral and social media praised Bella for being the generous friend we all wish we had.

Bella’s followers felt one quick purchase away from looking as glamorous as Miss Hadid. She hasn’t publicly shared the link (yet) but her openness to discuss the nature of the dress inevitably led to some online criticism. Some Twitter users commented that since celebrities can afford to shop ethically, it’s irresponsible for them to promote fast fashion on their huge social media platforms. “Not to be negative……but rich people buying fast fashion when they have the money to invest in sustainable clothes doesn’t sit right w me,” one user wrote. “Ok but can we please address the literal millionaire contributing to fast fashion?” another one added. For the average consumer, fast fashion is an affordable and accessible option – and sometimes the only option. However, when price tags aren’t much of a concern, Twitter makes several points. 

It’s easy to forget the human cost of a cheap dress. Beneath the seams, there’s an exploitative industry fueled by trend-driven purchases. Just after the oil industry, fashion is the world’s second-largest polluter and its detrimental effects disproportionately impact young women. According to Remake, a non-profit organization working to bring awareness to the human right and climate change issues within the fashion industry, 80% of the workers behind your cheap finds are women aged 18-24, and many of them barely make $3 a day. 

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PETA Fashion Awards 2020: Celebrities & Brands Praised For Cruelty-Free Fashion

Our demand for ethical fashion has never been greater. Finally, consumers are asking where and how their clothes were made, and at whose expense? As the fur industry comes under fire for its worrying link to COVID-19, and as the government moves to ban the sale of fur within our borders once we leave the EU in January, sustainable and cruelty-free fashion is at the top of the industry’s agenda.

Each year, the PETA Fashion Awards celebrate the household style names and progressive brands making big statements for animals.

In the ‘Progress in Retail Moment’, praised brands included Valentino, Marks & Spencer, Next, New Look, and Uniqlo, all of whom banned alpaca from their collections.

The ‘Progress in Luxury Moment’ came courtesy of Mulberry, PVH Corp (who own brands including Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein), Paul Smith, and SMCP Group (who own Parisian labels like Sandro, Maje and Claudie Pierlot), all of whom banned exotic skins this year.

Stella McCartney has created the world’s first faux fur that’s *actually* sustainable and the fashion industry just breathed a big sigh of relief

Queen Elizabeth II also famously went fur-free, resulting in the ‘Most Iconic Moment’, while the ‘Best Celebrity Collection’ award went to Catherine Zeta-Jones and her collaboration with Butterfly Twists on a range of vegan shoes.

The ‘Most Wanted Award’ went to Telfar for its sought-after vegan leather bags, and the ‘Collaboration Award’ was won by Dr Martens for its vegan collection with Marc Jacobs. Stella McCartney was awarded ‘Best Catwalk Moment’ for bringing an animal rights message to Fashion Week, reminding everyone that the skins we see in fashion shows come from animals.

Stella McCartney has created the world’s first faux fur that’s *actually* sustainable and the fashion industry just breathed a big sigh of relief

“The hottest trend in fashion is compassion,” says PETA Director of Corporate Projects Yvonne Taylor. “As today’s designers and consumers are embracing ethically produced materials that no animal had to suffer and die for, it’s clear that the future of fashion is vegan.”

Other winners include Henrik Vibskov, winning ‘Best Down-Free Collection’ for its range of coats with Ecodown® recycled-polyester filler; FABORG, which nabbed the ‘Innovation Award’ for Weganool, a plant-based vegan wool; and Piferi, winner of the ‘Vegan Luxury Award’ for its high-end vegan shoes. Former British Fur Trade Association CEO Mike Moser was given a ‘Change of Heart Award’ for his decision to shun the fur trade and join the Fur-Free Britain campaign, calling on the UK government to ban fur sales.

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5 Affordable Fashion Brands Celebrities Like Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez And Meghan Markle Love

While Cardi B’s Birkin bag collection (current count: 23) may be out of reach for most celebrity style followers, the buying habits of the rich and famous don’t always extend beyond the budgets of the average mall or high street shopper — consider, for example, Duchess Kate Middleton’s love of mixing her McQueen with off-the-rack items from worldwide retailer Zara, a clothier known for *ahem* taking inspiration from high end designers and producing lower-priced lookalike items faster than a supermodel can stomp down a runway. Getting the look doesn’t necessarily mean breaking the bank — as evidenced by these five affordable brands that sartorially conscious celebs have been spotted wearing on and off the red carpet. 


Jennifer Lopez wowed James Corden’s Late Show audience back in 2017 when she appeared as a guest wearing a show-stopping Meshki frock that cost a mere $111. Hailey Bieber was spotted in the same nearly naked head-turner that same year. Since then, the fast fashion brand (started by two Aussie architecture students) has grown a cult celebrity following, counting Chrissy Teigen, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande (who rocked a fuschia Meshki look in her ‘7 Rings’ video) among its devotees. 

Justine Clenquet

French accessories designer Justine Clenquet’s celebrity client list is a long one, including Kendall Jenner, Lady Gaga, Charli XCX, Halsey and Chloe x Halle to name just a few. Clenquet began her work in earnest, designing one-of-a-kind jewelry for friends when she was still a teenager. Since then, her glamorous, often asymmetrical creations have been seen decorating the necks, wrists and ears of women in Hollywood and beyond. Her affordable pieces (think $30 to $250) are made from high-quality materials and pair perfectly with everything from evening wear to a simple white t-shirt and jeans.


Did someone say sweater season? New York City-based Heartloom has been around since 2009 and is the very definition of cozy. The brand produces celeb-coveted pieces worn by Emma Roberts, Hilary Duff, and models Alessandra Ambrosio and Gisele Bündchen. Their latest line of products includes loungewear that makes WFH feel luxurious thanks to pieces like hammered satin “jogging” pants and soft, ribbed wool skirts (think of it as a sweater for your lower half). 


This 20-year-old Canadian label was behind the now-iconic wool wrap coat worn and beloved by no less that the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. LINE dubs what they do as “affordable luxury” and while the price points are

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Cameron Diaz Mismatched 4 Chaotic Accessories Inspired by Other Celebrities

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Cameron Diaz has been reading Look of the Day.

At least, that’s what her outfit from yesterday is telling us, seeing as how it features four different accessories inspired by four different celebrities who feature heavily on this column. On a walk through West Hollywood in L.A., the Charlie’s Angels star wore a black long-sleeved tee, light-wash jeans, and white sneakers. But it was her add-ons that really made her look stand out.

Diaz’s massive sunglasses drew plenty of attention especially as we’re most accustomed to seeing the style on Jennifer Lopez, queen of the shield shade. Lopez even designed a line of sunglasses in the style in collaboration with Quay, and clearly influenced Diaz who wore a red-lensed pair from an unknown brand.

Below Diaz’s sunglasses was her mask — a black disposable one that reminds us so much of Katie Holmes’s new everyday style. While Diaz’s black mask lacks the small, upper-left hand text that’s signature of Holmes’s Evolvetogether go-to, the breathable and skin-friendly style is still an easy, essential add-on to any outfit and is going for less than 20 cents apiece on Amazon right now.

In her arms, Diaz carried two very notable pieces: a straw bag that may very well have been influenced by the Jacquemus tote that went viral this summer, as seen on Brie Larson and many others, and a bottle in the crook of her elbow. We’ll give Diaz the benefit of the doubt and assume its just water she’s carrying, but if it turned out to be a bottle of Avaline Red Blend — the latest addition to her organic wine company’s portfolio — we wouldn’t be surprised. Who wouldn’t want to channel Rihanna’s most famous accessory of the wine glass to go?

And since Cam, clearly a fan of this column, is probably reading this right now, we just want to say we love this chaotic accessory game.

Get the look:

Nike Essential Chaser 57mm Reflective Sunglasses

Shop now: $30;

Quay Blocked Sunglasses

Shop now: $65;

Evolvetogether Milan Mask

Shop now: 30-pack for $36;

Retail Sign Systems Black Disposable Face Mask

Shop now: 100-pack for $17 (Originally $20);

Poolside Johnny Straw Wristlet

Shop now: $110 (Originally $245);

Jacquemus Soleil Suede-Trimmed Straw Tote

Shop now: $465;

Avaline Red Blend

Shop now: $20;

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Celebrities Voting: These Celebrities Used Fashion to Encourage Voting

Over the past few weeks, it’s been impossible to check Instagram without seeing posts about voting, especially from celebrities. Many stars have used their platforms to encourage their fans to get out and head to the ballot boxes ahead of (or on) Election Day today. Since many of them are armed with millions of followers, the focus on voting is both practical and influential. And being that Instagram is a visual medium, they also busted out some great outfits to do so—because the only thing more fabulous than making your voice heard is by looking fabulous while doing it.

One of the most over-the-top voting fashion moments came from Katy Perry. The singer uploaded a video herself yesterday wearing a sweater dress and a giant “I Voted” headpiece, clapping and cheering cars on as they drove by. Another statement look ahead of the election came from the burlesque star Dita Von Teese, who wore a custom rainbow dress by Bree Billiter that read “You better vote” on the back of it. There were more candid style moments from stars, too. Both Jennifer Lopez and Katie Holmes were both spotted on the streets in “Vote” merch, while Diane Keaton wore a baseball cap that read, “Vote bitches.” Zendaya also posed at the mailbox, dropping off her ballot with her friend Darnell Appling. 

In the fashion world, models also got in on flexing their voting-inspired fits. Bella Hadid cast her vote in New York City wearing a jacket from the buzzy collaboration between MM6 and The North Face. Sister Gigi Hadid took a mirror selfie in a “Vote” tee, while Hailey Bieber wore one that read, “Voting is hot.” Richie Shazam even posed in red, white, and blue—via a glamorous, glittery dress with stars all over it that is. 

Below, more of the best celebrity voting posts on Instagram. 

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Worst-dressed celebrities at the 2020 Melbourne Cup leave a trail of fashion failure

By Alice Murphy For Daily Mail Australia

03:35 03 Nov 2020, updated 03:35 03 Nov 2020

  • Australian celebrities have committed crimes against fashion at an unprecedented pandemic Melbourne Cup
  • Flemington was empty for the first time in history with no crowds to cheer horses down the home straight
  • But stylistic sins still littered the nation as stars uploaded socially distanced outfit photos on social media
  • Reality star Arabella del Busso didn’t look suitable for spring racing in a version of J-Lo’s iconic Versace dress
  • MTV presenter Kate Peck seemed to have taken styling tips from Lady Gaga in an avant garde corset number
  • TV host Georgina Coghlan failed to complement her beautiful dress with a pink beret and iridescent stilettos

Australian celebrities in jockey’s caps and fluorescent frocks inspired by iconic Hollywood moments have left a trail of fashion failure at an unprecedented mid-pandemic Melbourne Cup.

Flemington trackside stood empty on Tuesday with no crowds cheering horses down the home straight for the first time in the race that stops a nation’s 160-year history, as Victoria slowly recovers from a horror second wave of coronavirus that claimed 800 lives across the state.

But sartorial sins still littered the country, as models and influencers uploaded socially distanced outfit photos from satellite events in Sydney and Brisbane.

Reality stars made major missteps, with SAS reject Arabella Del Busso donning what appeared to be a short version of Jennifer Lopez’s showstopping Versace dress which led to the creation of Google image search after she wore it to the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000.

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Reality star Arabella del Busso wore a short version of J-Lo’s iconic green Versace dress, but the combination of a slashed neckline and thigh-skimming hemline looked more appropriate for a nightclub than the biggest day of spring racing – though it wasn’t clear which event she was attending, if any
Catwalk queen Izi Simundic arrived at the GH Mumm event at Pier One in Sydney wearing a frilled black mini-dress and a peaked hat better suited to the racecourse than the red carpet

But the imitation chosen by the 30-year-old ex-girlfriend of NRL star Josh Reynolds didn’t have quite the same impact, thanks to the combination of a slashed neckline and thigh-skimming hemline that looked more appropriate for a nightclub than the biggest day of spring racing.

It’s not clear which event the lingerie model was attending, if any.

TV personalities also raised eyebrows with unfortunate wardrobe malfunctions, with Network 10 host Georgie Coghlan ruining her beautiful puff-sleeved midi-dress with unusual accessories: iridescent silver stilettos and a pink baker-style beret that didn’t match her chic, up-styled hair.

Meanwhile MTV presenter Kate Peck seemed to have taken style tips from Lady Gaga, slipping her slender physique into an avant garde corseted midi-dress with cut-outs above both breasts and a mesh veil covering her entire face at a photocall for the GH Mumm event at Pier One in Sydney.

Even beauty queens got it wrong, with 2018 Miss

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High Fashion and Celebrities: Natalia Barulich as New Face of COLLINI MILANO

NEW YORK and MILAN, Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — She has been constantly under the spotlight in the past two years, and even during the difficult months marked by the pandemic, Natalia found her way to make her mark with beauty and positive role-modeling.

The Milanese maison, led by Carmine Rotondaro, launches its new campaign signed by Dennis Leupold and Ilaria Niccolini

‘At COLLINI MILANO we are always working with a positive mindset. We cannot put everything on hold and wait for solutions. We need to be proactive, motivated, and strong. I chose Natalia because she represents everything our society needs today: joyful spirit, positive values, and an intrinsically powerful feminine presence, one that makes her shine as she walks, dances, laughs. She is COLLINI MILANO, she is BORN TO SHINE!’ commented Carmine Rotondaro.


Collini handpicked some of the most recognized artists for BORN TO SHINE: Dennis Leupold, Ilaria Niccolini, Dimitris Giannetos, and Victor Noble.

Increasingly international and naturally attuned with cosmopolitan trends, Collini hits the North American market with a high-profile distribution action through channels and media that speak straight to the heart of all who enjoy luxury and positive energy.

Feeling good while dressing in dreamy glam fashion seems almost impossible, and yet it is Collini’s focus.

I grew up in the modeling and entertainment industries thanks to determination, research, and commitment: I found the same values in Collini’s care for styles, fabrics, colors. Plus the energy on set, working with these amazing professionals, oh gosh, fun fun fun, and lots of love always!‘ adds Natalia, while leaving backstage.


From Times Square billboards to European mainstream channels, the new COLLINI MILANO campaign will fill the upcoming weeks bringing a touch of fresh energy to the fashion and entertainment world.

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COLLINI MILANO  [email protected]

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Unilever Ghana presents customized pepsodent gift boxes to celebrities and influencers

Press Releases of Monday, 26 October 2020

Source: Unilever Ghana


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The new Pepsodent pack captured attention on social media when Ghanaian celebrities and influencers began to showcase a gift box they received from Pepsodent to appreciate them for excelling in their crafts.

The refreshed Pepsodent pack for its cavity fighter toothpaste, introduced last month, features a red bold smile symbol beneath the name of the trusted oral care brand, Pepsodent, and maintains the same great formulation and offers full cavity protection.

Celebrities and Influencers who received the customized gift box include Oheneyere Gifty Anti, Dr Vanessa Aseye, Caroline Sampson, Giovanni Caleb, Nakeyaat, DJ Switch, Lexis Bill and Kojo Yankson.

Others are Bernard Avle, Nana Aba Anamoah, Clemento Suarez, Serwaa Amihere, AJ Sarpong, Cookie Tee, and many others.

After receiving their gifts, many of the influencers took to Twitter and Instagram to express their love and longstanding bond with Pepsodent; and expressed their appreciation to the toothpaste giant for appreciating their good works.

In an Instagram post, Caroline Sampson said “Thank you Pepsodent Ghana. #EverySmileMatters #BrushDayandNight #Pepsodent GH. Dr. Vanessa Aseye @Its-yeeyee posted- Allow me be the first to introduce you to the new Pepsodent packaging.

It is Fun, It is Exciting and Classy, and yet still has the same cavity-fighting formula. To maintain my beautiful smile, I like to brush my teeth day and night with Pepsodent. Do you brush your teeth day and night? #EverySmileMatters.

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Here’s Why Bravo Didn’t Film Cynthia Bailey’s Wedding | Celebrities

When a reality star gets married, there is usually a full camera crew to capture every moment. However, that wasn’t the case for Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cyntia Bailey. Bravo reportedly did not film her wedding to Fox sportscaster Mike Hill.

Bailey married Hill on October 10 and images of the wedding were all over social media. Nonetheless, TMZ reports a Bravo crew was not in attendance after the wedding was moved to an in-door venue due to Hurricane Delta. TMZ says Bravo did not feel comfortable filming in-doors due to coronavirus concerns.

Luckily, Bailey reportedly had her own camera crew so hopefully fans will be able to see the wedding featured in the upcoming season. 

Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill wed in front of 250 of their closest friends and family at Governors Towne Club in Acworth, Georgia.

RELATED: Cynthia Bailey Engaged To Sportscaster Mike Hill With Surprise Proposal And 5-Carat Ring

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the couple introduced very strict COVID-19 guidelines in place to ensure the safety of their guests on their wedding day. The outlet reports that aside from the venue getting a professional deep clean, guests underwent temperature checks and were asked to immediately wash their hands after their arrival. 

The couple got engaged in July 2019 at the grand opening of Bailey’s new business, The Bailey Wine Cellar, after dating for almost a year and a half. 

Cynthia Bailey’s ‘RHOA’ co-stars Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore and former RHOA co-star Eva Marcille, stood alongside her as bridesmaids.

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Famous Celebrities You Never Knew That Enjoy Model Trains and Railroading

What has Johnny Cash, Winston Churchill, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Roger Daltrey, Joe DiMaggio, Rick Green, Gene Hackman, Tom Hanks, David Hasselhoff, Elton John, Michael Jordan, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Neil Young and Gary Coleman in common?

All these celebrities love watching miniature trains running around miniature mountains, rivers and towns.

In short, they are all train model addicts.

Johnny Cash, the American singer and songwriter, made TV commercials and recommendations for Lionel Trains in the 1970s.

Neil Young is part owner of Lionel trains.

Rod Stewart, in between getting into blondes and who know what else, spent considerable time and money on building train models. In fact, Rod's impressive replica of New York's Grand Central Station, complete with 100ft of tract, buildings and figures in 1940s period dress, graced the cover of Model Railroader in October 2007. An honor Rod claims to mean more than 'being on the cover of Rolling Stones. "


The late Gary Coleman is another aficionado of train models. In an online interview with ABC News, he said, "Currently I'm doing Lionel trains. I'm doing them as prototypically as possible, even though they are toy trains. I still like to do it as realistically as possible."

Gary Coleman also allegedly left his complete train collection to Allied Model Trains, The Original Whistle Stop and The Train Shack in LA So if you are a train modeller, you know you are in great company. You can even get Frank Sinatra's train layouts on DVD.

So what is the appeal of these toy trains?

First of all, they are not toys. Enthusiasts will tell you they are works of art. They are scaled down versions of the real thing. They operate like the real one. There is a sheer number of skills you need to master a working layout. You are a jack of all trades: a semi-competent carpenter, electrician, metalworker, painter, sculptor and designer all rolled into one.
There is also the joy of escapism. You can forget the business of living for hours on end while you pore over the plan for a perfect world, all of your own making.

And it's never complete. You just keep scouring for more things to add to your model to make it perfect. Adding a mountain here, a pond there, more tracks. The list is endless. It can take you years. Then, of course, there's the ultimate thrill of seeing your trains going round the track.

No wonder so many celebrities are hooked on model trains!

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